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BBC Radio 4 - Media Show 2015


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0107 07.01 1) Prince Andrew coverage Two stories this week have raised questions about the relationship between the Royal family and the press. There's been extensive press coverage relating to allegations against Prince Andrew, with national newspapers running front page splashes and lengthy spreads, despite the allegations being unsubstantiated. Furthermore, there has also been controversy surrounding the postponement of a BBC documentary Reinventing the Royals. Andrea Catherwood speaks to the BBC's Royal Correspondent Peter Hunt about the events surrounding Andrew's story. She also hears from Roy Greenslade, Guardian columnist and professor of journalism at City University, about the press coverage, and from Ingrid Seward, royal biographer and editor of Majesty magazine, about how Buckingham palace have reacted. 2) Peter Greste retrial Three Al-Jazeera English journalists, Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, are to be retried but remain in jail, a year on from their original detention. The three were found guilty of spreading false news and supporting the now banned Muslim Brotherhood. So what can we expect from a retrial? Andrea speaks to Sue Turton, presenter and correspondent for Al Jazeera English. 3) 10 years of FOI It is ten years since the Freedom of Information Act came into being - forcing official bodies to answer questions from the press and the public. More than 400,000 requests have been made, leading to exposes of MPs expenses to A&E ambulance delays. To discuss its impact Andrea is joined by Maurice Frankel, director of campaign for freedom of information; Heather Brooke, professor of journalism at City University and FOI campaigner, and journalist and author Simon Jenkins who is sceptical of total disclosure. 28:18
0114 14.01 1) Publishing Charlie Hebdo Images Whether to publish pictures of Charlie Hebdo's latest cover has raised questions for broadcasters and newspaper titles. This week's edition of the French satirical magazine shows a cartoon depicting the Prophet Mohammed holding a "Je suis Charlie" sign. Decision makers have had to make a call about whether the image warrants publication because of its news value, or decide not to publish because of the offence it may cause. Steve Hewlett talks to Emma Tucker, deputy editor of The Times, which published a series of Charlie Hebdo images on the day following the attack last week, and Kevin Maguire, Associate Editor of the Mirror, which hasn't printed the cover, about the dilemmas editors face. 2) Newsbeat's Editor As Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra's news service, Newsbeat is specifically targeted at younger audiences. However, like much of radio, it's facing a decline in listening hours, and with the rising success of the likes of Vice and Buzzfeed attracting the youth market, the competition is getting fiercer. Steve Hewlett talks to Editor Louisa Compton about the digital methods she's implementing to get young people engaged with news coverage, and whether the BBC, constrained by defined editorial guidelines, can offer the content young people are now wanting. 3) Channel 4's Diversity Plan Channel 4 has just published its plan for boosting diversity. 20 per cent of all its staff will be black, Asian or minority ethnic by 2020, up from 15 percent currently. In addition, 6 percent of the workforce will be disabled and 6 percent lesbian, gay bisexual or transgender. And there are new commissioning guidelines for programme makers. Steve hears from Ralph Lee Deputy Chief Creative Officer at Channel 4 about the impact their charter will actually have on and off screen. 28:14
0121 21.01 1) End of Page 3 Britain's best-selling newspaper The Sun has stopped publishing photographs of topless Page 3 models after 44 years. The paper still hasn't confirmed the move but its sister publication, The Times, reported the change has been approved by owner Rupert Murdoch. It's been hailed a victory for campaigner groups like No More Page 3, who have long said the images are sexist. However, readers can now go online to see topless pictures, and it's understood the Sun's Page 3 website has enjoyed a surge in traffic. Steve Hewlett talks to academic and columnist Roy Greenslade about where this leaves the Sun's print edition, and whether Page 3 is indeed gone for good? 2) Josie Cunningham's Agent The Independent Press Standards Organisation, or IPSO, which regulates the press, wants to put a 'red pencil' through rules and regulation which allow publishers to 'resist' investigations. So says its Chair Sir Alan Moses, who, at the Lords Communication Committee yesterday, said the rules are opaque and difficult to understand. Steve Hewlett asks him about the independence of the organisation, rival regulators, and his vision for the future of press self-regulation. 3) Sir Alan Moses on Press Feedom Josie Cunningham appeared on the front page of the Sun after having a boob job on the NHS. In 2014, she made headlines again when she announced she was considering aborting her unborn baby for the chance to appear on Big Brother. This week, Channel 4 airs, 'Josie: the most hated women in Britain?', which looks at how she has occupied the media spotlight by promoting shocking stories, including a plan to sell tickets to the birth of her baby. Steve Hewlett talks to the man behind this coverage - her agent Rob Cooper - about his controversial media strategy and how he goes about securing column inches. 28:30
0128 28.01 1) The future of news The job of public service journalism is to provide news, not noise according to a new report by the BBC into The Future of News. The report makes the case that in an internet age, the BBC is more necessary and valuable than ever. It says the internet is magnifying problems of information inequality, misinformation, polarisation and disengagement. So how is BBC News going to deliver on its mission to inform in an age beyond broadcasting? Steve hears from the BBC's Director of News, James Harding. He also hears from Emily Bell, Director of The Tow Centre for Digital Journalism, at Columbia University's School of Journalism about the increasing tabloidisation of journalism on the web. 2) Page 3 and The Sun A week ago, the media, reported that The Sun had dropped topless models from Page 3. The paper itself neither confirmed nor denied the claims. Just 2 days after the story first appeared in The Times, Page 3 reappeared in sister paper The Sun. Media commentator Roy Greenslade, and publicist, Mark Borkowski discuss the possible PR strategy of the paper. 3) Entertainment shows TV shows Strictly, X Factor and I'm a Celebrity have been entertaining the nation for over a decade. Why are durable entertainment formats proving so hard to find? Steve hears from Mark Wells, former ITV Controller of Entertainment and now Creative Director of Rain Media Entertainment and Jane Lush, former BBC Controller, Entertainment Commissioning who now runs Kalooki Pictures. 28:31
0204 04.02 1) Head of BBC Trust's first major speech The head of the BBC Trust Rona Fairhead has said most people want an independent body to set the level of the licence fee. In her first major speech since joining, she voiced the importance of the public being involved in the BBC's Royal Charter negotiations, which are due to start this year. Steve Hewlett is joined by Tim Suter, former partner at Ofcom and Lis Howell, Director of Broadcasting at City University, to excavate the key points she made, and discuss how the public might get involved in deciding the future shape of the organisation. 2) The battle for sports rights Satellite broadcaster Sky has reported that it's added 200,000 new customers in UK and Ireland in recent months- its highest growth in subscribers in nine years. This week, Sky's intervention ended one of sport's longest partnerships, when the BBC formally surrendered the rights to The Open Golf Championship. And this week Sky will go head to head with BT Sport as the deadline approaches for media players to submit sealed bids for the rights to show Premier League Football. Steve Hewlett talks to analyst Claire Enders about Sky's dominance in sports, and whether other media giants might enter the battle. 3) Sky's Fortitude Staying with Sky, and the launch this week of the broadcaster's own big budget production, Fortitude. The programme, which has cost around £25 million pounds, stars Michael Gambon and Sofie Gråbøl. It launched simultaneously on Sky across Europe, now that Sky, Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia are combined. Steve Hewlett talks to Sky's Head of Entertainment Stuart Murphy about the broadcaster's strategy to diversify away from sport and invest in drama, what success will look like for Fortitude, and how pan European transmission impacts on profits. 28:37
0211 11.02 1) American News Anchors Brian Williams, the most popular nightly news anchor in the USA, has been suspended for six months without pay by his employer NBC. It follows an admittance that a story he told about coming under fire on a helicopter during the Iraq war was not true. NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik talks to Steve Hewlett about the case, and the power and value of the American news anchor to the networks. 2) Protecting Journalists' Sources The Interception of Communications Commissioner has ruled that RIPA (the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act) does not provide adequate safeguards to protect journalistic sources. Sir Anthony May has suggested police need to seek permission from a judge when obtaining information of this type. Steve Hewlett speaks to the editor of the Press Gazette Dominic Ponsford, Richard Berry, the Association of Chief Police Officer's lead on RIPA, and Sun reporter Tom Newton Dunn,whose phone records were accessed by Scotland Yard over the Plebgate row. 3) Football Rights The Premier League has announced that it's sold the British television rights for the 2016 to 2019 seasons to Sky and BT sports for just over 5 billion pounds. Sky almost doubled its investment to retain five of seven rights packages. BT Sport paid 30 per cent more at £960 million for matches including Saturday evening fixtures. Steve talks to Matthew Horsman, Director of consultancy Mediatique, about how the extra costs might impact both companies. 4) Sports Radio Kelvin MacKenzie is bidding to run a new national sports radio station that would compete with Talksport, the broadcaster he founded and sold to UTV Media a decade ago for £100m. The former editor of The Sun is teaming up with his Talksport co-founder Jason Bryant to launch Sports Radio next January. Steve Hewlett asks Jason why now is the right time. 28:12
