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BBC Radio 4 - Media Show 2016


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0106 06.01 1) Scotland culture minister Fiona Hyslop Scotland's Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop says the BBC is not spending enough of the licence fee cash raised north of the border in Scotland 2) Children's social media Journalists are accused of unfairly harvesting information for stories from children's social media accounts. Is this legitimate use of information that has been put into the public arena? Or should anything posted online by a child always be off-limits to the media no matter what? 3) Walter Presents Channel Four launches a new foreign language drama on demand service called Walter Presents. We hear from Walter 28:15
0113 13.01 1) Media freedom in Poland The EC is debating a new law in Poland, feared to be compromising the editorial freedom of public service broadcasters. Last Thursday, President Duda signed a new media bill, giving the government direct control over top appointments at the country's TV & radio stations. The bill had been condemned by press freedom organisations. Steve is joined by Polish journalist Bartosz Wielinski, from newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza, and Ingrid Deltenre, Director General of the European Broadcasting Union, which has opposed the bill from the outset 2) BBC News cuts James Harding, the Director of News and Current affairs at the BBC, has launched a review to reshape the operation as it faces millions of pounds worth of costs. In a recent blog post, he wrote to staff saying: "We are going to have to make choices...the funding settlement for the BBC requires both cuts and the reallocation of spending." Steve Hewlett asks one-time ITN Chief Executive and Editor in Chief Stewart Purvis and Jonathan Baker, former Editor of the BBC News at Ten and now Professor of Journalism at Essex University, where cuts might be made. And in a week that's seen the BBC criticised by the Labour party following the on-air resignation of Stephen Doughty, Steve also talks to them about such 'deals' being done, and whether they jeopardise impartiality 3) Deloitte's media predictions The consultancy firm Deloitte has published its 2016 Media Predictions report today. This year's predictions include a growth in virtual reality, especially in gaming, plus a prediction that very few people will use ad-blocking software. In addition, its report says there will be a slowdown in the US pay-TV market and a growth in eSports. Ed Shedd leads the global media and entertainment team at Deloitte Global. He talks Steve Hewlett through some of this year's key predictions 28:26
0120 20.01 1) The future of ITV ITV has announced that two of its senior executives will be stepping down; Chairman Archie Norman will be leaving, as will Director of TV Peter Fincham. ITV Studios managing director, Kevin Lygo will replace him. Steve Hewlett discusses the thinking behind the changes with Mathew Horsman from consultancy Mediatique, and Steve Morrison, former CEO of Granada, shares his thoughts on whether this change of leadership means a change of direction for the UK's largest commercial broadcaster. 2) Impress announces members Impress, the alternative press regulator to IPSO, will today sign up to the Press Recognition Panel - which was set up following parliament's creation of the royal charter on press regulation. Since its inception in 2013, Impress has failed to gain any members - at present, three major publishers of national titles - the Guardian, Independent and Financial Times - have not signed up to regulation by either Ipso or Impress. Walter Merricks, the chair of Impress, joins Steve Hewlett to announce the six publishers the regulator now has on board. 3) Trust in the media A global survey by PR firm Edelman has found a "huge increase" in levels of trust that British people feel towards traditional media. Its 'Trust Barometer', a survey of over 33,000 people globally, and over 1000 people in the UK, found that university educated individuals with higher incomes felt a big rise in trust of the media - up 14% this year to 52%, compared with those on lower incomes whose "trust score" in the media was 40%. Ed Williams, Edelman UK CEO discusses the findings, and Natalie Fenton, Professor of media and communications at Goldsmiths College & Director at campaign group Hacked Off, considers how consumption habits are changing the way we perceive media brands 28:29
0127 27.01 1) Lord Burns The chairman of Channel 4 Lord Terry Burns leaves the organisation today. His departure has been seen by some as an indication that the government is favouring 'privatisation options' for the channel. On the last day of his second term, and in his final interview for The Media Show as chairman, we speak to him about the highs and lows of the job, his thoughts on how the broadcaster should be structured in the future, and his view on the BBC's Charter renewal 2) On- and off-screen diversity Idris Elba has put diversity back on the agenda for UK broadcasters. The British actor said in a speech to MPs last week, "diversity in the modern world is more than just skin colour." New commitments were also announced by both the BBC & Channel 4. So, what's it like at the sharp end for diversity champions working for the broadcasters? Steve is joined by Joyce Adeluwoye-Adams, BBC Diversity Lead for Television & Channel 4's Creative Diversity Manager, Ade Rawcliffe, to discuss their roles, and the challenges they face when trying to make a positive change 3) FT staff vote to strike Financial Times journalists have voted in favour of a 24-hour strike over proposed changes to the newspaper's pension policy. It would be the first strike in 30 years if it goes ahead. Last July, Pearson struck a deal to sell the Financial Times to Japan's Nikkei Group for nearly 900 million pounds, after nearly 60 years of ownership. The purchase underscored the Nikkei's bid for a global expansion, but it also led to suggestions that the tie-up could lead to a clash of cultures. Since then, staff have expressed concern over a number of issues, including the editorial independence of the FT. Steven Bird is the National Union of Journalists representative at the FT. He joins Steve in the studio 28:26
0203 03.02 1) James Murdoch James Murdoch, son of Rupert, has returned to Sky as Chairman. It comes four years after he resigned from the position amid the phone hacking scandal, which led to the closure of the Murdoch-owned newspaper News of the World. Since last July, James Murdoch also served as chief executive of 21st Century Fox, Sky's biggest shareholder. Andrea Catherwood is joined by Sarah Ellison of Vanity Fair, who has closely followed the Murdoch media dynasty, and also Ashley Hamilton Claxton, from Royal London Asset Management, a shareholder in Sky, who calls the reappointment 'inappropriate.' 2) Guardian cost-cutting Guardian News & Media, the publisher of the Guardian, is to cut running costs by 20% - a little over £50m - in a bid to break even within three years and support future growth. In the words of its Chief executive David Pemsel: 'We need to be an agile, lean and responsive organisation.' Ian Burrell, Assistant Editor & Media Editor of The Independent newspaper joins Andrea to discuss whether the Guardian's model of free content online, amid a climate of reduced print advertising revenues & the rise of ad-blocking, is a sustainable one 3) The growth of new media in Africa Africa's internet penetration will reach 50 percent by 2025 and there are expected to be 360 million smartphones, according to data from McKinsey Consultants. Today, journalist Ismail Einashe is discussing what impact new media in Africa is having on journalism, at a talk for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. He joins Andrea after the talk. Also joining her is author Anjan Sundaram, whose new book "Bad News" examines press freedom in Rwanda. Together they discuss whether the growth of new media in Africa is a way to improve democracy, or whether it's a mechanism for greater state control? 28:19
