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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.




BONUS News Xchange 2018 debate

Amol is joined in Edinburgh by CNN, the FT, CBS News, Deutsche Welle, and Facebook


Global perspectives on the news business

In a special edition of the show recorded in Edinburgh at the 2018 News Xchange conference, Amol is joined by Nahlah Ayed, CBC foreign correspondent, Phil Chetwynd, AFP global editor-in-chief and Iman Rappetti, eNCA presenter. Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Richard Hooper Assistant Producer: Steven Williams


Why Channel 4 is on the move

Channel 4 has announced that it will open a new headquarters in Leeds. Alex Mahon, Channel 4 CEO, discusses this and her wider strategy. Also in the show, Keith Weed, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of Unilever, one of the world's biggest advertisers. Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Richard Hooper


Who'd be a journalist?

Despite a popular perception that journalism is an industry in decline, The National Council for the Training of Journalists has published research that claims the number of people calling themselves journalists has actually increased since 2012. So where are they working? Also in the show, the BBC has launched Sounds, a new app that it hopes will entice more younger people to listen to the BBC, and The Overtake, a news website "from outside the middle-class media bubble". Amol Rajan is...


The Evolution of Sports Broadcasting

Is streaming changing the way we watch sport? Amol Rajan is joined by Simon Denyer, Chief Executive of DAZN Group and Richard Broughton an expert in sports broadcasting from Ampere Analysis. Also in the show Yvonne Thompson, the new boss of The Radio Academy on why the radio industry must diversify or die, Jane Graham writer and former BBC radio producer and Geoffrey Robertson, QC on why Non Disclosure Agreements threaten freedom of speech.


BONUS James Harding, Tortoise Media

Former editor of The Times and director of BBC News on his new "slow news" venture


Dark ads and slow news

Facebook has announced new rules on political advertising in the UK; you'll need to prove your identity and location, and each ad will carry a message saying who paid for it. Sam Jeffers is co-founder of Who Targets Me, an organisation that tracks political ads. James Harding, the former Director of BBC News, explains Tortoise, his "slow news" venture which promises "open journalism” and a “different kind of newsroom”. And Claire Beale, global editor-in-chief of Campaign, on her magazine's...


Dangers of speaking truth to power

Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi is missing after a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. His criticism of the Saudi monarchy is alleged to have made him a target. Andrea Catherwood is joined by Robert Mahoney, Deputy Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists and Professor Madawi Al-Rasheed from the LSE Middle East Centre. Also in the programme, as Spotify celebrates 10 years, where next for music streaming? Eamonn Forde is a journalist who writes about the...


BONUS Bob Bakish, Viacom CEO

Boss of the US conglomerate on dealing with Netflix - and his favourite Channel 5 shows


May's Media Strategy

A group of UK broadcasters claim Theresa May is avoiding doing interviews with them, an allegation her press chief denies. What is the Prime Minister's media strategy? Amol Rajan is joined by Katy Balls of The Spectator and Stefanie Bolzen from Die Welt. Also in the show, Rob Stringer, CEO Sony Music and Georgia Brown, Director of European Originals for Amazon's Prime Video service. Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Richard Hooper


BONUS Rob Stringer, Sony Music CEO

A giant of the record industry talks about music's shift to digital and his own career


How journalism exposed an atrocity

In July 2018 a horrifying video began to circulate on social media. It showed two women and two young children being led away at gunpoint and then executed by a group of Cameroonian soldiers. The Cameroon government initially dismissed the video as "fake news" but an investigation by BBC Africa Eye has now uncovered the truth. Also in the programme, BBC Two has launched a new set of idents in a bid to "refresh the channel". Amol Rajan is joined by Aliaume Leroy, BBC Africa Eye investigator,...


The marriage of tech and TV

Stephen Lambert, CEO of Studio Lambert, the production company behind Channel 4's The Circle, and David Abraham, CEO Wonderhood Studios, discuss change and disruption in the TV industry. Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Richard Hooper


The battle for teatime

Mark Austin, the former ITN journalist, discusses his new role as anchor of The News Hour, Sky News' attempt to win the battle for teatime news audiences. Also in the show, a new university degree that teaches students both journalism and public relations, and the BBC has hinted that free TV licences for the over 75s may end. Andrea Catherwood is joined by Mark Austin, Keren Haynes, co-founder of Shout Communications, Sara Eyre, lecturer Salford University, Jane Martinson, journalist, and...


Outrage in the age of Twitter

The New Yorker has cancelled an interview with Steve Bannon, President Trump's former strategist, after an online backlash. Meanwhile, The Economist says its own invitation for Bannon to participate in a festival still stands, arguing that "the future of open societies will not be secured by like-minded people speaking to each other in an echo chamber". At a time of enormous commercial pressure for magazines, is it now common sense to avoid controversy? Or should editors accept that on...


The secrets of Social success

Louise Pentland has built an audience of millions via social platforms like YouTube and Instagram. What does her success tell us about the future of television and advertising? Also in the show, Kathryn Jacob OBE, CEO of Pearl and Dean, Simon Walker, CEO of Marquee TV and Shona Ghosh, senior technology reporter at Business Insider UK. Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Richard Hooper.


Print is dead. Long live print

The Metro is only UK national paper to increase its circulation and the TLS has also seen a significant rise in its readers this year. How are they bucking the trend? Also - the new sports streaming service to launch in the UK. Amol Rajan is joined by Ted Young, editor of Metro, Stig Abell, editor of the TLS, Matthew Moore from the Times,Marc Watson CEO of Eleven Sports and Rebecca Penty from Bloomberg News. Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Steven Williams.


The BBC will not appeal Cliff Richard case

The BBC has announced it will not appeal the judgement of the High Court that its coverage of a police raid on Sir Cliff Richard violated his privacy. Where does this leave journalism - and the senior figures at the BBC whose errors led to this expensive failure? Amol Rajan is joined by the BBC's Director of Editorial Policy David Jordan and Angela Haggerty, columnist from The Sunday Herald. Also in the programme Jim Waterson, Guardian Media editor, Daniel Gadher, Senior Analyst at Ampere...


Big tech deletes Alex Jones

YouTube, Facebook and Apple are among the tech platforms to have deleted content from InfoWars, the media company owned by the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. The platforms cite hate speech as a reason for their action. Jones accuses them of collusion and unfair censorship. Amol Rajan is joined by Emily Bell, Director at The Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia and Brendan O'Neill, editor of Spiked. Also in the programme, Benjamin Cohen, CEO of PinkNews, on their new partnership...


Is campaigner-funded journalism really journalism?

Who can afford investigative journalism? And should we care about who pays for it? This week Unearthed, the journalism team of Greenpeace, revealed a sting operation against The Institute for Economic Affairs, the right wing think tank. An undercover reporter recorded the IEA's director suggesting that it could help potential donors meet British government ministers. The Guardian ran the story on its front page. Are Unearthed's reporters journalists or activists? Jane Martinson is joined by...