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05.01 0105 1) Facebook starts 2011 on a high as the company has been valued at $50bn after new investment. But can Facebook be worth that much? Benjamin Cohen, Technology Editor for Channel 4 News and Matthew Horsman, founder of Medatique, discuss what the world's biggest social network is really worth. 2) The attorney general issued a warning to editors last week after some newspapers and broadcasters reported personal details about Chris Jefferies, the man arrested in connection to the murder of Joanna Yeates. Media lawyer Susan Aslan, journalism professor Brian Cathcart and former editor of The Sun Kelvin MacKenzie discuss whether the coverage went too far and ask if Britian's contempt of court laws are outdated. 3) Over the Christmas period, stories about seasonal flu dominated the news. But has this year been significantly worse or were reports exaggerated? BBC Health correspondent Branwyn Jeffreys discusses how the media reports the flu. 4) And, as ITV News is banned from a press conference on the Joanna Yeates case by Avon and Somerset police, we speak to ITV's editor-in-chief David Mannion about his reaction to ITV's exclusion. 28:03
12.01 0112 1) As former presenter Miriam O'Reilly celebrates winning an ageism case against the BBC, we ask whether this ruling will impact on who programme executives choose to be their on-air talent. 2) A recent EastEnders storyline on sudden infant death syndrome has prompted a record number of complaints leading producers to announce they will cut the story short. Former channel controller Lorraine Heggessey and scriptwriter Simon Ashford ask whether a culture where complaints have such weight will lead to less creative drama. 3) Why has Northern and Shell, which includes Express Newspapers, withdrawn from the Press Complaints Commission? What are the implications for press regulation in the UK? 4) The Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt is due to outline his plans for local television next week. It follows a report by Nicholas Shott in December, which suggested a network of around 10 local TV stations. But former Director General of the BBC and Chair of the Local Television Advisory Committee, Greg Dyke says the report is too cautious. He suggests that local TV could be commercially viable in at least 60 areas of the UK. We talk to him about how this more extensive network might operate, and how much it's likely to cost. 27:49
19.01 0119 1) As more celebrities threaten to sue the News of the World over alleged phone hacking, Steve Hewlett hears about the latest developments in the case. Guardian columnist Roy Greenslade explains how details that have emerged in recent weeks throw light on the extent of the problem and discusses what the revelations mean for the News of the World. 2) The Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has outlined his plans for the future of local television in a speech at the Oxford Media Convention. Steve Hewlett talks to Jeremy Hunt about his plans to make local television financially viable. Professor Patrick Barwise from London Business School explains why he thinks the plans will result in low viewing, low revenue and have minimal impact on local democracy. 3) The powers of social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook have been credited by some for shaping events in Tunisia in the last week. A tweeter and blogger in Tunis tells Steve Hewlett how social networks mobilised demonstrators. Evgeny Morozov, author of 'The Net Delusion', explains how, far from helping democracy, the internet often helps oppressive governments use cyberspace to stifle dissent. 4) The latest figures show that circulation for all national daily newspapers has fallen month on month and year on year. For some, it was a dramatic decline - circulation of The Times fell by over fourteen percent to around four hundred and fifty thousand. Roy Greenslade offers an overview of how the papers are doing and Professor Patrick Barwise explains why cutting prices might not placate advertisers. 27:54
26.01 0126 1) On the day the BBC World Service announces substantial job losses, Steve Hewlett talks to the Director General Mark Thompson about cuts, the licence fee settlement and the corporation's strategy for the forthcoming years. Are the changes at the World Service a sign of things to come, as the BBC finds a way to make efficiency savings following a licence fee settlement that will see its budget reduced by sixteen per cent? And as candidates for the Chairmanship of the BBC Trust are considered, Steve asks him about his relationship with it, as it works to represent licence fee payers. In the studio with us, Broadcasting consultant and former editor of Current Affairs for the BBC Tim Suter, who offers his analysis of Mark Thompson's plans, and Guardian columnist Maggie Brown who tells us what she would hope to see in the next Chairman of the BBC Trust. 2) The media regulator Ofcom has published a report on News Corp's bid to buy the part of BSkyB they don't already own. The Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that he may refer the bid to the competition commission but is first giving News Corp more time to suggest remedies. Stewart Purvis, the former Partner for Content & Standards at Ofcom joins Steve Hewlett to discuss the report's findings. 28:07
02.02 0202 1) In the last week, the Guardian, the New York Times and Der Spiegel have each published books telling the story of their relationship with Wikileaks and its leader Julian Assange, following their recent publication of leaked US diplomatic cables. Some of the information in the Guardian's book, referring to the alleged source of the leak, Bradley Manning, prompted Wikileaks to label the Guardian "the slimiest media organisation in the UK". The Guardian's editor Alan Rusbridger talks to Steve Hewlett about working with Julian Assange and how their relationship soured. 2) George Brock is Professor and Head of Journalism at City University London and former foreign news editor at the Times. He picks up on the impact of Wikileaks and comments on its shift this week to the Telegraph. 3) Peta Buscombe of the Press Complaints Commission responds to complaints about its handling of the phone hacking scandal. On Monday, the Financial Times editor Lionel Barber remarked that the PCC had taken no serious action over the allegations and that it was "supine at best". Yesterday, a ComRes poll for the Independent indicated that two thirds of those polled think the affair shows the industry should no longer regulate itself. So does the PCC have the confidence of the public and is it robust enough and responsible enough to be left alone? 4) George Brock comments on Lionel Barber's fear that the UK media risks retribution for the phone hacking, with statutory regulation. 28:14
09.02 0209 1) As Question Time's editor leaves the programme owing to its move from London to Glasgow, Steve Hewlett looks at the BBC's plans to move more programmes to the regions. Former Question Time editor Nick Pisani and Professor of Journalism Tim Luckhurst discuss whether political programmes can work well so far from Westminster. BBC Chief Operation Officer Caroline Thomson explains the BBC's strategy. 2) The commercial giant AOL has bought the pioneering blogs and news website the Huffington Post. Emma Barnett, the Telegraph's digital media editor, discusses whether the acquisition is a good buy for AOL and whether the Huffington Post can remain unique when it becomes part of a larger organisation. 3) Sky Sports presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys left the channel last month amid a storm of controversy following sexist remarks about linesman Sian Massey. Now radio station TalkSport has hired the presenters for a week day show. TalkSport's Programme Director Moz Dee talks to Steve Hewlett about the decision. 28:20