0218 18.02 1) Do advertisers influence editorial? The chief political commentator at the Daily Telegraph, Peter Oborne, has resigned from the paper, saying its lack of coverage of HSBC and allegations of tax avoidance amounts to a form of "fraud on readers" - a charge the paper strongly denies. Mr Oborne said there had been serious lapses of editorial judgement. It's raised questions about the extent to which advertisers influence editorial decision making, as newspapers come under increasing financial pressures. Steve Hewlett talks to Chris Blackhurst, former city editor of the Evening Standard and former editor of The Independent, about whether the balance of power is shifting. 2) British drama overseas British TV drama is becoming big business overseas. From the popularity of Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Parade's End and Doctor Who, to more recent exports like Broadchurch and Fortitude, a global audience is now enjoying home-grown productions. Steve Hewlett discusses what is driving the growing interest with Ben Donald, Executive Producer of International Drama at BBC Worldwide, Jane Millichip, MD of Sky Vision, and Mammoth Screen founder and producer Michele Buck. 3) Immigration Street A controversial documentary on immigration that was filmed in Southampton has been reduced from six programmes to one. Channel 4 has announced it will show "Immigration Street" as a one-hour documentary next Tuesday. The station originally commissioned six episodes of the Benefits Street spin-off, made by Love Productions. Steve Hewlett asks executive producer Kieran Smith what has led to the decision, and he speaks to Satvir Kaur, Southampton councils cabinet member for communities about the impact the documentary has had on residents. 28:21
0225 25.02 1) Buying BBC Three The BBC's head of television Danny Cohen has publicly responded to a bid by two independent producers to buy BBC Three. Jon Thoday and Jimmy Mulville have submitted a proposal to the BBC Trust, outlining how their £100m bid would save the TV service from going online-only - a plan which is part of cost-saving measures at the corporation. Steve Hewlett hears from Jon and Jimmy about why they believe losing BBC Three's terrestrial presence is bad for licence fee payers, and he hears from Danny Cohen on why the bid is not viable. 2) BARB Measuring TV audiences Live TV viewing in the UK is declining. According to BARB, which measures audiences, the latest figures show that 86 per cent of the population watched TV live in February, compared to 94 per cent five years ago. People instead are choosing to watch on their smartphones and via on-demand services. Steve Hewlett talks to Justin Sampson, Chief Executive of BARB, about how changing viewing habits will impact on advertising, and the new ways BARB is able to measure audiences more accurately. 3) 'FIFA Files' Journalists Win Award Two journalists who uncovered wrongdoing around bidding for the World Cup 2022 have won a prestigious award in recognition of their work. Jonathan Calvert and Heidi Blake from the Sunday Times Insight team were joint winners of the Paul Foot Award for investigative journalism, along with Private Eye writers Richard Brooks and Andrew Bousfield. Heidi and Jonathan's 'FIFA Files' scoop exposed how Qatar's top football official exploited his position to help secure votes. Steve Hewlett talks to them about the impact their work has had. 28:28
0304 04.03 Tony Hall, BBC Director General The Director General of the BBC, Tony Hall, has set out his plans for the "my BBC" revolution; a more personal service that will use data to provide a more tailored experience for users, and enable the BBC to compete more effectively in the digital age. In a speech on Monday, he also spoke of his support for a proposed household levy to replace the current licence fee. In his first interview for The Media Show, Steve Hewlett talks to Tony Hall about his new strategy, and gets his views on how the organisation is funded, run, and governed. Steve asks him about the 'major changes' Tony Hall says are needed in order for the BBC to survive. They discuss what is being done to restore confidence in how the BBC is overseen, and whether Tony Hall has realised his ambition of creating a simpler, clearer organisation that offers the best value for money for licence fee payers. Also in the studio to discuss the main themes are Sir Michael Lyons, former Chairman of the BBC Trust; Samir Shar, Chief Executive of Juniper TV and former non-exec director of the BBC; and Lis Howell, Director of Broadcasting at City University. 28:21
0311 11.03 1) Older People in the Media A government report out today says the media's representation of older people is 'prejudiced' and 'out of date'. Ros Altmann, the government's Older Workers Champion, is calling for an end to images in the press of wizened hands and walking sticks, which she says perpetuate unhelpful stereotypes. She also wants to see older presenters and journalists on air, and fewer references to age in stories. Emma Barnett asks Ros about the key findings, and speaks to Alexander Chancellor, editor of 'The Oldie', and Dame Joan Bakewell, former 'tsar' for older people, to discuss whether the media needs to change its attitude towards the older generation. 2) Clarkson and the Top Gear Brand Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended by the BBC following a 'fracas' with a producer on the programme. The BBC has announced that the scheduled episode of Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday. Top Gear is one of the BBC's most popular exports worldwide and has a large UK fan base. PR consultant Mark Borkowski will discuss the brand, the decision to pull the show, the relationship between production staff and talent and who, if anybody, could fill Clarkson's shoes. 3) TV Election Debates The former chairman of the BBC, Sir Michael Grade, has today said the way the broadcasters have acted in trying to organise the TV debates is a "shambles". This week, David Cameron said he would take part in one 7-way debate, but not the others. Emma Barnett speaks to former Chair of the Lords Communications committee Lord Inglewood who last year published a report which showed clear public support for the televised debates. And talking about the challenges of organising a debate is Chris Birkett, from the Digital Debate, which is trying to engage voters from a younger demographic. 28:16
0318 18.03 1) The Clarkson Row and Handling 'Difficult' stars Should they have seen it coming? Steve Hewlett looks at how the BBC is handling the latest Jeremy Clarkson controversy and the challenges of managing "difficult" TV presenters. Self-confessed occasionally "difficult" TV presenter Giles Coren, veteran "Queen of Daytime" ITV producer Dianne Nelmes and former commercial TV executive Dawn Airey discuss the delicate balancing act of nurturing and reining in charismatic television stars to obtain their best possible on-screen performances. 2) The Future for Netflix Also - Ted Sarandos, the head of content at Netflix, talks about the future for the TV and film streaming website - commissioning original content like House of Cards and using subscriber data to decide what sort of programmes to provide and create. 3) The Green Party Media Policy And - in the first of seven interviews with political parties in the run-up to the general election, we hear from the Green Party about their media policy 28:18
0325 25.03 Jeremy Clarkson fired by the BBC, SNP media policy Steve Hewlett hears from BBC creative director Alan Yentob on why star Jeremy Clarkson has been sacked and from Guido Fawkes, the blogger behind the million-name petition to reinstate the Top Gear star. He also discusses the political implications of the Clarkson sacking for the corporation with former political editors Michael White of the Guardian and Trevor Kavanagh of the Sun newspaper. Also on the programme - it's the turn of the Pete Wishart MP of Scottish National Party to talk about this party's media policy. 28:19
0401 01.04 1) Spider Memos The Supreme count has ruled that 27 letters written by Prince Charles to Ministers, the so-called 'spider letters', should be made public. It follows a ten year campaign by the Guardian newspaper and reporter Rob Evans, who first submitted a Freedom of Information request to see the letters back in 2005. Steve Hewlett talks to Rob about the ruling, what it means for press freedom, and what he has learnt about the content of the memos. 2) Mental Health Headlines Talk of the Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz being "depressed" appeared on Friday's front pages. Headlines included "Killer pilot suffered from depression" (Daily Mirror), "Madman in cockpit" (The Sun) and "Why on earth was he allowed to fly?" (Daily Mail). Mental health campaigners came out against the coverage, including Alastair Campbell, former spin doctor, and now ambassador for Time For Change. Steve speaks to him about his call to sack news editors who had published 'hideous' front pages, the role of the press in combating stigma, and why he thinks there's a danger in making a correlation between depression and violence. 3) Dermot Departs The X Factor Dermot O'Leary will no longer present the X Factor after 8 years on the show. An X Factor spokesperson has said 'no decisions have been taken' on who will replace him, but the Sun revealed in a scoop on Saturday that Olly Murs and Caroline Flack are being lined up as his replacement. Steve speaks to the Mirror's TV critic Kevin O'Sullivan about what the story exposed about showbit and former BBC controller of commissioning entertainment, Jane Lush about the crucial role of the presenter in ensuring a programme's success. 4) Plaid Cymru Media Policy And in the third of seven interviews with political parties in the run up to the general election, we hear from Plaid Cymru about their media policy. 28:25
