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BBC Radio 4 - Media Show 2012


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04.01 0104 1) The Daily Mail carries the Stephen Lawrence case over 21 pages today, a mark of the significance the story had for the paper and, according to many including the Mail, the significance the paper had to the story. Brian Cathcart has been following the Lawrence case from the start and written on it extensively and, through Hacked Off, is a campaigner for media reform. When the media are under such scrutiny in the Leveson inquiry, could awareness of the Mail's long campaign be ideally timed, showing the difference newspapers can make when they break the rules? 2) Meanwhile, a report by Dame Elizabeth Filkin into the Metropolitan police and the media has warned officers over links with journalists. Sean O'Neill is the Crime Editor for The Times, and as such he deals with the police on a day-to-day basis. What will Filkin's recommendations mean for his work? 3) Rupert Murdoch joined Twitter on New Year's Eve, closely followed by somebody claiming to be his wife, Wendi Deng. Both accounts were verified by Twitter, but the Deng account has since been revealed as a fake. So what happened? And does Murdoch's interest in the site mean he's thinking about investing in it? Emma Barnett, Digital Media Editor at the Daily Telegraph, has been following developments. 4) And the editor of the Financial Times, Lionel Barber, gives his views on the reporting of the economy. What, if anything, went wrong before and what role do newspapers have in warning of financial hazards ahead? 28:02
11.01 0111 Steve Hewlett presents a topical programme about the fast-changing media world including, today, Netflix and the future of TV: 1) Netflix, the video streaming service which enables customers to watch films and selected TV programmes over the internet, launched in the UK on Monday. Reed Hastings, the company's founder, claims that 'on demand' services like Netflix represent the future of TV. For the past 70 years or so, TV viewing habits have been dominated by schedules set by TV networks. With the rise of catchup and on demand services like the BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and Channel 4's 4OD, viewers have been able to take more control over what they watch and when they watch it. So is Netflix really the beginning of the end for traditional TV? Or will it struggle to make an impact in the UK market, where several catchup and on demand services are already well established? Reed Hastings makes his case to Steve, who discusses the issues with Tess Alps from the TV marketing organisation Thinkbox and Geoff Slaughter from comparison website SimplifyDigital. 2) Steve is also joined by broadcast consultant Stephen Price for an overview of the last year's viewing figures. Who's going up, who's going down and what does that tell us about longer term viewing trends? 3) The Leveson Inquiry into the culture, ethics and practices of the press has resumed after the Christmas break. This week it's been the turn of the newspaper editors to have their say, from Dominic Mohan of The Sun to Lionel Barber of the Financial Times.The Financial Times' chief media correspondent Ben Fenton has been following developments. 28:11
18.01 0118 Steve Hewlett talks to James Harding, editor of The Times and Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian. Harding reflects on his evidence to the Leveson inquiry this week, Rusbridger on the falling sales which have forced The Guardian to reduce "pagination." Supplements have been folded into the paper and the sport has returned to the back page instead of being in a separate mini-paper. We also hear why Associated Press has opened up a bureau in North Korea and we discuss the growing controversy over intellectual property on the internet. 28:26
25.01 0125 1) Last Autumn BBC management proposed a wide-ranging series of cuts which would see the Corporation's local radio services cut by 20%. As the BBC Trust prepares to publish the results of its consultation on the plan, Steve talks to Lord Patten, Chair of the Trust. Will the cuts go ahead? And if not, what can the BBC do instead to make the savings? 2) Plus, Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, on the Government's plans for the communications sector, to be laid out for consultation early this year. 25:12
01.02 0201 1) Last week the Chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten, announced he's started looking for a successor for the current Director General, Mark Thompson. The following day Thompson reportedly confirmed he'll step down after the Olympics. Is he going voluntarily or is he being pushed? And what qualities will his replacement need to have? Steve discusses BBC Director General succession with former DG Greg Dyke. 2) The Sunday Times magazine is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend. Steve looks back on half a century of iconic photojournalism with the current editor Sarah Baxter and photographers Stuart Franklin and Chris Floyd. 3) Lord Hunt of Wirral, the new chairman of the Press Complaint Commission, took the stand at the Leveson Inquiry on Tuesday. He used the opportunity to set out his plans for a reformed 'PCC 2'. But are they any good, and will they satisfy victims of press misbehaviour? Charlotte Harris is a lawyer who's represented several victims of phone hacking and had her phone hacked herself. She joins Steve and Media Editor at The Guardian, Dan Sabbagh, to discuss Lord Hunt's proposals. 4) And in a week which has seen four people from The Sun arrested as part of an ongoing police investigation into corruption, Dan stays on to discuss the prospects for the launch of a Sun on Sunday. 27:45
