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8 October 2008

Ian Blair and the Met, Michael Grade and ITV
Sir Ian Blair stood down as the chief of the Metropolitan Police last week, but what role did the media play in his demise and how difficult is it to run a police force in the constant glare of the media headlights. Michael Grade, the chairman of ITV, joins us to talk about the future of the company. As digital switchover beckons, the advertising recession bites even deeper, and they make 1000 redundancies, where is ITV heading and what will it mean for us viewers? And we hear about the case Formula One boss Max Mosely is  taking to Europe in an action that frightens the life out of journalists and media lawyers back here.
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Sir Ian Blair, the Met and the media

Ian BlairSir Ian Blair stood down as chief of the Metropolitan Police last week. But did he jump or was he pushed and what role did the media play in his departure? He was probably the most media friendly commissioner the Metropolitan Police has ever had. So much so that in the early days he was hardly ever out of the media, supporting government moves to modernise the police service, or announcing his own. He was truly New Labour’s policeman.

But was he, as they say, ever really a copper’s copper? Many of his own rank and file – and much of the press too – were really never sure.  Steve talks to Lord Harris who is currently the Home Secretary’s representative on the Metropolitan Police Authority and Geoff Edwards, chief crime correspondent for The Mirror.  Is it ever possible to run a  police force as big and powerful as the Met in the constant glare of the media headlights?  We also find out what this means to the ordinary decent copper from two police bloggers; PC Bloggs and Inspector Gadget.

Michael Grade and the future of ITV

Michael GradeOnce upon a time, ITV was made up of 14 locally based regional companies, each of which enjoyed a licensed monopoly to sell TV advertising in their area. In return, the state required companies to provide news, current affairs, arts and religion, children’s and, critically, lots of local and regional news.

But spool forward to today and a very different picture awaits.  ITV’s old analogue licences are now worth considerably less and at digital switchover in 2012 will be worth nothing. Media regulator OFCOM has stepped in, significantly reducing the network’s historic licence commitments to regional programmes, leading to ITV's announcement last week of 1000 job losses.

So will the ITV of the future bear any resemblance to the ITV of the past? We ask Michael Grade about his strategy for the future; will it still be in any recognisable sense a public service broadcaster?
ITV in the news

Max Mosely takes his case to Europe

Formula One boss Max Mosely emerged victorious from the High Court having won his privacy case against The News of the World earlier this year. Having won in the High Court on the grounds that the newspaper’s suggestion of a Nazi theme to proceedings was utterly unfounded – he got £60,000 pounds in damages. But not satisfied with that he’s now taking his case to Europe seeking a change in the law to allow the subjects – he might say victims – of press exposes to get publication stopped. frightening the life out of journalists and media lawyers back here, Steve talks to media lawyer Duncan Lamont. 

Comments on today's programme

Ian Blair re the events of 22 July:
I was very interested indeed to hear Geoff Edwards comments re Blair spin in relation to the Menezes events of 22 July and your programme did broadcast an excerpt from the 22 July Press conference. On the evening of 22 July 2005 I listend to excerpts from the earlier afternoon Blair Press Conference (I live 2 minutes from Stockwell Tube Station and so was VERY interested). I have a distinct memory that before he made the comments that your programme broadcast again today he also stated that "any death is unfortunate" and that the spin your programme broadcast was tactical because having said that any death is unfortunate he was being logically prfessured to identify who had been shot and the spin was bring in the bigger picture and ths avoid saying more about who had been shot. I felt then when I heard his remarks taht somebody innocent had been killed. I also know from long experience that police very very rarely express regret of the kind that Blair did that day. i would sure like to hear that whole Blair Press Conference again.
Ian Cameron

Max Mosely:
I don't particularly agree with involving the legal system with breaking stories. However i strongly believe it should be mandatory that when a newspaper is obliged to apologise for misreporting, that apology should be given equal prominence as the original article.
Miss Leslie Delieu

Newspapers corrections:
Recently the Mail on Sunday published an article on two Sundays and on the front pages about a news reader having an affair with a woman. Sometime later they published a paragraph stating they now accepted the woman had NEVER met the news reader and they apologised to all concerned. How can they get away with publishing a false story on two front pages and bury the correction inside the paper. I feel any newspaper has to publish the correction in the same column inches on the same pages as the original false story.
Simon Moppett
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