0408 08.04 1) Telegraph chief's exit The Telegraph's chief content officer and editor-in-chief Jason Seiken has left the newspaper after just eighteen months. His tenure was not without controversy - recruited from public service broadcaster PBS in the USA, Jason was tasked with responsibility for all editorial operations and transforming the newsroom into a dynamic, entrepreneurial culture with digital products at its core. What impact did he make and where does this leave the Telegraph and its digital strategy now? Steve hears from Peter Preston, columnist and former editor of the Guardian and Douglas McCabe of Enders Analysis. 2) Victoria Derbyshire Victoria Derbyshire's new daily current affairs show debuts this week on BBC 2 and the News Channel. It's led by a 'Digital First' strategy, in which specially commissioned films are published to the website before broadcast. Steve speaks to Victoria about how a programme can work for both news and daytime formats, and the challenge of making the informality and intimacy of radio work on TV. 3) Leaders' debatesLast week's 7 way leaders' debate on ITV attracted 7 million viewers, with different polls declaring different 'winners'. It's the second of the much debated TV debates to be broadcast; over the next month the "challenger parties" will meet, as will the leaders of the three larger parties. So, half way through the process, are the formats working and is the audience really learning anything from the debates? Steve Hewlett discusses with Jenni Russell, political columnist for The Times, and Peter Preston, columnist for The Guardian. 4) Lib Dem media policyAnd in the latest of our interviews with political parties in the run up to the general election, we hear from Liberal Democrat John Leech about the party's media policy. 28:25
0415 15.04 1) Politico Politico, the non-partisan, Washington based political news organisation is to launch a European edition next week in print and online. With new headquarters in Brussels, it aims to become the dominant voice on European politics and policy. John Harris, co-founder and editor-in chief of Politico joins Steve to discuss their plans for expansion. 2) Labour's Media Policy The columnist and former Apprentice contestant Katie Hopkins is well known for her outspoken and controversial comments. Dubbed the most hated woman in Britain, she's been accused of making disgraceful and ill-informed remarks on Twitter about everything from obesity to dementia. She tells Steve why being offensive shouldn't be classed as an offence. 3) Katie Hopkins The European Commission has filed a complaint against Google over its alleged anti-competitive behaviour. The competition commissioner has stated that the firm's promotion of its own shopping links amounted to an abuse of its dominance in search. Steve speaks to the Guardian's Charles Arthur who has been following this story. 4) GoogleAnd in the latest of our interviews with political parties in the run up to the general election, we hear from Labour's Chris Bryant about the party's media policy. 28:27
0422 22.04 1) Rory Bremner on political satire As the General Election campaign hots up, two new political satires have been unveiled- ITV's Newzoids and Channel 4's Ballot Monkeys, with the former reuniting some of the vocal and production talent of Spitting Image. Radio 4's Dead Ringers and the Vote Now Show are also back on air, not to mention election specials for satirical stalwarts Rory Bremner, Jack Dee and Charlie Brooker. But despite this crowded market, is satire, as Spectator columnist and satirical author Toby Young would have it, headed for an early grave? Steve is joined by Rory Bremner himself to give satire a health check ahead of the General Election, in discussion with Toby Young and the Assistant Editor of the New Statesman, Helen Lewis. 2) Sky's strong figures Pay-TV broadcaster Sky has reported a 20% rise in operating profit helped by strong demand across Europe. Operating profit for the nine months to the end of March was £1.025bn, up from £854m a year earlier. Sky UK also posted the highest third quarter rise in users and the lowest churn - customers leaving - in 11 years. Steve Hewlett talks to Director of Mediatique consultancy Mathew Horseman about the reasons behind the strong figures, how a recent merger with Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia has impacted on results, and what Sky UK is doing to keep customer churn so low. 3) Tory media policy And in the latest of our interviews with political parties in the run up to the general election, we hear from Conservative's Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey on the parties media policy plans should they win the next election. 28:20
0429 29.04 1) Top Gear's future Kim Shillinglaw, Controller of BBC 2 and BBC 4, is the BBC executive tasked with securing the future of Top Gear. In her first interview for The Media Show, Steve Hewlett asks her how she will save the network's 'baby', now that Jeremy Clarkson and executive producer Andy Wilman have left, and whether Hammond and May will be appearing next season. He also asks her about the remit of the channel, and how to capture a younger audience. 2) The Sun's 'Whistleblower Charter' Under the banner of 'A Whistleblower's Charter,' The Sun has created a safe space online to allow whistleblowers to share stories with journalists without fear of retribution. Using encryption software Tor, Sun Secure Drop is aimed at those who might otherwise be reluctant to leak information. Dominic Ponsford, Editor of Press Gazette, joins Steve to discuss what the charter might mean for newsgathering, at a time when powers like RIPA are being used to access journalists' phone records. 3) Headline-Writing In the golden age of headline writing, the purpose of a title writ large was to get a paper noticed on a newsstand, rather than in a newsfeed. For those in the business of reporting and selling news, that platform has been replaced several times over by desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets and now wearable technology. Steve talks to John Perry of The Sun about what works on the front page, and considers the ever evolving digital consumption of news with Emily Bell, director of Tow Centre for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, and Buzz Feed UK editor Luke Lewis. 28:33
0506 06.05 1) Journalists on the Election Trail On the final day of election campaigning, we hear from the front line journalists who have been on the trail with candidates. There have been reports that this election has been more stage-managed by spin doctors than any previously, with national journalists even being excluded from covering events. Steve Hewlett is joined by some leading political journalists; Michael Crick from Channel 4; Patrick Wintour from the Guardian; Andrew Grice the political editor of the Independent, and Isabel Hardman from the Spectator. They discuss how easy, or not, it's been to get access to politicians, why press conferences are now few and far between, and why the growth of social media is making advisers ultra-cautious in their media management strategy. 2) CEO of Bloomberg Media Bloomberg, the financial news provider, has become the latest media agency to launch a dedicated European digital edition. Bloomberg rents out terminals which provide real time data to financial professionals, and currently most of its audience are subscribers. In an effort to attract a more general business audience, it's launched Bloomberg Business Europe - an online site that's free to all. Steve Hewlett talks to CEO of Bloomberg Media Justin B. Smith about expanding the portfolio, and how the company's strategy to build its digital assets will impact on business. 3) Alex Crawford from Sky News And danger, excitement and the challenge of making British TV viewers care about news happening in distant places - Sky News' Alex Crawford talks about life as a foreign correspondent, as she receives the Charles Wheeler Award for outstanding contribution to broadcast journalism. 28:32
0513 13.05 1) Election Polls in the News Research from Cardiff University shows that coverage of this election was dominated by the story of the polls, with broadcasters choosing to run stories about the 'horse-race' between Labour and the Conservatives, rather than stories about policy or issues. So, why did they decide to give poll results such prominence, and had they focused more on covering policies, would this have revealed more about the real mood of the public? Steve Hewlett talks to James Harding, director of BBC News; Jonathan Levy, head of news gathering at Sky News, and Richard Sambrook, a former director of BBC news who is now Professor of Journalism at Cardiff University. They discuss the editorial decisions around covering the election campaign, and what can be learned for next time round. Also joining Steve is David Dinsmore, editor of Britain's best-selling daily, The Sun - a paper which prides itself on being closely attuned to what the nation thinks - about his decision to go strong on coverage of the "neck and neck" race between the parties, and whether there was an over-reliance on opinion polls in this years coverage. 2) CEO of All3Media Jane Turton All3Media is Britain's biggest independent production company, responsible for content ranging from the BBC's acclaimed Wolf Hall, to Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares and Hollyoaks. It was recently bought by Discovery Communications, the US media company behind the Discovery Channel, and Liberty Global - two companies controlled by American billionaire John Malone. Jane Turton, the newly appointed chief executive, talks to Steve Hewlett about the challenges of American ownership, how the indie sector can continue to foster creativity in a global marketplace, and her views on the current industry landscape. 28:37
