The Media Podcast with Olly Mann

The Media Podcast with Olly Mann

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Recording at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, The Media Podcast is your essential guide to TV, radio and the press, presented by Olly Mann. New episodes fortnightly.


#42 - Media Podcast Predictions 2016 - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann  

This time last year, Olly Mann sat down with the great and good of the media industry to find out what they thought would happen in 2015. In this special episode, not only do we hear their predictions for this year, but haul them over the coals for what they got right about the past twelve months. Was Maggie Brown right about Andrew Neil? Did Matt Deegan see the rise of Radio X? Could Faraz Osman correctly guess the perilous state of Saturday night entertainment? ALL WILL BE JUDGED. Plus, we hear from Broadcast’s news editor Jake Kanter on a big year for the BBC and Helen Zaltzman gazes into the podcasting’s crystal ball. This is our last show for a little while, but we’ll be back as soon as finances allow. Please help support the show:

#41: Would Channel 4 Survive Privatisation? - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann  

In our last show of 2015, Faraz Osman (MD, Lemonade Money) and broadcast consultant Paul Robinson discuss how privatisation might change Channel 4’s public service mission. Lord Grade thinks it will be for the better - and with record breaking tv advertising revenues predicted this year, could he be right? Also on the programme, the panel wave farewell to Alan Yentob, rate ITV chief exec Adam Crozier’s performance in front of MPs and hail the Radio Academy’s new entrants to the Hall of Fame. Plus, in the increasingly tenuous Media Quiz, it’s an APOLOGY SPECIAL. What corrections and clarifications have the UK’s media made this week? The Media Podcast is a PPM Production produced by Matt Hill.

#40 - David Schneider: making brands tweet good - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann  

Media analysis and wild speculation with Olly Mann and guests, recorded at The Hospital Club. This week, David Schneider and David Levin discuss writing tweets for tv shows such as Have I Got News For You with their agency That Lot. Plus, Broadcast’s news editor Jake Kanter and freelance journalist Tom Latcham discuss the week’s top media stories, including the announcement that BBC Three will go online only from March 2016, The Sun’s contentious Jihadi poll and two more lad’s mags (FHM & Zoo) get the chop. SUPPORT THE PODCAST: help us stay on the air by contributing a small amount on a regular basis using our secure website:

#39 - The Voice leaves the Beeb - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann  

Olly Mann is joined by Folder Media’s Matt Deegan and’s deputy editor Alex Hudson to discuss The Voice potential move to ITV and the press campaign for Freedom of Information (you have until the 20th Nov to submit your opinion here: Also on the programme, the panel review the launch of the BBC Store, the latest circulation figures for the national press are analysed and why UTV’s television sell-off could also lead the way to a buyout of their commercial radio stations. Plus, as the Christmas campaigns get underway, there’s an advertising-themed edition of the Media Quiz. Supporting The Media Podcast couldn’t be easier; just select a level of donation and get an episode of the show dedicated to you, with our eternal gratitude. If you like what we do on the pod, help keep us on the air...

#38 - Sun’s paywall crumbles, RAJARs & Vice on UK TV - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann  

The latest media news and unmediated opinion, recorded in the fine surroundings of the Hospital Club. This week Olly Mann is joined by journalist Susie Boniface (AKA Fleet St Fox) and Steve Ackerman, MD of content company Somethin’ Else. The Sun has told staff that its online paywall policy will stop completely at the end of November - but with the rise of ad blocking software, what does the paper - and its competitors - need to do to keep making money from advertising? The panel debate the practicalities. Folder Media’s Matt Deegan delves into the latest RAJARs for the radio industry and tells us why it’s been a poor quarter for BBC Radio 1 - and theorises why the last results of XFM were the highest that station ever produced. Plus, there’s more on changes to the Freedom of Information Act, Vice Media announces plans to create a free-to-air channel in the UK and the infamous Media Quiz looks at the vested interests in our media landscape. Thanks to everyone who donated cash since the last episode. If you want to hear more, and you haven’t chipped in yet, please visit, where you can select from a range of levels of support. Do it now!

#37 - Cohen leaves the BBC, FOIs & mental health dramas - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann  

Olly Mann is joined by broadcast consultant Paul Robinson and media writer Maggie Brown to discuss the week’s biggest media stories, all within the confines of the Hospital Club in Covent Garden. With Danny Cohen set to leave his role as director of television at the BBC, the panel look back and his career highs and lows with the corporation - and why his successor isn’t likely to come from the ranks directly below. Freedom of Information legislation may be revamped by the Government (you can have your say here: but with such establishment names on the committee, what chance is there that journalists' rights will be respected? As new BBC drama River launches with a central character displaying mental health issues, The Media Podcast speaks to Alison Kerry, head of media at the charity MIND about portraying conditions from schizophrenia to postnatal depression on screen... and what to do when you discuss a trigger on your late night talk radio show. Thank you to those that donated after the last show - we raised enough to make this show. BUT if you want future episodes, then please head to and pledge now.