0210 10.02 1) New Ipso rules The Independent Press Standards Organisation, which regulates many national newspapers, says its members have given it enhanced powers and increased independence. The Media Show speaks to IPSO Chairman Sir Alan Moses about exactly how these new powers will work. For instance, under what circumstances will IPSO be able to launch investigations in the absence of a complaint? And will newspapers really be risking a £1 million fine if they misbehave? We'll be asking how IPSO's newly chosen reviewer will oversee the operation of the press regulator. And we'll also get Sir Alan's response to claims from critics that IPSO is both too close to and too lenient towards the newspapers it regulates. Plus, The Guardian's Jane Martinson reacts to his comments 2) Assisted suicide being 'normalised' in the media The BBC will tonight air a programme showing an assisted suicide taking place at a facility in Switzerland. It's the latest in a line of similar documentaries shown in recent years, leading to concerns from campaigners that assisted suicide is being 'normalised' in the media. The documentary, called "How to Die: Simon's Choice", was filmed against the backdrop of a House of Commons debate last year, in which MPs voted resoundingly against a Bill to legalise assisted suicide. Steve Hewlett talks to the producer director Rowan Deacon about the making of the film. Plus, Alistair Thompson, spokesman for Care Not Killing, shares his concerns about documentaries depicting assisted suicide; and film maker Charlie Russell, director of Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die discusses the ethical dilemmas he faced 28:13
0217 17.02 1) Independent moves online After thirty years, the Independent and the Independent on Sunday are to end their print editions next month - although they'll continue online. In addition, sister paper i has been sold to Johnston Press for £24 million. The Independent was selling more than 400,000 copies a day at its peak in the late 1980s, but its current paid circulation is around 56,000. Steve Hewlett talks to two key decision makers involved in the change; Amol Rajan, Editor of The Independent and Steve Auckland, Group CEO of ESI Media, which owns all three titles 2) Editor-in-chief of Huffington Post UK Today, we also hear from the Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post UK. The British incarnation of the online platform founded in the US in 2005 is now just one of legion 'digital native' content organisations, credited with playing a part in the demise of news in print. Today, Huffington Post UK will be guest edited by the Duchess of Cambridge. To discuss how this and other innovations might also raise the profile of the Huffington Post UK, Steve Hewlett is joined by Editor in Chief Stephen Hull 3) Genre-led divisions at the BBC BBC 3 has this week become an online-only platform. It follows reports that BBC 3 might merge with Radio 1 to form a new 'BBC Youth' brand, and that the BBC Director General Tony Hall may soon announce plans for a corporation-wide restructuring into genre-led divisions, such as BBC Inform & BBC Entertain, rather than channels. Steve is joined by Lorraine Heggessey, former Controller of BBC 1 and Tim Suter, media consultant & founding partner in Ofcom, to discuss the pros and cons of reshaping BBC content in this way 28:19
0224 24.02 1) Press Awards women nominees The shortlist for the Press Awards 2015 has been unveiled and includes just 20 women, among a total of 114 journalists. The lack of women shortlisted has caused anger amongst some journalists - in response, an alternative awards ceremony 'Words By Women' has been set up, with Kay Burley of Sky News and Lisa Markwell, Editor of the Independent on Sunday on the judging panel. Joining Steve to discuss the representation and recognition of women in journalism are Marie Le Conte, journalist & co-founder of the awards, plus judge columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, and Bob Satchwell, Executive Director of the Society of Editors & the Press Awards Chair of Judges 2) Trinity Mirror's The New Day Publisher Trinity Mirror is launching a new 'optimistic' and 'politically neutral' national newspaper next week. 'The New Day' will be an entirely new paper, not a sister-title or 'Daily Mirror-light' - making it the first standalone newspaper to be launched for around 30 years. Steve Hewlett talks to editor Alison Phillips about the editorial slant of the publication and how they hope to reverse the declines other papers are facing 3) Lord Best on BBC inquiry The House of Lords Communications Committee says the scale and scope of the BBC should not be cut back. The report, 'Reith not Revolution' - the title of which refers to Lord Reith, whose principles for broadcasting are at the heart of the corporation - follows an eight month inquiry. Steve Hewlett talks to cross party chair of the Committee Lord Best about the findings, the recommendations, and suggested changes the BBC could make 28:16
0302 02.03 1) The BBC impact on the market The Secretary of State John Whittingdale has been sharing his views of the BBC at the Oxford Media Conference. We hear what he had to say about BBC distinctiveness and the impact the corporation has on the market and on its commercial competitors. The BBC's head of strategy and digital James Purnell then gives his verdict on the Secretary of State's vision so far. 2) Should Ofcom replace the BBC Trust? And Sir David Clementi has carried out a review of the governance and regulation of the BBC. Former chairman of the BBC Trust, Sir Michael Lyons discusses in details of his recommendations - in particular that the BBC Trust should be scrapped and a new unitary board created with oversight by the broadcasting regulator Ofcom. Plus reaction from Richard Tait - former BBC Governor and Trustee - and one time editor of Newsnight and editor in Chief at ITN and Professor Lis Howell - head of broadcasting at City University. 3) Race and TV viewing And, new research suggests that ethnicity is a significant factor in the television programming people watch and that the top twenty most viewed shows are very different for an ethnic minority audience compared to the country at large. We hear from one of the report's authors. 27:34
0309 09.03 1) Charlotte Moore We hear from the new Controller of BBC TV Channels (BBC 1,2 and 4) and iPlayer Charlotte Moore about her vision for the future. She also gives her response to claims (from Culture Secretary John Whittingdale and a recent report from consultants Oliver & Ohlbaum and Oxera Consulting), that BBC TV has become less distinctive. 2) Turkish press crackdown We hear from Sevgi Akarcesme, Editor in Chief of Today's Zaman about the Turkish state takeover of the anti-government newspaper for which she works, and from the BBC's Turkey correspondent Mark Lowen on the context of this crackdown on press freedom. 3) Concern about BBC independence A recent report by Sir David Clementi into the governance and regulation of the BBC recommended that the government appoint about half of a reformed future BBC's operational board. The Director General of the BBC, Lord Hall, said this recommendation could undermine the BBC's independence from government. So where should the balance lie between BBC freedom from government influence and the public's ability, via the democratically elected government, to have a say in how the BBC licence fee is spent? We hear from "the insider's insider" Tim Suter. He's been a BBC TV executive,worked for the broadcasting regulator Ofcom, is on the board of the Press Recognition Panel, advised the House of Lords Communications Select Committee and is one of the leaders of the European Broadcasting Union's project for developing a vision for European Public Service Broadcasting. 28:16
0316 16.03 1) Maria Eagle Andrea Catherwood is joined by Maria Eagle, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport. The Garston and Halewood MP gives her first interview to the Media Show since being appointed as Labour's Shadow Culture Secretary in January 2016. With BBC Charter Renewal gathering pace and responses to Sir David Clementi's recommendations for BBC regulation and governance emerging from the Government and the BBC, how would Maria Eagle safeguard BBC independence? 2) Sir Joseph Pilling Sir Joseph Pilling, former permanent secretary at the Northern Ireland Office, has recently been appointed as the independent reviewer of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). IPSO has been strongly criticised by the Hacked Off campaigning group and victims of phone hacking - and only some national newspapers have signed up to it. Sir Joseph has been appointed by the watchdog to conduct an external review of how well or otherwise it is operating, and he tells us how he plans to do it. 3) Balancing journalism and security services Yesterday the Investigatory Powers Bill passed its second reading in the House of Commons. The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has voiced serious concerns about the legislation, saying the bill endangers press freedom and offers no protection for sources or whistleblowers. To consider the implications of the proposed digital surveillance legislation for investigative journalism, protection of sources and journalists' safety, Andrea is joined by Professor Sir David Omand, former Director of GCHQ & Pia Sarma, Editorial Legal Director for The Times newspaper. 28:23
