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#86: The Media Podcast Predictions Special - 2018 Edition

Olly Mann is joined by top industry insiders to reveal their trends for the year ahead in tv, radio, print and online. Louise Ridley (Buzzfeed), TV producer Faraz Osman, Business Insider's Jake Kanter and Holden Frith and Rebecca Gillie from share their tips. Also on the programme: we discuss the latest pay row at the BBC, the news that Radio 2’s new daytime schedule has an actual woman in it, and what the new Culture Secretary has in their in-tray. PLUS we hold our guests...


#85 - Murdoch Joins The Magic Kingdom, British Journalism Awards - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann

With investigative reporter Meave McClenaghan (The Tip Off), consultant Matt Deegan (Folder Media) and... whatever was left of the voice of Olly Mann. As Disney and Fox tie the knot, the panel debate what it all means for Sky News and for Murdoch’s print empire. Also on the programme: Buzzfeed announce big cuts to its UK new operation, and awards season continues as we look at the winners of the British Journalism Awards. Plus, we answer these questions: why is Apple investing in audio...


#84 - The Death of Soho, Audie Awards 2017 and Children’s Repeats - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann

#84 - The Death of Soho, Audie Awards 2017 and Children’s Repeats - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann News, analysis and gossip from the creative media industries with Olly Mann. This week Lisa Campbell (director, Edinburgh International TV Festival) and Paul Robinson (broadcast consultant) discuss what counts as a new production in children’s TV - how often can broadcasters repeat a show before the young audience cottons on? Amid ongoing claims of harassment at Amazon Studios, will a...


#83 - Katz Does Countdown - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann

Iain Katz leaves Newsnight to take on the top job at Channel 4, former controller Jay Hunt announces she’s off to work for Apple... With careers spanning print to tv to online, what do these appointments say about the way the media is changing? Also on the programme: as the Weinstein scandal moves to Westminster, we look at how UK newsrooms are attempting to drain the swamp, and we crunch ALL the numbers: from Bake Off to the latest RAJARs, via the Guardian’s big reveal on voluntary...


#82 - Harassment in Hollywood; Ofcom calls the tune at Radio 1; Cutting teeth on the Daily Mail

News and analysis from the creative industries with Olly Mann and guests James Ball (Special Correspondent for Buzzfeed UK), and Nastaran Tavakoli-Far (BBC World Service). As male movie execs are outed, and more actors and presenters share their stories of harassment, our panel debate if this scandal will be the one that finally changes the culture of the entertainment industry? Also on the show – James Harding is leaving BBC News but where’s he going? Ofcom demands Radio 1 gets serious...


#81 - Google caves over paywalls, ITV vs Newsnight - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann

Media news and analysis, this week with Jake Kanter (Business Insider UK) and Rebecca Gillie (The Week Online). Google back down over their ‘first click free’ policy, taking pressure off news sites like the FT and The Times - our panel explain all. Plus, who will be the next head of Channel 4? Was Nick Robinson right to say that the alternative media has launched a ‘guerrilla war’ with the mainstream? How will removing your school from your CV help the BBC’s equality drive? And why is...


#80 - Murdoch Talks Tough In Cambridge, EU on TV and Newspapers - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann

Olly Mann is joined by Broadcast Magazine’s Peter White and broadcaster and audio producer Ruth Barnes to discuss the week’s media news. The panel tackle the big talking points from the Cambridge Media Convention, including the latest on Channel 4 verse the culture secretary, James Murdoch using Brexit to full advantage, and OFCOM tackles the industry’s diversity problem. Plus: why the EU might destroy television but save newspapers, the Radio Academy’s award nominations are announced and,...


BONUS: 2017 MacTaggart Lecture, with Jon Snow

The full, unedited James MacTaggart memorial lecture, as presented at the Edinburgh international television festival 2017 by Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow. This is a moving and highly personal journey through a career spanning 40 years in journalism. Snow considers who audiences can trust in a new world of alternative facts and false realities. He asks why journalists didn't spot Grenfell Tower as a disaster waiting to happen. And he ponders the question of diversity in the media...


#79 - Edinburgh International TV Festival 2017

Rick Edwards presents media industry news and gossip, recorded at the Edinburgh International Television Festival 2017. Jon Snow calls for more social mobility in the media - what can broadcasters and programme makers do to change the faces in television? Joining Rick at the festival is managing director of Euston Films, Kate Harwood, managing director of Lemonade Money, Faraz Osman and entertainment director of Heat Magazine, Boyd Hilton. Plus, top tv makers, including Russell T Davies,...