08.02 0208 1) When Facebook filed for an initial public offering last week, there were suggestions it could be valued at around $100 billion. Since then, more questions have been raised about the challenges it faces in justifying that value. Olivia Solon, associate editor at Wired magazine and James Ball, data journalist at the Guardian, discuss the prospects. 2) The BBC was thrust into Scottish politics at the weekend, when it was reported that it cancelled an invitation to First Minister Alex Salmond to take part in coverage of the Calcutta Cup rugby match at Murrayfield. The BBC adviser who vetoed the appearance, Ric Bailey, responds to claims he was bowing to political pressure. Broadcaster Lesley Riddoch and former BBC editor Phil Harding discuss why the BBC could face further problems when covering Scottish politics, ahead of a possible referendum on independence. 3) And, as many of the victims of phone hacking settle their claims today, Duncan Lamont of Charles Russell solicitors explains what impact this could have on the several investigations into what went wrong at the News of the World. 28:17
15.02 0215 1) Following the arrests of more journalists at the Sun over the weekend, Geoffrey Robertson QC explains why handing over the details of journalists' e-mails to the police may violate a moral and legal duty to protect sources. 2) After more journalists at the Sun were arrested over the weekend, the Sun's associate editor Trevor Kavanagh accused police of a "witch-hunt". But has the police investigation gone too far? Prof Brian Cathcart and Peter Preston discuss the latest developments. 3) Last week the BBC's director general Mark Thompson admitted that there aren't enough older women on television and radio. But is anything being done to address the problem? Former controller of BBC 1 Lorraine Heggessey and journalist and broadcaster Joan Smith discuss women on screen. 4) Following the news of the death of veteran Royal correspondent James Whitaker, we hear from Ingrid Seward of Majesty Magazine and photographer Arthur Edwards who both knew and worked with him. 28:15
22.02 0222 1) John Witherow, editor of the Sunday Times and Lindsey Hilsum, Channel 4 News international editor, talk about the renowned war correspondent Marie Colvin who was killed this morning in Syria. 2) The Sun on Sunday is to launch this weekend. Sun associate editor Trevor Kavanagh, media commentator Roy Greenslade and analyst Claire Enders discuss its prospects and its impact on the newspaper market. 3) And, following last week's discussion on women in the media, Rowan Atkinson contacted the programme to question whether anti-discrimination laws had any place in the creative industries. Lorraine Heggessey has been invited back to see how far she supports his view. The full text of his email is on The Media Show's web page. 28:07
29.02 0229 1) As James Murdoch steps down from News International to expand the international TV side of the business and as the police claim there was a "culture of illegal payments" at the Sun, what next for the Sun and the newborn Sun on Sunday? Ben Fenton, media correspondent of the Financial Times and Sarah Ellison of Vanity Fair discuss the latest news and what this means for News Corp. They are joined by Nick Davies who has just won the Paul Foot Award for campaigning journalism for his breaking stories on phone hacking. 2) Last autumn the BBC invited radio executive John Myers to review the planned changes to local radio which, broadly, would cut output rather than management. He tells Steve why it should be the other way round. 3) Media analyst Theresa Wise looks at ITV's figures, out today. The broadcaster wants to move away from its reliance on advertising to pay for programmes. What signs are there that this is happening? 28:10
07.03 0307 1) This week Dame Elizabeth Filkin's been telling the Leveson Inquiry about claims of improper relations between police and the press, including suggestions that some senior officers exchanged information to keep their private lives out of the papers. What impact could her recent report on police/press relations have on this and, based on what we've heard from the Inquiry this week, does she see senior officers as a greater problem than the junior ones? 2) Lord Birt was BBC Director General from 1992 to 2000. As the search continues for a successor to the current DG, Mark Thompson, what qualities does he think the candidates need and what are the main problems that she or he will face? You can hear Greg Dyke's thoughts on this on The Media Show on 1st February. 3) And, following this programme's coverage of the debate about women on TV, what are the prospects for the latest campaign? Broadcast magazine's calling for women to make up at least 30% of the experts used on news programmes and, so far, Sky News and Channel 4 News have pledged their support. The BBC's head of diversity, Amanda Rice, discusses this with Broadcast's editor Lisa Campbell. 28:19
