Media Show

Media Show

BBC Radio 4's topical programme The Media Show, presented by journalist and former TV executive Steve Hewlett, featuring the latest stories and opinion from the fast-changing world of media in all its forms - print, television, radio, online and telecommunications.

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  • BT's EE talks; journalism and PR; Ofcom's review into C4; London weeklies launch

    Wed, 17 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    BT's exclusive talks to buy EE; journalism's changing relationship with PR; Ofcom's review into C4; Tindle London weeklies launch.

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  • BBC plans for the future of BBC3, Press regulation panel

    Wed, 10 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The BBC's Director of Television on transforming BBC3 for a digital age; The new Chair of the Press Regulation Panel.

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  • The Times growth; Christopher Jefferies; front page tabloid content

    Wed, 3 Dec 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Times and The Sunday Times turning a profit; Christopher Jefferies - real crime drama; Representation of women in the media - changing the display of newspaper front pages.

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  • Sun editor on white van man; The National launches in Scotland; Kenyan Young Journalist; local TV in Birmingham

    Wed, 26 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Media: Sun editor David Dinsmore on the white van man and David Mellor exclusives; pro-independence paper 'The National' launches in Scotland; Birmingham gets a new local TV operator.

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  • Ed Richards; licence fee; Trinity Mirror closures; teen blog on OCD

    Wed, 19 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Departing CEO of Ofcom; Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen on scrapping the BBC’s licence fee; the award-winning teen who blogs about OCD; Trinity Mirror regional paper closures.

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  • BBC One Controller; sports journalism; Serial podcast

    Wed, 12 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore on her vision for the channel; Serial - the real life crime drama and the changing nature of sports journalism with Patrick Collins.

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  • Al Jazeera English chief; BT Sport and Sky sports; BBC R1 on iPlayer; pay-per-view news

    Wed, 5 Nov 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Al Jazeera English chief on putting human stories at the heart of news; Radio 1's new TV channel; pay-per-view news in Holland; the competition between BT Sport and Sky Sports.

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  • Guardian Media Group, Russia Today, Broadmoor, Facebook

    Wed, 29 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Andrew Miller, CEO of Guardian Media Group on their global strategy; the launch of Russia Today (RT) UK service; Olivia Lichtenstein on her new documentary series 'Broadmoor' and Facebook and Twitter results.

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  • David Liddiment and Alison Hastings leave the Trust; Women in the media; Mirror complaint

    Wed, 22 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    David Liddiment and Alison Hastings leave the BBC Trust; women in news and current affairs; why IPSO is pursuing a complaint against the Mirror, despite it being withdrawn.

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  • Reporting the EU; TV election debates

    Wed, 15 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Why the British media's coverage of the EU is falling short, and how to negotiate a TV election debate.

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  • Facebook's apology to drag queens; anonymity online; an inquiry into the use of RIPA

    Wed, 8 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Facebook's apology to drag queens; should anonymity be allowed on websites?; an inquiry into the use of RIPA.

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  • Sunday Mirror sting, journalists' safety, interviewing politicians

    Wed, 1 Oct 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Mirror under investigation for MPs online sexting investigation; journalists' safety; how to make the political interview more illuminating.

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  • Devolved powers and the BBC, Inside police custody, Trinity Mirror and phone hacking

    Wed, 24 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    How the debate over more devolved powers might impact on the BBC; New Channel 4 series put the spotlight on the police custody suite; Phone hacking payouts at Trinity Mirror.

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  • Mike Darcey, CEO of News UK; the role of the press in Scotland; Ofcom on London Live

    Wed, 17 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Ofcom on why it's rejected London Live's plans to change its licence; the CEO of News UK on why he's got no plans to change Page 3; the role of the press in Scotland's big decision.

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  • Protecting journalists' sources; Page 3, AP robots; car digital adapters

    Wed, 10 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Protecting journalists' sources; Rupert Murdoch: Page 3 is old fashioned; Associated Press uses robots to write financial news; car digital radio adapters to transform listening.

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  • Who is Rona Fairhead?; the BBC on Sir Cliff coverage; the Press Gazette joins IPSO.

    Wed, 3 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The BBC Trust's potential new chair Rona Fairhead; the operational decisions the BBC made when covering the raid on Sir Cliff Richard's home; the Press Gazette joins IPSO.

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  • Exploitation in South Yorkshire - TV election debates - Jihadis and social media

    Wed, 27 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Times reporter Andrew Norfolk on his investigations into sexual exploitation in South Yorkshire; How to construct TV election debates. How British jihadi's use social media.

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  • BBC's coverage of raid on Sir Cliff; covering the Missouri riots; Sky's diversity targets

    Wed, 20 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The BBC's coverage of the police raid on Sir Cliff Richard's home; how journalists are coping on the ground in Ferguson; can Sky's ambitious new diversity targets be met?

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  • Local TV's first casualty; the class action against Facebook; reporting suicide

    Wed, 13 Aug 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Local TV service for Birmingham goes into administration; Austrian law student launches a class action against Facebook over privacy rights; responsible reporting of suicides.

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  • New laws for bloggers; the impartiality of reporters; radio presenters working for free

    Wed, 6 Aug 14

    Duration:
    26 mins

    New laws designed to boost local democracy and a free press; why some commercial radio presenters are working for free; and reporters managing their emotion in the face of conflict.

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  • Local TV, BBC3 campaign, Right to be Forgotten

    Fri, 1 Aug 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Emma Barnett presents. Local TV - is it workable? The campaign to Save BBC3. And the UK's Information Commissioner on adjudicating on 'Right to be Forgotten' appeals.

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  • MH17 and Gaza reporting, Al Jazeera English journalist Sue Turton, Murdoch's media moves

    Wed, 23 Jul 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    The challenges of covering MH17 and Gaza; Sue Turton on her jailed Al Jazeera English colleagues; Rupert Murdoch's quest to buy Time Warner.

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  • BBC commissions up for grabs; IMPRESS regulation plans; 'Immigration Street'

    Wed, 16 Jul 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Tony Hall's plans to tear up quotas at the BBC and 'liberate' in-house production has been largely welcomed by the indie sector and rival broadcasters. The team behind the television show Benefits Street has confirmed it will film a follow-up series on immigration in Southampton. The Channel 4 show, with the working title "Immigration Street", will be shown next year. The six-part series is being filmed on Derby Road in the Bevois area of the city. Producer: Katy Takatsuki.

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  • 'Magaluf Girl' coverage, White Dee, the reporting of historic child sex abuse allegations

    Wed, 9 Jul 14

    Duration:
    26 mins

    The tabloid coverage of 'Magaluf Girl' story - responsible journalism or 'slut-shaming'?; White Dee on 'Benefits Street'; investigative reporting of child sexual abuse allegations.

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  • Diversity, Facebook controlling emotions, Changes to Radio 5 Live

    Wed, 2 Jul 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Radio 5 Live presenter changes; how ethical is it for Facebook to play with people's emotions?; increasing Black, Asian and ethnic minority representation on and off screen.

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  • Hacking trial special

    Wed, 25 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    A panel of insiders discuss how the hacking trial has exposed the culture of an industry competing to break the biggest stories.

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  • Sports Commentary, ABC Chief, Internet vs Print, Peter Jukes

    Wed, 18 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The art of sports commentary; why the internet is not responsible for print's decline; tweeting at the hacking trial; and the head of the ABC on government cuts.

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  • BBC Radio cuts; Richard Ingrams; Sun special row.

    Wed, 11 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    How job cuts at BBC Radio might impact programmes; why some posties in the North West won’t deliver the Sun; and departed editor of The Oldie on the magazine industry's decline.

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  • Google requests; FIFA; Newsweek; Peter Greste

    Wed, 4 Jun 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Google privacy requests; the trial of Peter Greste; FIFA expose; Newsweek Europe launches.

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  • New Chair of IPSO; the Duchess's bottom line.

    Wed, 28 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sir Alan Moses, the new chair of press regulator IPSO, gives his first interview; and the Sydney Daily Telegraph's decision to publish images of the Duchess of Cambridge's bottom.

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  • Dido Harding; female news editors; "sex-swap" headlines.

    Wed, 21 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Chief Executive of TalkTalk's Dido Harding; three female UK newspaper editors on the challenges they've faced; and the landmark negotiation that's seen 6 national papers apologise for headlines.

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  • TV debates; women directors; all3media sold

    Wed, 14 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Will the sale of all3media affect creativity?; how TV debates encourage voter participation; BSkyB talks to expand into Europe, and are there really fewer women directors nowadays?

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  • Patten; Paxman; Channel 5 sold; Sunday Herald.

    Wed, 7 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    How to find a new BBC Trust Chair; the future of Newsnight once Paxman departs; Viacom's purchase of Channel 5; and the Scottish Sunday Herald on supporting independence.

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  • BBC Trust's review of News; Lachlan Murdoch

    Wed, 30 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    BBC Director of News and Current Affairs James Harding on the Trust's review into output; Richard Aedy talks about Lachlan Murdoch.

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  • Royal video; IPSO; Adoption Docs; Peter Greste

    Wed, 23 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The FT's decision not to join IPSO; programmes on adoption; the trial of Peter Greste, and coverage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's, 'day off'.

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  • Oscar Pistorius TV; Sunday tabloids; BBC commissioning

    Wed, 16 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The head of the Oscar Pistorius channel on getting access; why print circulation of the Sunday tabloids is declining; and the BBC Trust's review into commissioning.

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  • Maria Miller goes; YouView; reporters harassing?

    Wed, 9 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    What did Maria Miller achieve for the media and what impact will Sajid Javid make; YouView's chief executive Richard Halton; when can reporter doorstepping be harassment?

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  • Local TV; Johnston Press; Geordie Greig

    Wed, 2 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mustard TV and London Live launch; Ashley Highfield, chief exec of Johnston Press, on future of local news; The Mail on Sunday wins scoop of year for its "Crystal Methodist" story.

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  • Future of arts TV; Peter Greste campaign; Turkey Twitter ban

    Wed, 26 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Is BBC Arts really 'the greatest commitment to arts for a generation'? How Turkish journalists are getting round the country's Twitter ban, and the campaign to free Peter Greste.