#78 - Facebook Watch, The Week Junior & podcast poaching

Media news and analysis, with broadcaster Olly Mann, Louise Ridley (Buzzfeed) and Matt Deegan (Folder Media). As Facebook launches a new video service, we ask if this heralds the return of *actual sound* to online video production. Felicity Capon, deputy editor of The Week Junior, talks to us about the success of the magazine, two years in - and how to write hard news stories for children and young adults. Also in the programme: The Guardian lose their Football Weekly presenter and...


#77 - BBC pay, local press woes & Soundcloud - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann

Media analysis, this week with consultant Paul Robinson and investigative reporter Maeve McClenaghan. As the nation ponders why Charlie off Casualty is the highest paid actor at the BBC, we discuss the fallout from this great experiment and find out how sensitive all that commercially sensitive information really is. Also on the programme: what’s the future for local journalism? Is it more closures, or robots? Plus: this year’s MacTaggart speaker is announced, why Soundcloud users are...


#76 - Auntie Plots The Year Ahead - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann

Media analysis and discussion, with guests Jake Kanter (Business Insider) and Steve Ackerman (Somethin' Else). Olly Mann and the panel discuss all the big announcements to come out of the first annual plan for OFCOM. More money for kids, fact checking, podcasting... What does it all mean? We’ll find out. Plus; is Jon Snow professionally biased? Is the Guardian the REAL purveyor of hate? Has the quiz jumped the shark? If you answered 'yes' to all these questions, it's time to find another...


#75 - Channel 4's hunt for the new Hunt - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann

There’s a new chief executive at Channel 4 - media writer Maggie Brown, Faraz Osman (Lemonade Money) and Boyd Hilton (Heat Magazine) discuss the immediate challenges that Alex Mahon faces - not least finding a replacement for Jay Hunt. The panel also review the coverage of another unpredictable election campaign, with an unexpected win for a major broadcaster. Also on the programme, Katie Hopkins leaves LBC, Apple blow the doors off podcasting, the Radio Academy returns with a rebooted...


#74 - How To Shoot VR and 360 Video - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann

Expand your horizons beyond the small screen and enter the world of virtual reality. Tanya Laird (Digital Jam) explains to Olly Mann the differences in shooting for TV and 360 video, why theatre actors are the best for VR and the big creative companies staking their reputations on this fledgling entertainment platform. For those expecting a report from this year's Radio Festival, the event has been postponed due to the Manchester attack. But rest assured we'll be there when it's...


#73 - MacKenzie leaves The Sun, Crozier exits ITV - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann

Election fever! We discuss the press and broadcasters’ plans now this snap election is well under way. Kelvin MacKenzie is finally let go from his job at The Sun - is Murdoch cleaning up the place ahead of OFCOM’s Sky ruling? Plus, Adam Crozier leaves ITV, Popbitch's Kit Lovelace lifts the lid on this weekend’s Eurovision and in the Media Quiz, we pitch the most unusual media stories of the week. A PPM Production, produced by Matt Hill.


#72 - British Podcast Awards 2017

Olly Mann presents a special edition of The Media Podcast recorded live at the inaugural British Podcast Awards. We have all the action from the ceremony to celebrate audio excellence which was held at the Platform Theatre in King’s Cross. We hear all about the winning shows – and their producers’ top tips for success – backstage with guest host Rhianna Dhillon. Plus Jason Phipps (The Guardian) and Ruth Fitzsimons (Audioboom) discuss the state of the British podcast industry. From the...


#71 - Full Fact on fake news, Simon Pearson on writing obituaries - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann

We depart from the usual format this week to bring you two fascinating interviews about the craft of journalism: Mevan Babakar and Phoebe Arnold from Full Fact discuss the art of fact checking and its role in the digital age. Olly also talks to the obituaries editor of the Times, Simon Pearson, on how to write the final word on a person's life. This is interview was first published on Olly's other, other podcast series The Modern Mann - but this has some bonus content especially for Media...


#70 - NARM conference, Bob Shennan on BBC Radio - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann

Ofcom and the government lay down the new order to the BBC and Channel 4, with new edicts on news, kids and regional production - Steven D Wright (Kerfuffle TV) and Louise Ridley (Buzzfeed) join Olly Mann to discuss the fallout from Salford’s Nations and Regions media conference. