The Media Show

The Media Show


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


Diversity at the BBC, Yousra Ebagir, Hugo Rifkind  

What's the BBC doing to retain BAME employee and improve diversity at the most senior levels? Marcus Ryder, discusses why he recently left the BBC. And Steve is joined by David Lammy MP and Joe Godwin, Director of the BBC Academy and Director of BBC Midlands who is the Chair of the BBC's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Yousra Elbagir, the winner of the Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Prize talks about her work as a journalist in Sudan. And, Times columnist Hugo Rifkind on how his tweet inadvertently spread "fake" news far and wide. Producer: Ruth Watts.

Tom Mangold, Channel 4, Luxury magazines  

Andrea Catherwood looks at why some luxury magazines appear to be in good health despite the troubles faced by the wider print market. Farrah Storr, Editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and Chris Sutcliffe, media analyst for Media Briefing discuss what's going on. We ask if we are we any closer to a decision on the appointment of new directors at Channel 4 and the widely debated future of the public service broadcaster. Maggie Brown, journalist and author joins us. And Steve Hewlett has been speaking to Tom Mangold, former reporter on Panorama about his journalistic memoirs, Splashed. Producer: Ruth Watts.

The Grand Tour, US journalism, BBC World Service expansion  

Steve Hewlett is joined by Andy Wilman, Executive Producer of 'The Grand Tour' to discuss Clarkson, Hammond and May and the new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC has outlined its expansion plans for the government's £289m investment in the BBC World Service. Director of the World Service Fran Unsworth explains what the plans mean for the BBC. And, following the election result that much of the mainstream print media in the USA did not think possible, David Folkenflik, Media Correspondent for National Public Radio joins us to assess where next for political journalism. Producer: Ruth Watts 'The Grand Tour' is available on Amazon Prime from Friday 18th November 2016.

How the media reported on Trump, TV advertising, Sound Women  

Paddy O'Connell looks at Trump's victory in the US presidential election - one that much of the mainstream media failed to predict. Emily Bell and James Delingpole discuss how old and new media covered the campaign and where we go from here. Mathew Horsman joins us to analyse the state of TV advertising. And, Sound Women - the group set up to raise the profile of women in radio and to get more of their voices on air is closing. Paddy talks to Jane Garvey and Fi Glover about what it achieved. Producer: Ruth Watts.

Piers Morgan on Trump; Ted Sarandos of Netflix on The Crown; Press regulation  

With polls suggesting Donald Trump's prospects in next week's US presidential election have improved, Piers Morgan discusses where he thinks the media have fallen down in their coverage of the campaign. Steve Hewlett talks to Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix about their latest drama The Crown and what it says about the company's future direction. And The Guardian's Jane Martinson gives us her analysis of the Government's decision yesterday to put the Leveson Inquiry and its recommendations out to public consultation. The Crown is available on Netflix on Friday 4th November Producer: Ruth Watts.

Dean Baquet of the New York Times, Impress press regulator, AT&T - Time Warner merger  

New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet on covering Donald Trump, the future of newspapers and making digital pay. Impress becomes the first officially recognised UK press regulator. But could it open the floodgates to costly libel suits against non-members and threaten the future of local newspapers? We hear from Impress chief executive officer Jonathan Heawood and Sir Alan Moses, the chair of rival regulator IPSO (Independent Press Standards Organisation). US telecoms giant AT&T and entertainment conglomerate Time Warner want to merge. Will such a combination of delivery and content be too great a concentration of media power?

Caitlin Moran on crowdfunding Raised by Wolves, John Whittingdale on James Purnell, What's Twitter worth?  

Following yesterday's debate in the House of Commons on the Draft BBC Charter, former Culture Secretary John Whittingdale joins us to discuss the recent appointment of James Purnell as Director of Radio. Have we reached peak Twitter? As the last of the companies believed to be interested in buying the social network, said that it was no longer interested, we speak to Emily Bell, Director of the Tow Centre for Journalism and Jamie Gavin MD of inPress online about how Twitter's commercial value sits with its growing influence. And, since hearing that Channel 4 would not be re-commissioning a 3rd series of her award winning sitcom 'Raised by Wolves', Caitlin has decided to raise funds to produce the programme from crowd funding site Kickstarter. She joins Steve to discuss her plans. Producer: Ruth Watts.

