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BBC Radio 4 - Media Show 2013


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0102 02.01 1) The Christmas TV ratings - who's really come out on top? 2) What are going to be the most pressing issues for the BBC's new DG ? 3) Plus as a film about veteran war photographer Don McCullin is released, we examine the role of photojournalists with Sarah Baxter Editor of the Sunday Times Magazine and photojournalist Sean Smith. 4) And following the death of cricket commentator Christopher Martin-Jenkins the Telegraph's radio critic Gillian Reynolds talks about the art of sports commentary. 28:30
0109 09.01 1) There are more developments in the Leveson story this week. As Oliver Letwin works on a draft Royal Charter, newspaper publishers meet to agree their own new road map and the Lords discuss regulation, Hacked Off's put out its own draft bill and the Information Commissioner's released his response to Leveson. Steve Hewlett hears from Hugh Tomlinson QC who's behind the Hacked Off bill and from Christopher Graham, the Information Commissioner. Newspapers this week have reported the commissioner warning about the potentially "chilling effects" on investigative journalism if the Leveson recommendations are implemented in full. 2) Channel 4 is yet to renew its deal with Group M, which buys around £250m of advertising from the broadcaster each year. There's disagreement over where Channel 4 is still as valuable to advertisers as it has been. Mathew Horsman of Mediatique media consultants and Lisa Campbell of Broadcast magazine look at the underlying performance and the overall strength of the broadcaster's programmes. Staying with Channel 4, employment lawyer Jane Moorman of Virtual Lawyers Ltd looks at John McCririck's claim for compensation after he was dropped from Channel 4 Racing at the age of 72. He's seeking £3,000,000 for age discrimination - a claim Channel 4 rejects and says it will vigorously defend. 28:35
0116 16.01 1) Lord Hunt the Chair of the Press Complaints Commission talks to Steve Hewlett about his plans for press self-regulation. 2) Plus as the Observer Editor says the paper "got it wrong" and withdraws a column by Julie Burchill described as a "disgusting rant" against transsexual, from the Online site, we look at the role of a columnist, free speech and the difficulties faced by Editors in dealing with instant reaction to articles via Twitter and other social media. With Columnist Toby Young, Roz Kaveney a writer and transgender activist, Laurie Penny Contributing Editor at the New Statesman and former Editor of The Guardian Peter Preston. Producer Beverley Purcell. 28:29
0123 23.01 Women on Radio and TV: Why aren't there more women on radio and tv as experts, commentators and presenters? Steve Hewlett explores the issues on The Media Show this week with a range of insiders: Anne Morrison, Director of the BBC Academy, who ran a day of training for women experts last week with more planned; Fiona Fox, Director of the Science Media Centre which links news programmes up with expert scientists; Lis Howell, Director of Broadcasting at City University, who has been monitoring the number of women on news programmes; Emma Barnett, the Telegraph's Women's Editor; Chris Shaw, Editorial Director of ITN Productions and Executive Producer of The Agenda and Tamy Hoffman, Interviews Editor of Sky News. 28:05
0130 30.01 1) Former Editor of The Sunday Times Sir Harold Evans on how the press have reacted to Leveson 2) David Dinsmore, Director of Operations at News International on their plans to show Premiership League football highlights on mobile and internet versions of The Sun, Times and Sunday Times 3) Award winning filmmaker Peter Kosminsky on how regulation "TV style" can benefit all journalists 28:28
0206 06.02 1) The former BBC DG Mark Thompson said the arrival of YouView would bring an intense "battle for the living room". Just a few months after its delayed launch, though, how big an impact is it really making? Steve talks to Rory Cellan-Jones, the BBC's technology correspondent, about the early sales and then to Dido Harding, CEO of TalkTalk, one of the main providers of YouView along with BT. 2) The biggest local TV contract was awarded this week, for London. The winning bid was from the people behind The Independent and the London Evening Standard, owned by Alexander Lebedev. Andrew Mullins is the MD of the group and he tells Steve how their plans will succeed when previous local TV schemes have failed. 3) Juliette Garside, the Guardian's telecoms correspondent, gives her views on Liberty Global's agreement to buy Virgin Media for around £15 billion. Why is John Malone, the billionaire behind the cable group, doing the deal now and what will this mean for rivals and consumers? 28:12
0213 13.02 1) On the paper's 125th anniversary, the Financial Times editor Lionel Barber discusses the paper's recently announced Digital First strategy, whether it's up for sale and what he makes of yesterday's plans for a royal charter to set up a new body to oversee a press regulator. 2) Brian Cathcart of Hacked Off and Lord Fowler raise their concerns about the new regulator and the royal charter, respectively. 3) And, after Delia Smith said she's turning from TV to online for her next cookery show, Steve looks at how the role of the TV cook has changed since Delia first cooked her Alpine eggs on Family Fare in 1973. He's joined by Frances Whitaker, who introduced Delia to the BBC as a change to Fanny Craddock and by Pat Llewellyn who brought the Two Fat Ladies and then Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay to TV. 28:26