16.02 0216 1) Last month, BBC director general Mark Thompson said the arrival of YouView would "herald an intense battle for the living room". This month, though, it became clear that viewers would have to wait for this upgrade to Freeview for up to a year longer than expected and more than two years longer than originally hoped. What are the implications for those viewers who want this next generation of free TV over the internet? Analyst Matthew Horsman, of Mediatique, offers an explanation for the delay and Steve Hewlett asks YouView's chief executive Richard Halton to give a date when it will finally arrive. 2) This week saw the launch of OK!TV on TV Channel 5. Is it, as one reviewer said in the Guardian, neither "ok nor TV" or, according to another in the Express, a "resounding hit"? And how are the chances of OK!TV's success affected by the fact that OK!, Channel 5 and the Express are all owned by Richard Desmond's Northern and Shell, which may also be on the point of buying Big Brother? David Butcher of the Radio Times and Amanda Andrews of the Telegraph discuss the fortunes of 5. 3) And it has been three weeks since Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, announced he would give Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp more time to address his concerns over "potential threats to media plurality" if NewsCorp buys the remaining 61% of BSkyB. If those concerns are not addressed, he said he would refer the bid to the Competition Commission. David Elstein, formerly of BSkyB and Chris Goodall, formerly of the Competition Commission, give their views on what's going on behind the scenes and what we can expect in the next few weeks. 28:06
23.02 0223 1) Former Radio 4 controller Mark Damazer shares his thoughts on the future of BBC Trust. What does he think of the man widely expected to be its new Chair, Lord Patten, and what will his biggest challenges be? 2) Steve Hewlett is joined by Alex Thompson, Chief News Correspondent at Channel 4, and the BBC's Wold News Editor Jon Williams. How do they deal with reporting on the protests which are sweeping the Middle East and Northern Africa? Does social media make it easier or more difficult? And, with Western journalists banned from Libya how can you verify what is happening on the ground? 3) And the programme everyone is still talking about - My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Veteran documentary maker Roger Graef and journalist Anne McElvoy discuss. 27:47
02.03 0302 1) Veteran foreign correspondent Marie Colvin secured an interview with Colonel Gaddafi this week, alongside the BBC's Jeremy Bowen and ABC's Christiane Amanpour. She joins The Media Show from Tripoli to explain how she fixed the interview and discuss the challenges she faces in reporting for Libya. 2) Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has dominated the headlines as much for his personal battle against extradition as for the activities of his whistle-blowing website. Now Assange is seeking to trademark his own name. His lawyer, Mark Stephens, speaks to Steve Hewlett about the plans. 3) Product placement was launched on UK television programmes this week, with the subtle appearance of a coffee machine on the set of ITV's This Morning. But with advertisers pushing to get maximum exposure for their brands, is there a risk that programmes will suffer? Sally Quick from UKTV and Nick Price from advertising agency MPG discuss striking the delicate balance between products and programmes. 28:11
09.03 0309 1) Richard Peppiatt's published an open letter to Richard Desmond, saying he was quitting his job at the Daily Star on several points of principle. He says he was asked to make up stories (the Star denies this) and was unhappy about the Star's coverage of Muslims in Britain. So, having admitted that he wrote stories he knew to be untrue, does he have a future in journalism? 2) Last week the government decided not to refer News Corp's bid for BSkyB to the competition commission. This followed a report from Ofcom that suggested that increasing News Corp's ownership of the British media might lead to plurality issues. Ed Richards, the chief executive of Ofcom, joins Steve to discuss where Ofcom stands. 3) Jason Gardiner, a judge on ITV's Dancing on Ice, is in trouble again over his acerbic comments and insults to the contestants. Gardiner is the latest in a long line of catty judges from "nasty" Nigel Lythgoe to Simon Cowell. But do all talent shows need a pantomime villain? Nina Myskow, 1980s talent show judge known for her cutting criticism, discusses why the spats between judges now make more headlines than the efforts of the contestants. 28:02
16.03 0316 1) After news of the devastating earthquake in Japan broke, broadcasters were under pressure to get correspondents to the disaster area to report on developments. But with several presenters now in the region, have news outlets gone overboard? To discuss how decisions about the logistics were reached, Steve is joined by BBC head of newsgathering Fran Unsworth and ITV head of foreign news Tim Singleton. 2) The Independent's spin off paper, the i, publishes its 100th edition today. After a high profile advertising campaign, the number of readers has shot up. Simon Kelner, the editor of both papers, joins Steve Hewlett to discuss whether the current figures are sustainable and what the i's success means for The Independent. 3) There are growing concerns that plans for a "three strikes" rule to tackle internet piracy, which would mean persistent offenders would get their connections cut off, have come to a halt. The Telegraph's Emma Barnett and Jeff Taylor of the BPI, discuss the music industry's worries about piracy and the reasons for the delay. 28:15
24.03 0324 1) Cuts in local radio, dropping Wimbledon and Formula 1, closing down networks at night: just some of the radical options reported in this week's papers as the BBC looks to find ways of balancing its budget after the latest licence fee settlement. Will any of them actually happen and are they even needed? We hear from the senior BBC executive running the review, Pat Younge. Maggie Brown of the Guardian and Richard Brooks of the Sunday Times discuss the ideas. 2) And last week Ofcom announced a full-on review of the TV advertising sales system. Matthew Horsman of Mediatique gives his view on what this might mean for viewers, advertisers and commercial broadcasters. 28:04
