The Media Show

The Media Show


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



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.

Trump and New York Times, the next Chair of the BBC board  

Former Controller of Radio 4 and current BBC trustee Mark Damazer talks about the plans for the BBC's new unitary board, the appointments process for the new chair and the pitfalls that could lie ahead. Damian Collins MP, Chair of the Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport and Lis Howell, Director of Broadcasting at City University look at what lies ahead for the BBC's new unitary board. And, Mark Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of The New York Times Company discusses the paper's relationship with US President Elect, Donald Trump. Producer: Ruth Watts.

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.

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