The Media Show

The Media Show


Steve Hewlett presents a topical programme about the fast-changing media world


Netflix controversy; Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio  

Netflix's new drama 13 Reasons Why is set in a US high school and tells the story of a teenager who kills herself. Mental health campaigners say that Netflix has acted irresponsibly and asks why it is not subject to the Ofcom Broadcasting Code. Ged Flynn is chief executive of Papyrus, the suicide prevention charity, Susan Aslan, is Partner at ACK Media Law and Claire Enders runs Enders Analysis. Jed Mercurio is the creator of Line of Duty, one of the BBC's most successful TV dramas. The current series stars the Hollywood actress Thandie Newton and last Sunday night's episode was the most watched show in the UK. 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.


Topical programme about the fast-changing media world.

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 & Evening Standard  

Topical programme about the fast-changing media world.

Katie Hopkins on libel law, David Abraham leaving Channel 4, the Daily Mail  

Topical programme about the fast-changing media world.


Topical programme about the fast-changing media world.

Press regulation compromise, Trump versus the media, ITV's The Nightly Show  

Damian Collins MP, the chair of the Culture, Media and Sport committee, tells us about his potential "alternative path" for press regulation. We hear from Matt Tee, the chief executive of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), whether it's a path that IPSO can walk. And from Hugh Tomlinson QC from the campaigning group Hacked Off as to whether IPSO can ever play a credible regulation role. Also - President Trump and his White House press secretary Sean Spicer have been embroiled in a very public adversarial relationship with the media. But how much does it matter? We hear from B Jay Cooper, who did Sean Spicer's job under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush Snr. And - ITV has once again pushed its 10pm news to a later slot to make space for a new ratings-grabber, The Nightly Show, to take on the BBC's News at Ten. But ratings have not been good. We look at what's going wrong, what could change and what ITV's strategy might be, with TV critic Kevin O'Sullivan and TV presenter and executive Richard Osman. Presenter: Andrea Catherwood Producer: Paul Waters.

A celebration of Steve Hewlett, presenter of The Media Show  

Andrea Catherwood presents a celebration of the work of Steve Hewlett, the founding presenter of The Media Show, Steve Hewlett. She is joined by Andrew Neil, presenter of The Daily Politics and former editor of The Sunday Times; the investigative reporter, Peter Taylor; Roger Bolton, former BBC editor and Radio 4 presenter; BBC Trustee and former controller of Editorial Policy, Richard Ayre; and, media commentator Maggie Brown. Producer: Ruth Watts.

Secrecy and whistleblowing, Times Literary Supplement editor  Stig Abell, Radio style guides  

The Law Commission has opened consultations on proposals to update the Official Secrets Act - something it says is necessary in the light of new technology and the internet. But civil society groups say they fear the suggested changes could deter whistleblowers from exposing wrongdoing, make it more difficult for journalists to do their jobs and undermine the transparency that keeps democracy healthy. We hear from former MP Rupert Allason who writes histories of the intelligence services under the name Nigel West. And from Bella Sankey, director of policy for the human rights organisation Liberty. Also - magazines that champion long form journalism are increasing their circulation, despite the long term decline in revenue hitting other print publications. We hear from Stig Abell, the new editor of the Times Literary Supplement, why he thinks the likes of his magazine and others like Private Eye, the Spectator, London Review of Books and the New Statesman are bucking the trend. And - we dip into the row over Bauer Radio's leaked style guide. These are the rules that radio presenters have to follow while speaking on air. They've been criticised as far too restrictive and described as "soulless" and "sucking the joy out of radio". But what's the science and psychology behind them, and do they make more sense than their critics allow? We hear from Talk Radio presenter Iain Lee and radio consultant Matt Deegan of Folder Media. Presenter: Julian Worricker Producer: Paul Waters.

David Beckham and reputation management, Curbing abuse on Twitter, The Guardian  

We look at what David Beckham's coverage this week tells us about PR, newspapers and reputation management. Andrea Catherwood speaks to Sara Mansooria, a media barrister at Matrix Chambers and to Denise Palmer Davies, a Director at Borne Media. A year ago the Guardian launched a three year plan to put itself on a firm financial footing - so how's it doing? And in an age of Brexit, May and Trump, how is the liberal title building its brand? We hear from Douglas McCabe, CEO and Director of Publishing and Tech at Enders Analysis and Dominic Ponsford, Editor of Press Gazette. And we look at Twitter's plans to curb abuse with Nick Thomas, Practice Leader for Digital Media at Ovum Producer: Ruth Watts.

Sarah Sands, new Editor of Today; the PM's press pack; editors and politicians  

Sarah Sands, the newly appointed editor of Today talks about her plans for the flagship Radio 4 news programme. An investigation by Newsnight has claimed that David Cameron wanted the editor of the Daily Mail, Paul Dacre, to be sacked during the referendum campaign. So where should the lines been drawn when it comes to politicians managing the media and newspapers involving themselves in politics? Andrea Catherwood talks to former journalist and Tony Blair's former director of communications, Alistair Campbell. And travelling with the Prime Minister: what goes on when the press pack follows the PM abroad. We hear from George Parker, political editor of the Financial Times. Producer: Ruth Watts.