14.03 0314 1) The Voice launches on BBC1 next week, a few weeks ahead of the usual launch date of ITV's Britain's Got Talent. This year, though, BGT's been brought forward and the two programmes will clash. Neil Midgley has been looking into how this happened and what's at stake for the broadcasters. 2) James Murdoch's written to the Commons committee investigating phone hacking at the News of the World, reasserting that he has not misled Parliament while sharing responsibility for not uncovering wrongdoing earlier. Why has he written this now, without being asked and what hangs on the committee's delayed report? Channel 4's political editor Gary Gibbon and Guardian media editor Dan Sabbagh discuss. 3) Lord Hunt is the chair of the Press Complaints Commission which, he announced last week, is closing down to reform. He says he has the encouragement of Lord Leveson to develop a new model for self regulation - which Lord Leveson has clarified is not the same as endorsement. Lord Hunt tells Steve how he thinks a new PCC could work. 4) And Emma Barnett, the Telegraph's digital media editor, looks at Mashable, the technology and social media news site which CNN is said to be thinking of buying for $200 million, just a few years after a Scottish teenager started it up in his bedroom in Aberdeen. 28:17
21.03 0321 1) The Controller of BBC 1, Danny Cohen speaks to Steve Hewlett about The Voice UK. 2) As headhunters draw up the job spec for the Director General vacancy, what issues can the next DG expect to face? 3) The Times has won a libel ruling from the Supreme Court, what are the ramifications for the press generally? 4) And we hear from editors at this years Press Awards. 28:14
28.03 0328 1) Almost a year after the furore over superinjunctions, there is a joint Lords and Commons report on what should be done to safeguard privacy. Among the recommendations is a call for search engines such as Google to do more to limit potential breach of court orders, with legislation to back that up if needed. Max Mosley has been calling for tighter control and he discusses this with John Kampfner, the outgoing director of Index on Censorship. John Whittingdale MP chaired the committee behind the report and Steve questions him over the findings on privacy and press regulation. 2) BBC Panorama has been reporting on claims that a NewsCorp business, NDS, hacked into rivals' software in the pay-TV business in the UK and Italy and the front page story in the Financial Times today widens this to Australia. NDS denies any wrongdoing. Stewart Purvis, formerly of ITN and Ofcom, gives his view of where, if anywhere, the story is going. 3) And there's a legal threat to The Only Way is Essex, ITV's "dramality" show, from the people behind a pilot programme, Totally Essex, which they say TOWIE's makers lifted from them. TOWIE's producers, Lime Pictures, say it's entirely their own work. Lawyer Rebecca Swindells outlines the issues when trying to protect any rights in a TV format. 28:22
04.04 0404 1) How much will BSkyB and Sky News miss James Murdoch after his resignation yesterday and what is the bigger picture for the Murdoch family's NewsCorp? Are the interests of the family and the shareholders diverging? That's the discussion between media analyst Mathew Horsman of Mediatique, US National Public Radio media correspondent David Folkenflik and former Guardian editor Peter Preston. 2) The Leveson Inquiry reaches the end of its second stage today, focussing on whether the relationship between the press and police acts in the public interest. It comes after concerns that some former Met Police officers became too close to staff at the News of the World. Sean O'Neill of The Times and Anne Pickles of The Cumberland News discuss how working relations with police have changed since the News of the World closed last July. Peter Preston looks ahead the next stage of the Leveson Inquiry later this month, when news proprietors and politicians will be cross examined. 3) And what is riding on the success of Britain's Got Talent and The Voice? Should Simon Cowell be concerned if The Voice becomes the most talked about singing talent show while The X Factor is off air? Colin Robertson, The Sun's TV editor, gives his views. 28:09
11.04 0411 1) Paul Staines ("Guido Fawkes") has been praised and criticised for publishing the leaked Motorman files relating to News International this week. These files appear to show the names of journalists who asked private investigator Steve Whittamore for information on hundreds of people, most of them not public names, along with the names of those people. Qualified praise comes from campaigners such as Hacked Off who say the files should be published but with the names of the public concealed, while unqualified criticism comes from the Information Commissioner Christopher Graham. Steve Hewlett talks to all three - Staines, Graham and Hacked Off's Brian Cathcart. 2) Facebook's to buy photo sharing programme Instagram for $1billion. a little more than a year since it started up. The Telegraph's Emma Barnett looks at the reaction and at what the next steps will be. 3) The BBC Trust has just published the job specification for the next Director General which, among other details, says that editorial background and commercial acumen would be "nice to have" but not "must have". Former BBC trustee and news editor Professor Richard Tait asks what kind of candidate the headhunters are looking for. 28:16
18.04 0418 1) Steve Hewlett questions Keir Starmer DPP on his new public interest defence guidelines. How much reassurance can journalists draw from them in their day to day work. Do they make it more or less likely that a jury would support investigative journalists even if they break the law? 2) How significant are this week's changes at the Johnston Press papers and the closure of Manchester's Channel M tv station? Some of the Johnston papers are going from daily to weekly and Channel M stopped work this week. Prof Tim Luckhurst is a former editor of the Johnston Press's paper The Scotsman and Ruth Spratt is former MD of Channel M and the Manchester Evening News and they discuss whether these are milestones on the way to a more secure future for local news - or not. 3) The Times leader on Monday called for this weekend's Formula 1 race in Bahrain to be cancelled. Ed Gorman, the paper's deputy news editor and former F1 correspondent looks at the PR drive behind the event and at calls on the media to boycott coverage. 4) And how does Simon Cowell come out of this week's serialisation of Tom Bower's unauthorised biography? Celebrity agent Jonathan Shalit gives his view. 28:02