0520 20.05 1) Facebook Instant Articles As Facebook's latest innovation - Instant Articles - gets underway, we discuss the pros and cons for Facebook, news organisations and the public. Could this innovation be a plan to take over the news business or a way for publishers and broadcasters to reach a larger potential audience more quickly? 2) Eurovision evolutionQuestion: When is Australia part of Europe? Answer: When it comes to Eurovision. This year there'll be an Australian entry in the competition. Ingrid Deltenre, Director General of the European Broadcasting Union tell us why - and which other non-European country she'd like to have on next year. 3) UKTV successAnd why UKTV's family of channels is so profitable - could it be all these Top Gear repeats? 28:17
0527 27.05 1) WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell Sir Martin Sorrell is the most influential man in advertising. As the CEO of WPP, the world's largest advertising group, he is one of the world's most connected executives. After 30 years, WPP now embraces some of the best known names in advertising and PR - including Ogilvy and Mather, J Walter Thompson and Burson-Marstellar. Steve Hewlett talks to Sir Martin about the balance of power between traditional and digital media; how information about us online is informing creativity in advertising, and as he turns 70, what's next for him, and the advertising empire he has created. 2) Trinity Mirror damages The High Court has awarded damages totalling nearly £1.2m to eight people whose phones were hacked by some journalists Trinity Mirror newspaper group. Eight claimants -- including the actors Shane Ritchie and Shobna Gulati - were paid, 'very substantial' damages in the civil case against thr group. The largest amount was awarded to Sadie Frost who received damages of £260,250. Steve Hewlett talks to Hugh Tomlinson QC, lead counsel to victims of the News of the World phone hacking scandal, and Bob Satchwell, Executive Director of the Society of Editors, about the scale of damages and how this case might damage celebrity journalism. 3) the BBC's Lyse Doucet on reporting religion On the day Lyse Doucet is presented with the Sanford St. Martin Award for her reporting of religious affairs, Steve meets the BBC's Chief International Correspondent. The Canadian born journalist began her career in West Africa in 1983 and has reported on conflicts in Iraq, Syria and across the Middle East on the Arab Spring. This award acknowledges her work in 'raising the profile of religion in the media.' What are the added challenges that reporting faith-based conflict brings to her role? 28:30
0603 03.06 1) Charlie Hebdo editor-in-chief Charlie Hebdo, the satirical French magazine, was attacked in January over its cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Two gunmen stormed its offices shooting dead several people including the magazine's editor Stephane Charbonnier and four of its cartoonists. Witnesses said they shouted "Allahu Akbar" and "we have avenged the prophet". The attack followed a number of serious threats and a 2011 firebombing for Charlie Hebdo's satire on Islam. Gérard Biard has worked at the magazines since 1992, and has been editor in chief for the past 10 years. Steve talks to him about how the magazine can continue to publish in the same way, and whether free speech can exist alongside the threat of extremism. 2) Britain's Hardest Worker A petition calling on the BBC to abandon its plans for a series, 'Britain's Hardest Worker' which will pitch unemployed and low paid people against each other for a cash prize, now has over 25000 signatures. It's been dubbed by critics as 'poverty porn' and a 'Hunger Games style game show'. Steve Hewlett talks to Labour MP Louise Haigh who fears the programme will demonise working class people, and to executive producer Tim Carter from Twenty Twenty. 3) Disabled people in TV A workforce survey by Creative Skillset, the creative industry skills body, has found that just five percent of the TV workforce considers themselves to have a disability, compared to eleven percent of the wider UK working population. It's calling on broadcasters and indies to 'urgently' improve the number. Amongst its other findings, it revealed a marked rise in the number of people doing unpaid work in the creative industries. Steve talks to Dr Kion Ahadi, Head of Research at Creative Skillset about the findings and what needs to be done. 28:27
0610 10.06 1) Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham on pay and privatisation The chief executive of not-for-profit Channel 4 has enjoyed a 16 per cent pay increase to £855,000 following an 'exceptional performance', according to the broadcaster's annual results published yesterday. This, despite Channel 4 reporting its lowest audience share since 1984. David Abraham received a maximum bonus of £166,000, but insisted the company was not taking fewer creative risks to hit bonus targets. David joins Steve Hewlett in the studio to discuss the annual report findings, rumours about privatisation, and Channel 4's plans to support start up businesses through advertising. 2) Police on TV A new BBC 1 five part series about the Met Police began this week. Filmed over the course of a year 'The Met: Policing London' follows the police as they go about their work. But do series' like this and others such as '24 Hours in Police Custody' and 'The Detectives' shine a credible and authentic light on the reality of the police at work, or are they just good PR for the police? Steve is joined by Aysha Rafaele, executive producer of 'The Met: Policing London', and Roger Graef who has made over fifty films about the police and the criminal justice system. Also joining him are Stafford Scott, a community activist based in Tottenham, and Andy Trotter, former Chief Constable who served as ACPOs lead on the media. 28:21
0617 17.06 1) Chris Evans on his new job presenting Top Gear Chris Evans will replace Jeremy Clarkson as the new presenter of Top Gear. It ends months of speculation over who would fill Jeremy Clarkson's shoes after he was sacked after a 'fracas' with a producer on location. Chris, who previously insisted he was not interested , has now signed a three year deal. Co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May will not be part of the show. Chris Evans tells Steve Hewlett about how the deal was done, and how he sees the future of Top Gear, plus the Controller of BBC 2 Kim Shillinglaw on why she thinks Chris is the best choice. 2) Media mogul Richard Desmond Richard Desmond is the owner of the Daily Express, Daily Star and OK! Magazine. Nicknamed "Dirty Des" for the way he battles competitors, last year he sold his Channel 5 TV station to Viacom for £450 million, over four times the price he originally paid for it. In his new autobiography, The Real Deal, he portrays himself as an unhappy Jewish kid from north London who became a billionaire, developing his entrepreneurial spirit at the age of 13 while working in the cloakroom of the local pub. He set up his first magazines - International Musician and Recording World, and Home Organist - in his early 20s, and in 1983, he snapped up the licence to publish Penthouse in the UK. Steve Hewlett talks to him about his rise to media powerhouse; his portfolio, his philosophy and his position in the UK's press and TV landscape. 28:40
0624 24.06 1) Commissioning BBC TV programmes The BBC Trust says that the BBC's TV commissioning process is not sustainable. Currently, 50% is guaranteed for in house commissions, independent producers compete for 25% and the last 25% is open to all. However, the Trust says there is a strong case for reducing or even removing the 50% currently guaranteed for in house commissions. The decision opens the doors for Director General Tony Hall's BBC Compete or Compare strategy, announced last July. Andrea Catherwood is joined by James Purnell, BBC's Director of Strategy and Digital, and John McVay, Chief Executive of PACT to discuss the pros and cons of changing how BBC TV content is made and supplied. 2) News on smart phones A survey conducted by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford has revealed that millions of young viewers have turned to online sources to access news content, "abandoning television news completely." Facebook was the most popular social network for news in all countries in the study except Japan, and it found that smart phones are the 'defining device' for consuming journalism. Andrea Catherwood talks to author Nic Newman from the Reuters Institute about what the findings tell us about changes in news consumption. 3) The 'pause' in local TV rollout Carlisle has become the 34th city to be awarded a local TV licence by Ofcom. However, much to the disappointment of the Local TV Network, this may be the last licence for some time: regulator Ofcom has said that until it makes a decision about what it's going to do with the 700 MHTZ spectrum, it won't be awarding any more licences. Whilst Ofcom has described this as a 'pause', Chairman of the Local TV Network Chris Johnson has some concerns. Andrea Catherwood talks to him about how this delay is affecting the roll-out of local TV. 28:19
0701 01.07 1) Tim Hincks Tim Hincks, the President of Endemol Shine, on defining and nurturing creativity, tackling the middle class bias in TV, why we should embrace the mainstream and why UK television is best when it engages with the rest of the world. 2) BBC Three going online Richard Ayre from the BBC Trust explains why the Trust has given a provisional and conditional go-ahead to BBC proposals to close BBC3 as a broadcast channel and move it online, and to extend the evening hours of CBBC - but has said no to the idea of BBC One +1. 3) The future of Olympic coverage The former director of the BBC's London 2012 Olympic Games coverage, Roger Mosey discusses the International Olympic Committee's decision to award European TV rights to the games to the US communications company Discovery. How big a blow is it to the BBC and what will it mean for viewers? And we hear the latest on reports of further job cuts at the BBC as it faces what is claimed to be a £150M shortfall in anticipated income, as more viewers choose to watch TV exclusively via online catch-up services - which are exempt from the licence fee. 28:09
