Margaret Haywood, the nurse who secretly filmed poor conditions in the Royal Sussex County Hospital for Panorama back in 2005 was struck off two weeks ago by the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Conduct and Competence Committee for breaching patient confidentiality. But was she in the true sense of the word a whistleblower and what duty of care do the Panorama programme owe her? Steve is joined by Sandy Smith the editor of Panorama and Roy Lilley independent health policy analyst and writer.
Local Commercial Radio
John Myers, former Chief Executive of GMG Radio, suggested in his recent Independent Review of the Rules Governing Local Content on Commercial Radio, that commercial radio is in crisis and as many as fifty of the UK’s 300 or so radio stations could close in the coming years. So what is the future for commercial radio and can it collaborate effectively with the BBC? Steve is joined by Travis Baxter, Bauer’s Managing Director of Radio and Phil Riley, former chief executive of Chrysalis radio before it was taken over by Global Radio. (Photo: David Jessel opens the airwaves for LBC's first broadcast in 1973)
Advertising Standards Authority
The Advertising Standards Authority, which regulates the content of adverts, released its annual report this morning. Apart from a list of the top ten most complained about adverts, the report reveals that there were a record number of complaints this year - 26,433 about 15,556 ads: which resulted in 2,475 ads changed or withdrawn. Steve talks to Lord Chris Smith ASA chairman.
Twitter and Swineflu
Twitter, the social networking and micro-blogging internet site, has become a key resource both for the media and the public when it comes to finding out what is going on in breaking news stories. But what is the danger of misinformation, or even panic-mongering when it comes to news like the Swine Flu Epidemic? Steve talks to Evgeny Morozov, writer and new media expert.
BBC Radio 4's topical programme The Media Show, presented by journalist and former TV executive…