0323 23.03 1) Twitter's impact on journalism Twitter is ten years old and has had an "utterly transformative" impact on journalism. That's according to Emily Bell, Director of the Tow Centre for Digital Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School. She says it has been the most important journalistic tool since the phone. We'll hear from her and from radio and TV presenter Richard Bacon, one of the UK's pioneers in using Twitter. He has 1.5 million followers and has experienced both the bright and very dark sides of Twitter. 2) Mail on Sunday editor Geordie Greig We'll also ask if we - all of us - are too quick to share pictures and video on Twitter and other social media in the aftermath of terror attacks, like those in Brussels yesterday? We'll be hearing from Hend Amry who began #ISISMediaBlackout on Twitter to discourage users from sharing ISIS propaganda online. She feels that sharing footage of attacks inadvertently serves the purpose of terror groups who hope to spread panic. Also - the editor of the Mail on Sunday, Geordie Greig, will reveal what he thinks helped his newspaper to win Newspaper of Year at last night's Society of Editors Press Awards. 3) Ashley Highfield of Johnston Press And the Chief Executive Officer of Johnston Press, Ashley Highfield, will discuss his plans for the i newspaper, which the Johnston Press is in the process of buying. How will the i thrive without the content previously supplied by the Independent newspaper? And with so many local newspapers in the Johnston Press empire now labelled "non-core" or "sub-core", will their future be blighted by cuts, strikes and closures? All questions for Ashley Highfield. 28:02
0330 30.03 1) Netflix A report from BARB (The Broadcasters Audience Research Board) estimates that Netflix is now in some 5 million UK households, stating that: 'Netflix is by some margin the market leader' among subscription video on demand services. But can its subscriber base keep pace with its ambition to become 'a global Internet TV network'? To discuss, Steve is joined by media analyst Mathew Horsman, from Mediatique. 2) Channel 5 rebrand Channel Five is weeks into its first rebrand in five years, aiming to attract younger and more affluent audiences. Its head of programmes Ben Frow has been reportedly handed a 'double digit increase' in his programming budget to change perceptions about the channel. So, what commissioning decisions is he taking to make this happen? He speaks to Steve Hewlett about his ambitions. 3) The end of print? A Media Society debate tonight will ask, 'is this the end of print?' The Independent's spin-off, the i, is continuing in print form under new ownership; Trinity Mirror has recently launched a new national daily, The New Day, and the free distributed Metro and London Evening Standard are turning a profit. So is it too soon to write off the traditional newspaper? Steve Hewlett asks journalist and Professor of Journalism at City University Roy Greenslade, Independent Digital Editor Christian Broughton and Sarah Baxter, deputy editor of the Sunday Times. 28:38
0406 06.04 1) BBC Trust chair Rona Fairhead Some weeks ago, Sir David Clementi said the current regulatory model of the BBC Trust, was 'flawed and that a unitary board should run the BBC. Since then, John Whittingdale, the culture secretary, has said if board members were appointed by the government, that this would not compromise the independence of the BBC. However, the current chair of the BBC Trust, Rona Fairhead, has concerns. Steve Hewlett talks to her about whether the Clementi model is really the best model, the importance of the BBC retaining its independence, and why she thinks the White Paper on the future of the BBC, initially due out in March, needs to be published as soon as possible. 2) 'Tips' when interviewing A three page list of "tips for maximising your interview time" with the popstar were given to journalists interviewing him recently, dictating what can and cannot be discussed, and offering advice for when to ask the most important questions. Is this level of involvement from celebrity PRs helpful or meddling in journalism? Steve Hewlett talks to Telegraph writer Harry Wallop who was the recipient of the 'tip' checklist. 3) Press freedom v privacy The Sun on Sunday has lost a court battle to print a story about a celebrity's alleged threesome on the grounds their children deserve protection. It's raised concerns amongst press freedom advocates that this defence will be used by claimants more frequently, and offer those with children carte blanche to act in any way they want, with immunity from press coverage. Steve Hewlett discusses the issues with lawyers Sara Mansoori from Matrix Chambers and Mark Stephens from Howard Kennedy. Plus, editor of the Press Gazette Dominic Ponsford explains his concerns about the potential impact on journalism. 28:19
0413 13.04 1) Whittingdale press cover-up? Culture Secretary John Whittingdale is facing calls to withdraw from involvement in regulation of the press following the disclosure that he had a relationship with a prostitute. Four newspapers knew he'd had a relationship with a woman who he later found out was a sex worker, but they didn't publish the story. Steve Hewlett talks to one of the journalists who had been investigating the claims - former political correspondent of the Independent James Cusick, and asks him his views about why he thinks the story didn't run. 2) Diversity at the BBC debate MPs from across political parties will debate diversity at the BBC in the House of Commons tomorrow. The MP David Lammy is leading the debate - he claims the BBC is falling short when it comes to maintaining its commitment to represent the UK and its nations and regions. Broadcasters have long acknowledged that diversity is a problem, both on and off screen. Steve Hewlett talks to Seetha Kumar, the CEO of Creative Skillset, which works with broadcasters to promote diversity. Formally a BBC Executive, she talks to him about the challenge of attracting BAME employees, and the problem in retaining them. 3) TV drama rivalry TV dramas form an important part of how channels like ITV and BBC retain and grow audiences. Following the move of BBC controller of drama Polly Hill to ITV, we explore the long standing rivalry between the BBC and ITV; from "Howards Way" and "The Jewel in the Crown" to "Call the Midwife" and "Downton Abbey". Joining Steve Hewlett to discuss the ebbs and flows of TV drama since the 1980s are former BBC1 controller Jonathan Powell, and creator of "Holby City" Mal Young. 28:24
0420 20.04 1) The decline of TV news A new report by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism suggests that with steadily shrinking news audiences, TV news can expect to experience a disruptive period similar to that faced by the newspapers a decade ago. Joining Andrea to explore the declining viewership, the significance of the threat and how TV news might respond in the future is one of the report authors and former editor of BBC news Richard Sambrook, and Ben de Pear editor of Channel 4 news. Plus John McAndrew Executive Editor of Sky News shares his views and explains how new programme 'The Pledge' and its format could be the way to attract new audiences. 2) Celebrity injunction The Supreme Court will tomorrow hear the case of a celebrity who wants to keep his name out of a tabloid newspaper story about an alleged extra-marital relationship. Justices are to hear the argument following a decision by Court of Appeal judges on Monday that an injunction preventing his name being revealed should be lifted. This particular injunction has been in the headlines constantly over the last few weeks, leading some to conclude that this has given the story more attention than it otherwise would have had. Andrea Catherwood speaks to PR expert Mark Borkowski about the advice he'd give to celebrity clients when their stories hit the tabloids. 3) Local TV Five local TV channels; London, Manchester, Birmingham, Oxford and Southampton, have been given the go ahead by OFCOM to cut their local programming commitments. Joining Andrea Catherwood to discuss why the local TV channels requested the reduction and what the change in local programming might mean for the viability and relevance of local TV is Chris Johnson, chair of Local TV network & CEO of Bay TV. 28:29