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  • Lenny Henry; licence fee evasion; L'Wren Scott

    Wed, 19 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Lenny Henry at BAFTA; decriminalizing licence fee evasion; L'Wren Scott coverage

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  • Sophie Turner-Laing; live debates; licence fee

    Wed, 12 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The BBC's Director of Strategy on how making licence fee evasion a civil offence could lead to the closure of channels. Also, BSkyB's Sophie Turner-Laing, and live debates on TV.

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  • BBC 3 online only; Vice news; net neutrality.

    Wed, 5 Mar 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Would making BBC 3 an online only channel really save money?; Vice launches a news website, and the cases for and against net neutrality.

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  • Licence fee; Lord Hunt on IPSO; Paul Foot award

    Wed, 26 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Tony Hall says the BBC needs to make efficiences, but how? David Cohen on winning this year's Paul Foot award and Lord Hunt, chair of the PCC, on developments in press reform.

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  • World Service; Daybreak changes; Reader's Digest

    Wed, 19 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Adverts on the BBC's World Service; will another presenter change rescue ITV's Daybreak?; and the man who plans to save Reader's Digest.

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  • Al Jazeera; Panel Shows; Exposes; Twitter

    Wed, 12 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    British Al Jazeera journalist Sue Turton; funny women on panel shows; Tom Bower on exposes; is Twitter too niche to fly?

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  • DMI; Royals; media ownership; journalists in Egypt 05 Feb 2014

    Wed, 5 Feb 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The BBC's failed DMI project, are recent pictures of the Royals at odds with past objections to 'private' photos? and should Ofcom have the final say on media ownership? Plus as protests in take place in Nairobi in support of detained Al-Jazeera correspondent Peter Greste, we speak to the broadcaster's head of newsgathering about the dangers now facing journalists in Egypt.

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  • NFL; DMI failure; News UK; Sky results 29 Jan 2014

    Wed, 29 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The BBC's failed Digital Media Initiative; Guto Harri - the man tasked with changing the image of News UK; BT Sport's impact on Sky's results; how the NFL hopes to break the UK.

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  • Birds of a Feather, diversity in TV, The Telegraph 22 Jan 2014

    Wed, 22 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Why is minority ethnic representation in the creative world going down? Steve Hewlett talks to playwright Kwame Kwei Armah, ex BBC TV executive Pat Younge and Clive Jones, the founder of the Cultural Diversity Network. Plus Birds of a Feather co-creator Lawrence Marks on the shows success on ITV and Roy Greenslade on The Telegraph's 'digital transformation'.

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  • Benefits Street; future of the BBC 15 Jan 2014

    Wed, 15 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Channel 4's Benefits Street - reinforcing harmful stereotypes, or dipicting the reality of life on benefits? Ralph Lee, Head of Factual at Channel 4, Executive Producer of Benefits Street Keiran Smith and Katharine Sacks-Jones from the Who Benefits? campaign discuss. And as a major inquiry into the future of the BBC begins, Steve Hewlett talks to MP John Wittingdale and ex BBC exec John Tate.

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  • "Dramatised" natural history; Sir Hayden Phillips; Channel 5 08 Jan 2014

    Wed, 8 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The BBC Natural Unit's Wendy Darke on BBC One's Hidden Kingdoms and "dramatised" natural history documentaries. Sir Hayden Phillips on the IPSO appointment board. And Channel 5 sale rumours -chairman of DCD Media David Elstein, who launched Channel 5 as its Chief Executive in 1997, gives his predictions.

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  • TV presenter Chemistry 1 Jan 2014

    Wed, 1 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    What is the elusive 'chemistry' between TV hosts that is so central to a shows success? In this special programme, Steve Hewlett talks to presenting duo Richard and Judy, agent Michael Foster, TV executive Lorraine Heggesey and TV critic Kevin O'Sullivan about how to create that very special something between hosts.

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  • BuzzFeed, BBC governance; Danish writers' rooms 18 Dec 2013

    Wed, 18 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    A report into the BBC's failed DMI project; a culture of 'cronyism' at the BBC?; why BuzzFeed UK wants to become a serious news player and Danish dramas writers' rooms.

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  • CEO of News UK; ad-funded programmes; press reform 11 Dec 2013

    Wed, 11 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Chief Executive of News UK, Mike Darcey on the success of Sun digital subscriptions, competing with the Daily Mail, press reform and page 3. Plus aspiring press self-regulator the Impress Project and ad-funded programmes.

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  • Gary Barlow, Women in Journalism 4th Dec 13

    Wed, 4 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    On the Media Show - TV exports to China, Gary Barlow coverage on the BBC, The Bourne Local and Eleanor Mills, Chair of Women in Journalism.

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  • Local TV, S4C, crowdfunded journalism 27 Nov 2013

    Wed, 27 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The first of a network of local TV services has launched, but why have so many been delayed? The head of S4C talks about the success of Welsh drama, 'Hinterland'. And freelance journalist Peter Jukes on how he is being crowdfunded to live tweet from the hacking trial.

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  • Scottish broadcasting, BBC North, Young Journalist Award 20 Nov 2013

    Wed, 20 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    In this week's Media Show from Salford; Scottish Minister for Culture on broadcasting in an independent Scotland; and Director of BBC North on how the move has shaped content.

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  • BT Sport, magazines, DAB switchover 13 Nov 2013

    Wed, 13 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    BT TV's chief executive Marc Watson; President of Condé Nast International on the future for magazines; and why small local commercial radio stations fear digital switchover.

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  • People website, Indy relaunch, Sports on TV, Mirror ruling 06 Nov 2013

    Wed, 6 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Trinity Mirror's Sue Douglas on the new People website; why the Independent is re-designing yet again, and what BT Sport and Sky have to play for in Champions League bidding.

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  • Press regulation, JacksGap, Bedlam 30 October 2013

    Wed, 30 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The latest on press reform plans; the challenges of producing a programme on mental illness, and Steve meets new media phenomenon JacksGap.

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  • Black audiences, online comments, the end of Millionaire? 23 Oct 2013

    Wed, 23 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Could broadcasters do more to serve black audiences better; the risks publishers face when allowing online comments; Chris Tarrant retires from Who Wants to be a Millionaire

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  • BBC2 Controller Janice Hadlow

    Wed, 16 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Steve Hewlett talks to Janice Hadlow, the controller of BBC Two and Four about losing The Great British Bake Off to BBC1 and her priorities for the channels. How can BBC2 and BBC4 be distinctive in a multi-channel world? Sir Ray Tindle joins Steve to explain how his local newspapers have remained profitable when many around him are losing money - and what he thinks of plans to regulate local news. Martin Moore, director of the Media Standards Trust, picks up on issues affecting local papers and discusses the findings of the MST's recent poll which appears to show support for the Royal Charter. Earlier today, The Sun published its poll appearing to show the opposite.

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  • The BBC's digital strategy, press reform

    Wed, 9 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    James Purnell, the BBC's Director of Strategy and Digital, on the corporation's vision for the future; and the Editor of The Times, John Witherow, on press reform.

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  • TV Soaps; DAB radio; The Mail and Miliband

    Wed, 2 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Is The Mail breaking any regulations with its Ralph Miliband story; edging closer to an announcement on radio's digital switchover; are TV soaps losing ground to talent shows.

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  • Children's TV, Radio Times 90th Anniversary

    Wed, 25 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Why children's entertainment from the BBC needs to offer more online; how a new season on Channel 4 hopes to tackle the impact of pornography; and 90 years of the Radio Times.

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  • Media Agencies; "journalese"; Twitter Floatation.

    Wed, 18 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The influence of media agencies on broadcast networks; how Twitter's floatation could affect content, and the strange language of journalese.

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  • TV Writers; BBC Governance

    Wed, 11 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    How might the BBC be governed if the BBC Trust were wound up? And how earnings for top TV writers are making it harder for producers to export programmes.

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  • BBC severance pay; reporting the Scottish referendum; political interviewing

    Wed, 4 Sep 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    As a report from the National Audit Office today concludes that severance pay at the BBC provided poor value for money and put public trust at risk, we ask what measures are being put in place to restore confidence. With just over a year to go before Scotland votes on independence, Steve Hewlett discusses how papers and broadcasters will decide agendas, stimulate interest on both sides of the border, and in the BBC's case, ensure impartiality. And following the death of Sir David Frost, we ask whether his interview style would work today, in an age of spin, 24 hour news coverage and news pools.

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  • Women on Breakfast

    Wed, 28 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Women presenters on BBC breakfast shows; the challenges facing lads' mags as a campaign for modesty bags gains momentum, and a book examining the dilemmas faced by reporters.

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  • David Miranda, New Statesman, Int Herald Tribune

    Wed, 21 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The latest developments in the David Miranda case with the editor of the Guardian, Alan Rusbridger. The future of political magazines in a digital age with Jason Cowley, editor of the New Statesman. And the re-branding of the International Herald Tribune with Richard Stevenson, the new editor of the International New York Times.

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  • Appointment of James Harding to BBC News

    Wed, 14 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    In this week's programme, Steve Hewlett talks to Nick Pollard, whose review into the BBC has led, amongst other things, to the appointment of James Harding to BBC News. In his first interview since it was published in December last year, Steve asks him about his findings, the culture at the BBC and what improvements James Harding could bring to the newsroom now he's joined the corporation. Media writer Maggie Brown outlines who James Harding is, and offers her thougts on the challenges he faces, and former BBC executive Phil Harding gives us the inside track on what life as a BBC editor is like.

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  • Media Plurality, The Guardian and press regulation

    Wed, 7 Aug 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Steve Hewlett discusses how you measure media plurality with David Elstein and Des Freedman.

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  • Sun+, BT Sport, Twitter row

    Wed, 31 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    David Dinsmore the Editor of The Sun talks to Steve Hewlett about the launch of Sun+. BT Vision's Chief Executive Marc Watson on BT Sport; Will it really be a "game changer"? And how can Twitter prevent online trolling against women.