25.04 0425 Steve Hewlett canvasses reaction to today's evidence from Rupert Murdoch with Ben Fenton of the Financial Times and Sarah Ellison, formerly of the Wall Street Journal and now contributing editor of Vanity Fair. Steve traces the rise of the Murdochs - and politicians' interest in them - from Margaret Thatcher onwards, with former cabinet member Lord Fowler, former Guardian editor Peter Preston and Claire Enders of Enders Analysis. Moving on to the BSkyB takeover that dominated yesterday's coverage of James Murdoch's evidence, the panel are joined by Steward Purvis, formerly of OFCOM. Are the controls on media ownership, which the Murdochs have challenged over the decades, as relevant now as they were before the rise of the internet? Should politicians be taken out of decisions about media ownership? 28:15
02.05 0502 1) Just a day after MPs say Rupert Murdoch is not fit to run a major international company, satellite broadcaster BSkyB posts big profits. It won't have escaped NewsCorp's attention that, if all had gone according to plan last summer, it would now own all of BSkyB and would now have all those profits to itself. In the current political climate, what are the prospects of NewsCorp launching a new bid for the 61% it does not already own? Mathew Horsman of Medatique and Theresa Wise discuss the future of BSkyB and whether NewsCorp will sell if buying all the shares becomes too problematic. 2) Ashley Highfield is the chief executive of Johnston Press and tells Steve how he sees local paper surviving in the digital age. Later this month, some of Johnston's long-standing daily papers are going weekly. 3) And Mihir Bose looks at the treatment the new England manager Roy Hodgson can expect from some newspapers simply because he is not the papers' favourite, Harry Redknapp. 28:10
09.05 0509 1) BSkyB chief executive Jeremy Darroch gives Steve Hewlett a rare interview on his strategy for Sky, including investment in programmes and importance of Premiership football rights - and addresses some of the stories surrounding Sky including its relationship with Rupert Murdoch and rivalry with the BBC. For further context, there was a discussion of BSkyB's recent strong financial report in last week's programme. 2) Film director Michael Apted has been closely connected to the "Up" series on ITV since working on World in Action's "7 Up" in 1964. From Los Angeles, he tells Steve and the Guardian media writer Maggie Brown what he has learnt in the making of "56 Up" which is being shown next Monday - and why it would be much harder to attempt this kind of documentary series today. 3) And Maggie Brown and Steve discuss what politicians might expect from the evidence of Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson at the Leveson Inquiry tomorrow and on Friday. 27:58
16.05 0516 1) Channel 4's chief executive David Abraham discusses the channel's ratings and revenues. Does the channel still need to find a replacement for Big Brother, does it need horse racing and how does the pay of C4's chief executive compare to that of the next BBC director general? 2) Tim Bradshaw, digital media correspondent of the Financial Times, discusses the potential pitfalls of the Facebook IPO on Friday. 3) And Lorraine Heggessey and Colin Robertson discuss what, if anything, needs to be done to turn around The Voice after its ratings slide. Lorraine Heggessey is former controller of BBC1 and chief executive of Talkback Thames which makes The Voice's rivals X Factor and Britain's Got Talent, while Colin Robertson is the TV editor of the Sun. 28:08
23.05 0523 1) The organisers of the Eurovision song contest have been criticised by human rights campaigners for allowing the event to be held in Azerbaijan, despite concerns about lack of press freedom. The director general of the European Broadcasting Union, Ingrid Deltenre, defends the EBU against these criticisms and explains what it is doing to support public service broadcasting. 2) Tessa Jowell MP has been giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry this week. She tells Steve how she felt when she was first told her phone had been hacked - and why she accepted the claim at the time that this was the work of one rogue reporter. 3) And David Elstein and Claire Enders discuss today's announcement that Sky faces no action over its strong position in the TV film market, despite the complaints of rivals. They also look ahead to tomorrow's Leveson evidence from Adam Smith, the special adviser to media secretary of state Jeremy Hunt. 28:15
30.05 0530 1) The editors of the Mirror and Sunday Mirror lost their jobs this morning, ahead of the papers' move to a seven day operation. Ben Fenton of the Financial Times looks looks at why Trinity Mirror has made this decision and why now. 2) Former Paralympic swimmer Giles Long tells Steve how he came up with the new graphics for Channel 4's Paralympics coverage, which aim to demystify the system for classifying athletes. 3) Yesterday the CPS explained why it would not prosecute Guardian journalist Amelia Hill over allegations her stories about the phone hacking investigation came from confidential police sources. Lawyer Susan Aslan of Aslan Charles Kousetta LLP talks through the implications of that decision for working journalists. 4) And Mary Ann Sieghart of The Independent and former Guardian editor Peter Preston discuss Tony Blair's appearance at the Leveson Inquiry this week. Can news and comment be separated in the way he suggested and, if it can, should it be? 28:10
