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24 December 2008

Bush and the media, Apollo8, US Newspapers and iPlayer
On The Media Show this week, as George Bush's presidency comes to an end, Steve Hewlett discusses Bush's relationship with the press,  examines the state of US newspapers, speaks to the producer of the Christmas Eve message from Apollo 8 in 1968, and finds out if you need a TV licence to watch programmes on the BBC iPlayer.

Bush and the media

Bush Legacy, courtesy of Martin RowsonLast week an Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at George Bush during one of his press conferences in Baghdad. As his time in office comes to a close, Steve Hewlett takes a look at some of Bush's most memorable conference gaffes. Gerard Baker, the US editor for The Times has had first hand experience of Bush in press briefings, and Martin Rowson, political cartoonist forThe Guardian explains why he will be missed by satirists.
Martin Rowson's cartoons

US Newspapers

US NewspapersThe Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times both feature in America’s top ten newspapers list. But both are in imminent danger of going bust as the company that owns them files for bankruptcy protection. Are we on the verge of a major cull of titles in America’s 5th estate? Steve talks to Richard Perez Pena who is media correspondent for The New York Times.

Apollo 8 Christmas Eve Broadcast

Frank Borman on board Apollo 8Apollo 8 was launched on 21 December 1968 and was the first manned mission to the Moon, entering lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968. That evening, the astronauts; Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and William Anders did a live television broadcast, in which they showed pictures of the Earth and Moon. At the time, the broadcast was the most watched TV programme ever. On the 40th anniversary of that broadcast, Steve speaks to Jeff Gralnick, producer of the CBS televised coverage.

Our thanks to Newseum for recent recordings of the astronauts remembering the Apollo 8 mission, The Science Museum and NASA for archive of the Apollo broadcast.

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Steve Hewlett is a Guardian Columnist and broadcasting consultant. He is visiting Professor of Journalism and Broadcast policy at Salford University and a fellow of the Royal Television Society.

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