#36 - Radio Festival 2015 - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann  

Olly Mann is joined by independent producer Trevor Dann and LBC’s Morning News presenter Lisa Aziz to discuss the highlights from this year’s Radio Festival. The panel discuss the talking points from the sessions, including Paul Gambaccini’s hellish year with Operation Yewtree, strategy chief James Purnell’s defence of the BBC and Absolute breakfast presenter Christian O’Connell tells us why trolls are people too. Plus, we hear why radio advertising needs to get creative and Radio 4’s Paddy O’Connell advises the next generation on how to get into the industry. If you like what we do, support the show:

#35C - How Not To Pitch a TV Show  

In our second bonus episode from the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, How Not To Pitch a Show is a masterclass in the pitfalls of the pitch room. Chaired by Alex Connock, managing director Shine North and featuring Jonathan Stadlen, managing director Knickerbockerglory; Syeda Irtizaali, commissioning editor for entertainment Channel 4; Karen Smith, managing director Tuesday's Child; Mark Linsey, deputy director BBC Television. If you've enjoyed this, why not check out other episodes of the Media Podcast at

#35B - Armando Iannucci's MacTaggart Lecture  

Listen to the full speech delivered by Armando Iannucci at this year's Edinburgh TV Festival - a rallying call for the BBC not just for those who work in the corporation, but for the entire UK media industry. Thanks to the Guardian Edinburgh International Television festival, who shared this audio with us for you to enjoy. If you're new to the Media Podcast, why not try one of our regular episodes? Find more at

#35 - Guardian Edinburgh International TV Festival 2015 - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann  

Recorded at the biggest week in the television industry’s calendar, Olly Mann is joined by Heat magazine’s TV editor Boyd Hilton and TV indie Lemonade Money’s managing director Faraz Osman to discuss the highlights and lowlights of the week. In amongst discussion of Armando Iannucci’s barnstorming MacTaggart Lecture and the latest commissioning announcements by the major broadcasters, the panel discuss the revival of schedule wars between Strictly and X Factor and the future of the BBC News Channel. Plus, The Media Podcast travels to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to meet Ed Sleeman (Commissioning Editor, BBC Entertainment) and ask, how do producers find the next big comedy thing? A MESSAGE FROM PRODUCER MATT: after our summer break, we are back making our regular shows this September. It’s been a year since our Kickstarter made this podcast happen and you can still support the show, (keeping us flowing seamlessly into your inbox) by purchasing a dedication: Thanks for listening!

#26 - What is Top Gear’s future? - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann  

Olly Mann discusses the future of Top Gear – including a rumoured deal with Netflix – with the help of Folder Media’s creative director Matt Deegan and broadcaster and DJ Ed Adoo. The BBC have decided not to renew Jeremy Clarkson’s contract. With his Top Gear co-presenters hinting at solidarity with their fallen comrade, what does it mean for the future of the corporation’s cash cow? Also: Radio 1’s decision to move the chart show to Friday drivetime and Facebook’s proposal to host content on behalf of creators such as the New York Times. Plus Jake Kanter from Broadcast on the magazine’s 2015 survey of independent production companies. A PPM Production, produced by Matt Hill.

#34 - BBC debate begins, Quirker launch & Moyles on XFM - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann  

Olly Mann is joined by broadcast consultant Paul Robinson and PACT chair Laura Mansfield to discuss the week’s top media stories. After months of speculation the Government has set out its stall for BBC charter renewal negotiations. From how the corporation should be funded to its ultimate cultural mission, the panel discuss what issues the nation’s favourite broadcaster needs to address. Also on the programme, Olly talks to Local World's Matt Kelly and Steve Anglesey about its new local-news website Quirker. Is there money to be made from the weird and wacky regional news stories that are the staple of tabloids and local radio stations? Plus there’s gossip about Chris Moyles joining XFM breakfast, issues of ‘cappuccino interviews’ for top media jobs and the joys of basing a European bureau in London. We’ll be taking a break after this programme to fundraise the show. If you are a business or patron and would like to support what we do for the media industry, please get in touch via our website:

#33 - BBC Three cut gets Trust approval – The Media Podcast with Olly Mann  

Media news and analysis with your host Olly Mann and guests Faraz Osman (Managing Director, Lemonade Money) and Leon Wilson (Managing Director, Talkback). As the BBC Trust approves plans to move youth channel BBC Three online, what impact will this have on young viewers and on the corporation’s hopes for a favourable renegotiation of its Royal Charter? Yonderland’s main writer Larry Rickard discusses the return of the series to Sky One, and a few hints as to what we can expect from Tracey Ullman’s new BBC show. Plus, the panel discuss Trinity Mirror’s plans to buy the Express newspapers, Neil Wallis’ acquittal from all phone hacking charges and we fix three broken formats in another Media Podcast Quiz. The Media Podcast is a PPM Production, produced by Matt Hill.