0427 27.04 1) The reporting of Hillsborough The jury at the new inquests into the deaths of fans at Hillsborough has this week concluded that they played no part in the tragedy. The press coverage following the event in 1989 included damning headlines about fans' behaviour, including that they'd stolen from the dead and urinated on police. Bob Westerdale, now sports editor at the Star Newspaper in Sheffield, was working as a crime reporter on the newspaper at the time and went down to the Hillsborough stadium on that tragic day. He talks to Steve Hewlett about his coverage of the story, and how the versions of the 'truth' unravelled. 2) 'Constructive' journalism Veteran journalist and TV news anchor Sir Martyn Lewis is helping spearhead a UN backed campaign encouraging journalists to take a more 'constructive' approach to news stories. Linked to reports that indicate negative news stories can affect the psyche, the move is aimed at tackling a perceived apathy and feelings of disempowerment amongst news audiences. He joins Steve Hewlett and journalist Joan Smith to discuss whether it's the really the role of journalists to balance reporting positive and negative coverage of stories. 3) BBC Chinese service move The BBC World Service has announced it will be moving the bulk of its London based Chinese Service to Hong Kong. The move is aimed at improving the reach and impact of the BBC in China. However, there's concern that the move risks putting the BBC's integrity and journalists safety at risk, as well as diminishing UK soft power abroad. BBC Chinese service journalist and NUJ representative Howard Zhang discusses with Liliane Landor, Controller, Languages, BBC World Service. 28:33
0504 04.05 1) Lord Patten The former Chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten, says that the independence of the BBC is at risk from parts of the government. Lord Patten, also the former Chairman of the Conservative Party, tells The Media Show that the Culture Secretary John Whittingdale is part of a "juvenile ideological fringe who, if given half a chance, will do the BBC real damage." We hear Lord Patten's own proposals for reforming BBC governance while safeguarding its freedom from political interference. 2) Robert Peston When Robert Peston moved from the BBC to ITV amidst much fanfare, he said it was the chance to front his own politics programme that swung the deal. That programme finally gets under way this Sunday morning. We hear from "Pesto" what to expect and how he's been coping out of the limelight so far. 3) BBC diversity The BBC has announced new diversity targets for ethnic minorities, women and LGBT people. But why, despite repeated campaigns, has it been so difficult for the BBC to live up to its diversity aspirations? And is the current picture on diversity quite as rosy as the BBC suggests? The BBC's Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Succession, Tunde Ogungbesan has been in the job almost a year. We hear from him and from critic of BBC diversity efforts David Lammy MP. 27:48
0511 11.05 1) BBC's future set out in government White Paper As the government's long-awaited White Paper on the future of the BBC is published, Steve Hewlett talks to the leading players about what it actually says. Will it mark the end of the BBC as we know it? Or has all the hype been misplaced? Steve speaks to Culture Secretary John Whittingdale, before asking a panel of experts what these plans really mean for the future of the corporation. He's joined by former Culture Secretary Dame Tessa Jowell; Michael Grade, who was chairman of the BBC from 2004 to 2006 and executive chairman of ITV from 2007 to 2009; former BBC Trustee, David Liddiment, who is also founder of All3 Media, and Tim Suter, once of Ofcom and the DCMS - and the BBC, and now a broadcasting consultant. 43:27
0518 18.05 1) BBC online cuts The BBC has announced it's scaling back and closing a range of online services - including BBC Food and Newsbeat websites - in order to save £15m. The proposed closure of the BBC Food website quickly drew widespread criticism and an online petition against the move raised over 100,000 signatures in one day. James Harding, Director of BBC News & Current Affairs, joins Steve Hewlett to explain the changes. 2) Lord Puttnam on BBC White Paper David Puttnam, whose credits include the Oscar-winning Chariots of Fire, has spent the last few months fronting an alternative inquiry into the future of public service broadcasting. Its aim is to look at the 'nature, purpose and role of public service television today and in the future' and the findings will be published at the end of June. Lord Puttnam has been opposed to any suggestion that the government BBC Charter White Paper could reduce the size and scope of BBC. So, with the proposals now published, what does he make of them? He shares his concerns over governance and thoughts on Ofcom's new involvement with Steve Hewlett. 3) Women on air New research shows the BBC News at Ten features the fewest number of women experts compared to other news programmes, booking nearly 4 men for every woman - just a 3% improvement compared to May 2014. It's part of findings from City University, which periodically reviews the numbers of women featured on air. This year's research has shown some improvements; ITV News at Ten, despite being similar to the BBC in terms of male/female ratio, has managed to increase its female representation by 27%. So what is the picture of gender equality across news outlets, and why is it so hard to get women on air? Steve Hewlett discusses with report author Prof. Lis Howell. 28:08
0525 25.05 1) Press bias, Police and the media How has the media been covering the EU referendum debate? Is the press bias towards leave, Reuters report thinks so. If it is bias, is that making a difference? Does the press set the broadcasters agenda? Why are we seeing so few women in the debate and have the public really engaged with the referendum campaign so far, what difference might the upcoming debates make? 2) Digital media Draft media guidelines published by the College of Policing impose a number of new controls on police contact with journalists. They say that off the record (or non reportable) conversations between police officers and journalists should only happen in "exceptional circumstances". And they set out wide-ranging circumstances in which officers are urged to involve Corporation Communications Departments (press officers) rather than speak to journalists directly. The new guidelines replace a similar document published by the Association of Chief Police Officers in 2010 and appear to go further in restricting direct contact between police and journalists. A successful working relationship between the police service and the media is vital. Working with the media to communicate to the public can help solve crimes, bring offenders to justice and keep communities safe." 28:14
0601 01.06 1) Head of BBC Studios The creation of the commercial production division of the BBC, BBC Studios, will lead to 100 per cent competition between in house and independent producers; BBC producers will be free to pitch to other broadcasters, and external producers can compete for more content on the BBC. Mark Linsey has recently been appointed as Director of BBC Studios. He talks to Steve Hewlett about how the new model will benefit the market, when tendering out will begin, and why he thinks it will mean better value for money for licence fee payers. 2)Top Gear More than a year after Jeremy Clarkson left Top Gear, the BBC's long-running motoring show is back. The first episode of the new series aired on Sunday and garnered 4.4 million viewers. Critics noted that this was below the audience achieved by the 2015 series but Chris Evans and the BBC were quick to point out that in terms of share, the re-launch surpassed the first episode of the previous series. Joining Steve to give their verdict on the post-Clarkson incarnation of Top Gear is Mark Wells, former Controller of Entertainment at ITV, and Quentin Letts, critic and sketch writer of The Daily Mail. 3) Geordie Shore Reality TV success Geordie Shore is celebrating its 5th birthday. With 12 seasons under its belt, it now has more than a million viewers and 16 million followers across social media, making it one of MTV's most successful programmes. Following a group of friends living together in Newcastle, it's known for showing drunken antics, rows and sex scenes, leading to controversy - it's been labelled by some as bordering on pornographic. Steve Hewlett talks to Kerry Taylor, Viacom's Senior Vice President of youth and music and an executive producer of Geordie Shore, about why the programme works so well on MTV. 28:30
