The Media Show

The Media Show


Topical programme about the fast-changing media world


RTS Cambridge Convention special  

How does the UK retain its position as one of the world's leading producers of TV? A special edition of The Media Show recorded at the Royal Television Society's Cambridge Convention. Amol Rajan is joined by Sophie Turner Laing, CEO of Endemol Shine, Wayne Garvie, Chief Creative Officer, International Production at Sony Pictures, Theresa Wise, RTS Chief Executive and Katherine Rushton, Media and Technology Editor at the Daily Mail. Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Richard Hooper Assistant Producer: Tim Allen.

Coleen Rooney and the paparazzi, Classic FM at 25, Panorama secret filming  

Coleen Rooney has appealed for photographers to stop following her in the wake of her husband's drink driving arrest. George Bamby, a paparazzi photographer and Susan Aslan, partner at ACK Media Law discuss the issues. Classic FM celebrates 25 years on air this week. Sam Jackson, the network's managing editor, explains its appeal. BBC Panorama has broadcast disturbing footage from inside the Brook House Immigration Removal Centre at Gatwick Airport. Callum Tulley is the whistleblower who filmed it and Joe Plomin is the Panorama producer. Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Richard Hooper Assistant Producer: Tim Allen.


As tensions continue to mount on the Korean peninsula, is now the right time for the BBC to be launching a new radio service aimed at North Koreans? Jamie Angus is Deputy Director of the BBC World Service Group, Dr Leslie Vinjamuri is Director of the Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice at SOAS and an Associate Fellow at Chatham House and Tania Branigan is The Guardian's foreign leader writer. Oliver Cummins Hylton is the winner of the first Steve Hewlett Bursary, an initiative founded in Steve's memory by The Royal Television Society, The Media Society and his friends and family. There is speculation that Amazon could be preparing a bid for Premier League broadcast rights. But seasoned media analyst Mathew Horsman of Mediatique thinks the scenario is highly unlikely. Presenter: Andrea Catherwood Producer: Richard Hooper Assistant producer: Tim Allen.


Martin Lewis, founder of, claims that Facebook has "dire controls" over who can buy adverts and that as a consequence his brand is regularly used as bait by scam firms. Facebook says that misleading ads are strictly prohibited from its platform and is constantly working to detect them. Evolve Politics has applied to join the lobby of Westminster journalists. Could the admission of the "hyper partisan" site shake up political reporting? Matt Turner is senior editor at Evolve Politics, Tom Newton Dunn is political editor of The Sun, and Carole Walker is a former BBC lobby correspondent Will Young, the singer and actor, has launched a podcast with his friend Chris Sweeney. Homo Sapiens is described as "like Woman's Hour but for LGBTQ+ people". Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Richard Hooper Assistant producer: Tim Allen.

Test Match Special and Josh Krichefski of MediaCom UK  

If you're a company or a brand who wants to reach millions of people, you can go to the likes of Google and Facebook and they'll do it for you. So what's the point of a media agency these days? For decades, big brands have been paying these firms huge sums to place them in all the right places. Josh Krichefski is CEO of the UK's largest, MediaCom, with clients such as Sky, DFS, and Tesco. As Test Match Special celebrates 60 years on air, The Media Show goes behind the scenes at one of the world's longest running radio programmes. Amol meets TMS producer Adam Mountford, engineer Mike Page, and a host of much-loved voices. Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Richard Hooper.

Media titan John Malone, newspapers 'ripping' content, and online moderation  

John Malone has been called the "swamp alligator", the "cable cowboy" and "Darth Vader". He's worth several billion dollars and he's one of the few people to put one over Rupert Murdoch. But you've probably never heard of him. Well, John Malone is buying up more and more of UK television. So it's time we got to know him better. Matthew Garrahan is the global media editor of the Financial Times and has met the media mogul. He tells us what John Malone is up to. National newspaper online sites are being accused of copying and rewriting each other's work - as process known as "ripping" - rather than coming up with original stories. We hear from Dominic Ponsford, editor of the Press Gazette, freelance journalist Marie Le Conte and Christian Broughton, editor of the Independent nwespaper. Social media platforms, especially Facebook and YouTube, are criticised for distributing content deemed to be offensive. Whether it's images of violence or bullying, or examples of hate speech or extremist propaganda, the process of moderating what's acceptable really matters. There's evidence that it's getting harder to keep up with the sheer volume of material. Some members of Youtube's Trusted Flagger programme - volunteers who monitor content on the video-sharing website - say there is a large backlog of complaints, specifically about child protection. So how are these sites moderated? And who does it? We hear from two experts who have closely studied the field and spoken to online moderators - Tarleton Gillespie, a principal researcher in this area at Microsoft Research New England, and Sarah Roberts assistant professor with the Department of Information Studies at the University of California. Presenter: Julian Worricker Producer: Paul Waters.