06.06 0606 1) At its peak the BBC attracted almost 17 million viewers for its Diamond Jubilee coverage but some have described parts of it as 'lamentable,' 'tedious' and 'inane'. Alan Yentob the BBC's Creative Director responds to those criticisms. Ian Hyland TV critic for the Mail on Sunday shares his view, and Michael Lumley an executive producer for the coverage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer's wedding, reveals some of the challenges inherent in covering such large scale events on TV. 2) YouView is officially in launch phase. The internet television service - backed by the BBC, Channel 4, 5 and BT, amongst others - promised a new way of watching TV. But have a serious of delays left it trailing its competitors. BBC Media Correspondent Torin Douglas outlines the history and Theresa Wise of Accenture considers its future. 3) And the battle to become the next Director General of the BBC is gathering pace. One candidate in particular - Ed Richards - is attracting attention because of his links to the Labour Party. Anne McElvoy speaks to The Guardian's Dan Sabbagh. Presenter: Anne McElvoy 28:11
13.06 0613 1) As the situation in Syria deteriorates, the BBC's Paul Wood and CBS's Clarissa Ward discuss the risks of reporting undercover from the conflict zone. Both received the David Bloom prize this weekend at the annual Radio Television Correspondents' Association awards in Washington for their reporting in Syria. Have attitudes towards foreign journalists changed to the extent that some suggest where, to attract media attention, activists appear to have set journalists up to be shot by the government forces? 2) Two months after its relaunch from Salford, former BBC Director General Greg Dyke gives his view on BBC Breakfast. What impact might last week's Jubilee pageant coverage have on the prospects of some of the candidates to replace Mark Thompson? 3) And how straightforward would it really be to control media ownership in the way floated this week at the Leveson inquiry? Labour leader Ed Miliband said yesterday that he didn't believe one person should control 34% of the newspaper market, but how much influence is too much could anyone agree on the best way to measure it? Former Ofcom partner Stewart Purvis and media analyst Claire Enders discuss this. 28:11
20.06 0620 1) Why was BT prepared to pay so much for the rights to show Premiership football? Marc Watson is chief executive of BT Vision and he explains the strategy, while analyst Mathew Horsman of Mediatique looks at the implications for consumers and for rivals BSkyB. 2) The Leveson Inquiry has raised concerns over a story in the Mail on Sunday this weekend which alleged Lord Justice Leveson threatened to quit over comments from Michael Gove - a claim he strongly denies. Anne McElvoy of The Economist and Professor Brian Cathcart from the Hacked Off campaign discuss whether the inquiry really does have the "chilling effect" on the media which some claim and whether the inquiry's response to the Mail on Sunday's story is proportionate. 3) And Steve talks to Mark Damazer of St Peter's College, Oxford, about the variety of voices on the BBC. A report from Ofcom this week said there's a potential risk that people who consume the BBC's services don't get a wide enough range of voices and suggests the BBC Trust should monitor this. Mark Damazer is a former controller of Radio 4. 28:25
27.06 0627 1) How well did the BBC cover the Arab Spring? The BBC Trust commissioned a report from Middle East expert and former UN director of communications Edward Mortimer who found much to praise but also had some constructive criticism, detecting the absence of a central strategic brain overseeing the coverage. He explains what he thought the BBC could have done better and Stephen Mitchell, BBC deputy director of news, responds. 2) With the news this week of plans to split the NewsCorp business into entertainment and publishing companies, what's the view of the UK papers from NewsCorp's home in New York? Sarah Ellison's been following the Murdoch family interests since her time at the Wall Street Journal and extensively since with Vanity Fair and gives her reaction to the latest developments. 3) And the rights to show the 2016 Olympics are up for auction this week, with sealed bids being opened on Friday. The IOC president Jacques Rogge has said "anything is possible" with the rights, raising the possibility that they will not be shown to their fullest extent on free to air tv. The Guardian's Olympics editor, Owen Gibson, reports from the Olympic Park. 28:24
04.07 0704 1) Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, gives his first interview since appearing at the Leveson Inquiry 2) Maggie Brown of the Guardian and Mathew Horsman of analysts Mediatique discuss the prospects for new BBC DG George Entwistle 3) Ben Fenton of the FT comments on a new twist in Operation Elveden, the police investigation into allegations of corrupt payments to public officials. 28:19
11.07 0711 1) Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper on plans after Chris Moyles, who's announced today he's standing down in September. How far does this help Radio 1 reach the younger audience it needs to attract? 2) A year after its final edition, former News of the World deputy editor Neil Wallis gives his views on the impact of the closure and the subsequent Leveson Inquiry on journalism in the UK. 3) And YouView's chief executive Richard Halton explains what he believes the service will offer once available in the shop. Steve asks Emma Barnett, the Telegraph's digital media editor, if YouView will really be as revolutionary as claimed. 28:12