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  • Covering the Royal Baby; Channel 4; blocking internet porn

    Wed, 24 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The challenge the royal baby story poses for Sunday papers and rolling tv news; Channel 5 ratings overtake Channel 4 - is it a blip; making internet porn filters work

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  • New presenter of Today; trust in the BBC; Ofcom and Anjem Choudary; Chris Blackhurst

    Wed, 17 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    BBC's Ceri Thomas and Miranda Sawyer of Sound Women on Mishal Husain joining Today; Chris Blackhurst on future of The Independent; Ofcom complaints over broadcasting Anjem Choudary

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  • BBC at the PAC; Hacked Off; Rupert Murdoch

    Wed, 10 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Lords Hall and Patten questioned by Public Accounts Comittee over size of exec pay offs; Brian Cathcart, Hacked Off, on press regulation; impact of the Sun tape on Rupert Murdoch

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  • BBC Trust and exec pay; murder trials on TV; delay for press reform

    Wed, 3 Jul 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    BBC Trustee David Liddiment on whether the BBC needs closer scrutiny; C4 to show a UK murder trial - the first on tv in 20 years; impact of delays to press regulation plans

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  • News UK; Guardian's scoops; BBC1

    Wed, 26 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The future of Rupert Murdoch's News UK; coverage of the Guardian's scoops; change at BBC1

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  • C4's Jon Snow on reporting from Iran; the future of the TV licence fee; the Guardian USA

    Wed, 19 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    C4's Jon Snow on reporting from Iran during the recent elections; is the TV licence fee threatened by catch up viewing; the difference the PRISM story has made to the Guardian USA

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  • Closure of Greek public service broadcaster; Apple's iTunes Radio; the BBC's lost £100m

    Wed, 12 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    We hear from Greece about the sudden closure of the public service broadcaster, ERT, which was taken off air last night; we look at Apple's new iTunes Radio and claims that it will challenge commercial radio in the UK; and Margaret Hodge MP, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, is looking into the BBC's loss of £100m over a technology project - she explains why she wants the BBC's former DG Mark Thompson to return to the UK to answer questions.

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  • The prospect of leader debates at the Euro and General Elections, following UKIP's rise.

    Wed, 5 Jun 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    How broadcasters and politicians are reassessing the leader debates, following the rise of UKIP; why Dr Who thrives on speculation over successor to Matt Smith; Netflix in the UK

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  • How the media covered the Woolwich attack

    Wed, 29 May 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    How the media covered the Woolwich attack with Fran Unsworth Acting Director BBC News Group, Peter Preston a columnist on the Guardian and Observer and documentary maker Peter Taylor and long time reporter on terrorism. As News Corp prepares to split in the business into two - we look at how it's being rebranded and what it'll mean for the business in the future with Andrew Neil former Editor of The Sunday Times and branding expert Allyson Stewart-Allen. And as Peter Bennett-Jones prepares to stand down as Chair of Trustees at Comic Relief he talks to Steve Hewlett about what it's really like doing something funny for money.

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  • Loss of listeners to Radio 1 22 May 13

    Wed, 22 May 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Does Radio 1's drive for a younger audience mean losing loyal listeners?; New police guidelines on relationships with journalists; and why did Yahoo buy Tumblr?

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  • David Abraham, Chief Executive of Channel 4

    Wed, 15 May 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The Chief Executive of Channel 4 David Abraham on performance; rebuilding trust in journalism with the launch of The Conversation website; and advertising slowdown at ITV.

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  • Banning of football reporters, Labour's Harriet Harman

    Wed, 8 May 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The banning of reporters from football press conferences; Labour's Harriet Harman on media ownership and press regulation; start of Alexander Lebedev's trial in Moscow

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  • Rival Royal Charters 01 May 13

    Wed, 1 May 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Rival Royal Charters with Acting Times Editor John Witherow and Christopher Jefferies; Charlotte Raven on bringing back Spare Rib; and the twitter accounts under attack from the Syrian Electronic Army.

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  • Simon Singh on Libel reforms

    Wed, 24 Apr 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Simon Singh welcomes new defamation legislation. Should people arrested be named in the media or should they remain anonymous until charged? Plus are British women ready for TLC.

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  • Journalists gaining access to North Korea

    Wed, 17 Apr 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Journalists gaining access to North Korea, with Sue Lloyd Roberts; the row between Sky and BT over premiership football rights; former Times editor James Harding moves to BBC

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  • Lady Thatcher, the Media and Rupert Murdoch.

    Wed, 10 Apr 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With guests Baroness Dean of Thornton Le Fylde, former President of the print union SOGAT, Andrew Neil, former Editor of the Sunday Times, Michael Green who ran Carlton TV, and Professor Paddy Barwise - who's led a review into the BBC's digital TV services and written an independent report for the BBC Governors on public responses to the BBC licence fee bid

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  • Melvyn Bragg

    Wed, 3 Apr 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Melvyn Bragg about coverage of the Arts on TV . How important is the coverage to BBC, ITV and other broadcasters like Sky? Where's its place in the schedule and does it deserve to be given a higher profile? A question for Alan Yentob Creative Director for the BBC and the Daily Telegraph's Gillian Reynolds.

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  • Mumsnet - the risk of being drawn into press regulation.

    Wed, 27 Mar 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Sun's decision to start charging for online content; Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts on the risk of press regulation for online forums; Richard Marson responds to press coverage of his book on a former Dr Who producer.

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  • Helena Kennedy QC on Leveson

    Wed, 20 Mar 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Acting Chair of the Media Standards Trust talks to Steve Hewlett about the latest twists and turns in implementing Lord Justice Leveson's press reforms. Plus Phil Collins Chief Leader writer of The Times, Professor Natalie Fenton a board member of the campaign group Hacked Off and Chris Blackhurst Editor of The Independent discuss whether the Royal Charter throws up as many problems as it solves.

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  • Ed Richards, Chief Exec of Ofcom; the latest on Leveson

    Wed, 13 Mar 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Steve Hewlett with Ed Richards, Chief Exec of Ofcom on the future of public service broadcasting, internet regulation and being drawn into the press regulation debate.

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  • Is ITV's Broadchurch influenced by The Killing?

    Wed, 6 Mar 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    After years of campaigning for reform could the Defamation Bill be derailed by "Leveson clauses"? Could BBC Worldwide be about to sell a controlling stake in travel guidebooks publisher Lonely Planet to the US billionaire Brad Kelley. And how much does the new ITV drama Broadchurch owe to the Danish Drama The Killing?

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  • Documentaries - Oscar glory and community grief

    Wed, 27 Feb 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Nick Davies and Ian Hislop on the health of investigative journalism; why some people don't like "People Like Us"; Mike Lerner and Heather Croall on Oscars for UK documentaries

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  • Should advertising junk food be banned?

    Wed, 20 Feb 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Does advertising make children fat? Yes say doctors - so ban it before 9pm. No say advertisers - no evidence. They accuse the medics of "grandstanding". New Labour cabinet minister James Purnell is one of the new DG's first appointments and will become the new director of strategy and digital. How's his appointment been received and what will he bring to the Corporation. And what's going on behind the scenes as the BBC prepares to publish the transcripts of the Pollard Review.

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  • FT editor Lionel Barber

    Wed, 13 Feb 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    FT editor Lionel Barber, on the paper's 125th anniversary; Frances Whitaker and Pat Llewellyn on how cooks on TV have changed since Delia Smith; Brian Cathcart of Hacked Off and Lord Fowler on the Royal Charter and press regulation - is it really "best of a bad job"?

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  • Dido Harding on YouView

    Wed, 6 Feb 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Dido Harding, CEO of TalkTalk, on YouView; Andrew Mullins, MD of the Lebedev UK newspapers on winning the biggest new local TV licence; Juliette Garside on Liberty Global, the US company paying £15bn for Virgin Media

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  • Sir Harold Evans on press regulation and Leveson

    Wed, 30 Jan 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Former Editor of The Sunday Times Sir Harold Evans on how the press have reacted to Leveson. Plus David Dinsmore, Director of Operations at News International on their plans to show Premiership League football highlights on mobile and internet versions of The Sun, Times and Sunday Times.Award winning filmmaker Peter Kosminsky on how regulation "TV style" can benefit all journalists.

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  • Expert women on TV and radio

    Wed, 23 Jan 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Why aren't there more women on radio and tv as experts, commentators and presenters? Steve Hewlett explores the issues on The Media Show this week with a range of insiders: Anne Morrison, Director of the BBC Academy, who ran a day of training for women experts last week with more planned; Fiona Fox, Director of the Science Media Centre which links news programmes up with expert scientists; Lis Howell, Director of Broadcasting at City University, who has been monitoring the number of women on news programmes; Emma Barnett, the Telegraph's Women's Editor; Chris Shaw, Editorlal Director of ITN Productions and Executive Producer of The Agenda and Tamy Hoffman, Interviews Editor of Sky News.

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  • Lord Hunt. Plus Julie Burchill and the transgender row.

    Wed, 16 Jan 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Lord Hunt Chair of the PCC on press self-regulation. Plus free speech and the columnist - the challenges faced by Editors in dealing with instant reaction to writers following the publication of Julie Burchill's column in the Observer.

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  • Hacked Off's draft bill; Channel 4's advertising deal

    Wed, 9 Jan 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Hugh Tomlinson QC on Hacked Off's draft bill on press regulation; Channel 4's advertising deal; Information Commissioner Christopher Graham with his response to Leveson.

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  • Christmas TV ratings and the power of a photo.

    Wed, 2 Jan 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The winners and losers in the Christmas TV ratings war. What lies ahead for the BBC in 2013. Plus what's the role of the photojournlist in today's multi media world.

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  • Christmas TV scheduling and David Jason.

    Wed, 26 Dec 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Steve Hewlett explores the dark arts of festive TV scheduling and talks to David Jason about the making of the Christmas specials of the family favourite, Only Fools and Horses.

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  • Pollard Review

    Wed, 19 Dec 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Analysis of and reaction to the Pollard Review looking at the management of the Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile and the subsequent Editor's Blog. Presenter Steve Hewlett

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  • James Harding resigns from The Times.

    Wed, 12 Dec 12

    Duration:
    27 mins

    James Harding's resignation from The Times; falling advertising income for print; regulating the internet; is progress on Leveson stalling?