30.03 0330 1) Last weekend, a Libyan woman, Eman al-Obeidi, broke through the security surrounding foreign journalists in a Tripoli hotel to tell a horrific story. She accused Gaddafi's forces of beating and raping her before being dragged away. Jonathan Miller, foreign correspondent for Channel 4 News, was attacked as he tried to record Eman al-Obeidi's story. He explains the difficulties of reporting objectively from Libya where "the lies and spin and obfuscation are boundless." 2) The culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has faced a series of challenges in recent months including negotiations over the BBC's new licence fee settlement, questions about digital piracy, plans for local television and the controversy over News Corp's bid for BSkyB. On the day that hundreds of arts organisations hear they have lost their funding due to Arts Council cuts, Jeremy Hunt talks to Steve Hewlett about his plans. 3) The question of whether paywalls pay is up for debate again as The New York Times launches its second attempt at a paywall and The Times announces apparently encouraging figures. But can online subscribers, who pay significantly less than those who buy The Times in print form, make up for falling readers of the paper? The editor of The Times, James Harding, explains how the figures break down. 28:23
06.04 0406 1) At last night's British Press Awards, the News of the World and the Guardian were both up for Scoop of the Year - the Guardian, for its stories about phone hacking at the News of the World. It came on the day when two News of the World journalists were arrested as part of the Met Police inquiry into phone hacking. Steve Hewlett went along to the awards discuss the developments with some of the award nominees and with Bob Satchwell of the Society of Editors, which runs the awards. 2) This week Ofcom published its finding on Frankie Boyle's joke about Katie Price's son Harvey, broadcast last year on his Channel 4 show Tramadol Nights. Ofcom found that Channel 4 had made an "erroneous decision on a matter of editorial judgement" but that there was no failure in its compliance process and imposed no sanction. Katie Price's lawyer, Mark Bateman, explains why she is still calling for an apology. 3) And Sir Michael Lyons, chairman of the BBC Trust, looks at the challenges facing the BBC in his final few weeks in office, ahead of the appointment of his replacement Lord Patten. 28:11
13.04 0413 1) Last October, Danny Cohen was appointed as channel controller of BBC1, having been head of the BBC's youth channel, BBC3. In his first interview with The Media Show since taking over at the UK's most watched TV channel, Danny Cohen speaks to Steve Hewlett about competition from ITV, older on screen talent and whether BBC 1 could be more edgy. 2) Last week News International made an apology and offered to compensate several celebrities who had their phones hacked by the News of the World. But does the apology settle the matter or raise more questions about phone hacking and the British press? John Whittingdale MP, who chaired a committee which investigated phone hacking in 2007, explains why he feels a further enquiry is necessary. 3) Steve Hewlett is joined by Natalie Fenton, professor of media at Goldsmiths, University of London and Peter Preston, former editor of The Guardian, to discuss what the recent revelations have exposed and whether there should be tougher regulation of the press. 28:14
20.04 0420 1) The BBC Trust begins a service licence review into BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live extra today. It comes as the Trust rejects a complaint by the commercial radio station talkSPORT that 5 Live, its main competitor, broadcasts too little news and sport. Whilst it's not been upheld, the BBC Trust says the claim raises "significant and valid questions about what constitutes news on 5 Live", which will now be looked at as part of the review. Anne McElvoy asks Moz Dee, talkSPORT's Programme Director, about the commercial impact the BBC station is having on the network, and Jonathan Wall Deputy Controller of Radio 5 Live 5 explains how it makes sure it meets its public service news remit. 2) This year's Royal Wedding has hardly been out of the headlines as the media gears up to cover one of the biggest events in television history. But how do the logistics of filming the wedding work and how will broadcasters ensure that everything goes smoothly on the day? Anne McElvoy joins APTV's head of operations, Tim Santhouse, in London's Green Park where APTV staff are preparing reporting platforms for the world's media, whilst CNN correspondent Richard Quest joins Anne in the studio to discuss how he's preparing to bring a unique angle to his coverage of the big day. 3) The Independent's sister paper i has announced a new Saturday edition from May. Costing 30p, it'll be 10p more than its week day edition, with sections on leisure and TV. It comes as i reports a drop in circulation of 2.5 per cent. Editor in Chief Simon Kelner tells us why he's remaining buoyant, despite the fall in numbers, and explains how the new Saturday edition of will go some way to boosting sales. Presenter: Anne McElvoy. 28:09
27.04 0427 1) Hugh Tomlinson QC is the barrister in several of the recent high profile, yet secret, celebrity privacy cases. Gill Phillips is head of editorial legal services at the Guardian, who guided the paper through the challenge to the Trafigura superinjunction. What do they make of the recent media reports of celebrities allegedly over-using injunctions to protect their private lives - and can they devise a system that's fair to individuals and the media? 2) Piers Morgan is in the UK this week for CNN, to cover the royal wedding. In his pub in west London, he tells Steve Hewlett how he landed his CNN job, what he thinks of his critics and whether he stands by his previous comment that phone hacking was "an investigative practice that everyone knows was going on at almost every paper in Fleet Street for years". 27:40
04.05 0504 1) Yesterday Lord Patten took up his new role as Chairman of the BBC Trust. He has already said that BBC executive pay is still too high and that the BBC can't rule out cutting a service. The Telegraph's Neil Midgley takes a look at the early signals from Lord Patten on how his approach could differ from his predecessor, Sir Michael Lyons. 2) The media regulator Ofcom recently ruled that performances from Christina Aguilera and Rihanna on ITV's The X-Factor were not too sexy for family viewing but were "at the very margin of acceptability." The ruling coincides with a new report on the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood, due out later this month, which is likely to look at the impact of the media. Dr Katherine Rake and Steward Purvis discuss whether TV is making the right calls on pre-watershed content and what, if anything, needs to change. 3) The New York Times is a month into its second version of a paywall and the paper's taking encouragement from the early figures on subscribers. Martin Nisenholtz, senior vice president of digital operations at The New York Times, explains how the paywall works and why he expects it to succeed. Emily Bell, Professor at Columbia University's School of Journalism, looks at how the New York Times compares with paywalls in the UK. 28:08
11.05 0511 1) Questions about privacy and freedom of the press have dominated the headlines this week. Twitter users allegedly breaking super-injunctions, Max Mosley losing his case for stronger privacy laws in the European Court and a complaint from the Middletons to the PCC have re-ignited the debate about public figures' right to privacy. But is there a real threat to freedom of the press? And are tabloid exposes more about boosting newspaper sales than upholding public morals? Dominic Lawson, Kelvin MacKenzie and Professor Roy Greenslade discuss whether privacy legislation poses a challenge for the media. 2) Channel 4 releases its annual report today, following suggestions that the broadcaster could be doing better than expected. Media commentator Maggie Brown joins Steve Hewlett, straight from Channel 4's chief executive David Abraham's announcement, to discuss whether this has been a good financial year for Channel 4. 28:21