18.07 0718 1) MPs have been grilling the BBC over the way it contracts its presenters, leading to allegations such as that on the front of the Daily Mail this week: "148 BBC stars avoiding tax". Conservative MP Steve Barclay was one of those questioning the BBC and he tells Steve where his concerns lie. Bal Samra, the BBC's director of business affairs, responds. And, in a week when the BBC and its commercial arm BBC Worldwide have published their reports, analyst Theresa Wise asks whether Worldwide could be doing more to contribute to the BBC's income for the benefit of licence fee payers. 2) The British Olympic Association has had to reject thousands of applications for press passes. One of those surprised to find themselves among the reject pile was The Voice, "Britain's favourite black newspaper", which believed it had assurances from Seb Coe that it would be allowed in to cover the events. Now, after some lobbying and a pass becoming available today, it has a permit to cover track and field. Elizabeth Pears of The Voice tells the story and Ashling O'Connor, who helped distribute the passes, explains how they decided who to include in the shortlist. 3) And Yahoo has a new chief executive, Marissa Mayer, straight from Google. Can she help turn the company around? Theresa Wise and the Guardian's technology editor Charles Arthur discuss her prospects. 28:24
25.07 0725 1) Will a digital first strategy mean the end for some newspapers? Lord Leveson begins writing his report - what will it mean for the future of the press? 2) We road test the TV of the future - Super Hi-Vision ( 3) And as one Olympic sponsor prepares to make its first move into funding a TV music programme broadcast during the games - we ask is ad-funded programming the way forward ( 28:19
01.08 0801 1) ITV's Chief Executive talks to Steve Hewlett about the company's latest results and what the future holds for Britain's biggest free to air commercial broadcaster. 2) Plus what impact is new media - particularly Twitter having on the Olympics? 28:18
08.08 0808 1) Have TV's Red Button and HD channels struck gold at the Olympics? 2) Plus where are we with DAB and the digital radio switchover? 28:12
15.08 0815 Why does Birmingham Alabama have eight local TV stations when Birmingham in the UK - four times the size - has none? Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt MP posed that question over two years ago when he set out his vision for new local TV stations across the UK. The deadline for submissions from the would-be TV operators in 21 towns and cities closed this week and now we have a clearer picture of how Jeremy Hunt's question might be answered. Join Steve Hewlett and his guests in the West Midlands to find out more. 28:24
22.08 0822 1) After the Olympics, there were calls for those less-prominent events in which Team GB won medals to get wider coverage on tv. Is there really an appetite for this, though, now the excitement has died down? John Fairley of Highflyer TV talks about his plans to run a new tv channel showcasing minority interest sports, London Legacy. 2) How have so-called second screens affected tv viewing habits and what impact does that have on broadcasters? Paul Lee of Deloitte takes Steve through the key findings of his recent research into this, with almost half of younger viewers using their smart phones or laptops while watching tv. 3) Liz Murdoch is due to follow her father Rupert and brother James tomorrow, delivering the MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival. Sarah Ellison of Vanity Fair and Dan Sabbagh of the Guardian discuss her ambitions both inside and outside the family's businesses. 4) And, as the programme learns many UK newspapers have agreed terms to run the Prince Harry photos, will they actually print them? With Dan Sabbagh, lawyer Duncan Lamont examines the options open to editors. 28:33
29.08 0829 1) Independent editor Chris Blackhurst's shocked reaction to a letter from the Leveson Inquiry 2) Stuart Cosgrove, C4's head of diversity, on the difference the Paralympics could make to the channel 3) former PCC chairman Sir Christopher Meyer on the fallout from the Sun's publication of the Harry photos and the impact this could have on Leveson 4) Jane Kinninmont of Chatham House on the widening range and varied goals of Arabic TV channels. 28:07
05.09 0905 1) Steve Hewlett interviews Emma Scott, managing director of Freesat, as the free to air satellite TV operator launches a new service called "Free Time" 2) What's in the in-tray of the new Culture Secretary Maria Miller? 3) And will ITV's relaunch of Daybreak with a new set and new presenters draw viewers? 28:13
12.09 0912 1) John Whittingdale, Chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee gives his views on Leveson Inquiry followed by analysis by Claire Enders and Peter Preston. 2) Armando Iannucci talks about "The Thick of it" and the role of writers, producers and directors in TV. 27:50
19.09 0919 1) What does deputy leader of the Labour Party and shadow Culture Secretary Harriet Harman think about press regulation? And for that matter those royal photos? The Leveson enquiry heard lots about how the Irish system of press regulation - with its official ombudsman to decide on complaints - is much superior to our own. And yet it's there that the photos were published. So what gives? 2) Plus what's the new BBC Director General's vision for the Corporation. 28:16