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  • Hacked-off and press after Leveson, future of News Corp

    Wed, 5 Dec 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Editors' meeting; Prof Brian Cathcart of Hacked Off argues for implementing the Leveson recommendations; How separation of News Corp's entertainment and publishing businesses could affect UK papers.

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  • The Leveson Special.

    Fri, 30 Nov 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Leveson Inquiry rejected the industry's own plans for self-regulation. So what can they come up with now and are they overlooking the potential benefits of Leveson's plan?

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  • Last minute lobbying on press regulation

    Wed, 28 Nov 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    As lobbying on regulation continues behind the scenes, we hear from John Whittingdale MP who is one of those signing a letter against statutory regulation today. Jurgen Kronig, president of the Foreign Press Association in London and Amy Chozick of the New York Times look at how the wider Leveson story's being reported abroad. Martin Moore of the Media Standards Trust explains the MST's argument for statutory support of regulation. Dan Sabbagh of the Guardian reports on last minute negotiations between newspapers to present a more united front on press regulation and looks at the other areas Lord Justice Leveson is likely to cover tomorrow.

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  • Lord Black on his proposals for a self regulated press

    Wed, 21 Nov 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    As we prepare for the publication of the Leveson Inquiry into Culture, Practice and Ethics of the Press Lord Black the Executive Director of the Telegraph Media Group talks to Steve Hewlett about why he thinks his plan for self regulation of the press is the best way forward. But what do victim representatives and those connected to the tabloids think of it?

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  • Crisis at the BBC - special edition

    Wed, 14 Nov 12

    Duration:
    58 mins

    The BBC management was already in trouble over the way it struggled to handle revelations about Jimmy Savile. It was then thrown into chaos when Newsnight broadcast a child abuse survivor's story, pointing at a senior Conservative politician, that turned out to be completely false. It was a failure of the BBC's most prized possession - its journalism. The new Director General resigned and the Chairman of the BBC Trust Lord Patten is in danger of following him out of the door. So how did the BBC get it so wrong? What is the future of investigative journalism at the BBC and elsewhere? And who - or what - next for the top job?

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  • Leveson; Channel 4 at 30; is the BBC trustworthy?

    Wed, 7 Nov 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Why are the FT and The Guardian moderating their position ahead of Leveson? As it prepares to turn 30, what next for Channel 4? And is the public losing trust in the BBC? 76% of us apparently do not trust senior managers at the BBC to tell the truth.

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  • Former BBC Executive on the Savile scandal

    Wed, 31 Oct 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Former BBC Executive Will Wyatt on the Savile inquiries; how safe is Mark Thompson's job at the New York Times; a new plan to save local newspapers; and the Greek journalist arrested for his story.

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  • The Savile crisis plus The Inside Story of Politics

    Wed, 24 Oct 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Director of Editorial Policy and Standards David Jordan talks to Steve Hewlett and explains how the BBC appears to have got its wires so hopelessly crossed over the shelving of Newsnight's film on Jimmy Savile. And why do TV political editors insist on standing in front of iconic Westminster locations. Nick Robinson talks ks about his new book The Inside Story of Politics, Power and the Media.

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  • Savile Inquiry latest and Women in Journalism

    Wed, 17 Oct 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Why the Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee wants to question the BBC's Director General over Savile. Plus "Seen but not heard; How women make front page news and new Daily Telegraph on line Wonder Women.

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  • Lord Patten on the Savile scandal.

    Wed, 10 Oct 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten talks to Steve Hewlett about the Savile scandal with comments from Eve Pollard, broadcaster and journalist and Michael White of the Guardian. Also Brian Cathcart on the Hacked-off open letter to David Cameron from victims of phone hacking and press abuses

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  • Jimmy Savile, Kevin Marsh on Hutton, Al Jazeera

    Wed, 3 Oct 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    An ITV documentary due out tonight exposes serious allegations against the former BBC and TV Star Sir Jimmy Savile. Steve talks to the ex-policeman who made the film, Mark Williams-Thomas as well as David Jordan, the BBC's Director of Editorial Policy and Standards. Also an interview with Kevin Marsh about his new book on Hutton and we hear from Al Anstey - the Managing Director of Al Jazeera English with comment by Richard Sambrook.

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  • Ombudsman for The Sun, Channel 4's Drugs Live

    Wed, 26 Sep 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Philippa Kennedy has been appointed as Ombudsman for The Sun. She will consider complaints and correct errors but how independent of the newspaper will she actually be? Channel 4 will screen footage of volunteers in a scientific study taking MDMA. David Glover, Commissioning Editor for "Drugs Live", responds to criticism that the programme risks glamorising drug use. And could a levy on monthly broadband bills be an effective way of subsidising print journalism? David Leigh of The Guardian thinks so, John Gapper of the FT is not so sure.

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  • Leveson, Kate pictures, new BBC DG

    Wed, 19 Sep 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Harriet Harman on Leveson. Kate and those pictures. Plus the BBC welcomes a new DG.

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  • Levenson update, Interview with Armando Iannucci

    Wed, 12 Sep 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    John Whittingdale, Chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee gives his views on Leveson Inquiry followed by analysis by Claire Enders and Peter Preston. Armando Iannucci talks about "The Thick of it" and the role of writers, producers and directors in TV.

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  • Freesat, new Culture Secretary, Daybreak

    Wed, 5 Sep 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Steve Hewlett interviews Emma Scott, managing director of Freesat, as the free to air satellite TV operator launches a new service called "Free Time". What's in the in-tray of the new Culture Secretary Maria Miller? And will ITV's relaunch of Daybreak with a new set and new presenters draw viewers?

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  • Chris Blackhurst on Leveson letter 29 Aug 2012

    Wed, 29 Aug 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Chris Blackhurst, editor of the Independent, gives his shocked reaction to a letter he and other editors have received from the Leveson Inquiry; Sir Christopher Meyer on the impact of the Harry photo saga; C4's Stuart Cosgrove on the Paralympics; Chatham House's Jane Kinninmont on TV in the Arabic world.

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  • Minority sport on TV, Liz Murdoch's big speech, TV on the second screen

    Wed, 22 Aug 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    A new TV channel called "London Legacy" aims to capitalise on the popularity of the Olympics with live coverage of so-called minority sports. Liz Murdoch prepares to deliver the prestigious MacTaggart memorial lecture at the Edinburgh TV festival. Research by Deloitte shows significant numbers of people are now using a "second screen" whilst watching TV. And photos of Prince Harry cavorting naked in a Las Vegas hotel room - will British newspapers publish them?

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  • Local TV: Birmingham’s experience

    Wed, 15 Aug 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Why does Birmingham Alabama have eight local TV stations when Birmingham in the UK - four times the size - has none? Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt MP posed that question over two years ago when he set out his vision for new local tv stations across the UK. The deadline for submissions from the would-be tv operators in 21 towns and cities closed this week and now we have a clearer picture of how Jeremy Hunt's question might be answered. Join Steve Hewlett and his guests in the West Midlands to find out more.

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  • Olympics Coverage and DAB radio

    Wed, 8 Aug 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Have TV's Red Button and HD channels struck gold at the Olympics? Plus where are we with DAB and the digital radio switchover?

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  • Adam Crozier; Twitter and the Olympics

    Wed, 1 Aug 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    ITV's Chief Executive Adam Crozier talks to Steve Hewlett about the company's latest results. And Twitter and the Olympics.

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  • MS 25 Jul 12: Super-Hi Vision, ad-funded TV, end of Leveson

    Wed, 25 Jul 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Will a digital first strategy mean the end for some newspapers? Lord Leveson begins writing his report - what will it mean for the future of the press? The TV of the future - Super Hi-Vision. And as one Olympic sponsor prepares to make its first move into funding a TV music programme broadcast during the Games - we ask, is ad-funded programming the way forward?

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  • BBC presenters' tax 18 Jul 2012

    Wed, 18 Jul 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Bal Samra, BBC director of business affairs, on BBC presenters' tax; can Marissa Mayer solve Yahoo's problems; The Voice newspaper's struggle for accreditation at the Olympic games.

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  • Chris Moyles; Neil Wallis; YouView 11 Jul 2012

    Wed, 11 Jul 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper on plans after Chris Moyles; former News of the World deputy editor Neil Wallis on the year since closure; YouView's chief exec Richard Halton and Emma Barnett, Telegraph digital media editor.

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  • Jeremy Hunt interview 04 Jul 12

    Wed, 4 Jul 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Steve Hewlett talks to Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport; what are the prospects for new BBC DG George Entwistle?

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  • Olympic TV rights & Arab Spring reporting 27 Jun 2012

    Wed, 27 Jun 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    How well did the BBC cover the Arab Spring? The author of an in-depth study gives his view. With the news this week of plans to split the NewsCorp business into entertainment and publishing companies, what's the view of the UK papers from NewsCorp's home in New York? We hear from Sarah Ellison formerly of Vanity Fair. And the rights to show the 2016 Olympics are up for auction this week, with sealed bids being opened on Friday. Does this mark the end of the Olympics being shown on free to view tv?

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  • BBC plurality & Premiership Footie on BT 20 Jun 2012

    Wed, 20 Jun 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Why BT wanted rights to show Premiership football; the alleged "chilling effect" of the Leveson Inquiry; does the BBC offer enough varying voices and points of view?

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  • Reporting from Syria & Media Ownership 13 Jun 2012

    Wed, 13 Jun 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    BBC's Paul Wood and CBS's Clarissa Ward on reporting from Syria; Greg Dyke on BBC Breakfast in Salford and next DG.And how straightforward would it really be to control media ownership in the way floated this week at the Leveson inquiry? Could NewsCorp really be forced to sell The Sun or Times?

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  • Diamond Jubilee & YouView 06 June 2012

    Wed, 6 Jun 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    At its peak the BBC attracted almost 17 million viewers for its Diamond Jubilee coverage but some have described parts of it as 'lamentable,' 'tedious' and 'inane'. Alan Yentob the BBC's Creative Director responds to those criticisms. YouView is officially in launch phase. But the internet television service has been hit by a series of delays so does it still have a future? And the battle to become the next Director General of the BBC is gathering pace. One candidate in particular - Ed Richards - is attracting attention because of his links to the last Labour government.