18.05 0518 1) This week Mr Justice Eady ruled that Imogen Thomas could not publish her story about her relationship with a married footballer, or even name the footballer, due to his right to privacy. Media lawyer Duncan Lamont and PR consultant Max Clifford discuss whether the latest judgement signals the end of the "Kiss and Tell" story. 2) When he announced the Hargreaves Review into intellectual property last year, David Cameron promised that this was the first step towards creating copyright laws "fit for the internet age". The report, which is published today, recommends changes to the law but is not as radical as some digital companies might have hoped. To discuss his report, and how he hopes the changes will encourage innovation, Steve Hewlett is joined by author, Professor Ian Hargreaves. 3) Forbes Magazine is best known for its rich lists of the world's billionaires. But can America's best selling business magazine, with its focus on capitalism and making big money, translate for a European audience? Steve Hewlett hears from Steve Forbes, the editor in chief of Forbes Magazine, about his plans for a European edition. 28:24
25.05 0525 1) Al Gore, the chairman of Current TV, has accused Sky Italia of refusing to renew Current TV's contract due to a political agenda. Gore claims that his channel was dropped after it hired left wing commentator Keith Olbermann, a directive he says came from News Corp headquarters. Sky Italia have dismissed the claims as "nonsense" and say the decision was a purely commercial one. Steve Hewlett hears from Al Gore and the head of Sky Italia Tom Mockridge. 2) Despite a judge granting an injunction to protect his privacy, thousands of people have made allegations about Ryan Giggs's personal life on Twitter. Does the law need to be re-assessed to take the impact of social networks into account? And can Twitter be held responsible for its millions of users? The Telegraph's Emma Barnett explains where Twitter stands now. 3) Ofcom has upheld a complaint against Press TV, finding the broadcaster in serious breach of the rules. Last year Press TV broadcast a clip of an interview with journalist Maziar Bahari, which was given while he was imprisoned in Iran but the fact that the interview was given under extreme duress was not made clear. Maziar Bahari joins Steve Hewlett to discuss Ofcom's ruling and the future for Press TV in the UK. 28:20
01.06 0601 1) In a recent speech to the Royal Television Society, the Chief Executive of Channel 4 set out the channel's mission to support "freedom of the imagination." As Channel 4 faces up to its first summer without Big Brother, David Abraham talks to Steve Hewlett about how Channel 4 intends to reinvent itself. 2) Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, says he supports proposals to allow television cameras into some of the UK's courts. But how would it work in practice? Keir Starmer explains why the public may soon be able to watch justice being done on TV. 3) The new X Factor judging panel has been announced - it's a line up that doesn't include Simon Cowell or Cheryl Cole. To hear how producers go about choosing judging panels and what this may mean for Cole and Cowell, Steve Hewlett is joined by Emma Cox and former ITV director of programmes David Liddiment. 28:24
08.06 0608 1) Channel 4 is to screen what it calls "probably the most horrific images it has ever shown" and which, last year, it said were too gruesome to transmit. They are part of a documentary on the final days of the Sri Lankan army's battle with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, shown last week at the UN Human Rights Council. The UN special rapporteur says the images are prima facie evidence of war crimes, something the Sri Lankan government strongly refutes, saying the videos are not authentic. C4's head of news and current affairs, Dorothy Byrne, explains the decision to broadcast and, with Prof Richard Tait of Cardiff University, discusses the value and risks of showing death on screen. 2) The Financial Times reports that Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt's plans for Local TV may be facing a further setback, with claims that commercial TV companies have rebuffed his requests for funding. The FT's Ben Fenton joins Steve Hewlett in the studio with an update on this and on the NewsCorp BSkyB bid. 3) Caryn Mandabach was one of the key people behind a string of comedy hits in the 1980s and 1990s, including "Roseanne", "The Cosby Show" and "3rd Rock from the Sun". Tonight, she's launching "In with the Flynns" on BBC1, a UK version of one of another of her US shows, "Grounded for Life". How confident can she be that a US comedy format can work in the UK? 28:12
15.06 0615 1) John Myers, the head of the Radio Academy, has been taking a look at how the BBC's music radio stations operate. John Myers explains his recommendations for streamlining and his suggestions for how the stations could cut costs. 2) Tim Davie, the head of BBC Audio and Music who commissioned the report, joins Steve Hewlett to discuss John Myers's suggestions and whether BBC music radio's accounting is too opaque. 3) Last month, the media reported on fears that a prominent Syrian lesbian blogger, Amina Arraf, had been arrested. This week it emerged that "Amina" was not what she seemed. The blog was a hoax, written by an American man living in Scotland. Jillian C York from blog platform Global Voices explains how the media was taken in by the fake and what the revelations mean for real bloggers in Syria. 4) Mark Damazer, the former head of BBC Radio 4, has given a speech about BBC journalism which, while broadly positive, outlines some failings in BBC reporting. Mark Damazer speaks to Steve about where the BBC got it wrong and how mistakes can be avoided in future. 28:12
22.06 0622 1) The chief executive of the Guardian Media Group, Andrew Miller, has warned staff that The Guardian and Observer could run out of money in three to five years if the newspapers don't make drastic changes. To try and avoid a cash crisis, the newspapers are planning to move from a print to a "digital first" model. The editor of The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger, explains his plans for the transformation. 2) The BBC is going to broadcast this year's Wimbledon finals in 3D and Sky is also investing in 3D programmes and coverage of sporting events. But, despite investment in the technology from broadcasters, a report from Informa suggests that 3D TV will remain a novelty, rarely watched even by those with 3D enabled TVs. To discuss whether anyone will actually be watching programmes in 3D, Steve Hewlett is joined by the BBC head of 3D Danielle Nagler and Sky's head of 3D John Cassy. 3) The Shadow Culture Secretary Ivan Lewis has accused opponents of the BBC's move to Salford of "outdated prejudices" against the north of England. Ivan Lewis explains why he believes the BBC's new MediaCity site will benefit the BBC and outlines how he would distribute money from the BBC licence fee. 28:22
