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18 March 2009

BBC drama, Behavioural Advertising and Metro
Chairman of the Press Complaints Commission Sir Christopher Meyer on their annual report, the pitfalls of behavioural advertising, ten years of The Metro and playwright David Edgar on whether BBC drama needs to be impartial.

Press Complaints Commission

Press Complaints CommissionThe Press Complaints Commission’s annual review is published today and reports more complaints than ever before. But do record numbers of complaints really indicate growing public confidence in self-regulation by the press? Outgoing PCC chairman Sir Christopher Meyer is interviewed.

Impartial Drama

BBC dramaShould BBC drama be impartial? As Radio 4 turns down a play by Caryl Churchill citing impartiality as the reason – renowned playwright David Edgar talks about the issues.

Behavioural Advertising

nicolasnova Sidewalk express - Internet pointDo companies who track your movements online in order to deliver more targeted advertising do you a service or threaten your privacy? Peter Bazalgette and internet privacy campaigner Alexander Hanff discuss.

The Metro is Ten

MetroWhen all else in the world of local press seems to be struggling to survive, how has daily free sheet Metro, ten years old this week, managed to prosper? Media analyst Lorna Tilbian examines what makes it work.

Comments on Today's Show

Cost of Broadcast Information:
NOTHING is broadcast for "free" - has the lady on today's programme not heard of the licence fee - the licence fee also pays for radio broadcasting. The BBC accountants will confirm. Radio 4 is great. Thanks.

Targeted advertising and Phorm:
It doesn't seem to occur to Phorm that they cannot discriminate between myself and my children, as we are using a home network with a single IP address. So if our ISP were involved in this system we would presumably receive advertising based on each other's browsing.Beleive me our tastes are very different, I being 58 and they being 15 and 27.Personally I am opposed to all advertising, consider is to be the root of most evil, and would happily pay for a service which meant I did not receive any at all. I will on principle never buy anything on the basis of unsolicited direct advertising.Why do we have to assume that all media have to be funded by advertising. Are there really no other business models available?
Tim Jackson

Press Complaints Commission:
The Chair of the PCC was glib in portraying it as an effective avenue of complaint. How many complaints related to inaccurate financial journalism and what was the outcome of each?The PCC signally failed to respond to complaints about the kind of journalism that fed the monster that spewed out the credit crunch.
Roland Baker
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