0220 20.02 1) New Labour cabinet minister James Purnell is one of the new DG's first appointments and will become the new director of strategy and digital. How's his appointment been received and what will he bring to the Corporation. 2) Does advertising make children fat? Yes say doctors - so ban it before 9pm. No say advertisers - no evidence. They accuse the medics of "grandstanding". 3) And what's going on behind the scenes as the BBC prepares to publish the transcripts of the Pollard Review. 28:25
0227 27.02 1) The executive producer of BBC3's "People Like Us" responds to calls for the programme to be dropped tonight, following allegations of faking (all of them denied). It's set in Harpurhey, Manchester and the local MP Graham Stringer sums up the case against while Simon Dickson, who is also MD of Dragonfly which made the series, speaks up for the programme. What issues did he have to bear in mind from the outset, when discussing his plans with the community? 2) In his speech at last night's Paul Foot Awards, Ian Hislop said "the press is under threat and the perception that all journalism is cheap and unethical is worth attempting to counter". The Private Eye editor was explaining why so many strong entries had been shortlisted for the prize for investigate journalism. He talks to Steve about this and his attitude to regulation. Among those talking to Steve was Nick Davies of the Guardian, who exposed phone hacking, who calls for nearly all the Leveson conclusions to be put in force as a boon to investigative journalists. 3) And, following Simon Chinn's Oscar for best documentary, with "Searching for Sugar Man", what's the state of docs in the UK today? Why are there more documentaries shown at cinemas than before and is the demand for docs on TV changing? Oscar-nominated director Mike Lerner and Heather Croall of Sheffield Documentary Festival discuss. 28:17
0306 06.03 1) After years of campaigning for reform could the Defamation Bill be derailed by "Leveson clauses"? 2) Could BBC Worldwide be about to sell a controlling stake in travel guidebooks publisher Lonely Planet to the US billionaire Brad Kelley. 3) And how much does the new ITV drama Broadchurch owe to the Danish Drama The Killing? 28:41
0313 13.03 1) Steve interviews Ed Richards, Chief Executive of Ofcom, on some of the key areas in his brief. What, if anything, needs to be done to support public service broadcasting? Is Ofcom willing and able to be part of system regulating the press? How far can Ofcom protect internet users from inappropriate content? What happens to the "watershed" when so many programmes are watched on demand? And does he regret having to disclose that he wanted the BBC director general's job? 2) Meanwhile, there may be a breakthrough today on the press regulation plans, as the party leaders meet to resolve their differences. Chris Blackhurst, editor of the Independent, talks about what he knows of the latest plans - and why he's frustrated that so many discussions appear to be going in private. 28:15
0320 20.03 1) Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Acting Chair of the Media Standards Trust talks to Steve Hewlett about the latest twists and turns in implementing Lord Justice Leveson's press reforms. 2) Phil Collins Chief Leader writer of The Times, Professor Natalie Fenton a board member of the campaign group Hacked Off and Chris Blackhurst Editor of The Independent discuss whether the Royal Charter throws up as many problems as it solves. 28:08
0327 27.03 1) Britain's biggest selling daily newspaper, The Sun, has announced it will start charging for its website later this year. It's the latest paper to announce it's to put content behind a pay wall - the Telegraph made its plans known yesterday afternoon. Presenter Steve Hewlett discusses how The Sun is hoping to make money, what it's likely to be offering, and whether competitors like Mail Online could ever follow suit. 2) As separate types of media - print, broadcast, online - increasingly merge together, questions are being asked about how to regulate content. A report out today from the House of Lords Communications Committee has looked into the issue. It believes the changes to the media are 'profound' and put strain on the present regulatory system. Steve asks the Chair of the Committee and report author, Lord Ingelwood, about the findings and hears concern from the founder of Mumsnet Justine Roberts about trying to regulate arenas like blogging. 3) And Richard Marson, author of "The Life and Scandalous Times of John Nathan-Turner", responds to press reports of his book that focus on new abuse allegations at the BBC in the 1980s. 28:22
0403 03.04 1) Melvyn Bragg about coverage of the Arts on TV 2) How important is the coverage to BBC, ITV and other broadcasters like Sky? Where's its place in the schedule and does it deserve to be given a higher profile? A question for Alan Yentob Creative Director for the BBC, the Daily Telegraph's Gillian Reynolds and Matthew Hemley from The Stage 28:16
0410 10.04 Baroness Thatcher, Rupert Murdoch and media changes in the Thatcher years: With guests Baroness Dean of Thornton Le Fylde, former president of the print union SOGAT during the Wapping dispute, Andrew Neil, former Editor of the Sunday Times, Michael Green who ran Carlton TV and Professor Paddy Barwise who advised the BBC on how to handle proposals to scrap the licence fee. 28:20