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  • Mirror editors forced out 30 May 2012

    Wed, 30 May 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Mirror editors Tina Weaver and Richard Wallace lose their jobs; C4's Paralympics innovation; impact of decision not to prosecute Guardian journalist Amelia Hill; Tony Blair's views on separating news from comment

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  • EBU & Tessa Jowell 23 May 2012

    Wed, 23 May 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Director General of the European Broadcasting Union on taking the Eurovision contest to Azerbaijan, plus Tessa Jowell MP on Labour and Leveson. And David Elstein and Claire Enders discuss today's announcement that Sky faces no action over its strong position in the TV film market, despite the complaints of rivals.

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  • Channel 4, The Voice & Facebook 16 May 2012

    Wed, 16 May 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Channel 4's chief executive David Abraham discusses the channel's ratings and revenues. Tim Bradshaw, digital media correspondent of the Financial Times, discusses the potential pitfalls of the Facebook IPO on Friday. And Lorraine Heggessey, former Controller of BBC1 and Colin Robertson, TV editor of the sun, discuss what, if anything, needs to be done to turn around The Voice after its ratings slide.

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  • BSkyB's Jeremy Darroch 09 May 2012

    Wed, 9 May 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    BSkyB chief executive Jeremy Darroch gives a rare interview on his strategy for Sky, including investment in programmes, importance of Premiership football rights, Sky's relationship with Rupert Murdoch and rivalry with the BBC. Also, film director Michael Apted has been closely connected to the "Up" series on ITV since working on World in Action's "7 Up" in 1964. From Los Angeles, he tells Steve and the Guardian media writer Maggie Brown what he has learnt in the making of "56 Up" which is being shown next week.

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  • BSkyB, Ashley Highfield & England Manager 02 May 2012

    Wed, 2 May 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    BSkyB posts big profits, but will Murdoch's NewsCorp sell if can't own it all; Ashley Highfield of Johnston Press on the future of local papers; And Mihir Bose discusses Roy Hodgson's treatment by the press.

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  • Rupert Murdoch at the Leveson Inquiry 25 Apr 2012

    Wed, 25 Apr 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Reaction to today's evidence from Rupert Murdoch. How did he become more influential than other media owners in the UK and are the controls on media ownership out of date?

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  • Media:Keir Starmer & Johnston Press 18 Apr 2012

    Wed, 18 Apr 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Steve Hewlett questions Keir Starmer DPP on his new public interest defence guidelines; How significant are the changes at Johnston Press with daily papers going weekly? Should Sky and the BBC be broadcasting the Bahrain Grand Prix? And how does Simon Cowell come out of this week's serialisation of Tom Bower's unauthorised biography?

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  • Guido Fawkes on Motorman 11 Apr 2012

    Wed, 11 Apr 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Paul Staines ("Guido Fawkes") on why he's leaked Motorman files and Christopher Graham's response; Facebook & Instagram; new job ad for BBC DG: editorial background not required

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  • James Murdoch, The Voice v BGT 04 April 2012

    Wed, 4 Apr 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    James Murdoch resigns: are the Newscorp and Murdoch interests diverging; relations between press and police under Leveson microscope; significance of The Voice and BGT ratings rise

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  • Max Mosley, Google, Totally Essex vs TOWIE 28 Mar 2012

    Wed, 28 Mar 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Max Mosley looks at the outcome of a Lords and Commons report on privacy; the future for the NDS pay-TV piracy claims; could a legal bid take TOWIE off air?

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  • Danny Cohen on The Voice; Press Awards; BBC DG

    Wed, 21 Mar 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    BBC1 controller Danny Cohen on The Voice; editors at the Press Awards; issues for the next DG; the Reynolds defence.

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  • Lord Hunt on the PCC & The Voice. 14 Mar 2012

    Wed, 14 Mar 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    How did The Voice and Britain's Got Talent schedule clash happen? James Murdoch's latest apology and explanation; Lord Hunt on the planned replacement for the PCC and why would CNN want to buy Mashable?

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  • John Birt & Women experts 07 Mar 12

    Wed, 7 Mar 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Dame Elizabeth Filkin on relations between press and police; Lord Birt on problems for the next BBC Director General and Broadcast magazine's campaign for more women experts on news programmes.

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  • James Murdoch & BBC Local Radio 29 Feb 2012

    Wed, 29 Feb 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    What next for the Sun and the Sun on Sunday as James Murdoch steps down from News International and the police claim there was a "culture of illegal payments" at the Sun. Also we hear from Nick Davies who has just won the Paul Foot Award for campaigning journalism for his breaking stories on phone hacking. Radio executive John Myers reviews planned changes to BBC local radio and media analyst Theresa Wise looks at ITV's figures, out today.

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  • Marie Colvin & Sun on Sunday 22 Feb 2012

    Wed, 22 Feb 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Sunday Times editor John Witherow pays tribute to Marie Colvin; We discuss the challenges for the Sun on Sunday; And, following last week's discussion on women in the media, Rowan Atkinson contacted the programme to question whether anti-discrimination laws have any place in the creative industries.

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  • The Sun, James Whitaker & Women 15 Feb 2012

    Wed, 15 Feb 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Lorraine Heggessey and Joan Smith respond to Mark Thompson's admission that there should be more older women on TV. The life and career of veteran Royal correspondent James Whitaker and has the investigation into bribery at the Sun gone too far?

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  • Phone hacking settlements 8 Feb 12

    Wed, 8 Feb 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    As Facebook goes public, what are the challenges ahead; can the BBC avoid controversy when covering an independence referendum in Scotland; why phone hacking cases are settling.

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  • How to be Director General of the BBC 1 Feb 12

    Wed, 1 Feb 12

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Last week the Chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten, announced he's started looking for a successor for the current Director General, Mark Thompson. The following day Thompson reportedly confirmed he'll step down after the Olympics. Is he going voluntarily or is he being pushed? And what qualities will his replacement need to have? Steve discusses BBC Director General succession with former DG Greg Dyke. The Sunday Times magazine is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend. Steve looks back on half a century of iconic photojournalism. Lord Hunt of Wirral, the new chairman of the Press Complaint Commission, took the stand at the Leveson Inquiry on Tuesday. He used the opportunity to set out his plans for a reformed 'PCC 2'. Charlotte Harris is a lawyer who's represented several victims of phone hacking and had her phone hacked herself. She joins Steve and Media Editor at The Guardian, Dan Sabbagh, to discuss Lord Hunt's proposals. The producer is Simon Tillotson.

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  • Lord Patten on Local Radio Cuts 25 Jan 12

    Wed, 25 Jan 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Last Autumn BBC management proposed a wide-ranging series of cuts which would see the Corporation's local radio services cut by 20%. As the BBC Trust prepares to publish the results of its consultation on the plan, Steve talks to Lord Patten, Chair of the Trust. Will the cuts go ahead? And if not, what can the BBC do instead to make the savings? Plus, Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, on the Government's plans for the communications sector, to be laid out for consultation early this year. The producer is Simon Tillotson.

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  • Newspaper Regulation & Circulation 18 Jan 12

    Wed, 18 Jan 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Steve Hewlett talks to James Harding, editor of The Times and Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian. Harding reflects on his evidence to the Leveson inquiry this week, Rusbridger on the falling sales which have forced The Guardian to reduce "pagination." Supplements have been folded into the paper and the sport has returned to the back page instead of being in a separate mini-paper. We also hear why Associated Press has opened up a bureau in North Korea and we discuss the growing controversy over intellectual property on the internet. The producer is Simon Tillotson.

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  • The Future of TV 11 Jan 12

    Wed, 11 Jan 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Netflix, the video streaming service which enables customers to watch films and selected TV programmes over the internet, launched in the UK on Monday. Reed Hastings, the company's founder, claims that 'on demand' services like Netflix represent the future of TV. So is it really the beginning of the end for traditional TV? Reed Hastings makes his case to Steve, Tess Alps from the TV marketing organisation Thinkbox and Geoff Slaughter from comparison website SimplifyDigital respond. Also: TV ratings. Who's going up, who's going down and what does that tell us about longer term viewing trends? TV writer Stephen Price crunches the numbers. The Leveson Inquiry into the culture, ethics and practices of the press has resumed after the Christmas break. This week it's been the turn of the newspaper editors to have their say.The Financial Times' chief media correspondent Ben Fenton has been following developments. The producer is Simon Tillotson.

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  • Daily Mail & Stephen Lawrence 4 Jan 12

    Wed, 4 Jan 12

    Duration:
    29 mins

    How important was the Daily Mail's campaigning journalism in securing the conviction of the men who killed Stephen Lawrence? What will new recommendations on the relationship between journalists and police mean for crime reporters? Why has Rupert Murdoch joined Twitter, and why didn't Twitter realise that a person claiming to be his wife Wendi Deng was an imposter? And should or could journalists have done more to warn against the financial crisis?

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  • Children & TV 28 Dec 11

    Wed, 28 Dec 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The media like stories claiming to link TV with harm to children, but is the picture so clear? Focussing on two recent pieces of research by Prof Dimitri Christakis and Prof Angeline Lillard, Steve discusses the extent to which media reports of the link can be justified. Joining him are David Buckingham who is Professor of Education at the Institute of Education at London University and Director of the Centre for the study of Children, Youth and Media, Baroness Susan Greenfield, a neuroscientist and Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology at Oxford University and Hannah Devlin, Science Correspondent for the Times with a PhD in brain imaging from Oxford University. The producer is Luke Mulhall.

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  • What Future For The Tabloids? 21 Dec 11

    Wed, 21 Dec 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Steve discusses the changes to tabloids and the wider media since David Cameron announced the Leveson Inquiry in July, just ahead of the closure of the News of the World, with Simon Jenkins, George Brock, Claire Enders and Trevor Kavanagh. Simon Jenkins is a Guardian columnist and former Times and Evening Standard editor, Claire Enders is the founder of media consultants Enders Analysis, Prof George Brock is Head of Journalism at City University and Trevor Kavanagh is a Sun columnist and former political editor. The producer is Simon Tillotson.

