Tuesday 20 August 2013, 10:07
Sir Ray Kindle is a very unlikely pioneer. He is 87 and set up the Tindle Newspaper Group (starting with one paper) with his £300 pay-off from the Army six decades ago. Today that paper is thriving - so too is his local newspaper empire
Thursday 17 November 2011, 13:29
What do you call a group of newspaper editors in collective denial? Try the Society of Editors. I have just spent two days at its annual conference in Runnymede. The theme: Magna Carta II - A Modern Media Charter. Simple, portentous and probably misguided.
In a parallel universe, 15 miles away off...
Thursday 1 September 2011, 11:03
She trended worldwide on Twitter. Alex Crawford of Sky News was one of the first three journalists - all women - to enter Green Square in Tripoli with the Libyan rebels. She broadcast live to the world from the back of a pickup truck. "The most exhilarating moment for all of us," she called it.
Friday 5 August 2011, 11:41
Flight BW 523 came to a screeching halt beyond the end of the runway at Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Guyana, at 1.32am. It broke in two. The pictures tell the story.
But all 163 passengers and five crew escaped largely unharmed in this 'miracle'. Just three are still hospitalised.
Tuesday 21 June 2011, 15:54
As the 'Arab Spring' moves through Midsummer's Day to what could prove to be a very cold winter, is the British media flogging an out-of-date narrative?
Tuesday 14 June 2011, 13:39
As midsummer day approaches, the 'Arab Spring' of democratic revolts of varying degrees is still in full bloom, and shows all the signs of becoming an Arab Summer, Autumn and Winter.
How did (and do) we report it?
- Were we too optimistic and not nuanced enough, especially on television?
- Are some...
Tuesday 31 May 2011, 17:38
John Mair concludes his reports about the media scene in his native Guyana:
It was an exclusive gathering: the opening of a new Indian restaurant, the Maharaja Palace. The great and the good, and the Cabinet, were there.
I was ushered behind the curtain to meet my newly decorated friend (we went...
Thursday 26 May 2011, 11:41
Sometimes, here in Guyana, you have to pinch yourself and remember this is not Alice in Wonderland. Or is it?
Monday 16 May 2011, 12:52
I am in media frontier land, in Guyana, South America, on a university exchange trip to the country where I was born. It is truly the media Wild West here.
TV is all-present in all homes. Plenty of local channels - 20-plus at the last count. They're segmented not by genre but by race and politics, like...
Friday 6 May 2011, 12:57
This time last week, I left Hangzhou to head home from a very large, very empty airport. It was modern, full of familiar brands and had coffee at Â£4.50. Like other parts of the new China, it felt too big, and I wondered if it had been built to please some local baron.
A little vignette: I like Chairman...
Wednesday 27 April 2011, 12:10
I am in Hangzhou, southern China, on an exchange with Zhejiang University of Media and Communications, which has 11,000 media students. Yet it is only the second biggest in China: Beijing University has many more.
China understands the importance of mass-media to the Party and the country. Each morning...
Monday 18 April 2011, 17:08
Big question that.
I started wondering during a recent tour of the stunning new BBC W1 building conducted by the affable Andy Griffee, the BBC Director of W1.
The new newsroom is certainly shaping up, and the first journalists should arrive towards the end of the year. In 18 months, there will be...
Monday 4 April 2011, 17:38
Towards the end of a distinguished on-screen career, newsreaders can expect to get a CBE, OBE, or even a 'K' if they are lucky.
Jon Snow, who has presented Channel 4 News for 22 years, has instead become a national treasure. He would in any case refuse most of the official baubles offered; though...
Wednesday 23 March 2011, 09:45
Will the protest movements in the Arab world be a turning point for Al Jazeera English (AJE)? Could the 'Arab Spring' be AJE's equivalent of CNN's 'Scud moment' - when Ted Turner's 24-hour news channel from Atlanta achieved recognition breakthrough in the 1991 Gulf War?
Senior AJE presenter Stephen...
Wednesday 16 March 2011, 11:04
I have been pondering this question especially since a Coventry Conversations/BBC College of Journalism conference on investigative journalism last week.
The Great and the Good of the digging fraternity were all there - in the flesh or on screen - from Harold Evans to Bob Woodward to Donal MacIntyre...
Tuesday 8 March 2011, 16:05
It was a rip-roaring success for Channel 4 - nearly 9 million viewers watched the last of the five-part series on 15 February. Big Fat Gypsy Weddings became a national appointment to view on Tuesday nights, and the subject round the water coolers on Wednesday mornings.
According to Firecracker Films...
Thursday 3 March 2011, 15:22
It's less than two months until the royal wedding, which will no doubt also be the occasion of a less-than-harmonious match between royalty and media.
I was given a privileged insight into that relationship at one of the UK's oldest universities when, under Chatham House rules, a select group...
Friday 25 February 2011, 14:52
Oscars? Who needs all the razzmatazz when we've got the Royal Television Society Journalism Awards.
I was there ... on the judging side.
Last week, 18 grateful recipients went away with a plastic trophy. Many did not.
But just how do you get an RTS?
First, it pays to have talent and ability; whether...
Tuesday 22 February 2011, 09:45
In Coventry, commercial radio only fears the BBC Network giants Radio 1 and - more - Radio 2. BBC Local is considered no contest.
Wednesday 9 February 2011, 09:05A broadcaster by accident and a BBC Radio 1 presenter, Andy Kershaw made a name for himself later reporting for Radio 4 from the 'Axis of Evil' countries. And doing so very well. Is he a journalist or a disc jockey or a hybrid? Kershaw has just finished his autobiography, No Off Switch. It is a well...
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