0417 17.04 1) The row between the LSE and the BBC continues, following Monday's Panorama on North Korea. In today's programme, Sue Lloyd-Roberts, special correspondent for the BBC, describes how she went about reporting from North Korea and what precautions she takes when working undercover. Aidan Foster Carter, who analyses both Koreas, gives his view on the value of this week's Panorama and the risks faced both by journalists working there and the local people who come into contact with them. Before that, the BBC News head of programmes, Ceri Thomas, responds to some of the criticisms. 2) There is a dispute between BSkyB and BT over premiership football rights, which could have an impact on consumers. Both companies have some of the rights, but will viewers have to subscribe to Sky and BT Vision separately to see them all - or can they sign up to one and get both? And why does it matter so much to the broadcasters? Mathew Horsman of Mediatique has been looking at the background. 3) And, coincidentally, the BBC announced on Monday that the former Times editor James Harding would be the new head of news. We hear from Prof Ian Hargreaves, the last newspaper man to hold the post, on the challenges he'll face. 28:25
0424 24.04 1) As the Defamation Bill passes through the House of Lords and is signed off by the Commons, we speak to the science writer and campaigner Simon Singh. 2) Should people who are arrested be named in the media or should their identify remain a secret until charged? A question for Susan Aslan a Media Lawyer, Trevor Kavanagh Associate Editor of The Sun and Frances Crook Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform. 3) Plus Susanna Dinnage general manager of Discovery Networks UK on the launch of a new Channel aimed at women. 28:29
0501 01.05 1) Steve Hewlett discusses the rival Royal Charters with acting Times editor John Witherow and Christopher Jefferies, wrongly named by some in the press following Jo Yeates' murder. Is this really a time for further consultation and negotiation? 2) Charlotte Raven tells Steve more about her plans to bring back Spare Rib, the feminist magazine, 20 years after it closed. 3) And, as more media Twitter accounts are temporarily taken over by the Syrian Electronic Army, is this becoming as much of a problem for the social media company as it is for the people being hacked? Rupert Goodwins, former editor of technology news website ZDNet, looks at the issues. 28:26
0508 08.05 1) The Telegraph's Luke Edwards has been banned from Newcastle Utd after he wrote a story the club didn't like and the paper refused to retract it. He tells Steve why other reporters told him to quiet about this and, with Ashling O'Connor of The Times, discusses the challenges of reporting on football when clubs threaten to ban reporters in this way. 2) The Queen's Speech is today. Labour's Harriet Harman says it's time for legislation on issues like media ownership and calls on the government to act. What would she do to resolve the disagreements over press regulation? 3) From Moscow, The Guardian's Miriam Elder reports on the start of the trial of Alexander Lebedev, who Steve then speaks to on his mobile to ask if a conviction and jail would affect his papers - The Independent, Independent on Sunday, The i and London Evening Standard. 28:06
0515 15.05 1) In its Annual Report this week, Channel 4 has announced higher than ever investment in original programmes and a loss of £29m. This was for 2012 which featured successes like the Paralympics coverage, which won a Bafta on Sunday. While C4 has hit many of its own financial targets, it has fallen short of its target for share (the proportion of available audience watching its programmes). Chief Executive David Abraham tells Steve where the money has been spent, what changes viewers can expect for 2013 and why he and his Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt were paid £615k and £506k last year, respectively, plus benefits. 2) On a day that also sees new figures out on ITV's performance, Lisa Campbell, editor of Broadcast magazine, looks at the advertising market and what commercial broadcasters are doing to reduce their reliance on advertising. 3) And there is a news and commentary website, The Conversation, launching in the UK tomorrow after a start in Australia. It is written by academics and edited by journalists and aims to address some of the problems that arise when the media covers academic research. Andrew Jaspan is the former newspaper editor behind it and he joins Steve in the studio. 27:27
0522 22.05 1) Radio 1's breakfast show has reported its lowest listening figures for 10 years, following Chris Moyles' replacement by Nick Grimshaw. But is this what Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper was expecting when he made the change? He's charged with bringing the median age of listeners to within Radio 1's target of 15-29, so losing older listeners might be part of the plan. Can he bring in more, younger listeners without alienating the older loyal audience? 2) The new College of Policing has published guidelines on how the police should deal with journalists. The aim is to ensure a more consistent approach across all forces in their dealings with the media but could this compromise the public's right to know? The Guardian's crime correspondent, Sandra Laville and Andy Trotter of ACPO, who drafted these guidelines, discuss. 3) Plus why did Yahoo! buy Tumblr, what difference will it really make to the business and what lessons are there to be learnt from MySpace, Bebo and Yahoo's own newly relaunched Flickr? Ingrid Lunden is TechCrunch's international editor and reporter - she joins Steve in the studio. 28:24
0529 29.05 1) How the media covered the Woolwich attack with Fran Unsworth Acting Director BBC News Group, Peter Preston a columnist on the Guardian and Observer and documentary maker Peter Taylor and long time reporter on terrorism. 2) As News Corp prepares to split in the business into two - we look at how it's being rebranded and what it'll mean for the business in the future with Andrew Neil former Editor of The Sunday Times and branding expert Allyson Stewart-Allen. 3) And as Peter Bennett-Jones prepares to stand down as Chair of Trustees at Comic Relief he talks to Steve Hewlett about what it's really like doing something funny for money. 28:25
