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Media Masters is a podcast that takes you behind the scenes of the media and into the minds of the people at the top of the game. Host Paul Blanchard sits down each week for an extended one-to-one interview with figures from the worlds of journalism and publishing, TV and radio, politics, PR, and even the glitzy corridors of Hollywood show business. Media Masters takes you through the highs, lows and lessons learned of the some of the most interesting characters working in the media today.

Media Masters is a podcast that takes you behind the scenes of the media and into the minds of the people at the top of the game. Host Paul Blanchard sits down each week for an extended one-to-one interview with figures from the worlds of journalism and publishing, TV and radio, politics, PR, and even the glitzy corridors of Hollywood show business. Media Masters takes you through the highs, lows and lessons learned of the some of the most interesting characters working in the media today.
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Media Masters is a podcast that takes you behind the scenes of the media and into the minds of the people at the top of the game. Host Paul Blanchard sits down each week for an extended one-to-one interview with figures from the worlds of journalism and publishing, TV and radio, politics, PR, and even the glitzy corridors of Hollywood show business. Media Masters takes you through the highs, lows and lessons learned of the some of the most interesting characters working in the media today.

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08453888875


Episodes

Media Masters - Jeff Smith

8/16/2018
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Jeff Smith is head of music at BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music. A 25-year veteran of the industry, he has been head of music at Radio 1, director of music programming at Napster and controller of Capital Radio. He is responsible for what makes it onto the stations’ playlists, heard by more than 15 million listeners every day. In this in-depth interview, he looks back at the highlights of his career, explains why he thinks the BBC is uniquely placed to break new music, and reveals how he came up with...

Duration:00:57:59

Media Masters - Emma Tucker

8/9/2018
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Emma Tucker is deputy editor of the Times, the UK’s longest-running daily national newspaper. Previously a reporter for the FT and editor of FT Weekend, she joined the Times in 2007 as associate features editor and became editor of T2 within a year. After the controversial decision to introduce an “impermeable” paywall in 2010, she explains how they evolved the model to give non-subscribers partial access, which led to an increase in paid subscriptions. In this in-depth interview, Emma...

Duration:00:49:00

Media Masters - Lisa Smosarski

8/2/2018
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Lisa Smosarski is Editor-in-Chief at Stylist, a free weekly women’s magazine distributed to commuters across seven major UK cities with a circulation of over 400,000. Launching the magazine from scratch in 2009, Lisa aimed to develop an intelligent magazine that represented different kinds of women through ethnic, body and age diversity. Stylist’s goal was to change the dynamic of magazines by providing a title which portrayed life through a feminist lens. In this in-depth interview Lisa...

Duration:00:57:20

Media Masters - Katherine Bell

7/26/2018
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Katherine Bell is Editor-in-Chief at Barron’s, a US newspaper founded in 1921, providing weekly analysis and market commentary. Starting her career in academic publishing - followed by an usual segue launching chef Delia Smith’s online business - Katherine spent ten years as the editor of Harvard Business Review’s digital site. Appointed Editor-in-Chief at Barron’s with a brief to lead their digital transformation, Katherine’s strategy has broadened its audience and extended its influence....

Duration:00:34:16

Media Masters - Sari Botton

7/19/2018
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Sari Botton is a writer and editor at Longreads. Founded in 2009, off the back of the success of a hashtag campaign on Twitter, the site which initially aggregated longreads from around the web, went on to host original journalism, personal essays, local news and blog posts. Part of the slow news movement, Longreads seeks to support longform journalism through curated content from a selection of diverse writers. Sari also discusses her involvement in the TMI project, a non-profit that...

Duration:00:51:24

Media Masters - Melissa Kirsch

7/12/2018
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Melissa Kirsch is Editor-in-Chief of Lifehacker. Established in 2005, with an initial focus on tech and productivity, the site has grown to a record readership of 7 million and has expanded its scope to food, health, parenting and personal finance. A published poet and author, Melissa released “The Girl’s Guide” in 2015, a book aimed at younger women detailing the benefits of a social media detox. She is also a co-host of ‘The Upgrade’, a weekly podcast where listeners are offered tips on...

Duration:00:44:53

Media Masters - Carla Buzasi

7/6/2018
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Carla Buzasi is Managing Director of WGSN, the trend forecasting company. With over 250 trend forecasters and data scientists, and 75,000 active users globally, they help 6,500 businesses in twenty different industries across 100 countries. Carla spent 15 years in journalism, and was founding Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post UK - taking it from a static mock-up up on her iPad to a major brand with 8m UK users, winning ‘Editor of the Year’ twice in a row along the way. In this...

Duration:00:50:13

Media Masters - Simon Cole

6/28/2018
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Simon Cole is Co-Founder and CEO of 7digital Group PLC. The company powers a huge amount of streaming and radio brands behind the scenes, providing both content and technology, serving 85 countries from four global offices with 150 employees, and a catalogue of 60 million songs. A self-confessed “radio industry lifer” he started out as an ambitious teenager working at BBC Radio Blackburn, and in 1989 he started the Unique Broadcasting Company, which became the market leader in network...

Duration:00:55:51

Media Masters - Les Hinton

6/21/2018
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Les Hinton worked for Rupert Murdoch for over fifty years, starting out as a copy boy at the Adelaide News, ultimately spending decades as his most trusted lieutenant, running his global media empire. His memoir “The Bootle Boy: an untidy life in news” has recently been published to positive reviews. In this in-depth interview, he talks through the highs and lows of those five decades, taking in periods at the helm of Fox TV, News International, The Wall Street Journal; and discusses his...