29.06 0629 1) Johann Hari, a journalist with The Independent, is under fire after admitting he lifted quotes from other articles and books to use in his interviews, without attributing them to the original source. Independent editor Simon Kelner defends Hari, explaining he made a genuine mistake. 2) In his defence, Johann Hari has explained that other journalists told him adding quotes was "normal practice and they had done it themselves from time to time". Former Times editor George Brock and Guardian journalist Deborah Orr discuss whether there are ever blurred boundaries when it comes to using quotes in this way. 3) David Collins, a journalist with The Mirror has written about the part he played in getting crucial evidence in the case of Levi Bellfield, who was last week convicted of murdering Milly Dowler. David Collins joins Steve Hewlett to explain how he got access to Bellfield. 4) A House of Lords report into the BBC has concluded that the BBC complaints system is too complicated and should be simplified. The author of the report, Lord Inglewood, discusses whether Ofcom or the BBC Trust should ultimately deal with complaints about BBC programmes. 28:22
06.07 0706 1) The phone hacking scandal at the News of the World moved to another level this week after it emerged that private investigators working for the paper hacked the phone of Milly Dowler after her abduction. 2) As further revelations about phone hacking come to light and MPs call an emergency debate, The Media Show hears from the experts about what this means for the News of the World and its owner News International. 3) Have the allegations about phone hacking irreparably damaged the paper? And can Rebekah Brooks, who was the editor at the time phones were hacked, continue? 4) Steve Hewlett hears from Lord Fowler, who has launched a campaign for an official inquiry, Bob Satchwell of the Society of Editors, Stuart Purvis, former partner at the media regulator Ofcom, Ben Fenton of the Financial Times and Dan Sabbagh of The Guardian, about what the latest developments mean for the British press. 28:15
08.07 0708 A special edition of The Media Show investigates the lasting impact of the end of the News of the World. Does the end of Britain's best selling newspaper signal the end for "red-top" investigative print journalism? Or is it just a staging post on the way to establishing a Sunday edition of that other top-selling News International title, The Sun? And what does the closure mean for Mr Murdoch's plans to increase his share of the UK television market? Steve Hewlett is joined by News of the World columnist Carole Malone, former Guardian editor Peter Preston, and former People editor Bill Hagerty to discuss the history and legacy of the News of the World. Clare Enders of Enders Analysis and media relations expert Andrew Gowers are also in the studio to discuss the commercial implications and whether closing the paper can salvage News International's reputation. 25:12
13.07 0713 1) Last week, as the phone hacking scandal at the News of the World escalated, Lord Fowler joined The Media Show to discuss the shocking allegations. A week later the News of the World has closed and News International is under serious pressure. Lord Fowler joins Steve again to discuss the difference a week makes and the implications for News Corporation's future. 2) Since taking over as Chairman of the BBC Trust in May, Lord Patten has addressed the issue of "toxic" BBC executive pay, suggested the BBC streamline the complaints system and urged programme makers against representing a "small metropolitan pond of stereotypes." Lord Patten outlines his plans for the BBC at a time when it is facing significant cuts. 3) Last week the Press Complaints Commission came under fire for its handling of the phone hacking scandal. After being described by Ed Miliband as a "toothless poodle" and by David Cameron as "ineffective and lacking in rigour" the PCC faces questions about its future. Stephen Abell, the director of the PCC, discusses whether it can survive. 28:28
20.07 0720 1) Yesterday Rupert and James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks were questioned by MPs about exactly what went wrong at the News of the World. But has their evidence thrown any new light on the phone hacking scandal or made clear who will take responsibility at News International? 2) Paul Farrelly, one of the MPs who questioned Rebekah Brooks and the Murdochs during yesterday's select committee, discusses what we have learned about the workings of News International and the BBC's political editor Nick Robinson joins Steve Hewlett from Westminster for an update on the political fall out of the scandal. 3) Roger Alton, the executive editor of The Times looks at Rebekah Brooks's assertions that The News of the World was not the only newspaper to use private investigators to source information and discusses what wider investigation could mean for British journalism. 4) Media lawyer Duncan Lamont discusses James Murdoch's explanation of why such high payments were made to Gordon Taylor and Max Clifford to settle a case for invasion of privacy. 5) And Sarah Ellison, the US based journalist who has been following the News of the World phone hacking scandal for Vanity Fair, joins The Media Show from New York to discuss how the story is developing in the USA. 28:35
27.07 0727 1) How's the jewel in the crown of the Murdoch empire coping following the hacking scandal? James Harding the Editor of The Times talks to Steve Hewlett about the impact it's having on its reputation its readers and its revenue. 2) And the challenges facing ITV. Profits may be up but can they keep pulling in the viewers. 27:54
03.08 0803 1) With the press themselves making headlines yet again - following settlements over libel allegations and two rulings over contempt, in the wake of the Chris Jefferies case - Steve Hewlett tries to find out what this latest scandal means for newspapers. As the former Managing Editor of the News of the World Stuart Kuttner is arrested, are we any nearer to finding out exactly who knew what and when at News Corp? 2) And will Google+ finally open up the social network market for the search engine giant? 28:25
10.08 0810 1) Rioting in London and the rest of England has dominated the news this week but how well has the media covered the story? Photographer Amy Weston, who took the defining picture of the unrest - a dramatic shot of a woman jumping from a burning building - and Sky News reporter Mark Stone reveal what its like to report from the violence and chaos of the riots. 2) Fran Unsworth, BBC Head of Newsgathering and Roy Greenslade, Professor of Journalism, discuss the challenges for broadcasters when covering the crisis and which parts of the media have been most successful in getting the fast moving story to the public. 3) The Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced the sixty five UK cities which he believes could be pioneers for local television. But who does he expect to bid for the first local television licences and will his plans for local television be commercially viable? Steve Hewlett hears from Jeremy Hunt about his plans. 4) Mark Dodson, the former chief executive of Manchester local TV news station Channel M, discusses whether the plans make financial sense and whether local TV could work nationwide. 28:35