0608 08.06 1) Dame Joan Bakewell The Archbishop of Canterbury is calling on the BBC to give religion the same prominence as politics, sport or drama. In a speech at the Sandford St Martin awards for religious broadcasting, The Most Rev Justin Welby will suggest that the Corporation's charter include protection for religious programming. Also at the ceremony, Dame Joan Bakewell will receive a special award in recognition of a 'commitment to religious and ethical broadcasting'. She joins Steve Hewlett in the studio. 2) EU debates Nigel Farage and David Cameron faced "tough" questions on the EU referendum from a live studio audience last night for the referendum special on ITV. It's the latest in a series of debates across networks which started last week with Sky News' interviews with David Cameron and Michael Gove. Steve Hewlett speaks to Sky's Head of Politics Esme Wren about how negotiations went and how much planning went into the interviews. 3) 24 - the 'north's national'A new daily newspaper described as the "North's national" is being launched. Called 24, the title will be published by Cumbria-based CN Group and will provide a "distinctly northern perspective" on big news stories. Steve Hewlett speaks to Editorial Director David Helliwell about his ambitions for the paper, and how they plan to make it work in a market suffering big declines. 4) City AM editor The free London newspaper City AM is going to allow commercial brands to directly upload content to the City AM website without any pre-moderation by its editorial team. Joining Steve to discuss why City AM have embarked on this new model, and how they hope to benefit from this venture, is Christian May, editor of City AM. 28:24
0615 15.06 1) Reporting the refugee crisis The International News Safety Institute is launching a survey into the psychological impact on journalists covering the migrant crisis, following anecdotal evidence that some journalists are finding it is taking a high emotional toll on them. INSI Director Hannah Storm discusses the challenges of reporting the crisis, and Steve Hewlett is also joined by Channel 4 News International Editor Lindsey Hilsum, who has spent decades reporting around the world on conflicts and who, more recently,has been reporting first-hand on the refugee crisis. 2) Accessing news online A survey by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism has revealed that more than half of online news consumers are turning to social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter ahead of traditional media groups. The trend is aided by the acceleration of smartphone use, as 53 percent of those surveyed reported using their handheld device to access news content. Steve Hewlett talks to lead author Nic Newman about Facebook's growing influence, and what it means for traditional publishers. 3) Achieving 'balanced' EU coverage There have been calls for broadcasters to do more to fact check claims made in EU referendum coverage. Writing in the Guardian, columnist Peter Preston thinks the BBC in particular is being restricted by fairness and balance rules, leaving interviewers unable to robustly refute claims politicians make. But what can broadcasters do to ensure every fact is correct, in a situation where one sides 'fact' may be the other sides 'lie'? Steve Hewlett discusses with Peter Preston, and Stewart Purvis, former editor in Chief at ITN, and Jamie Angus, editor of the Today programme. 28:29
0622 22.06 1) Newspaper Leave and Remain editorials With only one day to go until the vote on the EU referendum, The Mirror newspaper has declared its support for the Remain campaign. It means all the country's newspapers have now declared their position in the debate. Andrea Catherwood discusses whether newspaper editorials still have the influence they once did with Lloyd Embley, Editor of the Daily and Sunday Mirror, and Trevor Kavanagh, Political columnist at The Sun, which has backed the Leave campaign. 2) TV talent shows Whilst the popular talent show American Idol recently broadcast its 15th and final season, the BBC has just announced its new Saturday night entertainment programme will be a talent show looking for a boy band to play Take That in an upcoming stage show. The BBC has been searching for new formats, so why go with a talent show yet again? Mark Wells, former ITV Controller of Entertainment, and Jane Lush former BBC Controller of Entertainment Commissioning, join Andrea to discuss whether the talent show has seen better days. 3) Media in Afghanistan In the post-Taliban years, a broad range of media flourished in Afghanistan. Many say that this has been very important for social change. However, there's concern that direct attacks against journalists in the last year by the Taliban is threatening the progress that's been made. Just a few weeks ago, David Gilkey an American journalist for NPR was killed along with his Afghan translator in a Taliban ambush. Shaharzad Akbar, director of the Open Society Afghanistan, speaks to Andrea Catherwood about the impact direct attacks are having on the media and journalists. 28:21
0629 29.06 1) Top EU referendum journalistsThe EU referendum has been a defining political moment in the UK's history. For top political journalists, it's presented its own set of challenges - balancing claims, giving parity to arguments, and staying across the latest lines from all parties has been key for reporters on TV and radio. Steve Hewlett talks to three broadcast journalists who've been on the coal face during this campaign; Allegra Stratton, National Editor for ITV News, Faisal Islam, Political Editor for Sky News, and Channel 4 News Political Editor Gary Gibbon. 2) Brexit's impact on media industry News of Brexit has created uncertainty in the media industry. The financial repercussions began immediately after Thursday's vote, with stocks in the media sector falling further than the wider market on Friday. Analysts predict that advertising and marketing budgets will undoubtedly be cut if there's an economic slowdown. There's also concern that changing current EU broadcasting regulations, which experts say makes doing business easier, will no longer apply. To discuss, Steve Hewlett is joined by John Enser, partner specialising in media issues at law firm Olswang.3) Lord Puttnam inquiry An influential inquiry into the future of broadcasting in the UK is published today. Led by film-maker and Labour peer Lord Puttnam, The Future for Public Service Television Inquiry suggests that ITV should increase its commitment to current affairs programming, Channel 4 should not be privatised, and a fund should be established to pay for public service content. Steve Hewlett talks to Lord Puttnam as he concludes his eight month inquiry, and asks him what happens now 28:30
0706 06.07 1) BBC leadership shake-up, and exposing the secret tax havens of the rich and powerful BBC Director General Tony Hall has revealed his plans to reshape the senior leadership team at the corporation. But it's not what analysts were expecting. We look into what's going on behind the scenes with this BBC reorganisation. We hear reaction from Ben Dowell of the Radio Times, Daily Telegraph Radio Critic Gillian Reynolds and broadcasting consultant Tim Suter, formerly of Ofcom, the Department for Culture Media and Sport, and the BBC. Also on the Media Show, the two German investigators behind the Panama Papers - Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer of the Suddeutsche Zeitung - reveal how they put together the international story that brought down governments and revealed the secret money trails and tax havens of world leaders, criminals and big business. 28:19
