Blog posts by year and month March 2011

Posts (43)

  1. 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 Firecracke...

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  2. Last Tuesday, a colleague called to say that the Science Media Centre's robust call for more openness from scientific advisers to government had made it into the Science and Technology Committee's report on scientific advice in emergencies. On Thursday, among an audience of more than a hundre...

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  3. For two prime time hours last night - TV's most prestigious evening of the week - you could have heard just two voices.  Niall Ferguson's Civilization: Is the West History? (Channel 4, 8pm to 9pm) and Brian Cox's Wonders of the Universe (BBC2, 9pm to 10pm) had much in common despite the differ...

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  4. A lively conversation over the weekend - of course on Twitter - between two informed protagonists highlighted an issue previously discussed here. The debaters were Neal Mann, @fieldproducer, a sharp and savvy Sky journalist who mixes old-school cunning with new media nous, and Andy Carvin, @ac...

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  5. 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...

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  6. Just a thought - but has Jeremy Hunt's decision over News International and BSkyB effectively secured the future of the BBC and the TV licence? We know that if News Corp's bid is successful - and there are still bridges to cross - it will create a broadcasting behemoth. One that, without effec...

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  7. A group of Libyan opposition activists have uploaded onto the internet a newsletter they say was published in Zintan, 75 miles south of Tripoli. The newsletter is one of several independent media sources to emerge in Libyan cities freed from Colonel Gaddafi's control. One of the newsletter'...

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  8. At first I was suspicious, but I think the email I got from Uyen Quynh Thach at Intervox Production Music is genuine. "Arabic Unrest. The Domino Effect of Mass Protest," it said, "First it was Tunisia, then Egypt, Bahrain and now Libya and Oman. The rioting and unrest in the Middle East and N...

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  9. At 6pm this evening, UK time, Apple will be announcing ... something. The FT predicted on Sunday that it will be a second-generation iPad, but, according to the well-informed Engadget yesterday, "There's really no telling what could happen tomorrow at Apple's little event." So, stand by and...

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  10. Facebook is these days valued at more than $50 billion, but you'd never guess it visiting its Washington DC office It looks more like The Office than some K Street lobbyists' palace. But don't be fooled - there are plans to move a lot closer to Capitol Hill very soon. I was shown around by ...

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