26.09 0926 1) Philippa Kennedy has been appointed as Ombudsman for The Sun. She will consider complaints and correct errors but how independent of the newspaper will she actually be? 2) Channel 4 will screen footage of volunteers in a scientific study taking MDMA. David Glover, Commissioning Editor for "Drugs Live", responds to criticism that the programme risks glamorising drug use. 3) And could a levy on monthly broadband bills be an effective way of subsidising print journalism? David Leigh of The Guardian thinks so, John Gapper of the FT is not so sure. 28:13
03.10 1003 1) An ITV documentary due out tonight exposes serious allegations against the former BBC and TV Star Sir Jimmy Savile. Steve talks to the ex-policeman who made the film, Mark Williams-Thomas as well as David Jordan, the BBC's Director of Editorial Policy and Standards. 2) The former editor of Today Kevin Marsh talks about his book 'Stumbling Over Truth: The inside story of the sexed-up dossier, Hutton and the BBC'. 3) Plus just how independent is Al Jazeera? We speak to Al Anstey the Chief executive of Al Jazeera English about the channel's editorial policy. 28:16
10.10 1010 1) BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten talks to Steve Hewlett about the Savile scandal with comments from Eve Pollard, broadcaster and journalist and Michael White of the Guardian. 2) Also Brian Cathcart on the Hacked-off open letter to David Cameron from victims of phone hacking and press abuses 28:26
17.10 1017 1) As the BBC's Director General George Entwistle prepares to go before the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee to answer questions about Newsnight and the allegations of child abuse against Jimmy Savile Steve Hewlett talks to its Chair John Whittingdale. 2) Plus he's joined by the Telegraph's Emma Barnett Editor of Wonder Women, journalist and broadcaster Janet Street Porter and Jane Martinson Woman's Editor at the Guardian to discuss "Seen but not heard; How women make front page news a new report from Women in Journalism and the latest online offering for women from the Daily Telegraph. 28:48
24.10 1024 1) The Director of Editorial Policy and Standards David Jordan talks to Steve Hewlett and explains how the BBC appears to have got its wires so hopelessly crossed over the shelving of Newsnight's film on Jimmy Savile. 2) And why do TV political editors insist on standing in front of iconic Westminster locations. Nick Robinson talks about his new book The Inside Story of Politics, Power and the Media. 28:17
31.10 1031 1) The former Chief Executive of BBC Broadcasting and author of the BBC's enquiry into another recent crisis – Queengate. Will Wyatt talks for the very first time about how the Corporation has handled the Savile scandal. 2) Plus David Folkenflik from National Public Radio tells us why the New York Times is beginning to question if Mark Thompson is the right man to be their CEO. 3) Could a new plan to save Britain's ailing local newspapers work? A question Lorna Tilbian of Numis Securities and Neil Fowler - former editor of the Western Mail, Newcastle Journal and Derby Evening Telegraph. 4) And as the financial crisis in Greece intensifies journalists are in the firing line of state attempts to shut them up - we hear from the front line. 28:15
07.11 1107 1) As Lord Justice Leveson puts the finishing touches to his forthcoming report into the culture, practices and ethics of the press we speak to a former Editor of The Guardian Peter Preston and the academic Professor Natalie Fenton about why the FT and The Guardian - both previously open to the idea that legislation might be needed to tempt, or force, reluctant media owners to participate, have moderated their positions 2) We celebrate thirty years of Channel 4 with the founding Chief Executive Sir Jeremy Isaacs and look back at its achievements and the challenges it faces in the future. 3) And we try to get to the bottom of why the BBC - so long immune from bad ratings on the trust scorecard appears to be suffering too. 76% of us apparently do not trust senior managers at the BBC to tell the truth. 28:32
14.11 1114 The crisis at the BBC - special one-hour edition: The BBC management was already in trouble over the way it struggled to handle revelations about Jimmy Savile. It was then thrown into chaos when Newsnight broadcast a child abuse survivor's story, pointing at a senior Conservative politician, that turned out to be completely false. It was a failure of the BBC's most prized possession - its journalism. The new Director General resigned and the Chairman of the BBC Trust Lord Patten is in danger of following him out of the door. So how did the BBC get it so wrong? What is the future of investigative journalism at the BBC and elsewhere? And who - or what - next for the top job? Joining Steve Hewlett for an hour long Media Show special are Richard Tait a former member of the BBC's board of governors and more recently a member of the Trust, Sian Kevill former Editor of Newsnight,Editor , Richard Peel, a former Controller of Communications for BBC News for 10 years up until 1998, veteran investigative journalist John Ware, Tim Suter of Perspective Consulting but formerly of Ofcom, the DCMS and at one time a senior BBC executive. Professor Stewart Purvis whose past roles have included: Partner for Content and Standards at Ofcom, Chief Executive and Editor in Chief at ITN. Claire Enders of Enders Analysis and Richard Sambrook -the one-time director of BBC news who lost his job as a result of the last major crisis to hit BBC News - the Hutton Enquiry and after a stint running the world service is now head of journalism at Cardiff University. 57:15