#32 - Chris Evans gets BBC out of a tight corner - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann  

Media news, analysis and occasional pronouncements on the death of linear media since 2006. Host Olly Mann is joined by radio exec and Sound Women founder Maria Williams, and producer and founder of Viral Spiral Damian Collier. It’s been a busy week for Chris Evans, with speculation over a new series of TFI Friday overtaken (!) by an offer to host the reboot of Top Gear. With the support of fans and the commentariat, has the BBC got itself onto the front foot? Radio independent company Falling Tree have put over 300 documentaries online for free - The Media Podcast speaks to director Alan Hall about curating the archive and play a few choice treats. Plus, we discuss Apple News, the tech company’s foray into news curation - launched with the surprising notion of using actual human beings to editorialise content - and the panel look back at 84-year-old Rupert Murdoch’s career as he looks to step down as chief executive from 21st Century Fox at the end of the month.

#31 - Broadcast Backs the Beeb, Lineker’s BT Transfer and Creative Week 2015  

Olly Mann is joined by Moz Dee (Contented Media) & Jake Kanter (Broadcast) to discuss the biggest stories of the week, including key insights from Creative Week 2015. Broadcast has launched a campaign offering ‘qualified support’ for the corporation during its Royal Charter renewal negotiations - Jake Kanter explains why. In a week where BBC director of television Danny Cohen spelled out the dangers in cutting the licence fee, the panel discuss the threats to programming on BBC4, as well as the latest commissioning news for BBC Three, as it prepares for a potential move online. Plus, Olly, Jake and Moz consider Gary Lineker’s potential part-time gig at BT Sport - does it water down the BBC’s brand? - a public offering for Buzzfeed and the ominous warnings of pre-rolls at Netflix.

Episode 30 – Phone hacking payouts, RAJARs, falling ITV audience – The Media Podcast with Olly Mann  

Tabloid journalist Susie Boniface – also known as the Fleet Street Fox – and broadcaster Maggie Brown join Olly Mann to discuss the largest compensation payment in phone hacking history. As a High Court judge orders more than £250,000 to be paid to Sadie Frost - the biggest single payout in phone-hacking history - Trinity Mirror sets aside £28m to pay more alleged victims. What impact might this have on budgets at the group’s local newspapers? Also this week: What does the appointment of John Whittingdale as Culture Secretary mean for the BBC as it gears up to negotiate a new royal charter? Matt Deegan uncovers the winners and losers in this week’s RAJAR results – where Radio 1’s reach has fallen below the psychologically-important figure of 10 million listeners a week. Radio 1 says it’s shedding older listeners but is that the whole story? Plus, ITV revenues are going up but audiences are going down. The London newspapers moving production to an office in Dorset. And a quickfire quiz. The Media Podcast is a PPM Production, produced by Peter Price.

#29 - Election 2015 SPECIAL - The Media Podcast with OIly Mann  

Boyd Hilton of Heat Magazine, former Discovery exec and City University professor Lis Howell and Alex Hudson, former Mirror journalist and BBC Question Time producer join Olly Mann to discuss how the major broadcasters and press outlets have handled the most unpredictable election in living memory. With most commentators lulled into thinking the result would be close, the panel discuss which news teams coped best with the unfolding narrative - and if social media had any impact at all (Spoiler: It didn’t) There’s talk of Sky innovations in the TV gallery, the BBC’s first election away from TV Centre and why it was The Sun (amongst others) wot won it. Plus, we squeeze in the week’s other stories including turmoil at Al Jazeera America, a new home on ITV for the Top Gear Three and new proposals for 5live’s sister station, Sports Extra.

#28 - BBC3 move postponed, Adblock Plus - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann  

The BBC Trust delays their initial decision until the autumn, knocking back plans to move the youth channel online only. Broadcast consultant Paul Robinson and Guardian Edinburgh International TV Festival Director Lisa Campbell join Olly Mann to discuss this and the week’s other top media stories. The makers of the Adblock Plus software win a court case against two German news organisations - what does it mean for ad-funded journalism in an already cash-poor industry? Also on the programme, we discuss bad weeks for Katie Hopkins & Piers Morgan, good times at Sky and Netflix and the panel highlight the key media commitments from the main political parties’ manifestos.

#27 - Seiken’s legacy, Periscope up... Snapchat down - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann  

News and analysis, this week with the MD of content company Somethin’ Else Steve Ackerman and journalist Alex Hudson. In this edition: Jason Seiken has left the Telegraph, but in what state? The panel discusses what the news organisation needs to do to take back the digital initiative. We have a UK election round-up - since our last podcast ITV has produced a debate programme, BBC Scotland journalists have been attacked and Channel 4 has commissioned election-themed comedy and drama. Steve and Alex share their views. Plus as Victoria Derbyshire’s daily show launches on BBC Two and the News Channel, editor Louisa Compton tells us about making the leap from radio to TV. There’s talk of YouTube’s new revenue stream and the app predicted to kill Snapchat: Periscope.

#25B - Radio Days Europe 2015 - The Media Podcast with Paul Robinson  

Broadcast consultant Paul Robinson presents highlights from the annual radio festival, with guests Helen Boden (BBC), Elvis Duran (Z100) and Australian presenter Mel Greig.

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