17.08 0817 1) In a twist in the phone hacking story, parliament has released new evidence, including a letter from former Royal Correspondent Clive Goodman which claims phone hacking was "widely discussed" at The News of the World. John Whittingdale MP, chairman of the select committee investigating phone hacking, and Ian Katz, the deputy editor of The Guardian, discuss where the latest revelations leave the Murdochs. 2) Big Brother re-launches tomorrow in its new home on Channel 5, a year after Channel 4 axed the show due to plummeting ratings. So will we still be watching Big Brother and can it be a commercial success for Channel 5? To discuss what a ratings success would mean for rival broadcaster Channel 4, Steve Hewlett is joined by Liz Warner, who produced the first series of Big Brother, and media analyst Matthew Horsman. 3) There have been suggestions that Newnight, the BBC's flagship news and current affairs programme, may be in trouble as audience figures have fallen. The editor Peter Rippon explains why he believes people still turn to Newsnight for serious analysis. 28:07
24.08 0824 1) All eyes were on Libya this week as rebels entered Tripoli and battled Colonel Gaddafi's loyalist soldiers. Sky's correspondent Alex Crawford broadcast extraordinary scenes as she rode into Tripoli on the back of a rebel convoy, sending her report using a satellite and laptop plugged into the truck's cigarette lighter. 2) But which news organisations have provided the best analysis and how well informed can viewers really be about the rapidly changing events? 3) Sky News's Head of International News Sarah Whitehead and the BBC's World News Editor Jon Williams explain the challenges involved. Professor Tim Luckhurst, who has been watching coverage of Libya as the situation unfolds, discusses how well audiences are served by print, radio and rolling TV news. 4) Channel 4's International Editor Lindsey Hilsum, who is currently reporting from Tripoli, discusses how this conflict differs from those she has covered in the past and Marie Colvin of the Sunday Times, who is also in Libya, explains how newspaper reporters can delve further into a story by being less conspicuous than TV crews in dangerous territory. 28:07
31.08 0831 1) WikiLeaks has released thousands of new diplomatic cables but the latest leak has failed to make such an impact in the UK media and there are suggestions that unredacted documents have been published, putting sources at risk. Can WikiLeaks continue to influence the headlines now that its partnerships with traditional media outlets have fallen apart? Heather Brooke and Emily Bell discuss WikiLeaks' future. 2) Google's Eric Schmidt gave the MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival over the weekend, the first person from a non broadcast background to do so. But was his speech an olive branch to an industry which has described Google as a "parasite" in the past? To discuss how Google and TV might work together, and who stands to gain, Steve Hewlett is joined by Anthony Lilley. 3) Ivan Lewis, the Shadow Culture Secretary, has called for stricter rules on media takeovers, following the controversy around News Corp's bid for BSkyB and fears News Corp could renew their bid. Ivan Lewis explains why he feels the current laws are not good enough and why parliament should "act urgently to close the loopholes" on media ownership. 28:20
07.09 0907 1) Celebrity Big Brother has been a ratings smash for Channel 5, sometimes pulling in bigger audiences than Channel 4 and ITV in the prime time spot. But will this success continue with the 12th series of Big Brother, which features members of the public? Channel 5's director of programmes Jeff Ford joins Steve Hewlett to discuss what's next for Channel 5. 2) Channel 4 dropped Ortis Deley as the main presenter of the World Athletics Championships after he struggled with the live format and forgot athletes' names. But why did Channel 4 choose a presenter with little relevant specialist sports knowledge or live experience to host the high profile event? Veteran sports presenter Des Lynam explains why he thinks Deley was the wrong choice, while Channel 4's director of creative diversity Stuart Cosgrove explains the channel's approach to presenting sport. 3) The Leveson Inquiry, which reconvened yesterday, has been set up to investigate the practices and ethics of the media following the phone hacking scandal. The inquiry will look at journalists' relationships with politicians and the police. But is there a danger that more regulation could result in draconian restrictions for journalists? Sean O'Neil, crime and security editor at The Times and Andrew Gowers, former editor of the Financial Times discuss what the panel should be asking. 28:20
14.09 0914 1) Simon Heffer, the long standing associate editor of The Telegraph, has moved to the Daily Mail to edit RightMinds, the paper's new comment and blogs website. Simon Heffer outlines his vision for RightMinds and how he plans to make it distinctive in an already crowded market. 2) The Australian government has decided to investigate the media following suggestions that Rupert Murdoch owns too large a share of the country's press. Emma Alberici, ABC's Europe correspondent, explains that the UK's worries about media plurality are nothing compared to Australia's, where two newspaper owners dominate. 3) The culture secretary Jeremy Hunt is going to approach Ofcom, the media regulator, to ask for new rules on the way media ownership is measured. The guidelines aim to identify situations where one media group has too much of a share of the UK media. David Elstein explains how media ownership might be measured and why there's a sting in the tail for the BBC. 4) This week information about the boundary review of MPs' constituencies, which had been given to the mainstream media under embargo, was published on the Guido Fawkes political blog before the embargo was lifted. To discuss whether embargoes still make sense in a digital age, Steve Hewlett is joined by political blogger Paul Staines, of the Guido Fawkes blog, and the Guardian's Michael White. 28:15
21.09 0921 1) Veteran newspaper editor Sir Harold Evans discusses News International's payment to the Dowler family and whether the British press is in danger of statutory regulation. 2) Professor Roy Greenslade and Baroness Jay discuss how the press might be regulated in future and whether newspapers would be able to break stories like the MPs' expenses scandal if there were tighter regulation of the press. 3) A new documentary, Page One, follows the fortunes of the New York Times's media desk as the paper faces new challenges in a digital world. Steve is joined by New York Times media reporter and star of the film, David Carr, to discuss how newspapers can survive. 4) There has been criticism of the X-Factor after Ceri Rees, a contestant on the programme, performed and was rejected for the fourth time. Steve Hewlett hears from her singing coach, Amanda Richards, who believes the programme makers have exploited Ceri - something the X Factor team denies. 28:07
28.09 0928 1) Chris Blackhurst, the editor of the Independent, joins Steve Hewlett to discuss Ivan Lewis's suggestion that journalists guilty of malpractice should be "struck off", his plans for the Independent and the decision to suspend, but not dismiss, Johann Hari after he admitted to plagiarism. 2) Facebook has unveiled major changes, including a revamped timeline page that encourages you to share information to "tell your story on the web" and partnerships with organisations such as The Guardian, Huffington Post and The Independent. 3) But some users have raised concerns about privacy and what Facebook will do with their data. Meg Pickard of The Guardian explains how the new social apps will work and Christian Hernandez, Facebook's director of platform partnerships, discusses what the changes mean for Facebook users. 28:20