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  • Media:Neville Thurlbeck, Harriet Harman 14 DEC 11

    Wed, 14 Dec 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Harriet Harman MP is the new shadow secretary of state for culture, media and sport. So what are Labour's policies on the media generally and, specifically, on the BBC and on the Murdochs? Neville Thurlbeck was chief news reporter at the News of the World when it closed in July, where he had worked for twenty years. He was the reporter on the Max Mosley story and, separately, his name came up in reports of the Gordon Taylor phone hacking scandal when the phrase "for Neville" appeared on an emailed transcript of hacked voicemails. He denies involvement in phone hacking and tells Steve how he tried to clear his name when his connection with it was first suggested.

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  • The Media Show: Syria & Secret Recording 7 Dec 11

    Wed, 7 Dec 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Jonathan Miller is back from Syria, where he's been reporting for ITN and working on a documentary for Channel 4. He tells Anne what it is like to work openly as a foreign reporter in Syria and what happened when he tried to talk to people who had not been approved by his minders. Attorney General Dominic Grieve MP has been flagging up his intention to prosecute journalists who threaten to prejudice or impede trials, with a handful of convictions already since he took office 18 months ago. Will he fine journalists in future, or go further and jail them? And The Independent's had two front page stories this week on lobbyists Bell Pottinger, based on secret filming of their staff when bidding for new business. Iain Overton worked on the story for the Bureau of Investigation, and how does The Times' Danny Finkelstein respond to the lobbyists claims that he is worth targeting to place ideas in his columns? The producer is Simon Tillotson.

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  • Media Show: Celebrities & the Tabloids 30 Nov 11

    Wed, 30 Nov 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    With tabloid newspapers under sustained attack at the Leveson Inquiry, The Sun's managing editor Richard Caseby talks about his paper's future. The front pages of the upmarket newspapers yesterday carried the story told by Charlotte Church in Monday's Leveson session: that, when she was 13, she turned down £100,000 to sing Pie Jesu at Rupert Murdoch's wedding to Wendi Deng in exchange for favourable coverage. Jonathan Shalit was her agent at the time and he tells Steve what he remembers of the deal - business as usual or a "Faustian pact"? And paparazzo Max Cisotti responds to the series of claims made against press and celebrity photographers in the Leveson sessions so far - in his view, are celebrities and people in the news really responsible for the way they are treated? The producer is Simon Tillotson.

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  • The Media Show: Giving evidence at Leveson 23 Nov 11

    Wed, 23 Nov 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    As the Leveson Inquiry takes evidence from alleged victims of phone hacking and other intrusions of privacy, one of the first witnesses, Joan Smith, tells Steve how she and other participants found common ground and why she believes it was important for her to give evidence. As the inquiry's broad remit become increasingly clear, two former editors discuss the potential impact on tabloid practices: Jules Stenson, features editor at the News of the World when it closed in July and Peter Preston, former Guardian editor. And, there are reports that Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley are to leave ITV's Daybreak in the new year. Liam Hamilton used to edit its predecessor at GMTV and Sue Ayton is an agent who has helped cast the presenters on several breakfast tv programmes - what future do they see for this slot on ITV and for the presenters once they've gone their separate ways? The producer is Simon Tillotson.

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  • The Media Show: Leveson and PCC Reform 16 Nov 11

    Wed, 16 Nov 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Leveson Inquiry into the culture, ethics and practices of the media has started this week, with opening statements from lawyers for the inquiry, newspapers and 'victims' and, today, from journalists' union the NUJ. General Secretary Michelle Stanistreet tells the Media Show that a culture of fear kept most journalists from speaking out when they saw unethical practices over the last ten years. Can she suggest a viable solution? Meanwhile, on Monday, print editors gathered in a hotel in Surrey to discuss how they could address the perceived problems of self-regulation, at the Society of Editors conference. Mirror editor Richard Wallace, Graham Dudman of News International and the Mail's executive managing editor, Robin Esser, offer their views of what if anything should replace the Press Complaints Commission. The new chair of the PCC, Lord Hunt, responds and Stewart Purvis, formerly of Ofcom, discusses the options.

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  • The Media Show 09 Nov 11: Undercover in Syria

    Wed, 9 Nov 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Max Mosley on the implications of his court win in Paris; Sue Lloyd Roberts on reporting undercover in Syria; Vanity Fair's Sarah Ellison and MP Damian Collins on what James Murdoch can expect when giving evidence tomorrow.

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  • The Media Show: BBC move north, Radio Festival. 2 Nov 11

    Wed, 2 Nov 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The director of BBC North, Peter Salmon, on his vision for the future of the BBC in Salford, Dee Ford of Bauer Radio on why local stations are working well for Bauer and what does the BBC's move north mean for independent producers in the region?

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  • The Media Show: The i, WikiLeaks funding, X-Factor 26 Oct 11

    Wed, 26 Oct 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Andrew Mullins on the first anniversary of The Independent's sister paper, the i, Dan Wootton and Simon Shaps on the X-Factor's falling ratings and is the Wikileaks funding block a threat to freedom of speech?

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  • The Media Show: PCC, phone hacking revelations. 19 Oct 11

    Wed, 19 Oct 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sir Christopher Meyer, the former chairman of the PCC, on the challenges for the press regulator; Mark Lewis and Ben Fenton on how new allegations about phone hacking could affect James Murdoch and Paula Kerger, the CEO of US broadcaster PBS, on the channel's launch in the UK.

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  • The Media Show: BBC Cuts, Dacre at the Leveson Inquiry 12 Oct 11

    Wed, 12 Oct 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The BBC's director of strategy John Tate on the "Delivering Quality First" proposals and why the BBC wants to stop paying £10 million a year to Sky, Gillian Reynolds on how the planned cuts will affect BBC radio and Dan Sabbagh on Paul Dacre's appearance at the Leveson Inquiry.

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  • The Media Show: Amanda Knox trial, BBC savings. 5 Oct 11

    Wed, 5 Oct 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    How did the media cover the trial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito? Marco Colombo and Nina Burleigh discuss Italian investigative journalism. Bill Hagerty looks at the make up of the Leveson Inquiry committee and Maggie Brown discusses the BBC's upcoming "Delivery Quality First" proposals.

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  • The Media Show: Chris Blackhurst, Facebook. 28 Sep 11

    Wed, 28 Sep 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The shadow culture secretary Ivan Lewis has called for journalists who behave unethically to be "struck off". The editor of the Independent, Chris Blackhurst, explains why he thinks an official register for journalists could be a good idea. Facebook has announced a major revamp but some users are concerned about their privacy. Facebook's Christian Hernandez explains how the changes will affect users.

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  • The Media Show: Sir Harold Evans, X-Factor exploitation? 21 Sep 11

    Wed, 21 Sep 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Veteran editor Sir Harold Evans, Baroness Jay and Prof Roy Greenslade ask whether the British press is heading towards statutory regulation. The New York Times's David Carr on newspapers in a digital age and was contestant Ceri Rees exploited by X-Factor producers?

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  • The Media Show: Simon Heffer, media plurality, embargoes 14 Sep 11

    Wed, 14 Sep 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Simon Heffer on his new role as editor of RightMinds, the Daily Mail's new comment website; Emma Alberici on media ownership in Australia; David Elstein on how media plurality can be measured and are embargoes still relevant in a digital age?

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  • The Media Show: Channel 5 and Big Brother, Leveson Inquiry. 7 Sept 11

    Wed, 7 Sep 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Jeff Ford, Channel 5's director of programmes on why Big Brother is a hit, Des Lynam and Stuart Cosgrove discuss Channel 4's decision have Ortis Deley present the World Athletics Championships and could the Levenson Inquiry have chilling consequences for journalism?

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  • The Media Show: WikiLeaks, Google and TV. 31 Aug 11

    Wed, 31 Aug 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Has WikiLeaks's latest drop failed to make an impact? Heather Brooks and Emily Bell discuss what's next for WikiLeaks, Shadow culture secretary Ivan Lewis on why media ownership laws should change and Anthony Lilley discusses whether Google and TV can ever be friends.

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  • The Media Show: Covering Libya. 24 Aug 11

    Wed, 24 Aug 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Which news organisations have done the best job of reporting on unfolding events in Libya? BBC News's Jon Williams and Sky News's Sarah Whitehead discuss the coverage. Veteran foreign correspondents Lindsey Hilsum and Marie Colvin join Steve Hewlett from Tripoli discuss how well informed audience can be about the rapidly changing events.

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  • The Media Show: Hacking, Big Brother, Newsnight. 17 Aug 11

    Wed, 17 Aug 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    John Whittingdale and Ian Katz on the "devastating revelations" in the phone hacking story, Newsnight editor Peter Rippon on rumours the programme may be under review and can Big Brother be a big hit for Channel 5?

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  • The Media Show: Reporting the riots. 10 Aug 11

    Wed, 10 Aug 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sky New reporter Mark Stone and photographer Amy Weston on reporting from the scene of the riots, BBC News's Fran Unsworth and Prof Roy Greenslade on the scale of the coverage of the disturbances and do the finances for Jeremy Hunt's vision for local TV add up?

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  • The Media Show: Libel, Contempt and the PCC 3 Aug 11

    Wed, 3 Aug 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Sun and The Mirror have been found in contempt of court for their coverage of Chris Jefferies' arrest by police investigating the murder of Jo Yeates, they've also had to pay damages for libel along with six other newspapers. Will this change the way tabloid newspapers opperate? And is the affair another nail in the coffin of the Press Complaints Commission? Google is trying to break into the social media market - should Facebook & Twitter be worried? And following the arrest of Stuart Kuttner, former managing editor of News Of The World, what's next in the phone hacking scandal?

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  • The Media Show: James Harding, Times Editor, 27 Jun 11

    Wed, 27 Jul 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Editor of The Times, James Harding, on how this News International title has fared during the phone hacking scandal; in the wake of the scandal, what now for investigative journalism? And in the week ITV and Sky announce their quarterly results, what does the future hold for the broadcasters?

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  • The Media Show: The Murdochs and phone hacking. 20 Jul 11

    Wed, 20 Jul 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Murdochs and Rebekah Brooks have been questioned by MPs about phone hacking. But has anything new come to light? Roger Alton, Neil Midgley, Sarah Ellison and Duncan Lamont discuss the future for News Corp. Steve Hewlett also hears from Nick Robinson and Paul Farrelly at Westminster.