0708 08.07 The new deal for the BBC in today's budget. Good for the corporation? Good for the audience? In today's budget, the Chancellor George Osborne announced that responsibility for the policy and delivery of free TV licences for the over 75s is to be shifted from the government to the BBC - at a cost of more than half a billion pounds. To balance that, says the BBC's Director General Tony Hall, the government has committed to let the licence fee increase by inflation; to close the so-called catch-up loophole which permits viewers to watch TV without a licence; and to return the ring-fenced money from the licence fee which is currently being used to support broadband roll-out. Is it a good deal for the audience and the BBC? Does it mean cuts or continuity? We investigate. 28:22
0715 15.07 1) BBC's annual report The BBC's Director - General Lord Hal has said it is up to licence fee payers to determine the size and shape of the BBC. It's Annual Report, out yesterday, shows how spending and staff numbers rose, despite cost cutting at the corporation. The Chairman of the BBC Rona Fairhead also said there are likely to be further cuts in "scope," prompting speculation that services would be cut. Steve Hewlett talks to Professor Lis Howell, Director of Broadcasting at City University, and the BBC's former Head of Strategy Mark Oliver, about the health of the BBC, where savings may be made, and how the corporation is positioning itself ahead of Charter renewal. 2) Chris Bryant on the 'BBC under siege' The Shadow Culture Secretary has warned that speculative government plans to scale back the BBC would see it becoming a 'national irrelevance by 2027'. Chris Bryant used a major speech last night to say the 'BBC is under siege' from the government, ahead of a Green Paper on the future of the corporation out on Thursday. Steve Hewlett talks to Chris Bryant about his role as 'critical friend', why he thinks it's important the BBC remains culturally significant, and what he would do to improve the organisation. 3) Alan Whicker award The presenter and documentary-maker Alan Whicker was best known for Whicker's World, a combination of travelogue and social commentary. In one of the longest running series in British television history he featured a range of people from despots, jet setters to eccentrics. A new foundation set up in his name has launched three documentary filmmaker awards - one for first time documentary makers over 50. Jane Ray, Consultation Artistic Director of the Whicker's World Foundation talks to Steve about the awards, and his style of documentary making. 28:29
0722 22.07 1) The chair of the BBC Trust The BBC Trust, the governing body of the BBC, has published its response to last week's government green paper on the BBC Charter Review. The review will look at, amongst other things, how the BBC should be governed and regulated - with many thinking the new charter will spell the end of the Trust. In her first interview for The Media Show, Trust Chair Rona Fairhead discusses her vision for the future of the BBC, her involvement in the recent licence fee deal, and the legitimacy of the BBC's governance system. 2) Digital news providers A new book, Innovators in Digital News, looks at how some news organisations - some old, some new - are succeeding with digital news. Drawing on first-hand research inside organisations, it explores how The Guardian, The New York Times, Quartz, BuzzFeed and Vice approach the field. Steve Hewlett talks to author Lucy Kung about how clear strategies and strong leaders are winning combinations that are enabling new digital brands to take on 'old stalwarts' to win the attention of online news audiences. 3) Ofcom's review of BT Openreach As part of its once in a decade review of the UK digital communications market, OFCOM is considering whether BT should be completely separated from Openreach. Openreach, currently an infrastructure division of the BT Group, is responsible for looking after the fibres, wires and cables, providing wholesale access to broadband and telephone lines. Other providers like Sky and TalkTalk claim it provides poor service and that it gives BT an unfair advantage. BT is strongly opposed to a split saying it would threaten further investment in the network. Steve is joined by Matthew Howett, telecoms and technology analyst from independent consultancy Ovum. 28:23
0729 29.07 1) Nikkei buys Financial Times The Japanese Nikkei group has bought the Financial Times from publisher Pearson for £844 million. Pearson has also confirmed it's now in talks to sell it's 50 per cent stake in the Economist. Steve Hewlett talks to Douglas McCabe from Enders Analysis about the sale and to David McNeill, the Independent's Japan correspondent and Economist writer about how east-meets-west cultural differences might impact on editorial standards 2) ITV and Sky results ITV has reported strong half year profits, despite also reporting its lowest audience numbers for at least 15 years. The group, which is home to shows including Downton Abbey and The X Factor, said its share of Britain's television audience fell 4 per cent to 21 per cent. Despite this, profits rose by 25 per cent. Steve Hewlett asks media consultant Mathew Horsman how this has happened, and finds out more about Sky's results, which are also out today 3) Al Jazeera journalists' retrial An Egyptian court is expected to issue a verdict tomorrow on the retrial of three Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste who were imprisoned for more than a year. They were originally sentenced for spreading false news and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. Sue Turton was charged in absentia and sentenced to ten years. She talks to Steve about the retrial and why her sentence has forced her to give up her job as correspondent for Al Jazeera English 4) Press regulation The Press Recognition Panel - the body which will look at applications from any press self-regulators who want to apply for recognition under the Royal Charter - has been asking for views on how it can put the Leveson criteria into practice. It's hoping to be able to take applications from September. Chair of the panel David Wolfe QC joins Steve to explain where they're at with the process 28:06
0805 05.08 1) Media bans for sports journalists The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called on the Football Association to act on a "worrying trend" among its member clubs of handing out media bans. It comes days after Scottish football columnist on The Times, Graham Spiers, along with a BBC journalist, was banned from Rangers. Andrea Catherwood talks to Graham Spiers, who explains how his journalism has impacted on relationships with football clubs; NUJ President Michelle Stanistreet about her concerns over clubs having this power, and Professor Tim Luckhurst from the University of Kent about how the rise in clubs' own TV channels, websites and blog sites are increasing the control they yield. 2) Vice's new women's channel The expanding digital media brand Vice has launched a new women's interest channel. "Broadly" says it will cover stories affecting women that the mainstream media fails to cover properly. It will run in partnership with the multi-national consumer goods company Unilever and cover subjects including politics, sex and fashion. Andrea Catherwood speaks to Editor in Chief Tracie Egan Morrissey about the channel's editorial remit, and what she thinks women want from a news provider. 3) Clarkson on Amazon Prime Former BBC Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond have been signed up to present a new show on Amazon's streaming video service. They'll front a new motoring programme on Amazon Prime - with the first season available in 2016. Andrea Catherwood talks to Michael Underhill, TV analyst at Enders Analysis, about the platform's market position and how it hopes the trio will boost its offering. And Mark Wells, former ITV controller of Entertainment, discusses how the deal marks a moment that sees top talent no longer beholden to free to air broadcasters like ITV and the BBC 27:53
0812 12.08 1) Celebrity injunctions A prominent sportsman has been granted an injunction preventing The Sun newspaper from publishing a story about a relationship he had before he was married, based on the woman's account. The case has raised questions over how injunctions like this, relating to kiss-and-tells, impact on journalism, especially tabloids. Andrea Catherwood talks to The Sun's editor David Dinsmore, and discusses the efficacy of injunctions in an internet era with two media lawyers; Mark Stephens from Howard Kennedy, and Kirsten Sjovoll from Matrix Chambers. 2) Economist sale Publishing group Pearson has agreed to sell its fifty per cent stake in the Economist Group for £469m. Exor, the holding group of the Agnelli family, has agreed to buy most of Pearson's shares. Media analyst from Liberum Ian Whittaker explains why Pearson's selling, and why Exor's buying. 3) FT editorial independence Following Pearson's sale of the FT to Japanese media group Nikkei, journalists at the paper have written to Nikkei management asking for assurances that editorial independence will be maintained. Nikkei has promised to protect the independence of the FT, but in a letter, writers have called on the Nikkei to "enshrine" its editorial independence. Andrea Catherwood talks to Financial Times journalist Martin Sandu about what guarantees staff are looking for. 4) football bans Last week, the NUJ called on the FA to act on what it described as "a worrying trend" amongst clubs about banning journalists from their grounds if they don't like their reporting. Then on Friday, Channel 4 news was banned from Newcastle United's press conference for wanting to ask the club a question about banning journalists! We hear from Channel 4 news correspondent Alex Thomson about what happened. 28:14
