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BBC Radio 4's new topical programme The Media Show, presented by journalist and former TV executive Steve Hewlett, featuring the latest stories and opinion from the fast-changing world of media in all its forms – print, television, radio, online and telecommunications.

BBC Radio 4's new topical programme The Media Show, presented by journalist and former TV executive Steve Hewlett, featuring the latest stories and opinion from the fast-changing world of media in all its forms – print, television, radio, online and telecommunications.
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BBC Radio 4's new topical programme The Media Show, presented by journalist and former TV executive Steve Hewlett, featuring the latest stories and opinion from the fast-changing world of media in all its forms – print, television, radio, online and telecommunications.




The ethics of reporting from Syria

How journalists work in a war zone. Amol Rajan is joined by Robert Fisk, The Independent's Middle East correspondent, and Jeremy Bowen, BBC Middle East Editor. Also on the programme, Jane Featherstone founder of Sister Pictures discusses her new BBC One drama The Split and her career in television, Elizabeth Ammon, cricket reporter at The Times, on the BBC's loss of radio rights to some test matches, and Dino Myers-Lamptey, UK Managing Director at MullenLowe Mediahub, on advertising and...


The Age of Zuckerberg

How the media lives in the shadow of big tech: Amol Rajan is joined by Farrah Storr, Cosmopolitan editor, Terri White, editor in chief Empire and Pilot TV magazine, Madhumita Murgia, FT European Tech correspondent and Melanie Stokes, managing director of Kindle Entertainment. Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Richard Hooper.


How porno conquered podcasts

Once synonymous with the kitchen table, podcasts are now big business. The likes of Spotify and Amazon all produce their own podcasts and some advertisers see popular podcasts as a better investment than traditional radio. Andrea Catherwood is joined by Jamie Morton and James Cooper from My Dad Wrote A Porno, Caroline Crampton of the New Statesman, Imriel Morgan presenter of the Wanna Be podcast, and Ben Chapman, Head of Digital for BBC Radio. Presenter: Andrea Catherwood Producer: Richard...


BONUS Richard Gingras of Google News and Mark Thompson of The New York Times

Google has launched a new feature called Subscribe with Google that will allow users to buy subscriptions from participating news sites. Could this appease publishers who blame Google and other tech companies for a huge loss in advertising revenue? Amol meets Richard Gingras, Vice President of Google News and Mark Thompson, CEO of The New York Times Company.


Who owns our data?

Internet users everywhere are worried about their personal data. There are concerns that a few companies have become extremely rich off the back of it. But just how worried should we be? Also today, the BBC has published its annual plan, setting out priorities for the next 12 months. Amol Rajan is joined by Ken MacQuarrie is the BBC's Director of Nations and Regions, Alexandra Suich Bass is The Economist's US Technology Editor, Megan Lucero leads The Bureau Local at the Bureau of...


How Carole Cadwalladr exposed Facebook

Carole Cadwalladr is The Observer journalist whose reporting on Cambridge Analytica triggered a crisis at Facebook. She tells Andrea Catherwood how she got the story. Also in the programme, James Harding, the former BBC Director of News, and Justine Picardie, editor of Harper's Bazaar. Presenter: Andrea Catherwood Producer: Richard Hooper.


George Osborne and the economics of free news

The editor of The Evening Standard explains his business strategy. Also, will Russian media companies face sanction from the UK government? Amol Rajan is joined by George Osborne, editor of The Evening Standard, Anne Applebaum, Washington Post columnist and LSE Professor, Paul Sylvester, Absolute Radio's Content Director and Lisa Smosarski, Stylist magazine editor-in-chief. Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Richard Hooper.


Reporting the case of the Russian spy

A former Russian double agent and his daughter were found unconscious in the centre of Salisbury; how should journalists approach a high profile story when few facts are known? Also, Sir Martin Sorrell makes his predictions for the media industry. Amol Rajan is joined by John Micklethwait, Bloomberg News editor-in-chief, Dorothy Byrne, Channel 4 Head of News and Current Affairs, Heidi Blake, BuzzFeed News Investigations Editor and Lindsey Clay, ThinkBox CEO Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer:...


The importance of being social

Why political parties and advertisers crave influence on social media. Amol Rajan is joined by Isabel Hardman, assistant editor of The Spectator, Craig Elder, digital strategist, Harry Hugo, co-founder of The Goat Agency, Sam Barcroft, CEO of Barcroft Media and Jim Waterson, BuzzFeed News political editor. Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Richard Hooper.


Is Jeremy Corbyn at war with the press?