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  • The Media Show: Lord Patten; phone hacking; PCC. 13 Jul 11

    Wed, 13 Jul 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The new chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten, on his plans for BBC pay, Lord Foster on the latest developments in the phone hacking scandal and can the Press Complaints Commission survive the calls to abolish it? Steve Hewlett hears from the PCC's director Stephen Abell.

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  • The Media Show: News of the World Special. 8 Jul 11

    Fri, 8 Jul 11

    Duration:
    26 mins

    A special edition of The Media Show investigates the lasting impact of the decision to close the News of the World. Steve Hewlett is joined by News of the World columnist Carole Malone, former Guardian editor Peter Preston, former People editor Bill Hagerty, Clare Enders of Enders Analysis, media relations expert Andrew Gowers and lawyer Mark Lewis.

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  • The Media Show: Phone Hacking. 6 Jul 11

    Wed, 6 Jul 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    As further revelations about phone hacking at the News of the World come to light, The Media Show discusses what this means for News International and the rest of the British press with Lord Fowler, Dan Sabbagh, Ben Fenton, Stuart Purvis and Bob Satchwell.

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  • The Media Show: The Mirror and Bellfield; Johann Hari. 29 Jun 11

    Wed, 29 Jun 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Independent's editor Simon Kelner explains why the paper is standing by Johann Hari after he admitted to using unattributed quotes; The Mirror journalist David Collins on the part his interview played in convicting Levi Bellfield and who should ultimately deal with complaints about BBC programmes?

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  • The Media Show: Ivan Lewis, 3DTV, Alan Rusbridger. 22 Jun 11

    Wed, 22 Jun 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Shadow culture secretary Ivan Lewis on his claim that opponents of the BBC's move to Salford are snobbish about the north, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger on his plans to solve the paper's cash crisis and the BBC and Sky are broadcasting more programmes in 3D but is anyone watching?

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  • The Media Show: Tim Davie on BBC radio review; hoax blogs. 15 Jun 11

    Wed, 15 Jun 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Tim Davie, head of BBC Audio and Music, on the Myers review's recommendations for BBC music radio; Mark Damazer discusses BBC journalism and how did a fake blog, allegedly written by a Syrian woman, hoax the media?

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  • The Media Show: Death on TV; Caryn Mandabach. 8 Jun 11

    Wed, 8 Jun 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    As Channel 4 broadcasts a documentary which includes "horrific" footage of alleged war crimes, Channel 4's Dorothy Byrne and veteran editor Richard Tait discuss whether broadcasters are ever justified in showing footage of the moment of death. Ben Fenton discusses the problems facing Jeremy Hunt's plans for local television and Caryn Mandabach, producer of The Cosby Show and Roseanne, explains why she's bringing US comedy formats to the UK.

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  • The Media Show: David Abraham; Keir Starmer; X-Factor 1 Jun 11

    Wed, 1 Jun 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    David Abraham, the chief executive of Channel 4, on the broadcaster's future, the director of public prosecutions Keir Starmer on plans for cameras in court and the X-Factor - can it survive without Cowell and Cole?

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  • The Media Show: Al Gore; Twitter; Press TV. 25 May 11

    Wed, 25 May 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Al Gore, chairman of Current TV, and Tom Mockridge of Sky Italia discuss Current TV's claim that it has been dropped by Sky for political reasons. Emma Barnett discusses Twitter and Maziar Bahari explains why Ofcom has upheld his complaint against Press TV.

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  • The Media Show: Kiss and tells; IP review; Steve Forbes. 18 May 11

    Wed, 18 May 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Max Clifford and Duncan Lamont on whether recent injunctions signal the end of the "kiss and tell" story, Prof Hargreaves on his review of the UK's intellectual property laws and Steve Forbes discusses Forbes Magazine's expansion into Europe.

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  • The Media Show: Privacy and press freedom. 11 May 11

    Wed, 11 May 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Twitter users allegedly breaking super-injunctions and Max Mosley losing his case for stronger privacy laws have re-ignited the debate about privacy and the press. Dominic Lawson, Kelvin MacKenzie and Prof Roy Greenslade discuss whether privacy legislation poses a threat to the media. And, as Channel 4 releases its annual report, Maggie Brown explains the challenges for the broadcaster.

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  • The Media Show: New York Times paywall, pre-watershed TV. 4 May 11

    Wed, 4 May 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Neil Midgley on Lord Patten's first day as chairman of the BBC Trust; Katherine Rake and Stewart Purvis discuss Ofcom's ruling on what counts as acceptable family viewing and Martin Nisenholtz, the New York Times's head of digital, explains why they have put up a new paywall.

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  • The Media Show: Privacy law; Piers Morgan. 27 Apr 11

    Wed, 27 Apr 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Hugh Tomlinson QC is the barrister in several of the recent high profile celebrity privacy cases. Gill Phillips is head of editorial legal services at the Guardian, who guided the paper through the challenge to the Trafigura superinjunction. What do they make of the recent media reports of celebrities allegedly over-using injunctions to protect their private lives - and can they suggest a system that's fair to individuals and the media? Piers Morgan is in the UK this week for CNN, to cover the royal wedding. In his pub in west London, he tells Steve Hewlett how he landed his CNN job, what he thinks of his critics and whether he stands by his previous comment that phone hacking was "an investigative practice that everyone knows was going on at almost every paper in Fleet Street for years".

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  • The Media Show: 5Live's remit, Royal Wedding. 20 April 11

    Wed, 20 Apr 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Talksport has accused BBC 5 Live of treading on their toes by broadcasting too much sport and chat. Jonathan Wall, 5 Live's deputy controller, discusses what counts as news. The editor of The Independent Simon Kelner discusses plans for Saturday edition of the i, and, as the world's media gears up for the Royal wedding, AP Television News's operations manager Tim Santhouse talks logistics and CNN's Richard Quest explains how he's preparing for the big day.

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  • The Media Show: Phone hacking apology; Danny Cohen. 13 Aprl 11

    Wed, 13 Apr 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The new controller of BBC1, Danny Cohen, on his plans for the future of the channel; following News International's apology for phone hacking at News of the World, Natalie Fenton and Peter Preston discuss whether the British press needs tougher regulation.

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  • The Media Show: Press Awards, Michael Lyons. 6 April 11

    Fri, 8 Apr 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sir Michael Lyons, chairman of the BBC Trust, talks about the BBC's challenges in his final few weeks in the job; Katie Price's lawyer Mark Bateman discusses Channel 4's failure to apologise after Ofcom found that a joke about Price's son was offensive and Steve Hewlett reports from the British Press Awards.

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  • The Media Show: Jeremy Hunt; reporting Libya. 30 Mar 11

    Wed, 30 Mar 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The culture secretary Jeremy Hunt on his plans for the UK media; Channel 4 foreign correspondent Jonathan Miller on Eman al-Obeidi's and reporting from Libya and has The Times found a way to make online content pay?

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  • The Media Show: BBC cuts; TV advertising sales. 24 Mar 11

    Thu, 24 Mar 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Cuts in local radio, dropping Wimbledon and Formula 1, closing down networks at night: just some of the radical options reported in this week's papers as the BBC looks to find ways of balancing its budget after the latest licence fee settlement. Will any of them actually happen and are they even needed? We hear from the senior BBC executive running the review, Pat Younge. Maggie Brown of the Guardian and Richard Brooks of the Sunday Times discuss the ideas. And last week Ofcom announced a full-on review of the tv advertising sales system. Matthew Horsman of Mediatique gives his view on what this might mean for viewers, advertisers and commercial broadcasters.

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  • The Media Show: Covering Japan; sales of i; online piracy. 16 Mar 11

    Wed, 16 Mar 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Have news organisations have sent too many journalists to cover the earthquake in Japan? The BBC's Fran Unsworth and ITV's Tim Singleton discuss. Simon Kelner on rising sales of the "i" and Emma Barnett on delays to plans to tackle internet piracy.

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  • The Media Show: Tabloid tactics, Ofcom. 9 Mar 11

    Wed, 9 Mar 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Ex Daily Star reporter Richard Peppiatt on his claims that he made up stories while working on the paper; Ofcom's cheif executive Ed Richards on Ofcom's future and, as Jason Gardiner's catty comments make yet more headlines, Nina Myskow asks if every talent show needs a pantomime villain.

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  • The Media Show: Interviewing Gaddafi, Assange trademark. 2 Mar 11

    Wed, 2 Mar 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Veteran foreign correspondent Marie Colvin on securing an interview with Colonel Gaddafi, Julian Assange's plans to trademark his own name and product placement: the first example appeared on British television this week but has anyone noticed?

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  • The Media Show: Libya, BBC Trust. 23 Feb 2011

    Wed, 23 Feb 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    As protests in Libya continue, BBC World News editor Jon Williams and Channel 4 correspondent Alex Thompson discuss whether social media makes it easier to report from Libya; Mark Thompson and Anne McElvoy on the role of the next chair of the BBC Trust and veteran documentary maker Roger Graef on My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.

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  • The Media Show: YouView; OK! TV; News Corp. 16 Feb 11

    Wed, 16 Feb 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The internet TV service YouView has been delayed again and is not expected to launch until 2012. Steve Hewlett asks YouView's chief executive Richard Halton when it will finally arrive. TV Critic David Butcher takes a look at OK! TV, the new showbiz show from Channel 5 and David Elstein and Chris Goodall explain what has happened to the News Corp bid for BSkyB.

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  • The Media Show: Question Time move to Glasgow; TalkSport. 9 Feb 11

    Wed, 9 Feb 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    As Question Time's editor leaves due to the programme's move to Glasgow, Steve Hewlett discusses the BBC's plans to move programmes out of London. Emma Barnett on media giant AOL's purchase of the Huffington Post and TalkSport's Moz Dee on the decision to hire Andy Gray and Richard Keys.