05.10 1005 1) Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were freed from prison in Perugia on Monday, having had their convictions for murdering British student Meredith Kercher overturned. But, as the verdict was being read out, parts of the British media wrongly reported that Knox and Sollecito had lost their appeal. Steve Hewlett asks how the mistake came about and why the misinformation spread so rapidly. 2) The coverage of the trial has been described as a media circus, driven by the press and public's fascination with Amanda Knox. American journalist Nina Burleigh has argued that there is a serious problem with Italian reporters who failed to properly investigate the case or ask the right questions. Nina Burleigh and Marco Colombo ask whether there is really a problem with Italian investigative journalism. 3) A British landlady won her fight against the Premier League and Sky this week after the European Court ruled that she should be able to show Premiership football matches in her pub without buying a Sky box. To discuss what the ruling means for Sky and other broadcasters, Steve is joined by Ashling O'Connor, sports correspondent for The Times, and sports rights lawyer Morris Bentata. 4) The BBC is due to announce its Delivery Quality First proposals tomorrow, a new strategy designed to make savings for licence fee payers. Media commentator Maggie Brown explains which areas are likely to see cuts and what this may mean for BBC audiences. 28:20
12.10 1012 1) The BBC has announced its proposals for "Delivering Quality First", a strategy to cut twenty percent of the BBC's spending over the next five years. No BBC channels will be scrapped but there are concerns that the savings could overstretch resources and erode the quality of BBC programmes. Steve Hewlett hears about the decisions from the BBC's director of policy and strategy, John Tate. 2) The BBC's proposals include big cuts to local radio and reductions in budgets for network radio although Radio 4 will be protected more than others. Radio critic Gillian Reynolds explains why she fears the cuts to BBC radio are worse than they seem. 3) The Daily Mail's editor in chief Paul Dacre has addressed the Leveson Inquiry into phone hacking, calling for continued self regulation of a press which he said is "vastly better behaved" now than it was when he started working in journalism. The Guardian's media correspondent Dan Sabbagh, who was at the seminar, picks out some of Paul Dacre's main suggestions. 4) According to a report commissioned by the BBC executive, the corporation pays fees of about £10 million a year to Sky to carry BBC channels. The report says this is an unusual set-up as, in many countries, the opposite is true and satellite broadcasters pay terrestrial channels for their programmes. In the light of the recent budget cuts, John Tate tells Steve Hewlett the BBC should stop the payments to Sky and spend the money on local radio and BBC Four instead. Sky says the payments are a fair and proportionate contribution towards its running costs. 28:17
19.10 1019 1) The Press Complaints Commission has appointed Lord Hunt as its new chairman, after Baroness Buscombe resigned following criticisms of the PCC's handling of the phone hacking scandal. To hear about the challenges facing Lord Hunt and how the PCC might change, Steve Hewlett is joined by former PCC chairman Sir Christopher Meyer. 2) James Murdoch is back under the spotlight as a House of Commons Media Select Committee hears more about his alleged involvement in negotiating a pay off with phone hacking victim Graham Taylor. Lawyer Mark Lewis, who gave evidence to the committee, discusses the most recent revelations. 3) As BSkyB announces its first quarter results, there are also suggestions that some shareholders are unhappy with James Murdoch's role on the board. Financial Times Media correspondent Ben Fenton discusses BSkyB's results and whether the call for Murdoch's resignation will be answered. 4) The US public broadcaster PBS is set to launch a subscription channel in the UK which it hopes will find a wider audience for its news, current affairs and documentary programmes. Paula Kerger, the CEO of PBS, explains what the brand, which is highly regarded in the US, can bring to UK viewers more used to watching US comedy and drama. 28:18
26.10 1026 1) WikiLeaks has said that it may have to close after payment companies, including Visa, Mastercard and Paypal, blocked payments to the site, cutting off its funding. So why are these companies targeting WikiLeaks and what does the move mean for freedom of speech? Journalist and former WikLeaks employee James Ball and Jean-Francois Julliard of Reporters Without Borders ask whether WikiLeaks can survive. 2) It's a year since The Independent launched its compact sister paper, the i. The move, which was seen as a risky tactic at a time of declining newspaper sales, seems to have paid off and the i is now outselling The Independent. To discuss what i's success could mean for the future of the Independent, Steve Hewlett is joined by Andrew Mullins, the managing director of both newspapers as well as the London Evening Standard. 3) ITV's hit entertainment show The X-Factor has seen a drop in ratings compared to last year's series, as bigger audiences for Strictly Come Dancing close the gap between the rival shows. Has the X-Factor lost appeal without Simon Cowell? Or could this be a sign that its format needs refreshing? Showbiz journalist Dan Wootton and former ITV director of programmes Simon Shaps discuss how producers can maintain the appeal of long running formats. 28:17
02.11 1102 1) Peter Salmon, the director of BBC North and the driving force behind the BBC's move to MediaCity, explains his vision for a global base for the media in Salford. Several BBC departments are already broadcasting from Salford, with more set to move in early 2012, but will the move make a noticeable difference to BBC programmes? 2) This year's Radio Festival comes from Salford where the radio industry has been discussing the "death of local radio." Dee Ford is the director of Bauer Media, which is one of the major players in commercial radio and owns stations including Magic, Heart and Kiss. She explains why local radio stations are doing well for Bauer and discusses whether BBC cut backs to local radio services could present commercial opportunities. 3) It has been promised that the BBC's move north will regenerate Salford and benefit the entire region. But how do independent TV producers based in the north west see the move? Cat Lewis, who runs Manchester based production company Nine Lives, and Alex Connock of Pretend discuss the future for production in the area. 28:10