James Harding on claims of BBC bias against Trump. Plus Sky and iconic news photos  

Daily Telegraph columnist Charles Moore has accused the BBC of bias in the way it covers Donald Trump. He says that news staff within the corporation suffer from an internal group think, which unconsciously prejudices BBC coverage of President Trump and other issues like Brexit, climate change and immigration. We hear from Charles Moore and get a response from James Harding, the BBC's Director of News and Current Affairs. James Harding also discusses the challenges in dealing with "fake news" and "alternative facts". And - Steve joins Bette Lynch, Getty's director of news photography for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Eleanor Mills, editor of the Sunday Times magazine, to visit Getty Images exhibition of the Images of 2016 to discuss what makes an iconic news photograph and whether professionally taken still pictures still pack the same emotional punch in the age of social media, citizen journalism and embedded video. Plus - media analyst Mathew Horsman of Mediatique looks ahead to broadcaster Sky's financial results and what they could mean for sports coverage and 21st Century Fox's takeover bid. Presenter: Steve Hewlett Producer: Paul Waters.


Topical programme about the fast-changing media world.

Sir David Clementi named for BBC Chair; Donald Trump: fake news and good journalism  

The Edinburgh TV Festival and ITN have hosted a debate on Fake News and the Fallout, where Brian Stelter of CNN outlined his attempts to uphold journalism standards on his show Reliable Sources. And with President Elect Trump set for inauguration next week another argument has broken out over what he has called fake news and many media outlets were unhappy to publish. Steve Hewlett talks to Brian Stelter about the problem as he sees it in the US. And Ben de Pear, Editor of Channel 4 News and Jonathan Levy, Director of News-Gathering & Operations at Sky News discuss how UK media is dealing with the challenges presented by fake news. And, Sir David Clementi has been named as the government's preferred candidate to be Chair of the BBC's new unitary board. Former BBC Trustee, Richard Tait and Jane Martinson, Head of Media at the Guardian discuss what lies ahead for him. Producer: Ruth Watts.

David Blunkett on press regulation; TV ratings and the battle for Saturday night  

Steve Hewlett talks to David Blunkett, a victim of phone hacking about the future of press regulation. With the government currently consulting on whether to implement Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act and to start the second part of the Leveson inquiry we discuss the decisions the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport faces with Jodie Ginsburg, CEO of Index on Censorship and Steven Barnet, Professor of Communications at the University of Westminster from the campaign group Hacked Off. Who won the Christmas television ratings war? And with the BBC's 'Let it Shine' and ITV's 'The Voice' starting this weekend, who will win the battle for Saturday Night? We talk TV ratings, scheduling and light entertainment formats with Stephen Price, consultant and columnist for Broadcast and former scheduler, and Mark Wells, independent producer and former Head of Entertainment at ITV studios. Producer: Ruth Watts.

Scoops, scandals and sackings: Piers Morgan's life story - A Media Show Special  

Scoops, scandals and sackings: Piers Morgan dishes the dirt on his childhood master plan to become Britain's most talked about journalist and his rapid rise to become editor of a national newspaper aged only 28. In this special Media Show interview, he talks to Steve Hewlett about the highs and lows of his life story, including the City Slickers share-tipping scandal, phone hacking and the photographs of British troops abusing Iraqis that his newspaper admitted were fake. This former editor of the News of the World, the Daily Mirror and the Sun's Bizarre showbiz column describes how it felt to be on the receiving end of press intrusion and the difference it made to how he ran his own tabloid. He also talks about the relationships, stolen stories and celebrity feuds and friendships that eventually led him to stardom in the United States as a judge on America's Got Talent, winner of Celebrity Apprentice and successor to Larry King. And Piers gives his insight into how to get a job on a national newspaper, what the future holds for the press and what's going on in the mind of his mate, US President-elect Donald Trump. Presenter: Steve Hewlett Producer: Paul Waters.

The bid for Sky; Christmas TV; BBC Monitoring  

SKY takeover: Beyond the prominent arguments, what are legal and regulatory hurdles that the 20th Century Fox bid has to clear? And, how does the situation differ from last time, when Murdoch's NewsCorp made a bid in 2010? We speak to Jon Zeff, former Director of Media at the Department for Culture Media and Sport. Christmas TV Schedules: What can the TV schedules this Christmas tell us about the health of terrestrial channels as they compete with video on demand services like Netflix and Amazon? TV Critic Kevin O'Sullivan and Ben Preston, Editor of the Radio Times discuss. How important is BBC Monitoring? And who should be paying for a service that meets the needs of both the BBC and the Government? We hear from former BBC Monitoring employee and Associate Fellow at Chatham House, Keir Giles and from Stuart Seaman, the outgoing Father of the Chapel for the National Union of Journalists at BBC Monitoring at Caversham Park about the work the service does. Producer: Ruth Watts.

Murdoch, Fox and Sky; Eve Pollard; Value of newspapers  

Joining us to discuss 20th Century Fox's proposed takeover of Sky are Mathew Horsman, Director of Mediatique, David Elstein, former head of programming at Sky and Vince Cable, former Business Secretary. Reporters Sans Frontières supports journalists doing their job throughout the world. They've just opened an office in London and Chair of the UK board of advisors, Eve Pollard joins us to talk about their work. The News Media Association says that the British news publishing industry contributes £5.3bn to the economy. Its Chair, David Dinsmore joins us to discuss the strength of the industry and the challenges it faces. Producer: Ruth Watts.

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