0605 05.06 1) UKIP leader Nigel Farage says he expects to be included in leader debates at the 2015 general election and may go to court if needed. Behind the scenes, broadcasters are exploring ways of staging debates both in 2015 and potentially next year before the Euro elections. So what might happen? Do all the leaders want to take part? Who has a veto? Isabel Oakeshott, political editor of the Sunday Times and Stewart Purvis, former ITN editor in chief and OFCOM partner, discuss. 2) Netflix has attracted publicity with its strategy of commissioning new programmes and releasing them all at once, like an online boxed set. Last week, it was the US sitcom Arrested Development and before that a remake of House of Cards. Is the new programme strategy paying off? Joris Evers, from Netflix, joins Steve from California while, in the studio, Paul Lee looks at the bigger picture for on demand services and rivalry with TV and DVDs. Paul is director of TMT research at Deloitte (tech, media and telecoms). 3) And why regeneration in Dr Who is such effective marketing - that's with Lorraine Heggessey who, as controller of BBC1, brought the programme back with Russell T Davies after its long break. 28:18
0612 12.06 1) We hear from Greece about the sudden closure of the public service broadcaster, ERT, which was taken off air last night. Anita Paschalinou speaks to Emma from her desk in the newsroom where, as editor on duty, she is trying to keep the ERT news website going; from Switzerland, Ingrid Deltenre, director general of the European Broadcasting Union, relays the talks she's been having to try to get ERT back on air; and, in Athens, freelance journalist Maria Kagkelidou explains the role ERT has in Greece and gives an update on changes during the day. 2) Margaret Hodge MP, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, is looking into the BBC's loss of £100m over a technology project - she explains why she wants the BBC's former DG Mark Thompson to return to the UK to answer questions. George Bevir, technology editor at Broadcast magazine, first explains what the DMI project was meant to achieve. 3) And music industry analyst Mark Mulligan takes a look at Apple's new iTunes Radio and suggests it could challenge commercial radio in the UK; Tony Moorey, Absolute Radio's director of content, responds. 28:19
0619 19.06 1) C4's Jon Snow was one of the few foreign reporters in Tehran for the recent election and the only UK broadcaster. What conditions was he working under, how did he handle the Iranian authorities and what keeps drawing him back to the country? 2) The Guardian's PRISM story has given it a boost in the USA, which reportedly already provides a third of the traffic to its website. Has this increased the viability of its free digital news strategy? Prof Emily Bell of Columbia University is the former director of digital at the Guardian and now on the Scott Trust board and she joins Steve from New York while, in London, Douglas McCabe of Enders Analysis gives his opinion. Also, as NewsCorp splits into 21st Century Fox and a smaller NewsCorp, what is the future of Rupert Murdoch's printed newspapers in the UK? 3) And how does the BBC respond to claims that the TV licence fee is anachronistic and increasingly avoided by people only watching catch up? Do the figures back that up and how would enforcement work if more people claim they don't need a licence yet watch online or on mobiles? Steve puts this to John Tate, the BBC's director of policy and strategy. 28:23
0626 26.06 1) Andrew Knight, chairman of Times Newspapers, on this week's split of NewsCorp into separate entertainment and publishing arms 2) Henry Porter of The Observer and Stephen Glover of The Mail discuss whether rival news media under-reported the Guardian's spying scoops 3) Lisa Campbell, editor of Broadcast, on Charlotte Moore who today takes over at BBC1 28:28
0703 03.07 1) The BBC Trust came in for strong criticism this week in a National Audit Office report on severance payments for senior BBC managers. Following this, Public Accounts Committee chairman Margaret Hodge MP said "There are real issues for the Trust - what are they there for but to protect licence-fee payers interests?" She added the Digital Media Initiative project, recently shut down at a cost of £100m, as another case where the governance structure appeared not to be working properly. Steve puts the case for reform to BBC Trustee David Liddiment. 2) Channel 4 is to broadcast a film of a murder trial next week, the first UK case to be shown in almost 20 years. It comes as the government confirms that Appeal Court hearings may be televised from October, subject to restrictions. The director of C4's "The Murder Trial", Nick Holt, discusses the programme and the issues with Simon Bucks, associate editor, Sky News and Frances Gibb, legal correspondent of The Times. The programme will be shown on C4 on 9th July at 9pm. 3) And Nick Robinson, BBC political editor, updates Steve on developments in the press regulation process. This follows confirmation that the industry's alternative Royal Charter will be considered next week by the Privy Council, some three months before the possible date for considering the charter approved by Parliament. 28:31