21.11 1121 As we prepare for the publication of the Leveson Inquiry into Culture, Practice and Ethics of the Press Lord Black the Executive Director of the Telegraph Media Group talks to Steve Hewlett about why he thinks his plan for self regulation of the press is the best way forward. But what do victim representatives and those connected to the tabloids think of it? Discussion with Ann McElvoy, public policy editor at the Economist and Evening Standard columnist, newspaper veteran Professor Roy Greenslade and media lawyer Mark Thomson, media lawyer who represented Sienna Miller in her privacy case. 28:19
28.11 1128 Lobbying before Leveson: The Leveson report is now on the desk of David Cameron ahead of its publication tomorrow. As lobbying continues behind the scenes, The Media Show hears from John Whittingdale MP who is one of those signing a letter against statutory regulation today. He chairs the Commons Media Select Committee which has been looking into issues relating to phone hacking since the first prosecutions. Jurgen Kronig, president of the Foreign Press Association in London and correspondent for Germany's Die Zeit and Amy Chozick of the New York Times look at how the wider Leveson story's being reported abroad. Martin Moore of the Media Standards Trust responds to last week's Media Show interview with Lord Black and explains the MST's argument for statutory support of regulation. Dan Sabbagh of the Guardian reports on last minute negotiations between newspapers to present a more united front on press regulation and looks at the other areas Lord Justice Leveson is likely to cover tomorrow. 28:20
30.11 1130 The Leveson Special: First, last year, David Cameron called on Lord Justice Leveson to recommend a new regulatory system for the press. Then, yesterday, after he'd made his recommendations, Leveson LJ passed responsibility for the next steps back to the government - they, he said, must decide "who guards the guards". Where does that leave the industry, whose own plans for self-regulation were rejected by the inquiry? How much of the Leveson scheme can they accept and what can or should they now offer to meet the calls for independent self-regulation? To explore the behind-the-scenes negotiations, Steve Hewlett talks to a range of editors tasked with finding a solution: Peter Wright, former editor of the Mail on Sunday, Chris Blackhurst, editor of The Independent, John Witherow, editor of the Sunday Times, Trevor Kavanagh, associate editor of The Sun and Anne Pickles, associate editor of The Cumberland News and the News and Star which are part of the Cumbrian Newspaper Group. 28:01
05.12 1205 1) Professor Brian Cathcart of Hacked Off argues for implementing the Leveson recommendations in full - an argument backed by the group's online petition that now has more than 140,000 signatures. What does he make of the industry and government response so far? 2) Independent editor Chris Blackhurst reports from the latest meeting of editors, convened this morning to discuss the industry's progress on plans for self-regulation. Have they agreed on something that the government could back? 3) Sarah Ellison, contributing editor of Vanity Fair and Douglas McCable, head of print media at Enders Analysis, look at the planned changes in News Corp. With the publishing business, including the UK newspapers, to be put into a new company separate from the much more substantial entertainment side, what is the future for The Sun and the Times newspapers? 28:11
12.12 1212 1) The BBC's Robert Peston and Roy Greenslade of The Guardian on James Harding's resignation from The Times 2) Adam Smith of Group M media buyers on sharp declines in print circulation and falling advertising revenue 3) Carla Buzasi of Huffington Post UK and Emily Bell of Columbia University on regulating the internet, the big issue avoided in the Leveson report 4) Prof John Horgan, Ireland's press ombudsman, on the direction the Leveson process is now taking. 26:48
19.12 1219 Pollard Review: Analysis and reaction to the Pollard Review in to the management of the Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile and the subsequent Editor's Blog. Steve Hewlett is joined by; John Lloyd Director of Journalism at Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and contributing Editor of the Financial Times. Tim Suter Founding Managing Director at Perspective Associates provide regulatory and policy advice to some of the leading media and telecommunications clients in the UK and abroad and former Partner at Ofcom (Office of Communications), Sian Kevill Former Editor of Newsnight and Director of Make World. Lis HOwells Director of Broadcasting, Department of Journalism, City University and Alan Yentob the BBC's Creative Director. 28:34
26.12 1226 1) From the Two Ronnies and Morecambe and Wise to the Royle Family and the battle of the soaps, Steve Hewlett unpicks the dark arts of festive TV scheduling. From the executives who make up programme titles to fool their rivals to the search for the perfect sitcom to suit all the family on Christmas night, he asks industry experts to reveal the tricks of the trade. His guests include David Liddiment, independent producer, former director of ITV Programmes and now a BBC Trustee; former scheduler Stephen Price and Lisa Campbell, editor of Broadcast magazine. 2) He is also joined by Sir David Jason the star of one of the most successful and long-running sitcoms, Only Fools and Horses. Sir David describes working on the Christmas editions and how his inspiration for Del Boy Trotter was a man from London's Eastend who he met while working as an electrician 28:06

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