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  • The Media Show: The Guardian and WikiLeaks; The PCC. 02 Feb 11

    Wed, 2 Feb 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The Guardian's editor Alan Rusbridger discusses working with WikiLeaks; Prof George Brock on Wikileaks's new partnership with the Telegraph and Baroness Peta Buscombe of the Press Complaints Commission responds to complaints about its handling of the phone hacking scandal.

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  • The Media Show: Mark Thompson; BBC Cuts; Ofcom 26 Jan 11

    Wed, 26 Jan 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    As the BBC announces substantial cuts, Steve Hewlett talks to the Director General Mark Thompson about cuts, job losses, the licence fee settlement and the corporation's strategy; Maggie Brown and Tim Suter discuss the BBC's future; Stewart Purvis, the former Partner for Content & Standards at Ofcom, looks at the recent Ofcom report into News Corps bid for BSkyB.

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  • The Media Show: Jeremy Hunt; Tunisia new media; News of the World 19 Jan 11

    Wed, 19 Jan 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Prof Roy Greenslade on the latest developments in the News of the World phone hacking story, Culture Minister Jeremy Hunt on his plans for local TV, Evgeny Morozov explains how social media mobilised demonstrators in Tunisia and can anything be done to stop the decline in newspaper readers?

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  • The Media Show: Age discrimination, EastEnders, Greg Dyke. 12 Jan 11

    Wed, 12 Jan 11

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Lorraine Heggessey and Maggie Brown discuss Miriam O'Reilly's successful case against the BBC for age discrimination, Greg Dyke on plans for local television and does the EastEnders row damage creative drama?

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  • The Media Show: Facebook valuation; contempt; flu and the media. 05 Jan 11

    Wed, 5 Jan 11

    Duration:
    29 mins

    As Facebook is valued at $50bn, Matthew Horsman and Benjamin Cohen ask if it's really worth that much, ITV News's Editor in Chief David Mannion on ITV's ban from a police press conference and are Britain's contempt of court laws out of date?

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  • The Media Show: How the big media stories of 2010 could develop in 2011

    Wed, 29 Dec 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    From coverage of politics under the coalition government to the drive to make journalism pay its way and the impact of the WikiLeaks revelations, stories about the media look set to continue to make headlines in 2011. Steve Hewlett is joined by Times columnist and former BBC executive David Aaronovitch, Anne McElvoy who is former executive editor of the London Evening Standard and soon to write for The Economist and Peter Bazalgette, formerly of Big Brother's Endemol and now a self-styled digital investor. Together they discuss some of the big media stories of 2010 and how they may continue to develop in 2011.

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  • The Media Show: Vince Cable, Murdoch's Times deal, costume drama wars. 22 Dec 10.

    Wed, 22 Dec 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Steve Hewlett looks at the revelations about Vince Cable's thoughts on News Corp's Bid for BSkyB, it's thirty years since Rupert Murdoch bought The Times, Media correspondent Ben Fenton and Times historian Graham Stewart discuss the deal. And Upstairs or Downton? Emma Cox and Neil McLean on costume dramas.

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  • The Media Show: Sir Michael Lyons, Richard Shott on local TV. 15 Dec 10

    Wed, 15 Dec 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons discusses the BBC's strategy review; Nicholas Shott on his report into the viability of local television news in the UK and media commentators Maggie Brown and Neil Midgley explain the implications.

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  • The Media Show: Andrew Jennings, Sports journalism, Coronation Street. 8 Dec 10

    Wed, 8 Dec 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Investigative journalist Andrew Jennings on his claim that British sports reporters are "the worst in the world"; sports journalists Ashling O'Connor and Mihir Bose respond; Stephen Carter on superfast broadband and David Liddiment on Coronation Street's 50th anniversary.

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  • The Media Show: Michael Grade, WikiLeaks, Neil Berkett. 1 Dec 10

    Wed, 1 Dec 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Michael Grade, former chairman of the BBC and ITV, on the changes he would bring about in the TV industry; Virgin Media chief executive Neil Berkett on TiVo and Ian Birrell and Janine Gibson discuss the relationship newspapers are negotiating with WikiLeaks.

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  • Sir Martin Sorrell, ipad newspaper, Clare Sambrook. 24 Nov 10

    Wed, 24 Nov 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sir Martin Sorrell on advertising's chances of recovering from the economic downturn; Emily Bell and Tim Bradshaw discuss proposals for an ipad only newspaper and Clare Sambrook on her award winning investigation into child detention.

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  • Royal scoop; off peak to prime time; buying UK indies. 17 Nov 10

    Wed, 17 Nov 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    ITN's political editor Tom Bradby talks about his interivew with Prince William and Kate Middleton; Lorraine Heggessy on moving programmes from off peak to prime time and Peter Bazalgette on why US media companies are buying up UK independent production companies.

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  • Richard Klein; Panorama FIFA investigation; Reality Show Rogues. 10 Nov 10

    Wed, 10 Nov 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    BBC 4 controller Richard Klein on how the channel can make a bigger impact; former minister Richard Caborn and journalist Andrew Hogg on whether investigations into alleged FIFA corruption have damaged England's world cup bid and reality rogues - why do audiences love Ann Widdecombe and Wagner?

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  • The Media Show: 03 Nov 10

    Wed, 3 Nov 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    ITV’s Daybreak with Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley has lost enough of the mass audience to raise concerns about the programme's future. Is there really anything wrong with ITV's schedules and what, if anything, needs to be done to fix them? Broadcaster Esther Rantzen, media commentator Dan Sabbagh and former controller of ITV scheduling Stephen Price discuss. Times editor James Harding talks to Steve about the number of people paying to read The Times online and Private Eye editor Ian Hislop discusses the future of investigative journalism, speaking to Steve before last night's Paul Foot awards.

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  • The Media Show: 27 Oct 10

    Wed, 27 Oct 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The former owner of the Telegraph, Conrad Black, on the role of the proprietor, Rupert Murdoch and why he might return to newspapers. The Independent has launcehd "i", a cut price quality newspaper described as "all you need to know in the time you have". Andrew Mullins, the Independent's managing director, and Alan Brydon of MPG Media, discusses the new paper's prospects. And, with the front page of the Times announcing "advertising soars", former Guardian Editor Peter Preston give his views on newspaper paywalls.

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  • The Media Show: 20 Oct 10

    Wed, 20 Oct 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons comments on cuts to the licence fee and Media commentator Dan Sabbagh looks at how the deal was put together. Lorraine Heggessey on Danny Cohen taking over as controller of BBC1 and Reporters without Borders on global press freedom.

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  • 13 Oct 10

    Wed, 13 Oct 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    BSkyB, the BBC and media plurality; new rules on how the financial world talks to the press; the changing role of the agony aunt; rolling (good) news.

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  • 6 Oct 10

    Wed, 6 Oct 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    X Factor: is reality TV changing the way audiences & TV producers interact?; Russell Brand's return to radio: his programme's due to start on Talk Sport this month, Moz Dee, head of programming for the network, talks about his latest booking; death knock: how a veteran journalist coped when a family tragedy became a news story.

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  • 29 Sept 10

    Wed, 29 Sep 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Local TV - do the Culture Secretary's plans to invigorate the sector stand up? 3D TV - Sky is launching their version. Is it the future? BBC Governance - Senior Tory peer Lord Fowler says the BBC Trust has had its day. Is he right?

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  • The Media Show 22 Sep 10

    Wed, 22 Sep 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Following Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyon's decision not to seek a further term of office and news that the BBC offered to freeze the licence fee for the next two years, now we read that the National Audit Office is to be allowed greater access to the BBC books, something the BBC previously went out of its way to avoid. Dan Sabbagh described it on his website Beehive City as a triple whammy and he tells us why. Also, public trust in institutions and professions is in decline. No news there, but new research shows that whilst journalist trust ratings have continued to decline, the last three years have seen those for senior politicians of all parties actually improve. Man bites dog? We hear from the man who has done the numbers. And, he made Chariots of Fire, The Mission and Midnight Express and he is deputy chairman of Channel 4. House of Lords media man David Puttnam gives his views on media ownership, Rupert Murdoch, the BBC, C4 and the UK Film Council.

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  • The Media Show: 15 Sep 10

    Wed, 15 Sep 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Rupert Murdoch's plans to buy out BSkyB have been questioned this week, with the leak of a report calling for Business Secretary Vince Cable to refer any deal for review. David Elstein, former head of programming at BSkyB and Will Hutton, former editor of the Observer, discuss whether any takeover should be subject to scrutiny. The BBC has lost BBC One controller Jay Hunt and BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons. Media commentator Maggie Brown gives her view on what this means for the BBC. London's 95.8 Capital FM is to go national, as parent company Global Radio rebrands its local chart pop stations under the Capital name. Chief executive Stephen Miron explains what lies behind the change. The British Film Institute has announced the discovery of 100 hours of tv dramas from the 1960s in an archive in the USA. They include early performances by Sean Connery, Jane Asher and Dorothy Tutin. BFI curator Steve Bryant talks about the tv programmes "Missing, Believed Wiped".

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  • Guido Fawkes, phone-hacking, and religious reporting 08 Sep 10

    Wed, 8 Sep 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Paul Staines (Gudio Fawkes) is the blogger behind the story of William Hague and his special advisor. Critics describe him as an anti-journalist, un-accountable and a peddler of political soft porn. How does he respond? With a Papal visit imminent and arguments about whether to build a Mosque at Ground Zero in New York, religion is never far from the headlines. But, can a secular media cover such events effectively? And does the media have any hope of getting to grips with questions like - Does God exits? Former religious correspondent for The Guardian Stephen Bates and Baroness Warnock discuss. And the big story of the week. What exactly have we learnt from the New York Times’ allegations about phone hacking at the News of The World, and why is an American newspaper so interested in the goings on at the news room of a British tabloid? Steve Hewlett speaks to professor of Journalism and former tabloid editor Roy Greenslade and Rupert Murdoch biographer Michael Wolff.

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  • Sky vs. BBC 01 Sep 10

    Wed, 1 Sep 10

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Sky's David Wheeldon and the BBC's Alan Yentob respond to BBC Director General Mark Thompson's keynote speech at the Edinburgh TV Festival; Nick Robinson on reporting political gossip; the pros and cons of the post-match interview.

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