0710 10.07 1) This afternoon, the BBC's Chairman and Director General are before the MPs on the Public Accounts Committee. Lord Patten and Lord Hall are answering questions about the size of compensation payments made to senior executives who left the BBC in the last few years, some of them greater than contractually allowed. Tara Conlan reports from the hearing - she is a long term BBC watcher in her role at the Guardian. One of the questions raised by the National Audit Office report into the payments relates to the BBC Trust and whether it can adequately supervise or inspect the BBC board decisions. Tim Suter, a founding partner of Ofcom and Claire Enders of Enders Analysis discuss what changes need to be made to the way the BBC is governed, if any, in the interests of licence payers. 2) Brian Cathcart is a founder of the Hacked Off campaign. He responds to the announcement this week of plans for a replacement to the Press Complaints Commission, proposed by the industry. These plans are linked to the so-called Rival Royal Charter which the industry has put forward and is being considered by the Privy Council today. 3) And what impact might the secret recording of his meeting at The Sun have on Rupert Murdoch? The Commons Media Select Committee has invited him to return to explain his comments, which relate to a range of controversial subjects including the extent to which Fleet Street paid police for information. Claire Enders and Brian Cathcart are joined by Peter Preston, former Guardian editor. 28:32
0717 17.07 1) Mishal Husain is to join the Today programme as presenter. The BBC's head of news programmes, Ceri Thomas and the Observer's Miranda Sawyer, also of Sound Women, discuss the significance and whether we can expect announcements of further changes. 2) Ofcom's considering complaints that ITV, C4 and the BBC were wrong to broadcast interviews with radical Islamist cleric Anjem Choudary following the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich. Former Ofcom partner for content and standards, Stewart Purvis, looks at whether the broadcasters can justify their decision. 3) Until last month, Chris Blackhurst was editor of The Independent. He now has the role of group content director for that paper as well as the Independent on Sunday, the i and London Evening Standard. What's the future for the papers, with falling circulation and increased cover price for the Independent while the free Standard and 20p i appear to thrive? 28:15
0724 24.07 1) With the full coverage so far, spare a thought for those working on Sunday papers and on rolling news who have to come up with fresh ways of covering the royal baby story. Eleanor Mills, editorial director of the Sunday Times, Jonathan Levy, head of newsgathering at Sky news and Kevin Maguire of the (seven days a week) Mirror share their experiences and their plans for pacing the story over the coming days and weeks. 2) Channel 5 has overtaken Channel 4's weekly share of viewing for the first time in its history. Is this a blip or a symptom of an underlying issue for Channel 4? Mark Sweney, of the Guardian, gives his view. 3) And how practical might it be to impose the kind of effective filters on internet porn that David Cameron has announced this week? Dr Paul Bernal, lecturer in IT and law at the University of East Anglia talks through some of the issues, joined by Eleanor Mills, who has long campaigned to protect children from online pornography. 28:30
0731 31.07 1) David Dinsmore the Editor of The Sun talks to Steve Hewlett about the launch of Sun+ 2) BT Vision's Chief Executive Marc Watson on BT Sport. Will it really be a "game changer"? 3) And how can Twitter prevent online trolling against women 28:22
0807 07.08 The government's media plurality review, the front line in the battle for press freedom in Turkey, and the latest twist in the Leveson saga. Guests: Chris Blackhurst, David Elstein, Des Freedman, Emri Kizilkaya 28:31
0814 14.08 1) In this week's programme, Steve Hewlett talks to Nick Pollard, whose review into the BBC has led, amongst other things, to the appointment of James Harding to BBC News. In his first interview since it was published in December last year, Steve asks him about his findings, the culture at the BBC and what improvements James Harding could bring to the newsroom now he's joined the corporation. 2) Media writer Maggie Brown outlines who James Harding is, and offers her thoughts on the challenges he faces. 3) And former BBC executive Phil Harding gives us the inside track on what life as a BBC editor is like. 28:23
0821 21.08 1) As the story over the detention of David Miranda continues to unfold, Steve Hewlett gets the latest from the editor of the Guardian, Alan Rusbridger, and discusses how the Guardian, and other publications, have covered the story. 2) In the year of its centenary, we ask the editor of the New Statesman, Jason Cowly, how it's adapting in the digital world. 3) And, as the International Herald Tribune embarks on a rebranding, we ask, what's really in a name change? 28:26
0828 28.08 1) The BBC's director general has said he would like to see more women hosting or co-hosting breakfast shows on the corporation's English local radio stations. He has set a new target of 50 per cent by the end of 2014; currently, just 2 breakfast programmes out of 41 have sole female presenters. Steve Hewlett speaks to the BBC's creative director Alan Yentob about the decision and asks former managing editor of BBC local radio John Ryan about the practicalities of getting more women on air. Also joining him in the discussion is media and communications consultant Lisa Kerr who considers whether quotas are the best way to achieve this. 2) Also on today's programme; as the Co-op supermarket prepares to pull a number of lads' mags from its shelves, we ask the launch editor of Front magazine what this might mean for an already struggling magazine sector. 3) And Stewart Purvis will be in the studio discussing his new book, which examines the lengths reporters on the front line of war and famine go to in order to get a story. 28:26
0904 04.09 1) As a report from the National Audit Office today concludes that severance pay at the BBC provided poor value for money and put public trust at risk, we ask what measures are being put in place to restore confidence. 2) With just over a year to go before Scotland votes on independence, Steve Hewlett discusses how papers and broadcasters will decide agendas, stimulate interest on both sides of the border, and in the BBC's case, ensure impartiality. 3) And following the death of Sir David Frost, we ask whether his interview style would work today, in an age of spin, 24 hour news coverage and news pools. 28:27
