The Media Show: new weekly programme on Radio 4 presented by Steve Hewlett
Journalist and former TV executive Steve Hewlett is to present BBC Radio 4's new topical programme The Media Show, to be broadcast live all year round from 1 October 2008 every Wednesday at 1.30pm.
The show will focus on the fast-changing world of media in all its forms – print, television, radio, online and telecommunications.
The programme will engage with key players from within the industry, including those making the decisions, driving the changes and developing the latest technology.
Subjects such as creativity, culture and censorship within the media will be discussed alongside those of business and ethics.
As the media world converges, with newspapers expanding into audio and video while radio and TV networks move online, The Media Show will shed light on the issues faced by the industry at large.
Steve Hewlett says: "I hope the programme will be able to lift the lid on many of the current stories within the media, offering genuine insight and intelligence, making this show a must-listen for both those within the industry – but always accessible to a wider audience of those interested in a subject that affects all our lives."
Mark Damazer, Controller, Radio 4, says: "Steve has been a terrific addition to Radio 4's presenting talent in the last year and I am delighted that he now has a regular slot – all the year round – where his wide-ranging experience and knowledge can be used to illuminate a big range of media issues."
Notes to Editors
The Media Show will be available via podcast.
BBC Radio 4's former media programme The Message ran from 1998 until May 2008, in three series a year.
The new show is to run 52 weeks a year, which will enable Steve Hewlett and his guests to react to current industry stories and issues of importance to the media world.
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