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Friday 2 May 2008
Jenni Murray
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The West Yorkshire town of Dewsbury has in recent years been making the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Stories about the abduction of Shannon Matthews and the ensuing family fallout, the discovery that a suicide bomber had been living in its midst and the attempted hanging of a five year old boy by a gang of youths in 2005 have dragged its name through the mud. It could be argued the unsavoury image is not entirely undeserved but how can negative reporting affect a town’s morale, and what’s the policy of the local press, who have to report on the very people who are buying their papers?

More of us are listening to digital radio but almost 80% of that is to stations already available on analogue, which goes some way to explain why commercial stations are struggling to make their 'digital only' services pay. The figures may be heartening but with no definite date yet set for analogue switch off in radio can the commercial sector be persuaded to set up more new stations?

The British documentary movement had its period of greatest influence from 1930 -1950. Modern documentary is criticised for its use of artifice and manipulation but these early films weren’t always spontaneous: they sometimes used actors, scripts and special sets. But documentary was more than just the creative treatment of reality - it was an art form with a social purpose. Can we still trace the legacy of that purpose or have today’s documentary makers strayed too far from the original intent of those pioneers, and squandered their heritage?

Guests:

Danny Lockwood, publisher of The Press,

Kim Fletcher; chairman of the National Council for Training of Journalists

Paul Robinson, media consultant

Paul Watson, documentary film maker

Patrick Russell, senior curator, non fiction BFI National Archive and author of 100 British Documentaries.
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