0819 19.08 1) Royal pictures Buckingham palace has appealed to the world's media not to publish unauthorised images of Prince George. It says some paparazzi have gone to, "extreme lengths" to take pictures and, "a line has been crossed". The palace said a small number of media organisations, mostly in Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand and the US, had published photos of Prince George in "unacceptable circumstances". However it said the "vast majority", and all UK publications, had refused. Are the Palace trying to re-draw the lines of what is acceptable intrusion? Steve Hewlett hears from Robert Jobson, Evening Standard Royal Editor, and Ken Wharfe, former Scotland Yard Protection Officer to Diana, the Princess of Wales and Prince William. 2) Managing talent Sir Tom Jones has criticised the BBC after being told he would not be returning to The Voice. After four series as coach on the talent show, it's been announced he will be replaced by Boy George. Sir Tom took to Facebook to criticise BBC executives about their, "sub-standard behaviour", in the way he was told, with "no consultation or conversation of any kind". The incident has raised questions about the way media organisations, like the BBC, handle top talent. Steve discusses with two leading agents; Sue Ayton from Knight Ayton Management and Jon Thoday Joint Founder and MD of Avalon. 3) Archant's positive performance Archant, the fifth largest regional newspaper publisher in the UK, with titles in East Anglia, London, Kent and the South West, has reported its first revenue and profit growth in eight years. Steve Hewlett asks CEO Jeff Henry what they're doing to grow, when similar publishers are declining. 28:20
0826 26.08 1) Edinburgh TV Festival, BBC director of strategy James Purnell The Culture Secretary John Whittingdale, speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, says that the government has no desire to dismantle the BBC and that some defenders of the corporation are "tilting at windmills". We hear the first official response from the BBC's Director of Strategy James Purnell. 2) Channel 5 director of programming Ben Frow Also in Edinburgh, Channel 5's Director of Programming Ben Frow, reveals how the channel is trying to reposition itself in the market and improve its reputation. 3) Spotify And the online music streaming service Spotify has provoked a fuss with its new terms and conditions. Critics say they're a grab too far for all sorts of personal data. We hear from Emma Carr of Big Brother Watch on how Spotify is responding to the backlash. 28:32
0902 02.09 1) Rebekah Brooks returns Rebekah Brooks is returning to News Corp as chief executive of its UK division, a year after she was cleared of all phone hacking charges. Her appointment has been condemned by Hacked Off and the shadow culture secretary Chris Bryant. What impact will her return have on a business that has tried to re-shape its image in light of the phone hacking scandal? Steve hears from Peter Preston, former editor of the Guardian. 2) Call for controls on BBC website The News Media Association, the trade body for the UK newspaper industry, is calling on the government to implement 10 changes around the scope of the BBC's digital news services. In its submission to the government green paper on the BBC charter review, it says it "fundamentally disagrees" with the corporation's ambition to grow this area of its business. Steve Hewlett talks to Mark Oliver, former head of strategy at the BBC, and founder of Oliver and Ohlbaum - the firm commissioned to write the report. 3) Turkish media, Chair of Atvod Following the arrest of two British journalists working for Vice News on the charge of aiding a terrorist organisation, we discuss the state of press freedom in Turkey. Steve is joined by former editor of The Guardian Peter Preston, who travelled to Turkey in his previous role of chairman of the International Press Institute (IPI) and Turkish journalist Yavuz Baydar, the founding member of P24, the Platform for Independent Media. 28:24
0909 09.09 1) BBC plans The BBC outlined its vision this week for a more open and more distinctive BBC that would involve working more closely with arts and science institutions and local news services. Steve Hewlett hears from the BBC's Director of Strategy James Purnell about the plans 2) IPSO A year after the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) was set up, a survey for the pressure group Hacked Off found over sixty percent of people lacked confidence in the regulator, which is backed by the majority of the UK's major newspaper publishers. A letter in this week's Guardian signed by eleven people who had taken a complaint to IPSO denounced the regulator as a sham body. Steve speaks to Evan Harris, Joint Executive Director Hacked Off, about its concerns, and to Matt Tee, Chief Executive of IPSO, about the criticisms, and gets his reflections on the last year and what's next for the regulator 3) X Factor The X Factor has been criticised for scouting for contestants with a pre-existing professional pedigree rather than relying solely on genuine walk-in applicants. The show has also come under attack for contestants giving humble back stories, like this week's "I work on a farm", that do not reflect their true previous success in showbiz. So has the well of UK talent dried up? Should the X Factor format be put out of its misery? Is the audience too jaded, too cynical and too small to care anyway? Steve hears from Kevin O'Sullivan, the Sunday Mirror's TV columnist 28:25
0916 16.09 1) Live from the Royal Television Society Convention in Cambridge The Royal Television Society Convention in Cambridge brings together senior figures from the TV industry to discuss the challenges of a shifting media landscape. This year's convention looks to television in 2020 and the challenges for content, creativity and business models. The Media Show is broadcasting live from the event. Sir Peter Bazalgette, President of the RTS and Chair of the Arts Council England outlines the themes of the event. Media Show presenter Steve Hewlett also hears from David Abraham, Chief Executive of Channel 4 and Tim Hincks, President of Endemol Shine Group about whether consolidation and the growth in foreign ownership of UK production is stifling creativity. Brian Elsley, the creator and writer of Skins talks E4 talks about taking his hit show to the USA and why the UK needs more US-style showrunners. And the Guardian's media editor Jane Martinson looks ahead to speeches by Tony Hall, the Director-General of the BBC and John Whittingdale MP, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. 28:36
0923 23.09 1) Police communication The Metropolitan Police have issued a statement acknowledging that when they described allegations of historic child abuse and a VIP paedophile ring as 'credible and true', it suggested that they were pre-empting the outcome of their investigation. They say did not mean to give that impression and that they retain an open mind. The investigation has drawn criticism for appearing to rely too heavily on the evidence of one witness and some high profile people have accused the police of conducting a witch hunt. It's not the first time that the police have got into difficulties in the way they communicate with the media. Steve talks to Sean O'Neill, crime editor at the Times about police media relations. 2) Nordic support for the BBC The heads of seven Nordic public service broadcasters have warned the UK government not to weaken the BBC. In an open letter, published in the Guardian they argue it is a model for how public service broadcasters should be set up in new democracies and have called for its international role to be taken into account during charter renewal. Steve hears from Cilla Benko, director general of Sweden's national publicly funded radio broadcaster SR, Sweden. 3) Al Jazeera pardons Egypt has pardoned Al Jazeera journalists Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed who were convicted of broadcasting false news. Steve speaks to former Al Jazeera English journalist Sue Turton who was convicted in absentia. 4) Greenpeace investigations Greenpeace has hired a team of investigative journalists. Can investigative journalism by a campaigning group with an agenda ever be truly trusted? Steve hears from former BBC Newsnight and Panorama journalist Meirion Jones who is now a consultant on the project. 28:08
0930 30.09 1) Channel 4 privatisation Plans to privatise Channel 4 have been revealed after documents were photographed as they were carried into Downing Street. A sale would raise an estimated £1bn for the Treasury. Steve Hewlett talks to David Elstein, former chief executive of Channel 5, about the potential benefits of having Channel 4 in private hands. Also joining him is historian and journalist Maggie Brown who explains the challenges the broadcaster would face in delivering its public remit, should it be accountable to shareholders, rather than the government. 2) Corbyn's press jokes New Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn began his maiden Party Conference speech with jokes aimed at the national press. He went on to talk about media commentators who have 'sneered' at the growth in Labour's popularity, and called for an end to cyberbullying. It's not the first time he's criticised the press - recently describing headlines about himself as 'unpleasant' and 'unfair'. Steve Hewlett talks to Fraser Nelson of The Spectator about the growing hostility between Corbyn and the media. 3) Freeview Play The free to air TV service Freeview is launching Freeview Play this week. It's a new TV catch up service bringing together BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 on demand services. Steve asks Caroline Thomson, Chair of Digital UK, the organisation behind Freeview, why people would buy a box when there are so many packages on offer? 4) Local World sale talks Trinity Mirror is in talks to buy the shares of Local World it does not already own. Local World is one of the largest media networks in the UK - with over 100 print titles and 70 websites. The Daily Mail and General Trust currently own just over 38% of the business. So why does it want to sell, and why would Trinity Mirror want to buy? Ian Whittaker, media analyst with Liberum, explains. 28:31