Will Young leaves Strictly, IPSO review, Sky  

Steve Hewlett talks to Sir Joseph Pilling about his review of press regulator, the Independent Press Standards Organisation. And, to discuss the report we're joined by Trevor Kavanagh, former political editor of the Sun and board member of IPSO and Brian Cathcart. Clare Enders, founder of Enders Analysis joins us to looks ahead at what awaits Sky when it delivers its latest financial figures this Thursday. And, Will Young has left Strictly Come Dancing this week. Dan Wootton of The Sun gives us the inside story on Saturday night's big show. Producer: Ruth Watts.

Craig Oliver, Daily Mail, 'A World Without Down's Syndrome'  

Craig Oliver was a senior editorial figure at the BBC before he was was David Cameron's Director of Communications. He discusses how he thinks he BBC covered the referendum campaign. Sally Philips's son has Down's syndrome and tonight she presents a TV documentary looking at the possible impact of prenatal testing. She says that "this is a film that asks what kind of society we want to live in and who should be allowed to live in it". We are joined by Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman and Patrick Holland, Editor of BBC2 to discuss the editorial decisions that went into making the programme. And, following announcements of 400 job cuts at Daily Mail and General Trust, Douglas McCabe from Enders analysis explores the significance of this latest announcement. 'A World without Down's Syndrome' is on BBC2 tonight at 9pm 'Unleashing Demons' by Craig Oliver is out now Producer: Ruth Watts.

Sam Allardyce, Future of online journalism, STV - news for Scottish viewers  

Andrea Catherwood looks at the journalism behind the Daily Telegraph's ten month undercover investigation into Sam Allardyce which led to him leaving his job as England manager. We discuss the key issues with Matthew Syed, Roy Greenslade and Michael Crick. Are online distribution platforms like Facebook and Google unfairly benefiting from the original journalism of news organisations? Emily Bell talks about the challenges and opportunities facing traditional media and modern tech companies. And as STV launch a new evening news programme on STV2 which aims to combine Scottish, UK and International news, we hear from STV's Head of Channels, Bobby Hain about what's behind the broadcaster's plans to serve Scottish audiences more clearly. Producer: Ruth Watts.

How to cover politics; BBC shows out to tender; BBC Draft Charter  

Steve Hewlett speaks to Bal Samra, BBC Commercial Director about putting TV shows out to competitive tender - and how the BBC works with independent producers after losing Bake Off. From the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader to Brexit and beyond to the rise of 'anti-politics' - the political landscape has been all change. So, how can the media better engage with and explain what's going on? Adam Boulton, presenter of Sky's new All Out Politics programme and Helen Lewis, Deputy Editor of The New Statesman discuss. And, media analyst Tim Suter helps us to navigate beyond the headlines about top talent pay to look at some of the detail in the BBC Draft Charter. Producer: Ruth Watts.

John Whittingdale on the BBC draft charter, Phone hacking, Turkish journalist Can Dundar  

Andrea Catherwood hears Reaction to the Commons Privilege Committee report on phone hacking. Privilege Committee Report (phone hacking) - Reactions from: Les Hinton, Chris Bryant, Steven Barnett - Can Dündar - Turkish journalist in exile gives an account of his arrest and imprisonment as well as discussing the Turkish media landscape - Rona Fairhead steps down as BBC Chair and draft charter expected tomorrow - Reaction from John Whittingdale.

John Hardie, CEO of ITN, Keith Vaz and public interest journalism, The Archers as a brand, Reporting on Taylor Swift  

Steve Hewlett talks to ITN's CEO John Hardie about his strategy to boost ITN productions and the future of ITN News. Was the Sunday Mirror's story making allegations about Keith Vaz in the public interest? We hear from Joan Smith, journalist and human rights campaigner and Evan Harris of Hacked Off about what they make of the editorial judgements behind the decision to publish. The Daily Telegraph's radio critic, Gillian Reynolds is a loyal listener to The Archers. She's gripped by the Helen Titchener storyline, but has some issues with the media frenzy and marketing of trial week. She explains why. And, Taylor Swift: what can we learn from the coverage of the latest break-up? Dan Wootton of The Sun gives us the inside story. Producer: Ruth Watts.

Mark Thompson; Is TV failing young audiences; Autumn schedules  

Steve Hewlett talks to Mark Thompson, President and CEO of the New York Times and former Director General of the BBC, about his new book 'Enough Said'. Mark Thompson argues that something has gone wrong with political language and it's making it harder to have serious public debates about important issues. As the man who has run three major media organisations, what does he think needs to change? Autumn is nearly upon us and as the seasons change, so do TV programmes we'll be watching. From the X Factor to Strictly and Poldark to Victoria, we look at what the schedules might tell us with Vanessa Thorpe, arts and media correspondent at the Observer. And Shane Smith, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of online news producer VICE told the Edinburgh International Television Festival in this year's McTaggart Lecture that mainstream media was failing younger audiences. So is TV failing Generation Y? We look at numbers with Tess Alps Chair of Thinkbox. 'Enough Said: What's Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics' by Mark Thompson is published on 1st September 2016.