0911 11.09 1) In a week where the future of the BBC Trust has been called into question, we ask what alternative structures of governance might look like? BBC Trustee Richard Ayre joins Steve Hewlett to defend the Trust's performance, and a panel including former BBC and OFCOM executive Tim Suter, and former trustee and Newsnight editor Professor Richard Tait, discuss what a new governing body might look like and whether it would do a better job. 2) And, a new report says earnings for top TV writers have risen by more than 30 per cent in the last 5 years. We ask what impact this has on commissioning budgets, and find out how a reliance on one or two star writers is making it harder to export programmes to the US. 28:29
0918 18.09 1) On today's programme, Steve Hewlett discusses the influence of media agencies on broadcast networks. It follows comments by Channel 5 owner Richard Desmond, who has hit out at the power of Sir Martin Sorrell's UK media buying operation, Group M - the biggest player in the market. Joining Steve is chairman of Walker Media, Phil Georgiadis, and John McVay of Pact, the producer's alliance for cinema and television. And Steve asks Martin Bowley, the former chief executive of Carlton Media Sales, how the balance of power has shifted in the media buying world in recent years. 2) In the week that's seen Twitter announce its intention to float, we ask how the model might have to change when under the scrutiny of investors. Keen tweeter and technology and digital media correspondent at the Telegraph Emma Barnett discusses how its coming-of-age may mark the start of some fundemental changes for the social networking site. And NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik talks about it's impact on global news. 3) And we look at the language used by newspapers and TV reporters alike; 'journalese'. Robert Hutton, UK political correspondent for Bloomberg News has written a book, 'Romps, Tots and Boffins - The Strange Language of News'. He joins Steve to discuss his favourite examples. 28:25
0925 25.09 1) The BBC has published its review of children's services at the corporation, revealing how viewing trends amongst youngsters is changing. It says children want more content online so they can access it from their mobile phones and tables. Steve Hewlett speaks to Helen Bullough, head of in-house production for CBBC about the challenges posed by creating apps and on-demand content for children. Also joining him is Greg Childs, who launched the first internet services for Children's BBC and is now Director of the Children's Media Foundation, and asks him why he thinks the BBC needs to do more to move children's entertainment from TV to online. 2) A new season on Channel 4 starts next week which claims to examine how pornograph is affecting people's lives. One show, Sex Box, will feature couples having sex in a solid, sound-proofed box and then discussing their experience with a panel of experts. We talk to host Mariella Frostrup about why she decided to get involved, and what can be gained from a programme like this. And Ralph Lee, head of factual programmes at the channel, discusses whether programming like this fulfills a public service remit, or is simply a gimmick to attract a dwindling youth audience. 3) The Radio Times celebrates its 90th birthday this week. Launched in a fit of pique in 1923, after an announcement from the Newpaper Proprietors' Association that it would be charging the BBC for publishing radio listings, it's since become one of the best known magazines of its kind. Steve Hewlett talks to its editor Ben Preston about how it's keeping pace by providing online guides, and keeping circulation going by brokering exclusives with big names like Naomi Campbell and Jamie Oliver. 28:25
1002 02.10 1) The Mail has been caught up in a storm of criticism over its Ralph Miliband stories and how it responded to Ed Miliband's demand to reply, but is there anything the current press regulator could do with complaints over cases like this? Would the situation differ under any of the systems being considered following the Leveson report? Is there a clear enough distinction between fact and opinion? That's to be discussed by Brian Cathcart, director of Hacked Off and Peter Preston, former editor of The Guardian. 2) Following TV's digital switchover, an announcement's expected for the switchover of network radio from FM to digital. Culture minister Ed Vaizey's said we'll hear by the end of this year. Will a date be set? Ford Ennals, CEO of the Digital Radio UK, is in charge of making the change happen and is confident there'll be progress. Gillian Reynolds, the Telegraph's radio critic, is not convinced. 3) And how concerned should TV networks be about the viewing figures for soaps? There's been a marked decline over the last ten years but figures appear to be stabilising at a lower level - in the case of Eastenders, occasionally lower than Emmerdale. Stephen Price, broadcast consultant, looks at the competition that's grown up since the soaps' heyday. David Liddiment, former executive producer of Coronation Street and Lisa Holdsworth, who wrote for Emmerdale, look at what, if anything, is going wrong. 28:27