0713 13.07 1) BBC deputy director-general Anne Bulford One of the most senior women in media gives her first interview. The BBC's new Deputy Director General Anne Bulford talks Top Gear, top executives' pay and how the broadcaster plans to make hundreds of millions of pounds in savings. 2) Should BBC have filmed the raid on Cliff Richard's home Sir Cliff Richard says he will sue the BBC and South Yorkshire Police over TV coverage of the raid on his home in 2014 in connection with historical sex abuse allegations. After 22 months without being arrested or charged, Sir Cliff was told that the case had been dismissed. He says the behaviour of the police and BBC at the time his home was raided was unfair and caused him distress and financial loss. The House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee criticised the police, but said the BBC did nothing wrong. However, should the law be changed to protect the anonymity of people who fall under suspicion but are never arrested or charged? Or should the media be free to report on police action against public figures, even if they emerge as completely innocent at the end of the process? We hear contrasting views from two legal experts. 3) Risks of true crime TV shows Also - Since the success of the Serial podcast in the United States, UK broadcasters have been looking for a successful true crime formula here. This Thursday on ITV, award-winning investigator and former police detective Mark Williams-Thomas tackles a cold case in "The Investigator: A British Crime Story". It uses dramatic reconstruction to delve into a story of murder and disappearance. We hear from Mark Williams-Thomas and also the executive producer of the BAFTA-winning Channel Four series "The Murder Detectives", Neil Grant, on how they choose their cases and the production and ethical challenges involved when real tragedy becomes TV entertainment. 28:25
0720 20.07 1) Turkish media crackdown Dramatic events in Turkey are leading to a crackdown on journalists and coverage. Turkey's media regulation body has revoked the licences of 24 radio and TV channels accused of links to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, the man accused by the government of directing the coup. A list has also been circulating on a pro government account on twitter which names around 70 journalists which the government allegedly wishes to detain. Steve Hewlett spseak to Yavuz Baydar, writer for the Arab Weekly and Munich's Süddeutsche Zeitung paper, whose name appears on this list, and Andrew Finkel, co-founder of P24 - an initiative to support independent Turkish media. 2) Ed Vaizey's legacy Ed Vaizey has ended his six year stint as Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy. In that time, he's overseen some key broadband projects, addressed the lack of diversity in the creative industries, and has been credited by some with helping the DCMS avoid the worst of government cuts in the most recent budgets. Steve Hewlett speaks to him about his biggest achievements, his legacy and the challenges that face his successors Karen Bradley and Matthew Hancock. 3) Live streaming There are a multitude of live streaming apps now; Periscope, FacebookLive, You Tube mobile, Meerkat, to name a few. Plus, real time material posted by ordinary people can easily be sourced on the web - just this week, footage can be viewed showing the moment a truck ploughed into crowds in Nice as can Facebook Live footage of three men in Virginia being shot whilst sitting in their car. So, what does access to this kind of amateur, unedited and often graphic material have on our relationship with events? Steve Hewlett speaks to Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. 28:28
0727 27.07 1) CEO of Liberty Global Mike Fries Liberty Global is the world's largest international TV and broadband company, with over 27 million customers worldwide. It's also the owner of Virgin Media, the largest cable company in the UK and Ireland, with 5.6 million customers. On a recent visit to London, its CEO Mike Fries spoke to Steve Hewlett about the strength of the business in the UK market, the impact of Brexit and whether they'd ever consider buying ITV. 2) Guardian losses Guardian Media Group (GMG), the owner of The Guardian and Observer newspapers, has reported a greater-than-expected full-year operating loss of £69 million. GMG has put the losses in part down to restructuring charges and a fall in print advertising revenues, with some reports saying that disagreements over who should take the blame led to the Guardian's Editor in Chief Alan Rusbridger resigning in May. Steve Hewlett talks to media analyst from Enders Douglas McCabe about the scale of the problem and what, if anything, can be done about it. 3) Fox News CEO Roger Ailes departs Roger Ailes who co-founded Fox News with Rupert Murdoch in 1996, is to depart the news channel. Over two decades, Ailes has led Fox News to becoming one of America's most watched news channels with profits dwarfing its cable news rival's. Ailes has been the driving force behind forming the unique Fox brand with his attention-grabbing style. Its blend of modern production values and partisan news commentary aimed at the moderate and conservative right counterbalanced what Ailes saw as the liberal bias of competitor news channels. We hear from author Kerwin Swint, and NPR's David Folkenflik about the rise and fall of this huge figure in US media. 28:27
0803 03.08 1) Naming terrorists Following the recent spate of terrorist attacks in France and Germany, and widespread reporting on these atrocities, some media outlets, including the French daily newspaper Le Monde, have decided to not publish the names or pictures of perpetrators. One of the organisations choosing to not publish details is French networked Europe1 Radio. Andrea Catherwood speaks to managing editor Nicolas Escoulan to hear why they've made that decision. Plus Jo Groebel, an academic and media consultant in Germany, who has been advising media there on this issue, explains why he thinks self-censorship is ineffective. 2) Naked Attraction Channel 4's new 'dating' show 'Naked Attraction' has certainly sparked controversy, with around 123 complaints already to regulator Ofcom. The programme sees a single man and woman choose a date from a selection of six people standing naked before them. Some viewers have been left shocked by close ups of genitalia and full frontals, but ratings suggest it's pulling in a big audience - particularly the young. Andrea Catherwood is joined by presenter Anna Richardson, plus critics Kevin O'Sullivan and Rachel Cooke. 3) Facebook results Latest results from Facebook show the company now has 1.71 billion monthly users, a surge from 1.65 billion in the previous quarter. Strikingly, the results also showed that revenue from advertising has grown 63 per cent in a year, to over $6.2 billion, with mobile ad revenue accounting for 84 per cent of this. Andrea Catherwood talks to ad expert Martin Bowley about the significance of these figures; what this tells us about ad spend, the impact on traditional media, and whether Facebook profits still have space to grow. 28:17
0810 10.08 1) Reporting statistics The BBC Trust has published an independent impartiality review looking at the BBC's reporting of statistics in its news and current affairs. It's found that the BBC needs to do more to challenge conventional wisdom and misleading claims, help audiences understand the weight of evidence, and be braver in interpreting and explaining rival statistics. We speak to independent author of the report and former UK National Statistician Dame Jil Matheson. Plus, FT columnist Tim Harford and investigative journalist Heather Brooke discuss the rise of data journalism and the skills journalists now need to make sense of stats. 2) iPlayer use As of September 1st, the BBC will require those viewers watching BBC iPlayer programmes on catch-up to have a TV licence. Newspaper reports this week suggested the BBC could deploy a new generation of Wi-Fi detection vans to identify people illicitly watching its programmes online. Steve Hewlett speaks to former Editor in Chief of MacUser Magazine Adam Banks about whether technology exists to actually do this, and whether privacy laws would ever allow. 3) The New European The New European, a pop up 'Remain' newspaper, has extended its publication run. Initially published for four weeks following the Brexit decision, the £2 weekly will continue for at least another 4 weeks. Distributed in London, the south of England, Manchester and Liverpool, it's seeing a circulation around the 30,000s, and will be published in Northern Ireland from Friday. Steve Hewlett speaks to Matt Kelly, Chief content officer for Archant and launch editor of the paper about how and why it's selling, when some other papers are failing after a matter of weeks. 28:11