Olympics v Brexit coverage, Diversity monitoring, Gawker closes, New series Gangland  

The start of this summer witnessed some of the most significant political events in recent history, with media headlines about Brexit dominating every news bulletin. However, the news agenda quickly switched to the Olympics and the dominance of the British team. So was this switch justified, or does it highlight an imbalance in news coverage? Joining Paddy O'Connell to discuss is Rod Liddle, Associate Editor of the Spectator and Peter Hitchens columnist for the Mail on Sunday. The issue of diversity in broadcasting has received much focus this year. Today finally sees the launch of 'Diamond'; an industry wide monitoring project backed by the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Sky, and Channel 5. Amanda Ariss, Executive Director of Creative Diversity Network which has set it up explains how this new system will work and what they hope it will achieve., the flagship site for Gawker Media, closed on Monday after 14 years. Gawker Media was pushed into bankruptcy after losing a lawsuit filed by wrestler Hulk Hogan. Max Read former editor of Gawker, and now senior editor at New York magazine, shares his concern about how the case threatens press freedom. A new Channel 5 two part series claims to offer 'unprecedented access to London's street gang culture'. In 'Gangland', subjects are free to tell stories of drug dealing and violence, unchallenged, in their own words. But the method used to achieve this - namely, "camera dropping", where subjects pick up equipment and film their own material - raises questions about the credibility of sources. Steve Hewlett talks to producer Paul Blake about the ethical questions he asked when making this film Producer: Katy Takatsuki.

Covering Trump, BBC sitcom season, Vice's new TV channel  

New York Times media columnist, Jim Rutenberg, has described how journalists who disagree with Donald Trump now face a dilemma in terms of their impartiality. "The American press has all but abandoned impartiality when it comes to the Republican's wildest claims", he writes. It's a similar problem to the one that faced broadcasters in the UK, especially the BBC, who were accused of 'false balance' during coverage of the EU referendum. Steve Hewlett speaks to Jim Rutenberg, and Emily Bell from Columbia Journalism school, about the challenge of covering Trump's campaign. The media company, Vice, famed for its youth-oriented outlook, is launching a new TV channel in the UK. It will be available on Sky and Now TV, and - it says - will feature all new and original content. The company launched the US version in February this year. But how successful a venture will a linear TV channel be for a young audience? Steve Hewlett speaks to Tom Harrington, analyst at Enders Analysis. BBC Comedy is reviving some much-loved sitcoms including Goodnight Sweetheart and Are You Being Served?. It's part of a season to mark 60 years since Hancock's Half Hour - considered to be the start of British situation comedy as we know it - started on BBC Television. But can this genre, which relies on innuendo, smut and difficult themes like race and sexism, exist in a modern world? Steve Hewlett speaks to Shane Allen, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning; writer Derren Litten who has written a new version of 'Are You Being Served', and legendary writers Lawrence Marks and Maurice Gran, famous for 'Goodnight Sweetheart' and 'Birds of a Feather'. Producer: Katy Takatsuki.

Reporting statistics, Detecting iPlayer use, The New European  

The BBC Trust has published an independent impartiality review looking at the BBC's reporting of statistics in its news and current affairs. It's found that the BBC needs to do more to challenge conventional wisdom and misleading claims, help audiences understand the weight of evidence, and be braver in interpreting and explaining rival statistics. We speak to independent author of the report and former UK National Statistician Dame Jil Matheson. Plus, FT columnist Tim Harford and investigative journalist Heather Brooke discuss the rise of data journalism and the skills journalists now need to make sense of stats. The New European, a pop up 'Remain' newspaper, has extended its publication run. Initially published for four weeks following the Brexit decision, the £2 weekly will continue for at least another 4 weeks. Distributed in London, the south of England, Manchester and Liverpool, it's seeing a circulation around the 30,000s, and will be published in Northern Ireland from Friday. Steve Hewlett speaks to Matt Kelly, Chief content officer for Archant and launch editor of the paper about how and why it's selling, when some other papers are failing after a matter of weeks. As of September 1st, the BBC will require those viewers watching BBC iPlayer programmes on catch-up to have a TV licence. Newspaper reports this week suggested the BBC could deploy a new generation of Wi-Fi detection vans to identify people illicitly watching its programmes online. Steve Hewlett speaks to former Editor in Chief of MacUser Magazine Adam Banks about whether technology exists to actually do this, and whether privacy laws would ever allow such detection. Producer: Katy Takatsuki.