Johnston Press job cuts; Police chief anger at tech giants; Sir Alan Moses, chairman of IPSO  

Johnston Press has announced that some journalists working on its weekly Scottish titles are going to be made redundant. Paul Holleran is the NUJ's organiser in Scotland. Chris Williams is the Telegraph's Chief Business Correspondent. Mike Barton, chief constable of Durham Constabulary, says that the likes of Facebook and Google are not doing enough to stop abusive content and should spend more of their "eye watering profits" on policing their platforms. Sir Alan Moses has been reappointed as Chairman of IPSO, the main regulator for newspapers and magazines. Critics say that the organisation is not independent of the industry and Sir Alan tells Amol Rajan that further changes to IPSO's regulations may be needed. Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Richard Hooper Assistant Producer: Helen Fitzhenry.

Inside Russia Today...  

RT, the news network funded by the Russian government, says it provides an alternative to the mainstream media. Critics say that it is Kremlin propaganda. Amol Rajan is given exclusive access to RT's London office and meets Nikolay Bogachihin, head of RT UK. The New European was launched shortly after the EU referendum, aimed at the 48% who voted Remain. It was intended only to be a "pop-up" newspaper but this week publishes its 52nd edition. Matt Kelly is Editor of The New European. Journalists who have been witness to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean have suffered "moral injury", says a new report on their mental health. One of its authors is Hannah Storm, Director of the International News Safety Institute. Is the British media objective when reporting on immigration? James Delingpole is executive editor of Breitbart London. Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Richard Hooper Assistant producer: Helen Fitzhenry Photo shows Amol and Nikolay Bogachihin in the London studio of RT.

Middle East Eye, The Atlantic, Mumsnet move into TV  

Saudi Arabia and her allies have demanded that Qatar shuts down a number of media outlets as a condition of ending the crisis in the region. David Hearst is editor in chief of Middle East Eye. Crispin Blunt MP is Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. The Atlantic is one of America's most hallowed publications and has now announced an international expansion. James Fallows is Europe Editor of The Atlantic. Mumsnet, the online parenting forum, has moved into TV and is hosting a comedy called Bad Mother. Justine Roberts is CEO of Mumsnet. Susie Gilmour is the creator of Bad Mother. Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Richard Hooper Assistant Producer: Helen Fitzhenry.

Al Jazeera and Qatar crisis, Alexandra Shulman, Huw Edwards  

Al Jazeera, one of the world's largest news networks, is under pressure from governments in the Gulf. The network is funded by the ruling family of Qatar, a country which now stands accused by Saudi Arabia of supporting terrorism. Already Al Jazeera has seen bureaus in parts of the region shut down and staff are facing threats. Giles Trendle is Acting Managing Director of Al Jazeera English. Dr David Roberts is from the Department of Defence Studies at King's College London. Alexandra Shulman retires after 25 years as editor in chief of British Vogue this week. Widely considered one of the most influential voices in fashion, Shulman has in many ways reinvented the century-old magazine while also expanding digitally. She kept her resignation out of the public eye for two months, and is often described as a very private person. Huw Edwards presents the BBC News at Ten. Last night his nightmare came true when he found himself with nothing to say for four minutes after a system crash. Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Richard Hooper Assistant Producer: Nathan Gower.

Fleet Street's influence on British politics  

Have Britain's newspapers lost their influence on British politics? Is the unexpected general election result evidence that the key battleground was not the front pages but social media, where a new breed of publisher outgunned traditional newspapers? Amol Rajan is joined by: Jack Peat, The London Economic Matt Turner, Evolve Politics Stephen Glover, Daily Mail Aaron Bastani, Novara Media Michael Heaver, Westmonster Eve Pollard, journalist and former tabloid editor David Yelland, former editor of The Sun Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Richard Hooper Assistant Producer: Helen Fitzhenry.

CNN boss Tony Maddox, VR news, The&Partnership founder Johnny Hornby  

CNN has been accused of staging a Muslim protest after the London Bridge attack. Tony Maddox, head of CNN International, tells Amol Rajan that the claims are "complete nonsense". Is Virtual Reality and 360 video the future of news reporting? Zillah Watson is the BBC Research and Development Editor and Jeremy Bowen is the BBC Middle East Editor. Should online advertisers be taking greater precautions to ensure that they do not appear next to hate speech or fake news? Johnny Hornby, Founder of The&Partnership, explains why Vodafone has now adopted a white-list approach to the problem. Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Richard Hooper Assistant Producer: Helen Fitzhenry.

Political Interviews and Social Media, Court Reporting  

Has social media reaction changed how journalists conduct political interviews? Amol Rajan is joined by Jon Snow of Channel 4 News and James O'Brien of LBC. The decline in journalists attending court is now a threat to public trust in the judicial system according to the Bar Council. Andrew Langdon QC, Chair of the Bar Council, Andy Martin, editor of the Bournemouth Echo and Guy Toyn of Court News UK discuss. Producer: Richard Hooper Assistant Producer: Helen Fitzhenry.