09.11 1109 1) Max Mosley has won damages in Paris from the publishers of the News of the World for invasion of privacy. Is this the end of his actions against the News of the World or does he now have new targets? 2) Last week the Arab League secured an agreement with Syria to stop violence against protesters and to allow journalists to monitor the situation in the country. It is not the first time Syrian authorities have said journalists can work in the country without fear, even if the reality is very different. A Syrian dissident who's fled the country tells Steve why she tries to help foreign journalists, despite the danger to them and to the people they interview. Sue Lloyd Roberts has recently returned from Syria where she reported undercover for BBC2's Newsnight and she talks about the precautions she has to take to protect her sources from arrest and punishment. 3) Tomorrow, James Murdoch returns to give evidence on what he did and did not know about phone hacking at the News of the World. The evidence he gave in July has been contradicted by the newspaper's editor Colin Myler and lawyer Tom Crone and so the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has asked for clarification. Sarah Ellison has written extensively for Vanity Fair on the impact of the phone hacking claims on the Murdoch family and, from New York, she comments on where the latest claims leave James Murdoch while Damian Collins MP outlines the questions he will be putting in tomorrow's crucial session. 28:09
16.11 1116 1) The Leveson Inquiry into the culture, ethics and practices of the media has started this week, with opening statements from lawyers for the inquiry, newspapers and 'victims' and, today, from journalists' union the NUJ. General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet tells the Media Show that a culture of fear kept most journalists from speaking out when they saw unethical practices over the last ten years. Can she suggest a viable solution? 2) Meanwhile, on Monday, print editors gathered in a hotel in Surrey to discuss how they could address the perceived problems of self-regulation, at the Society of Editors conference. Mirror editor Richard Wallace, Graham Dudman of News International and the Mail's executive managing editor, Robin Esser, offer their views of what if anything should replace the Press Complaints Commission. The new chair of the PCC, Lord Hunt, responds and Stewart Purvis, formerly of Ofcom, discusses the options. 28:13
23.11 1123 1) As the Leveson Inquiry takes evidence from alleged victims of phone hacking and other intrusions of privacy, one of the first witnesses, Joan Smith, tells Steve how she and other participants found common ground and why she believes it was important for her to give evidence. As the inquiry's broad remit become increasingly clear, two former editors discuss the potential impact on tabloid practices and press freedom: Jules Stenson, the features editor at the News of the World when it closed in July and Peter Preston, former Guardian editor. 2) And, not much more than a year after they joined from BBC1's The One Show, there are reports that Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley are to leave ITV's Daybreak in the new year. Liam Hamilton used to edit its predecessor at GMTV and Sue Ayton is an agent who has helped cast the presenters on several breakfast tv programmes - what future do they see for this slot on ITV and for the presenters once they've gone their separate ways? 28:06
30.11 1130 1) With tabloid newspapers under sustained attack at the Leveson Inquiry, The Sun's managing editor Richard Caseby talks about his paper's future. 2) The front pages of the upmarket newspapers yesterday carried the story told by Charlotte Church in Monday's Leveson session: that, when she was 13, she turned down £100,000 to sing Pie Jesu at Rupert Murdoch's wedding to Wendi Deng in exchange for favourable coverage. Jonathan Shalit was her agent at the time and he tells Steve what he remembers of the deal - business as usual or a "Faustian pact"? 3) And paparazzo Max Cisotti responds to the series of claims made against press and celebrity photographers in the Leveson sessions so far - in his view, are celebrities and people in the news really responsible for the way they are treated? 28:17
07.12 1207 1) Jonathan Miller is back from Syria, where he's been reporting for ITN and working on a documentary for Channel 4, "Syria's Torture Machine". Following on from his experience in the making of "Sri Lanka's Killing Fields", the new documentary includes images taken from mobile phone videos, allegedly showing abuse and torture. He tells Anne what it is like to work openly as a foreign reporter in Syria and what happened when he tried to talk to people who had not been approved by his minders. The documentary will be shown on Channel 4 on Monday 19th December at 11.10pm. 2) Attorney General Dominic Grieve MP has been flagging up his intention to prosecute journalists who threaten to prejudice or impede trials, with a handful of convictions already since he took office 18 months ago. He is trying to stem the flow of stories about people who have been arrested with new emphasis on the risk of discouraging witnesses from coming forward if the suspect's name has been tarnished. Will he fine journalists in future, or go further and jail them? 3) And The Independent's had two front page stories this week which have made the news more widely, on lobbyists Bell Pottinger, based on secret filming of their staff when bidding for new business. Bell Pottinger says they are complaining to the PCC and have instructed lawyers. Iain Overton worked on the story for the Bureau of Investigation - is this story really in the public interest, when it arguably shows little more than lobbyists boasting to attract new clients? And how does The Times' Danny Finkelstein respond to the lobbyists claims that he is worth targeting to place ideas in his columns? 28:10
14.12 1214 1) Harriet Harman MP is the new shadow secretary of state for culture, media and sport, replacing Ivan Lewis MP. So what are Labour's policies on the media generally and, specifically, on the BBC and on cross-media ownership? 2) Neville Thurlbeck was chief news reporter at the News of the World when it closed in July, where he had worked for twenty years. He was the reporter on the Max Mosley story and, separately, his name came up in reports of the Gordon Taylor phone hacking scandal when the phrase "for Neville" appeared on an emailed transcript of hacked voicemails. He denies involvement in phone hacking and tells Steve how he tried to clear his name when his connection with it was first suggested. 28:10
21.12 1221 Steve discusses the changes to tabloids and the wider media since David Cameron announced the Leveson Inquiry in July, following the closure of the News of the World, with Simon Jenkins, George Brock, Claire Enders and Trevor Kavanagh. Simon Jenkins is a Guardian columnist and former Times and Evening Standard editor, Claire Enders is the founder of media consultants Enders Analysis, Prof George Brock is Head of Journalism at City University and Trevor Kavanagh is a Sun columnist and former political editor. 28:23
28.12 1228 The Media Show Special: Children and Television: The media like stories claiming to link TV with harm to children, but is the picture so clear? Focussing on two recent pieces of research by Prof Dimitri Christakis and Prof Angeline Lillard, Steve discusses the extent to which media reports of the link can be justified. Joining him are David Buckingham who is Professor of Education at the Institute of Education at London University and Director of the Centre for the study of Children, Youth and Media, Baroness Susan Greenfield, a neuroscientist and Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology at Oxford University and Hannah Devlin, Science Correspondent for the Times with a PhD in brain imaging from Oxford University. 28:19

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