Jeremy Corbyn has called claims in some newspapers about his involvement with a Czech diplomat in the 1980s "nonsense" and has released a video message telling the press "change is coming". Amol Rajan is joined by Trevor Kavanagh, political columnist of The Sun, Paul Mason, journalist, and Christina Michalos, barrister at 5RB chambers. Also in the show, Louisa Compton, editor of the BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme, discusses its role in uncovering sexual abuse in football. Presenter:...


Trinity Mirror CEO Simon Fox on buying the Express, Star and OK

Trinity Mirror CEO Simon Fox on taking over the Express, Star and OK magazine. Times deputy editor Emma Tucker on how it put together its Oxfam abuse scoop and how the newspaper's business model accommodates investigative journalism. Sports lawyer Simon Leaf from Mishcon de Reya on Sky and BT Sport bidding billions of pounds for the right to show Premier League games. The price is down on the last round, but will Facebook, Amazon or Netflix swoop for one of the two remaining packages of...


Matt Hancock's manifesto

The government has ordered a review of how to help Britain's newspaper industry. Amol Rajan is joined by Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.


BBC's problem with pay

The BBC has admitted to overpaying some male journalists compared to their female colleagues. How will it fix the problem and is it endemic in the media? Amol Rajan is joined by Peter Salmon, Endemol Shine's Chief Creative Officer, Jonathan Munro, BBC Head of Newsgathering, Professor Lis Howell of City University, Steve Anderson, former ITV controller of News and Current Affairs and Jane Martinson, former head of media at The Guardian. An extended interview with Peter Salmon about his...


Murdoch fights back

Rupert Murdoch has proposed that Facebook pay a "carriage fee" to publishers in exchange for distributing their news articles. Amol Rajan is joined by the former Culture Minister John Whittingdale, Krishnan Guru-Murthy of Channel 4 News, Eleanor Mills of The Sunday Times, Mark Di Stefano of BuzzFeed, and Brian Fung of the Washington Post. The podcast version of this programme contains an extended interview with Krishnan Guru-Murthy. Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Richard Hooper.


Facebook's algorithm change and why you should care

Facebook has announced it will change how its news feed works. Posts from friends and family will take priority over content from media companies. Adweek has called it "the digital equivalent of a nuclear bomb on the media industry". Andrea Catherwood is joined by Niall McGarry founder of JOE Media and Piers North, Trinity Mirror's Head of Digital. Also in the programme, Emma Scott, CEO of Beano Studios on 80 years of The Beano, and Professor Brian Cathcart, founder of Hacked Off and Gary...


When journalists burn their sources

What can journalism learn from Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff's blockbuster account of life inside President Trump's White House? How does a reporter persuade the rich and powerful to let them into their world - and when they've got what they wanted, is it ever OK to burn their sources on the way out? Also, why the tech giants are now taking the digital detox trend very seriously. Andrea Catherwood is joined by Polly Curtis, HuffPost UK editor in chief, Maija Palmer, social media journalist...


The battle for Christmas

Christmas has traditionally been a big event for broadcasters. But this year, how did British TV channels perform in the age of Netflix and Amazon? Also in the programme, a look-ahead to some of the big media stories coming up in 2018 including the government's decision on moving Channel 4. Julian Worricker is joined by Justin Sampson, Chief Executive of BARB, Clare Enders, founder of Enders Analysis, Nick North, BBC Director of Audiences, Cat Lewis, CEO of Nine Lives Media, and John...


Who wants to be a TV format millionaire?

British TV producers are responsible for some of the world's most popular shows. What is the secret to creating a hit format? Amol Rajan gets advice from Richard Osman, creative director of Endemol UK, Karen Smith, co-devisor of Strictly Come Dancing and Paul Smith who was part of the team behind Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Robin Hilton is a partner at the law firm Sheridans and John McVay is Chief Executive of Pact. Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Richard Hooper Assistant producer:...


Peston's Brexit confession and BBC religious coverage

Robert Peston found fame for his string of scoops during the financial crisis of 2007. In his new book WTF he admits to how he voted in the EU referendum but insists his impartiality as ITV Political Editor has not been compromised. The BBC has announced substantial changes to the way it covers religion and says it should do more to reflect non-Christian life. Stephen Pollard is editor of The Jewish Chronicle, Aaqil Ahmed is the former head of religion at the BBC, Nisha Parti is producer...


End of the Age of Murdoch?

Walt Disney is rumoured to be finalising a $60bn takeover of the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox. Brian Wieser is an analyst for Pivotal Research Group and Matthew Garrahan is the FT's global media editor. The publicist Max Clifford has died - what is left of the culture of celebrity journalism that he did so much to create? Rosie Nixon is editor in chief of HELLO! and Camilla Wright is the co-founder and editor of Popbitch. Buzzfeed has announced job cuts in the UK. James Ball...


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