Information commissioner, White House leaks, iPlayer  

The Information Commissioner has announced she is opening a formal investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes. Elizabeth Denham says there needs to be greater transparency around how personal data is used. Michael Schmidt is the New York Times reporter behind what some in Washington are calling the scoop of the year. He tells Amol Rajan how he got it. Users of BBC iPlayer will soon have to register and sign-in before using the service. Andrew Scott is Launch Director of the MyBBC and Toby Syfret is from Enders Analysis. Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Richard Hooper Assistant Producer: Helen Fitzhenry.

Turkish media crackdown; Reuters on trust; Fix Radio for builders  

In the latest crackdown on the media, the Turkish government has blocked access to Wikipedia citing a law that allows it to ban websites for the protection of the public. Andrea Catherwood is joined by Yaman Akdeniz, a lawyer challenging the Wikipedia ban and by Can Dündar, a Turkish journalist now in exile in Berlin. Reuters has launched a new initiative called Backstory as part of a plan to bolster trust in its journalism. Stephen Adler is Reuters Editor-in-Chief. Fix Radio is a new digital station aimed exclusively at builders and tradespeople. Is it viable? Louis Timpany is Fix Radio CEO, Mark Mulligan is Managing Director of MIDiA Research, and Andy Stevens runs Eclipse Property Solutions. Presenter: Andrea Catherwood Producer: Richard Hooper Assistant Producer: Helen Fitzhenry.

General Election coverage; Le Monde and fake news; Channel 4 out of London  

The announcement of a snap general election came as a shock to almost everyone. How will broadcasters and publishers cover the event at such short notice? Andrea Catherwood is joined by Jonathan Munro, BBC's Head of Newsgathering, David Wilding, Director of Planning at Twitter in the UK, and Ayesha Hazarika, former special advisor to Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband. Le Monde is fighting back against a tide of fake news in France by sending its journalists into schools to teach children how to question what they read on social media. Alexandre Pouchard is one of the Le Monde journalists. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has published proposals about moving Channel 4 out of London. Dan Brook is Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Channel 4. David Smith is Managing Director at Glasgow based TV production company Matchlight and Claire Poyser is Chief Executive of Lime Pictures based in Liverpool. Producer: Richard Hooper.


Sean Spicer, Press Secretary for Donald Trump, has been forced to apologise after trying to compare President Assad with Hitler. Sir Craig Oliver, who was Director of Communications for David Cameron and Sewell Chan, International News Editor at the New York Times discuss what happens when the spokesperson becomes the story. Cleveland Police have apologised again for accessing the mobile phone records of journalists. Graeme Hetherington, Chief Reporter at The Northern Echo and Tom Wilkinson of the Press Association reveal what happened to them. Brian Reed talks about his hit podcast S-Town. Ellie Gibson, creator of the Scummy Mummies podcast and Caroline Crampton, host of the New Statesman's SRSLY show, discuss the UK podcast industry. Producer: Richard Hooper.


Ofcom has taken over regulation of the BBC and has published proposals as to how the corporation's TV and radio channels should be distinct from the commercial sector. Mark Damazer, is a former Controller of Radio 4 and now Master of St Peter's College in Oxford. Andrea Catherwood asks him how distinctiveness should be defined. Bruno Brookes, Chief Executive of Immedia and Matt Deegan of Folder Media discuss what Ofcom's proposals might mean for Radio 2 which is now facing a quota for the amount of news broadcast at peak-time. Cricket's TV rights are due for auction and the ECB is facing calls to ensure that a free-to-air channel wins some of the coverage. Simon Hughes, editor of The Cricketer Magazine and former test cricketer Allan Lamb discuss whether Sky's monopoly has been good for the game. Producer: Richard Hooper.

Westminster attack and the media response, Tyler Brule on Monocle  

Topical programme about the fast-changing media world.

Nicholas Coleridge; BBC Brexit coverage; Osborne, Lebedev and the Evening Standard  

Nicholas Coleridge has been Managing Director of Conde Nast UK and President of Conde Nast International for the last 25 years. They publish well over a hundred titles from Vogue to Vanity Fair, Tatler to Wired. Andrea asks him about his journalism, the resilience of glossy magazines and picking the right editor. More than 70 MPs have written to the BBC with concerns about "pre-referendum pessimism" and an unwillingness to "accept new facts". Tony Hall says that impartiality has always been the cornerstone of BBC News and that "it is more important than ever that the BBCs journalism is independent of political influence". Former Culture Secretary John Whittingdale didn't sign the letter, but thinks there are problems and joins us to discuss them. And, George Osborne is the new editor of the Evening Standard, the London newspaper with a greater circulation than many national dailies. But what of the man who appointed him, Evgeny Lebedev? To discuss his decision and rationale behind it are Dominic Ponsford of the Press Gazette and John Lloyd, co-founder of the Reuters institute for the study of Journalism and former Moscow Bureau chief for the Financial Times. Producer: Ruth Watts.

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