1009 09.10 1) The Privy Council - an ancient body which advises the Queen, and mostly made up of senior politicians - has rejected press proposals for a royal charter. Alternative plans proposed by the government after cross-party talks will now be re-examined, with ministers saying they might consider some of the industry's ideas. Some publications, like the Guardian, say the differences between the two charters are bridgeable. Others, like The Spectator, say it amounts to a 'politicians charter' that they won't be signing up to. Steve Hewlett speaks to The Times editor John Witherow, one of the central characters in the debate, about what happens next, now the newspapers' proposals for regulation have been rejected. 2) The BBC Director General Tony Hall has set out his big plans for the future of the BBC. They include the launch of a BBC One + 1 service, and a revamped, personalised iPlayer, offering a 30-day catch-up period. In his first major interview since his appointment in February, Steve Hewlett speaks to James Purnell - former Labour politician - now the BBC's Director of Strategy and Digital, about how the BBC's future vision can become a reality. 28:29
1016 16.10 1) Steve Hewlett talks to Janice Hadlow, the controller of BBC Two and Four about losing The Great British Bake Off to BBC1 and her priorities for the channels. How can BBC2 and BBC4 be distinctive in a multi-channel world? 2) Sir Ray Tindle joins Steve to explain how his local newspapers have remained profitable when many around him are losing money - and what he thinks of plans to regulate local news. Martin Moore, director of the Media Standards Trust, picks up on issues affecting local papers and discusses the findings of the MST's recent poll which appears to show support for the Royal Charter. Earlier today, The Sun published its poll appearing to show the opposite. 28:20
1023 23.10 1) Yesterday, the BBC DG Lord Hall was asked what the BBC was doing to improve programmes for black audiences - he said he wasn't satisfied the BBC appeals enough. Steve asks Pat Younge, the BBC's most senior black executive, how big a problem there is for black viewers. Journalist Bim Adewunmi and Simone Pennant of The TV Collective, a former TV producer, discuss whether the main channels need to change. 2) A recent ruling in the European Court of Human Rights has given cause for concern to publishers of online comments. It suggests that publishers have editorial control over comments and should prevent clearly unlawful ones from appearing. The current practice is to take down comments once notified of a complaint, though the extent to which complaints are investigated first differs from one publisher to another. Law consultant David Banks looks at the laws and Justine Roberts, founder of Mumsnet, considers the implications. 3) And Chris Tarrant is to retire from Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, 15 years after its launch. ITV confirms that it has no plans to make further special programmes, beyond those already in the pipeline. David Liddiment, who commissioned the show for ITV, looks back at the launch and why its initial success was far from guaranteed. 28:31
1030 30.10 1) Newspaper publishers have lost a High Court battle to stop Government ministers going to the Privy Council to seek the Queen's approval for a new royal charter to regulate the press. We discuss what the next chapter in the story of press reform might be. 2) Steve Hewlett visits the offices of JacksGap, where he meets Jack and Finn Harries, the brains and talent behind the new media phenomenon. Now with 3 million subscribers, he talks to the twins about the online community they've created, and asks what's next for the business. 3) A new 4 part series called Bedlam on Channel 4 challenges the myths and taboos about mental illness, through access to the patients and staff of the South London and Maudsley - the world's oldest psychiatric institution. Dave Nath, series director, explains the challenges for the programme makers and how they worked with patients who lacked the capacity to consent. 28:37
1106 06.11 1) The Sunday People, one of Britain's oldest Sunday newspapers, has finally developed an online presence. Under the stewardship of Trinity Mirror executive Sue Douglas, is being described as 'news without the boring bits'. Steve Hewlett asks Sue Douglas why she was so keen to take the helm of the digital offering, and discusses how she can turn a weekly newspaper into a 24 hour website. 2) Meanwhile, the Independent newspaper has had yet another re-design. It's the fifth one in as many years. The red masthead brought in by then editor Chris Blackhurst in 2011 will now run vertically down the front page. It's the brain child of new editor Amol Rajan who says he wants to capture the essence of the paper's first editions from 1986. As he describes it, the style is, 'classic with a twist'. But can reverting back to a vintage style recapture a lost audience? The paper has a circulation of just 70,000. Steve talks to Chris Blackhurst, who is now the Group Content Editor of The Independent, i, The Independent on Sunday and Evening Standard, about whether a re-design is really the answers to the papers problems. 3) Bidding is now underway for rights to cover Champions League football games. The question on analysts' lips is whether BT Sport will decide to go head to head against Sky Sports and try and win the right to cover these games. It comes as BT announces record broadband subscriber numbers, due in part to it offering it's sports channel free of charge. It's already paid £246m per season to broadcast 38 Premier League games, so will it seek to further challenge the dominance of Sky? 28:32
1113 13.11 1) BT TV's chief executive Marc Watson on his long term view for BT Sport, now it's won the rights to show Champions League football. 2) President of Condé Nast International Nicholas Coleridge on the history, and the future, of magazines, as the trade body for the industry, the PPA, celebrates its centenary. 3) And why small local commercial radio stations fear they won't survive the digital switchover. 28:35