Duration:00:53:51

Media Masters - Stephen Bayley

5/17/2018
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Stephen Bayley is a critic, columnist, and best-selling author - the original ‘design guru’ and the recipient of “Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” - France's top artistic honour. His work has transformed popular perceptions of design; he writes regularly for major publications including Vanity Fair, The Times and The Observer; is Contributing Editor of GQ, and has appeared on many TV shows such as ‘Have I Got News for You’ and ‘Grumpy Old Men’. In this in-depth interview; he...

Duration:00:58:47

Media Masters - Sam Taylor

5/11/2018
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Sam Taylor is Executive Editor of the BBC News Channel and BBC News at One. Starting his career as a news trainee in 1997, Sam oversees the coverage of huge breaking stories to an audience of 8 million; and combines both editorial and managerial responsibility, while also leading the channel’s future direction. In this in-depth interview, Sam talks about tackling cries of ‘BBC bias’ from passionate voices on either side of issues like Brexit, Trump, and Scottish independence; the right...

Duration:00:50:07

Media Masters - Emma Gannon

5/9/2018
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Emma Gannon is an author, consultant, broadcaster and podcast presenter. Her first book ‘Ctrl, Alt, Delete: How I Grew Up Online’ came out in 2016, and the eponymous podcast has featured guests such as Lena Dunham, Gillian Anderson, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Zoella. Her imminent second book ‘The Multi-Hyphen Method: work less, create more, and design a career that works for you’ has led to her starring in a national advertising campaign for Microsoft which showcases her career, and the...

Duration:00:55:57

Media Masters - Anthony Scaramucci

4/27/2018
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Anthony Scaramucci is an entrepreneur, financier, and for a short time was President Donald Trump’s Communications Director. In this in-depth interview, ‘The Mooch’ talks in detail about that tumultuous period - how he became an “accidental entrant into the political system”, put his company up for sale to serve a President whose candidacy he had previously opposed, though ultimately becoming one of his most loyal and vocal supporters; talks about his relationship with Trump, calling him...

Duration:01:05:46

Media Masters - Jason Feifer

4/19/2018
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Jason Feifer is the Editor-in-Chief of Entrepreneur magazine, which has 3 million readers and an online reach of 14 million, and established over 40 years ago as the ‘go-to’ brand aimed at ambitious people looking for advice and inspiration to ‘start, run and grow’ their business. He also hosts two podcasts: ‘Problem Solvers’ - about solving unexpected problems in business, and ‘Pessimists Archive’ - a history of unfounded fears of innovation. In this in-depth interview, he details the...

Duration:00:58:31

Media Masters - Rosie Nixon

4/12/2018
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Rosie Nixon has been at HELLO! magazine for over a decade, appointed joint Editor in 2008 and promoted to Editor-in-Chief in 2016. Under her leadership, the magazine has recorded the largest-ever increase in reach, with a weekly print readership of 900,000 and over 2 million online. In this in-depth interview, she reveals how the iconic magazine is put together, with its unique mix of celebrity, royalty, and red carpet paired with fashion, beauty and lifestyle - deliberately positive, warm...

Duration:00:48:22

Media Masters - Audrey Cooper

3/29/2018
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Audrey Cooper is Editor-in-Chief of the San Francisco Chronicle. One of Cosmopolitan magazine’s ‘50 Fearless Women’ she joined as Assistant Metro Editor in 2006, and just nine years later became Editor-in-Chief - the first woman to hold the position in the publication’s 150 years, and the youngest-ever to fill the top post at a major US paper. In this in-depth interview, she shares the secrets of her amazing turnaround - from shedding staff and losing millions to a sustainable business...

Duration:00:41:43

Media Masters - Andrew Tuck

3/22/2018
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Andrew Tuck is Editor of Monocle, the international affairs and lifestyle media brand. After initially turning down founder Tyler Brûlé with his idea for a new kind of premium lifestyle magazine, he soon relented and they launched in 2006. In this in-depth interview, he explores their relationship, the journey so far, and how his own role has evolved; discusses their approach to international affairs, business, culture, design, and fashion; talks through their innovations such as the...

Duration:00:54:27

Media Masters - Sarah Sands

3/15/2018
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Sarah Sands is Editor of Today, the BBC’s flagship news programme. In this in-depth interview, she shares how her appointment surprised many after a long career in print, the changes she has already made to the show and her plans for its future direction; reflects on life in the Editor’s chair at the London Evening Standard, where she stands by her former paper’s support for Zac Goldsmith - though conceding he “would've been terrible” as London’s Mayor; discusses the BBC gender pay gap...

Duration:00:54:27

Media Masters - Neil Thompson

3/8/2018
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With 33 years in broadcast journalism under his belt, Neil Thompson began rising with the larks in 1993, as part of the GMTV launch team, and has been a stalwart of ITV early mornings ever since. In this in-depth interview, he discusses the multiple attempts to rescue the “disaster” that was Daybreak - lessons learned which resulted in the wholly rethought “live, inclusive, immersive” approach for Good Morning Britain; examines the successful pairing of “two alpha brains” Piers Morgan and...

Duration:00:55:38

Media Masters - Katya Adler

3/1/2018
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A 20-year BBC veteran and respected war correspondent, Katya Adler is still covering ferocious conflict - this time with Brexit. Appointed Europe Editor in 2015 - arriving in Brussels with reservations that her new beat would be dull and uneventful - she instead found herself reporting on Europe’s most turbulent time since the Second World War: the Greek economic collapse, the Migrant Crisis, and the rise of populism. In this in-depth interview, she laments an increasing propensity for...

Duration:00:52:45