0817 17.08 Covering Trump, BBC sitcom season, Vice's new TV channel New York Times media columnist, Jim Rutenberg, has described how journalists who disagree with Donald Trump now face a dilemma in terms of their impartiality. "The American press has all but abandoned impartiality when it comes to the Republican's wildest claims", he writes. It's a similar problem to the one that faced broadcasters in the UK, especially the BBC, who were accused of 'false balance' during coverage of the EU referendum. Steve Hewlett speaks to Jim Rutenberg, and Emily Bell from Columbia Journalism school, about the challenge of covering Trump's campaign.The media company, Vice, famed for its youth-oriented outlook, is launching a new TV channel in the UK. It will be available on Sky and Now TV, and - it says - will feature all new and original content. The company launched the US version in February this year. But how successful a venture will a linear TV channel be for a young audience? Steve Hewlett speaks to Tom Harrington, analyst at Enders Analysis.BBC Comedy is reviving some much-loved sitcoms including Goodnight Sweetheart and Are You Being Served? It's part of a season to mark 60 years since Hancock's Half Hour - considered to be the start of British situation comedy as we know it - started on BBC Television. But can this genre, which relies on innuendo, smut and difficult themes like race and sexism, exist in a modern world? Steve Hewlett speaks to Shane Allen, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning; writer Derren Litten who has written a new version of 'Are You Being Served', and legendary writers Lawrence Marks and Maurice Gran, famous for 'Goodnight Sweetheart' and 'Birds of a Feather'. 28:24
0824 24.08 1)Olympics v Brexit coverage The start of this summer witnessed some of the most significant political events in recent history, with media headlines about Brexit dominating every news bulletin. However, the news agenda quickly switched to the Olympics and the dominance of the British team. So was this switch justified, or does it highlight an imbalance in news coverage? Joining Paddy O'Connell to discuss is Rod Liddle, Associate Editor of the Spectator and Peter Hitchens columnist for the Mail on Sunday. 2)Diamond diversity project launches The issue of diversity in broadcasting has received much focus this year. Today finally sees the launch of 'Diamond'; an industry wide monitoring project backed by the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Sky, and Channel 5. Amanda Ariss, Executive Director of Creative Diversity Network which has set it up explains how this new system will work and what they hope it will achieve. 3)Gawker closes, the flagship site for Gawker Media, closed on Monday after 14 years. Gawker Media was pushed into bankruptcy after losing a lawsuit filed by wrestler Hulk Hogan. Max Read former editor of Gawker, and now senior editor at New York magazine, shares his concern about how the case threatens press freedom. 4)Channel 5's Gangland A new Channel 5 two part series claims to offer 'unprecedented access to London's street gang culture'. In 'Gangland', subjects are free to tell stories of drug dealing and violence, unchallenged, in their own words. But the method used to achieve this - namely, "camera dropping", where subjects pick up equipment and film their own material - raises questions about the credibility of sources. Steve Hewlett talks to producer Paul Blake about the ethical questions he asked when making this film 28:17
0831 31.08 1) Mark Thompson Steve Hewlett talks to Mark Thompson, President and CEO of the New York Times and former Director General of the BBC, about his new book 'Enough Said'. Mark Thompson argues that something has gone wrong with political language and it's making it harder to have serious public debates about important issues. As the man who has run three major media organisations what does he think needs to change? 2) Autumn schedules Autumn is nearly upon us and as the seasons change, so do TV programmes we'll be watching. From the X Factor to Strictly and Poldark to Victoria, we look at what the schedules might tell us with Vanessa Thorpe, arts and media correspondent at the Observer. 3) Is TV failing young audiences And Shane Smith, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of online news producer VICE told the Edinburgh International Television Festival in this year's McTaggart Lecture that mainstream media was failing younger audiences. So is TV failing Generation Y? We look at numbers with Tess Alps Chair of Thinkbox. 28:22
0907 07.09 1) John Hardie, CEO of ITN Steve Hewlett talks to ITN's CEO John Hardie about his strategy to boost ITN productions and the future of ITN News. 2) Keith Vaz and public interest journalism Was the Sunday Mirror's story making allegations about Keith Vaz in the public interest? We hear from Joan Smith, journalist and human rights campaigner and Evan Harris of Hacked Off about what they make of the editorial judgements behind the decision to publish. 3) The Archers as a brand The Daily Telegraph's radio critic, Gillian Reynolds is a loyal listener to The Archers. She's gripped by the Helen Titchener storyline, but has some issues with the media frenzy and marketing of trial week. She explains why. 4) Reporting on Taylor Swift And, Taylor Swift: what can we learn from the coverage of the latest break-up? Dan Wootton of The Sun gives us the inside story. 28:23
0914 14.09 1) John Whittingdale on the BBC draft charter Andrea Catherwood talks to former Culture Secretary John Whittingdale about the hunt for a new Chair of the BBC Board following Rona Fairhead's decision to step down. 2) Phone hacking We get reaction to the latest report on phone hacking. The Commons Privileges Committee has looked at evidence given in 2012 on phone hacking. We hear from Les Hinton, the former News International Chairman, the Labour MP Chris Bryant and Steven Barnett, professor of communications and the university of Westminster and a board member of pressure group Hacked Off. 3) Turkish journalist Can Dundar And Turkish journalist Can Dündar has just published an account of his arrest, imprisonment and exile. He talks about the challenges facing journalists in Turkey since this summer's failed coup. 4) 'We Are Arrested' by Can Dündar is out now 28:29
0922 22.09 1) BBC shows out to tender Steve Hewlett speaks to Bal Samra, BBC Commercial Director about putting TV shows out to competitive tender - and how the BBC works with independent producers after losing Bake Off. 2) How to cover politics From the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader to Brexit and beyond to the rise of 'anti-politics' - the political landscape has been all change. So, how can the media better engage with and explain what's going on? Adam Boulton, presenter of Sky's new All Out Politics programme and Helen Lewis, Deputy Editor of The New Statesman discuss. 3) BBC Draft Charter And, media analyst Tim Suter helps us to navigate beyond the headlines about top talent pay to look at some of the detail in the BBC Draft Charter. 28:29
0928 28.09 1) Sam Allardyce Andrea Catherwood looks at the journalism behind the Daily Telegraph's ten month undercover investigation into Sam Allardyce which led to him leaving his job as England manager. We discuss the key issues with Matthew Syed, Roy Greenslade and Michael Crick. 2) Future of online journalism Are online distribution platforms like Facebook and Google unfairly benefiting from the original journalism of news organisations? Emily Bell talks about the challenges and opportunities facing traditional media and modern tech companies. 3) STV - news for Scottish viewers And as STV launch a new evening news programme on STV2 which aims to combine Scottish, UK and International news, we hear from STV's Head of Channels, Bobby Hain about what's behind the broadcaster's plans to serve Scottish audiences more clearly. 28:03
1005 05.10 1) Craig Oliver Craig Oliver was a senior editorial figure at the BBC before he was was David Cameron's Director of Communications. He discusses how he thinks he BBC covered the referendum campaign. 2) 'A World Without Down's Syndrome' Sally Philips's son has Down's syndrome and tonight she presents a TV documentary looking at the possible impact of prenatal testing. She says that "this is a film that asks what kind of society we want to live in and who should be allowed to live in it". We are joined by Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman and Patrick Holland, Editor of BBC2 to discuss the editorial decisions that went into making the programme. 3) Daily Mail And, following announcements of 400 job cuts at Daily Mail and General Trust, Douglas McCabe from Enders analysis explores the significance of this latest announcement. 28:28
1012 12.10 1) IPSO review Steve Hewlett talks to Sir Joseph Pilling about his review of press regulator, the Independent Press Standards Organisation. And, to discuss the report we're joined by Trevor Kavanagh, former political editor of the Sun and board member of IPSO and Brian Cathcart. 2) Sky Clare Enders, founder of Enders Analysis joins us to looks ahead at what awaits Sky when it delivers its latest financial figures this Thursday. 3) Will Young leaves Strictly And, Will Young has left Strictly Come Dancing this week. Dan Wootton of The Sun gives us the inside story on Saturday night's big show. 28:32