1120 20.11 1) In this week's Media Show from Salford, Steve speaks to the Scottish minister for culture Fiona Hyslop on her vision for broadcasting in an independent Scotland. It's been suggested that Scotland would have its own public service broadcaster based on the existing staff and assets of BBC Scotland, should it gain independence, so could this work? And Steve questions how the government could ensure people could get access to popular programmes, like Eastenders, should the BBC cease to exist in the country. 2) It's been 18 months since the controversial BBC move to Salford was completed. A wide range of programmes including Match of the Day, Blue Peter, and BBC Sport are now produced there. However, questions have been raised about the cost of the move and the scale of the allowances paid to some staff to relocate. Steve talks to Peter Salmon, Director of BBC North, about whether the move has met it's key objectives to better serve audiences in the north, and improve the quality of content. 3) And a young journalist from the developing world will be announced as the winner of a new award being sponsored by the Thomson Foundation. The finalists are all under 30, working in countries with a GDP per capital of less than $20,000. They are Judy Kosgei, a former childrens radio presenter from Kenya; investigative journalist Neha Dixit from India, and award-winning science writer Toyosi Ogunseye from Nigeria. Steve speaks to the winner about how the award will better their career in journalism. 28:22
1127 27.11 1) The first of a new network of up to 30 local TV stations proposed by the government in areas including Belfast, Edinburgh, Cardiff and London, launched this week in Grimsby. Estuary TV will be available to 350,000 homes in East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. It's hoped other services will open over the next year. Steve Hewlett asks Lia Nici, Executive Producer at Estuary TV, about what's on offer and questions the Chair of the Local TV Network Nigel Dacre on whether the stations present viable business opportunities. 2) Also in the programme, Ian Jones, the Chief Executive of the welsh language channel S4C, talks about the success of its new drama series 'Hinterland', and the importance of having a service despite falling numbers of welsh speakers. 3) And freelance journalist Peter Jukes on how he is being crowdfunded to live tweet from the hacking trial. 28:49
1204 04.12 1) As David Cameron concludes a trip to China in which the country's love of Downton Abbey has become clear, we discuss the opportunities for exporting British TV programmes. 2) Eleanor Mills, editorial director of The Sunday Times, and new Chair of Women in Journalism, on the action that's needed to tackle what she believes is a macho culture on the news desks of some national newspapers. 3) Why the commercial radio sector will be listening carefully to BBC Radio 2 next week as it features Gary Barlow during the day, before a concert in the evening. 4) And the first edition of a newspaper designed to be largely made up of user-generated content has been published by Johnston Press. We discuss whether making groups and schools content producers will kill local Lincolnshire journalism. 28:35
1211 11.12 1) In his first broadcast interview since becoming Chief Executive of News UK, Mike Darcey shares his thoughts on the success of Sun digital subscriptions, competing with the Daily Mail, press reform and page 3. 2) An aspiring press self-regulator has emerged; the Impress Project says it wants to be independent, affordable, and accountable to the public. But will a regulator that's in support of the recent Royal Charter - when all the main national papers are opposed to it - really be able to get any of them on board? We speak to its founder. 3) Declining budgets are forcing traditional media to reach out to different types of content funding; more are working with commercial companies and brands for help with finance. However, there's a view that "paid for programming" compromises editorially decisions, and this view underpins much of the present regulatory framework. In a new report, former Newsnight Editor and Director of BBC World News Sian Kevill asks audiences what they think of ad-funded content and determines that they are more tolerant than we think. We speak to her and former Ofcom Director Chris Banatvala about his concern with relaxing the rules. 28:32
1218 18.12 1) Today the BBC Trust published a report by PwC into the BBC's failed Digital Media Initiative (DMI) technology project. Serious weaknesses were found in the management of the programme. Also, this week the Public Accounts Committee criticised a 'culture of cronyism' at the BBC for allowing excessive payouts to be made to some of its top departing executives. The journalist Simon Jenkins and Jean Seaton, Professor of Media History at the University of Westminster, discuss the culture and future governance of the BBC. 2) The social sharing news and entertainment site BuzzFeed attracted more than 10 million unique UK users in November. The site is best known for its light-hearted collection of lists such as 'The 24 most important selfies' or 'The 12 most tenuous newspaper headlines about Kate Middleton in 2013'. Luke Lewis, UK Editor talks about BuzzFeed becoming a serious news player. 3) The Danish public service broadcaster, DR, has enjoyed considerable success with The Killing and Borgen. Danish academic Dr Eva Novrup Redvall, author of a new book 'Writing and Producing Television Drama in Denmark', has spent time observing the writers' room for Borgen. She argues its success is due to the position of writers within the production culture. TV scriptwriter and author Anthony Horowitz, who is currently in production with a new series of Foyles War, talks about the writing process here in the UK. 28:36
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