Naming terrorists; Naked Attraction; Facebook results  

Following the recent spate of terrorist attacks in France and Germany, and widespread reporting on these atrocities, some media outlets, including the French daily newspaper Le Monde, have decided to not publish the names or pictures of perpetrators. One of the organisations choosing to not publish details is French networked Europe1 Radio. Andrea Catherwood speaks to managing editor Nicolas Escoulan to hear why they've made that decision. Plus Jo Groebel, an academic and media consultant in Germany, who has been advising media there on this issue, explains why he thinks self-censorship is ineffective. Channel 4's new 'dating' show 'Naked Attraction' has certainly sparked controversy, with around 123 complaints already to regulator Ofcom. The programme sees a single man and woman choose a date from a selection of six people standing naked before them. Some viewers have been left shocked by close ups of genitalia and full frontals, but ratings suggest it's pulling in a big audience - particularly the young. Andrea Catherwood is joined by presenter Anna Richardson, plus critics Kevin O'Sullivan and Rachel Cooke. Latest results from Facebook show the company now has 1.71 billion monthly users, a surge from 1.65 billion in the previous quarter. Strikingly, the results also showed that revenue from advertising has grown 63 per cent in a year, to over $6.2 billion, with mobile ad revenue accounting for 84 per cent of this. Andrea Catherwood talks to ad expert Martin Bowley about the significance of these figures; what this tells us about ad spend, the impact on traditional media, and whether Facebook profits still have space to grow. Producer: Katy Takatsuki.

CEO of Liberty Global Mike Fries, Guardian losses, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes departs  

Liberty Global is the world's largest international TV and broadband company, with over 27 million customers worldwide. It's also the owner of Virgin Media, the largest cable company in the UK and Ireland, with 5.6 million customers. On a recent visit to London, its CEO Mike Fries spoke to Steve Hewlett about the strength of the business in the UK market, the impact of Brexit and whether they'd ever consider buying ITV. Guardian Media Group (GMG), the owner of The Guardian and Observer newspapers, has reported a greater-than-expected full-year operating loss of £69 million. GMG has put the losses in part down to restructuring charges and a fall in print advertising revenues, with some reports saying that disagreements over who should take the blame led to the Guardian's Editor in Chief Alan Rusbridger resigning in May. Steve Hewlett talks to media analyst from Enders Douglas McCabe about the scale of the problem and what, if anything, can be done about it. Roger Ailes who co-founded Fox News with Rupert Murdoch in 1996, is to depart the news channel. Over two decades, Ailes has led Fox News to becoming one of America's most watched news channels with profits dwarfing its cable news rival's. Ailes has been the driving force behind forming the unique Fox brand with his attention-grabbing style. Its blend of modern production values and partisan news commentary aimed at the moderate and conservative right counterbalanced what Ailes saw as the liberal bias of competitor news channels. We hear from author Kerwin Swint, and NPR's David Folkenflik about the rise and fall of this huge figure in US media. Prod: Katy Takatsuki.

Turkish media crackdown, Ed Vaizey's legacy, Live streaming.  

Dramatic events in Turkey are leading to a crackdown on journalists and coverage. Turkey's media regulation body has revoked the licences of 24 radio and TV channels accused of links to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, the man accused by the government of directing the coup. A list has also been circulating on a pro government account on twitter which names around 70 journalists which the government allegedly wishes to detain. Steve Hewlett speak to Yavuz Baydar, writer for the Arab Weekly and Munich's Süddeutsche Zeitung paper, whose name appears on this list, and Andrew Finkel, co-founder of P24 - an initiative to support independent Turkish media. Ed Vaizey has ended his six year stint as Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy. In that time, he's overseen some key broadband projects, addressed the lack of diversity in the creative industries, and has been credited by some with helping the DCMS avoid the worst of government cuts in the most recent budgets. Steve Hewlett speaks to him about his biggest achievements, his legacy and the challenges that face his successors Karen Bradley and Matthew Hancock. There are a multitude of live streaming apps now; Periscope, FacebookLive, You Tube mobile, Meerkat, to name a few. Plus, real time material posted by ordinary people can easily be sourced on the web - just this week, footage can be viewed showing the moment a truck ploughed into crowds in Nice as can Facebook Live footage of three men in Virginia being shot whilst sitting in their car. So, what does access to this kind of amateur, unedited and often graphic material have on our relationship with events? Steve Hewlett speaks to Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. Producer: Katy Takatsuki.

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