1007 07.10 1) An investigation by BBC's Panorama into alleged VIP Paedophile rings has questioned whether there was in fact any reliable evidence to support claims. It questioned the methods of investigative website Exaro News - who have led the way in covering this story. Mark Watts, Editor in Chief of Exaro News, gives his response to Steve Hewlett. 2) Peston's move to ITV BBC journalist and presenter Robert Peston is to join rival broadcaster ITV as its new political editor. The BBC's economics editor has been lured to switch networks with a reported salary of around £350,000 and the promise of a Sunday morning chatshow. Steve Hewlett talks to former Editor-in-Chief and CEO of ITN news Stewart Purvis about the reasons why ITV is so keen to hire him. 3) Desmond newspaper prices Express Newspapers, the newspaper arm of Desmond's Northern & Shell, has cut the cost of the weekday Daily Star, and the Saturday and Sunday editions. The move, which the company has described as a "very bold move to inject some overdue sales and excitement to the category", will challenge rivals including Trinity Mirror's Mirror and Sunday People and News UK's Sun. Douglas McCabe from Enders Analysis explains the thinking behind the decision. 4) Dennis Publishing CEO on Coach 28:28
1014 14.10 1) BBC Studios The BBC's latest submission to the Government on the Charter Review consultation includes further detail on BBC Studios. The proposal removes the key guarantees and quotas for BBC in-house programmes but establishes BBC Studios as a separate entity, to maintain the BBC's tradition of programme making. To discuss the implications for the UK's independent TV production sector at large, Steve is joined by Cat Lewis, CEO of Nine Lives Media and Debbie Manners, MD Keo Films and former Chair of Pact Council. 2) Ad-blocking Axel Springer, the owner of the German tabloid Bild, has become the first major German publisher to insist that users of ad-blocking software either pay a monthly fee, or turn off the ad-blockers before viewing its content. Earlier this month, Apple launched its first operating system permitting users to download ad-blocking software from its app store. Media Editor of The Times, Beth Rigby, joins Steve. 3) Female tech journalists New research shows 20% of female technology journalists surveyed said they had disguised their gender, name or published anonymously, to avoid abuse. Catherine Adams, freelance journalist & senior lecturer in Communications at Nottingham Trent joins Steve to discuss the conclusions of her new research. And Holly Brockwell, Editor in Chief of Gadgette, a technology website aimed at women, talks about the sexist abuse she has experienced in the course of her work. 4) The Voice The BBC have issued a statement denying that it has axed The Voice, saying: "We are in discussions about its future, but we won't get into a bidding war." Reports from The Daily Mirror had suggested the BBC had dropped the programme and that it could appear on ITV. The Guardian's Tara Conlan joins Steve to discuss the wrangling over this Saturday night talent show. 28:27
1021 21.10 1) Alan Rusbridger Fleet Street's confidence has "worn thin", says the former editor of the Guardian, Alan Rusbridger. In a wide ranging speech at the Society of Editors' annual conference, he also took a swipe at the rest of the UK media by criticising their lack of interest in the Snowden revelations and the subsequent debate about the issue of surveillance. Steve Hewlett talks to him about his legacy and asks where next for the Guardian? 2) Leveson laws The culture secretary John Whittingdale says he is not convinced the time is right to introduce laws forcing publishers to pay both sides' legal costs in libel and privacy cases, even if they win. Most of the industry has argued that the measures undermine press freedom. However, the prospect of Mr Whittingdale abandoning this key element of the Leveson regime drew criticism from campaign group Hacked Off. Steve speaks to Helen Anthony, author of recent report "Leveson's Illiberal Legacy" and Evan Harris of Hacked Off. 3) PinkNews The portrayal of LGBT issues in the media still needs improving, according to the Chief Executive of the online site PinkNews which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month. Steve hears from Ben Cohen, Chief Executive, about how media outlets are covering LGBT issues today, and whether there is still a need for specialist sites like his now. 4) ITV buys UTV ITV has bought the Northern Ireland broadcaster UTV for a reported £100 million. UTV's television division, which operates in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland accounted for 36 per cent of its revenue last year, according to Thomson Reuters data. The deal will put 13 of 15 channel 3 licences in the hands of ITV. Media analyst Alex DeGroote explains how media, money and politics have converged to influence the sale. 28:28
1027 27.10 1) Future of the BBC: The Media Show Debate The Media Show's Steve Hewlett hosts a landmark discussion about the BBC's future as the corporation approaches the review of its Royal Charter. The main players from government, regulators, broadcasters and other media will come together to assess how the BBC should be funded, what it should and should not do, and how it should be regulated. Steve and his guests will challenge the evidence, expose the brinkmanship and explore how specific changes could alter the DNA of the BBC. The no holds barred discussion will take place in front of a public audience which will put its own questions to the panel. 42:00
1028 28.10 1) John Whittingdale In this first full interview for The Media Show, the Culture Secretary John Whittingdale talks about the BBC's distinctiveness, value for money and the licence fee settlement. Also joining Steve Hewlett in the studio to give their reactions are former OFCOM partner Tim Suter, and Professor Lis Howell, Director of Broadcasting at City University in London. 2) ITV News at 10 revamp with Tom Bradby ITV's News at Ten has been revamped with its former political editor Tom Bradby replacing Julia Etchingham and Mark Austin as the main anchor on the programme. The more informal style has been met with mixed reactions on social media - some argue that it adopts a US style anchor approach, while other viewers say they want the news, not personal comments. Tom Bradby joins Steve to explain the vision behind the revamp, how the dynamic will work between him and newly-appointed Robert Peston, and why he thinks the BBC news should vacate its ten o'clock slot. 28:22
1104 04.11 1) Chief exec of Trinity Mirror Simon Fox Trinity Mirror has taken full control of media network Local World, which has over 100 regional titles across England and Wales. Dubbed a 'good day for local media', by Chief Executive Simon Fox, the £187 million deal will create the UK's largest regional media group. In his first appearance on The Media Show, Steve Hewlett talks to Chief Executive Simon Fox about the purchase, what it means for a challenged local press, and whether it raises any issues around media plurality. 2) News UK's David Dinsmore Britain's biggest-selling newspaper the Sun is to take down its online paywall, after failing to win enough readers. Rupert Murdoch's tabloid introduced the subscription model in 2013, when then editor David Dinsmore said that asking readers to pay for content was, "the only way to protect the future of the newspaper industry". Now in his position as newly promoted Chief Operating Officer of News UK, Steve Hewlett asks David what he hopes a free website will do to stem the decline in print circulation. 3) Heather Brooke on FOI The Leader of the House of Commons Chris Grayling has said that the Freedom of Information Act is being misused as a research tool to generate stories for the media. At the same time, the Government has set up an independent cross party Commission to review how FOI is working. There are concerns this will lead to new restrictions on the release of information, a strengthening of the ministerial veto and the adding of new fees. Steve hears from Heather Brooke, freedom of information campaigner and Professor of Journalism at City University, and Dominic Ponsford, Editor of the Press Gazette which has launched a 'Hands Off FOI' campaign 28:26
1111 11.11 1) BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie Sherlock, Doctor Who and Dad's Army fans in the UK can buy and download episodes of their favourite programmes - as well as many other "lost gems from the BBC archive" - after the broadcaster launched a new online service: the BBC Store. The site features around 7,000 hours worth of content with more to come over the next year. BBC Worldwide - the commercial arm of the BBC - is behind Store. Steve speaks to CEO Tim Davie about the revenue Store will bring in, and asks him how important exploiting commercial opportunities like this is in securing the BBC's future. 2) The state of Welsh media Wales is facing a media "market failure" that will leave the nation with a deficit of reliable information, according to a report by the Institute of Welsh Affairs. Cutbacks in spending on broadcast programmes made for Wales, falling numbers of trained newspaper journalists and a weak commercial radio sector present a "major challenge" for the nation, it says. Steve speaks to report author Ruth McElroy and Professor Ian Hargreaves from Cardiff University about the current state of the media in Wales. 3) The BBC loses The Voice The BBC has revealed it's lost the singing show 'The Voice' to a rival broadcaster. It said on Saturday that the fifth series on BBC 1, which begins in January, will be the last. It's thought ITV has won the format - although it still hasn't confirmed this. So, what will this mean for the BBC, and for ITV? Steve asks Stephen Price from Broadcast what impact the change will have on ratings, and speaks to former BBC entertainment commissioner Jane Lush about how the BBC's future Saturday night schedule might look. 28:22
1118 18.11 1) Media coverage of events in Paris A series of co-ordinated attacks in Paris on Friday night have resulted in the deaths of at least 129 people. Media outlets quickly mobilized with blanket coverage across television, radio, newspapers and social media. How do the news media outlet co-ordinate and respond to such a breaking and dangerous situation? How do you decide what is a proportionate amount of coverage? And with so many unconfirmed reports, how can you be sure of the reliability of your story? Steve Hewlett discusses the pitfalls and challenges with a panel of guests; John McAndrew from Sky News', the BBC's Gavin Allen, Professor of TV journalism Stewart Purvis, Jeremy Griffin from The Times and Ryan Broderick from Buzzfeed UK 2) Media coverage of events in Paris The chair of the Commons culture, media and sport select committee has written to BBC director general Tony Hall about his concern over the corporation's plans to spin off its TV production arm into a separate commercial unit and create BBC Studios. Conservative MP Jesse Norman, who replaced John Whittingdale in May, says he has asked Lord Hall about the impact on commercial rivals and the production sector. He tells Steve Hewlett why its important for the public to be fully consulted over the creation of the new subsidiary 28.26
