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1 October 2008

Financial Crisis, Cameron, Newspapers
In the week that ITV announced 1000 job cuts, Culture Secretary Andy Burnham talks about the future of Public Service Broadcasting, we examine the role of the media in the current global financial crisis, and on the day when David Cameron makes his conference speech we ask how the papers have treated him. If it was the Sun Wot Won it for Tony Blair, what, if anything will the papers do for Cameron? We also hear from the student blogger from Colarado, rung by Sarah Palin as soon as she won the nomination.

Media Coverage of the Financial Meltdown

Financial CrisisHow do you go about reporting a global financial crisis when public confidence in the system is such a critical factor in what subsequently actually happens? Can you tell it like it is or is the risk to the system too great if you do that? And what does it say for the standard of financial journalism that the many people heard about the problems in the global credit markets well after they’d already gone horribly wrong?
BBC Business Editor Robert Peston, Gillian Tett, Assistant  Editor of the Financial Times and the BBC’s North America Correspondent Justin Webb talk about the coverage here and the US.

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Robert Peston's blog
Justin Webb's blog

Andy Burnham on Public Service Broadcasting

Andy BurnhamLast week Media regulator Ofcom published the latest instalment of its ongoing review into the future of Television Public Service Broadcasting. In a nutshell it says the current system – on the commercial side at least – is broken and will not survive the switch to digital due to be completed by 2012.  Culture Secretary Andy Burnham gives us his views on the future of Public Service Broadcasting.

Department of Culture, Media and Sport

Adam Brickley

Adam BrickleyIf you hadn’t heard of Sarah Palin before the Republican convention this month you are almost certainly not alone and in the good company of most of the American voters who will ultimately decide whether she becomes the second most powerful person in the United States. So how did she get from the relative obscurity of Alaska to be John McCain’s vice-presidential running mate?

Well one of the first people she telephoned after accepting the nomination was a man named Adam Brickley. You won’t of heard of him either. He’s a 21 year-old political blogger from Colorado who since February 2007 has been running a ‘Draft Sarah Palin for Vice President’ blog. Incredible as it may seem, she credits the unknown Brickley and his hitherto equally unknown website with being the key to her arrival on the national political stage.

David Cameron and the Press

David CameronIn about half an hour David Cameron will talk to the Convervative Party Conference in Birmingham, he has been doing well in the polls – the people seem to quite like him, but the press aren’t so sure. If it was the Sun Wot Won it for Tony Blair, what, if anything will the papers do for Cameron? Daniel Finkelstein, political columnist and associate editor of The Times joins us from the conference in Birmingham.

Comments on today's programme

Peston - Northern Rock
Richard Peston's claim that the run on Northern Rock was due to the fact that they did not have many branches is one of the most stupid excuses yet of a journalist trying to refute his irresponsibility in reporting his "scoop". Northern Rock and in particular their senior managers were the cause of the situation, but Peston undoubtedly exacerbated the situation in making it public before the Bank of England (or whoever) had an opportunity to take action and re-assure investors. This irresponsible action proved to be the thin end of the wedge. It certainly did not improve the anything other than bringing his name to the fore.More importantly it would be interesting to know who the insider was, and from which organisation, who gave Peston the "scoop"
G A Collins, Wilmslow Cheshire

Reporting with an Agenda
I was amused to hear the representative of the BBC News criticizing the American media for news reporting coloured by their own opinions. The UK media do this all the time. As a very recent example the BBC were obviously expecting the markets to fall yesterday (Tuesday) in response to the chaos in the US and so reported the movements in the FTSE all day as if this is what had happened when it quite clearly hadn't. This reached the heights of lunacy in the report on BBC News24 just after the markets closed when a reporter stated that the market had plunged in the morning only to recover in the afternoon following the lead of the US Stock Market whilst standing in front of a graph that clearly showed what had actually happened i.e: the markets had dipped briefly on opening then immediately rose strongly before continuing a steady rise through the rest of the day obviously the US market was leading from the back. I can recommend watching this report if you get the chance I am still laughing.
Tim Griffiths 

Public Service Broadcasting
It's great to hear Andy Burnham exploring real options for change in PSB. But when are we going to hear DCMS and the Minister beginning to explore the possibilities for public service new media? It's where the future of electronic publishing is going, and yet Ofcom and Burnham alike have not grasped the idea that the web is the future of broadcasting, not the idiot box in the corner of the front room. Jon Pratty, arts and technology writer.
Jon Pratty
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Media (plural)
If you must have a new show called The Media Show, please employ a presenter who knows that "media" is the PLURAL of "medium". So "the media HAVE.." "the media ARE.." etc. At least the lady guest knows the difference, although even she was not consistent. Sorry to be pedantic, but it is very off-putting!
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