1019 19.10 1) John Whittingdale on James Purnell Yesterday MPs debated the Draft BBC Charter, former Culture Secretary John Whittingdale joins us to discuss his concerns about the recent appointment of James Purnell as Director of Radio. 2) What Is Twitter Worth? Have we reached peak Twitter? The last of the companies believed to be interested in buying the social network has said it's no longer interested. We speak to Emily Bell, Director of the Tow Centre for Journalism and Jamie Gavin MD of inPress online about how Twitter's commercial value sits with its growing influence. 3) Caitlin Moran on Raised By Wolves And, since hearing that Channel 4 would not be re-commissioning a third series of her award winning sitcom 'Raised by Wolves', Caitlin Moran has decided to raise funds to produce the programme from crowd funding site Kickstarter. She joins Steve to discuss her plans. 28:39
1026 26.10 1) Dean Baquet of the New York Times New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet on covering Donald Trump, the future of newspapers and making digital pay. 2) Impress press regulator Impress becomes the first officially recognised UK press regulator. But could it open the floodgates to costly libel suits against non-members and threaten the future of local newspapers? We hear from Impress chief executive officer Jonathan Heawood and Sir Alan Moses, the chair of rival regulator IPSO (Independent Press Standards Organisation). 3) AT&T - Time Warner merger US telecoms giant AT&T and entertainment conglomerate Time Warner want to merge. Will such a combination of delivery and content be too great a concentration of media power? 28:31
1102 02.11 1) Piers Morgan on Trump With polls suggesting Donald Trump's prospects in next week's US presidential election have improved, Piers Morgan discusses where he thinks the media have fallen down in their coverage of the campaign. 2) Ted Sarandos of Netflix on The Crown Steve Hewlett talks to Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix about their latest drama The Crown and what it says about the company's future direction. 3) Press regulation And The Guardian's Jane Martinson gives us her analysis of the Government's decision yesterday to put the Leveson Inquiry and its recommendations out to public consultation. 28:27
1109 09.11 1) How the media reported on Trump Paddy O'Connell looks at Trump's victory in the US presidential election - one that much of the mainstream media failed to predict. Emily Bell and James Delingpole discuss how old and new media covered the campaign and where we go from here. 2) TV advertising Mathew Horsman joins us to analyse the state of TV advertising. 3) Sound Women And, Sound Women - the group set up to raise the profile of women in radio and to get more of their voices on air is closing. Paddy talks to Jane Garvey and Fi Glover about what it achieved. 28:21
1116 16.11 1) The Grand Tour Steve Hewlett is joined by Andy Wilman, Executive Producer of 'The Grand Tour' to discuss Clarkson, Hammond and May and the new show for Amazon Prime. 2) BBC World Service expansion The BBC has outlined its expansion plans for the government's £289m investment in the BBC World Service. Director of the World Service Fran Unsworth explains what the plans mean for the BBC. 3) US journalism And, following the election result that much of the mainstream print media in the USA did not think possible, David Folkenflik, Media Correspondent for National Public Radio joins us to assess where next for political journalism. 28:35
1123 23.11 1) Luxury magazines Andrea Catherwood looks at why some luxury magazines appear to be in good health despite the troubles faced by the wider print market. Farrah Storr, Editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and Chris Sutcliffe, media analyst for Media Briefing discuss what's going on. 2) Channel 4 We ask if we are we any closer to a decision on the appointment of new directors at Channel 4 and the widely debated future of the public service broadcaster. Maggie Brown, journalist and author joins us. 3) Tom Mangold And Steve Hewlett has been speaking to Tom Mangold, former reporter on Panorama about his journalistic memoirs, Splashed. 28:27
1130 30.11 1) Diversity at the BBC What's the BBC doing to retain BAME employee and improve diversity at the most senior levels? Marcus Ryder, discusses why he recently left the BBC. And Steve is joined by David Lammy MP and Joe Godwin, Director of the BBC Academy and Director of BBC Midlands who is the Chair of the BBC's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. 2) Yousra Elbagir Yousra Elbagir the winner of the Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Prize talks about her work as a journalist in Sudan. 3) Hugo Rifkind And, Times columnist Hugo Rifkind on how his tweet inadvertently spread "fake" news far and wide. 28:09
1207 07.12 Trump and New York Times, the next Chair of the BBC board 1) Former Controller of Radio 4 and current BBC trustee Mark Damazer talks about the plans for the BBC's new unitary board, the appointments process for the new chair and the pitfalls that could lie ahead. 2) Damian Collins MP, Chair of the Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport and Lis Howell, Director of Broadcasting at City University look at what lies ahead for the BBC's new unitary board. 3) And, Mark Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of The New York Times Company discusses the paper's relationship with US President Elect, Donald Trump. 29:04
1214 14.12 1) Murdoch, Fox and Sky Joining us to discuss 20th Century Fox's proposed takeover of Sky are Mathew Horsman, Director of Mediatique, David Elstein, former head of programming at Sky and Vince Cable, former Business Secretary. 2) Eve Pollard Reporters Sans Frontières supports journalists doing their job throughout the world. They've just opened an office in London and Chair of the UK board of advisors, Eve Pollard joins us to talk about their work. 3) Value of newspapers The News Media Association says that the British news publishing industry contributes £5.3bn to the economy. Its Chair, David Dinsmore joins us to discuss the strength of the industry and the challenges it faces. 28:24
1221 21.12 1) The bid for Sky SKY takeover: Beyond the prominent arguments, what are legal and regulatory hurdles that the 20th Century Fox bid has to clear? And, how does the situation differ from last time, when Murdoch's NewsCorp made a bid in 2010? We speak to Jon Zeff, former Director of Media at the Department for Culture Media and Sport. 2) Christmas TV Christmas TV Schedules: What can the TV schedules this Christmas tell us about the health of terrestrial channels as they compete with video on demand services like Netflix and Amazon? TV Critic Kevin O'Sullivan and Ben Preston, Editor of the Radio Times discuss. 3) BBC Monitoring How important is BBC Monitoring? And who should be paying for a service that meets the needs of both the BBC and the Government? We hear from former BBC Monitoring employee and Associate Fellow at Chatham House, Keir Giles and from Stuart Seaman, the outgoing Father of the Chapel for the National Union of Journalists at BBC Monitoring at Caversham Park about the work the service does. 28:18
1228 28.12 Scoops, scandals and sackings: Piers Morgan's life story - A Media Show Special Scoops, scandals and sackings: Piers Morgan dishes the dirt on his childhood master plan to become Britain's most talked about journalist and his rapid rise to become editor of a national newspaper aged only 28. In this special Media Show interview, he talks to Steve Hewlett about the highs and lows of his life story, including the City Slickers share-tipping scandal, phone hacking and the photographs of British troops abusing Iraqis that his newspaper admitted were fake. This former editor of the News of the World, the Daily Mirror and the Sun's Bizarre showbiz column describes how it felt to be on the receiving end of press intrusion and the difference it made to how he ran his own tabloid. He also talks about the relationships, stolen stories and celebrity feuds and friendships that eventually led him to stardom in the United States as a judge on America's Got Talent, winner of Celebrity Apprentice and successor to Larry King. And Piers gives his insight into how to get a job on a national newspaper, what the future holds for the press and what's going on in the mind of his mate, US President-elect Donald Trump. 28:26

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