1125 25.11 1) President of AOL Content The president of AOL Content, which owns the Huffington Post, says the media industry is undergoing a 'revolutionary change'. In a speech at the Reuters Institute, Jimmy Maymann says it's because of a shift from 'destination' to 'distributed' media. This means that rather than actively visiting branded websites to choose content, users are consuming what's being offered to them, often via social media. Steve Hewlett talks to Jimmy Maymann about the impact of this shift, and Sarah Marshall, social media editor at the Wall Street Journal, gives her thoughts on what publishers need to do to respond to this change. 2) Expert women A new study by City University's Professor of Broadcasting claims that the news, far from reflecting society, 'distorts society'. In her latest work into the representation of women in the media, Lis Howell has found that while female expertise generally runs at a ratio of about 2.5 male experts to every female expert, in the news men outnumber women by around 3 to 1. Lis talks to Steve Hewlett about the findings, and about what broadcasters could be doing to improve the ratios. 3) CEO OF Virgin Media Virgin Media provides TV, internet, mobile and fixed-line telephone services in the UK. The company's cable network delivers broadband to over half of all UK homes, and there's a current project to extend this to four million additional premises over the next five years. Tom Mockridge has been at the helm since June 2013, following the company's acquisition by Liberty Global, the world's largest international cable operator. Steve Hewlett talks to him about content, broadband, sports rights and retransmission fees. 28:42
1202 02.12 1) Lord Puttnam on public service broadcasting Lord David Puttnam, whose credits include the Oscar-winning Chariots of Fire and The Killing Fields, is spearheading an inquiry into the future of public service broadcasting. It's aim is to look at the 'nature, purpose and role of public service television today and in the future'. The inquiry is being seen as a challenge to the eight-person advisory committee appointed by Culture Secretary John Whittingdale, to guide his conclusions on the renewal of the BBC's Royal Charter. Steve Hewlett talks to Lord Puttnam about what he hopes the inquiry will achieve, and gets his views on the current state of the UK's broadcasting ecology 2) Peter Salmon, on BBC Studios The Media Show recently spoke to Jesse Norman, the Chair of the Commons culture, media and sport select committee following a letter he had sent to the Director General of the BBC Tony Hall. Mr Norman raised concerns over the corporation's plans to turn most of its in house production arm into a new commercial subsidiary, BBC Studios, and let it compete in the market for business. Very little detail of the BBC's proposals has been outlined, raising questions about governance, regulation and conflict of interest. Steve speaks to Peter Salmon, Director BBC studios 3) I'm a Celebrity The controversial star of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Lady Colin Campbell has unexpectedly left the jungle today. Love her or hate her, fans of the ITV show agree that she has made compelling TV, in this, the fifteenth series of the format. Steve speaks to one of the original I'm a Celebrity creators Natalka Znak, and to Elaine Bedell, Director of entertainment and comedy at ITV, about the enduring appeal of the show, and why it's continuing to attract audiences, where other formats have failed 28:28
1209 09.12 1) TV leadership debates The first analysis of the 2015 TV leadership debates, carried out by the University of Leeds and funded by ITV, has been published. It claims to find that TV debates helped people engage with the campaigns, with almost half of people who claimed they were 'not interested' still tuning in. A further 30 per cent of the viewers to the first ITV debate said they had become more interested in the campaign after watching it. Steve Hewlett talks to report author Professor Stephen Coleman, and to Jenni Russell, columnist for the Times, Sunday Times and Evening Standard 2) Royal interview conditions Prince Charles has been accused of "North Korea-style" censorship to control TV interviews, after Channel 4 pulled out of a pre-arranged interview with him as it would not agree to conditions stipulated by Clarence House. The contract included clauses like allowing the Prince's contribution to be removed entirely from the final product. Joining Steve Hewlett to discuss the challenges of securing royal interviews is the Evening Standard's royal editor Robert Jobson, royal biographer Catherine Mayer, and Stewart Purvis who made a three part documentary about the royals for ITN 3) Trump's social media strategy US presidential candidate Donald Trump has claimed he's been named, the 'Ernest Hemmingway of 140 characters', in reference to his activity on Twitter. Choosing to reject traditional advertising to raise his profile, he has instead harnessed the internet, using social media as a platform for his often controversial views, which are then shared immediately, without verification or challenge, to his 5 million+ followers. ." Steve talks to Emily Bell, Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism in New York, about Trump's social media strategy 28:34
1216 16.12 1) Leveson part 2? In 2011 the Prime Minister announced the two part Leveson inquiry into the role of the press and police in the phone-hacking scandal. Part 1 examined the culture, practices and ethics of the press. However, Part 2 could not commence until police investigations and criminal proceedings had been completed. This week, the CPS announced it would cease any ongoing criminal investigations. So, will Leveson Part 2 now happen? The BBC's legal correspondent Clive Coleman, Prof. Natalie Fenton from Goldsmiths University and campaign group Hacked Off, and journalist Neil Wallis, who was tried and acquitted for phone hacking, discuss 2) BBC News at Ten The BBC's News at Ten is to run 10 minutes longer in the New Year, with the bulletin set to end at 22:45 GMT on every weekday except Friday. According to the corporation, "the extended Ten will give audiences even more news analysis and explanation". But does the audience want a longer programme? Steve Hewlett talks to Gavin Allen, BBC controller of Daily news programmes, and Jonathan Baker, former BBC editor of the 1, 6 and 10'o clock news bulletins 3) David Rose on Shaker Aamer The last British person to be held at the American military base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba has been telling his story this week. Shaker Aamer was released and sent back to the UK two months ago - after 14 years in captivity as a terror suspect. During that time, he was never charged or put on trial. In a broad-ranging interview with the Mail on Sunday this week, he made allegations about his treatment. Journalist David Rose wrote that story, and has led the campaign for Aamer's release for many years. Steve Hewlett speaks to David about his work, and meeting Shaker for the first time 28:19
1223 23.12 1) Robin Esser Known as 'the newspaper man's newspaper man', Robin Esser's press career spans nearly 60 years. Robin worked on Fleet Street in the 'golden era' of journalism, editing the Daily then Sunday Express before taking on the Daily Mail in 1991, and later becoming its Executive Managing Editor. Robin joins Steve Hewlett to discuss how the media landscape has changed, some of the key strategic decisions he's made, and what he perceives as the challenges and opportunities facing papers like the Daily Mail today. 2) reporting migration Journalists fail to tell the story of migration, that's according to a new report by the Ethical Journalism Network. It claims there is too much focus on the fear of migration, problems of security, and too little attention is given to the background situation and the lives of the migrants. Steve Hewlett hears from Zakeera Suffee, one of the report's authors, and from the media commentator Stephen Glover, who is also a columnist for The Daily Mail. 3) Formula 1 BBC Sport is to "reluctantly" end its Formula 1 television contract three years early as part of savings across the corporation. Channel 4 will take on the BBC's F1 broadcast rights from next season. BBC Sport was asked to find £35m of savings, as part of a £150m gap in the corporation's finances from next year. However, the decision has led to questions about whether the BBC is making the right choices in where savings are being made. Steve Hewlett talks to former head of BBC sport, Roger Mosey, and gets his views on the thinking behind this decision, and whether the savings axe has fallen in the right place. 4) stories of 2016 And, what will 2016 hold for the big broadcasters? Analyst Claire Enders gives her thoughts on what the big issues will be for Channel 4, Sky and the BBC 28:26
1230 30.12 1) TV Remakes The number of remakes seems to be increasing - Cold Feet and the X Files are both returning to our TV screens next year. So is this lazy commissioning, or is it actually more risky than commissioning new original work because of the weight of audience expectation? Writer Debbie Horsfield, talks about her approach to the new Poldark series, and why she avoided being influenced by the very successful 1970s series. Steve Hewlett also hears from Jane Tranter, who brought back Dr Who and Auf Wiedersehen Pet to the BBC, when she was controller of drama commissioning. Maurice Gran who co-wrote the BBC classic series Birds of a Feather, which was remade sixteen years later for ITV and Lucy Lumsden, the former BBC controller of comedy commissioning, and latterly Head of Comedy at Sky, and Julia Raeside, TV critic at the Guardian. 28:06

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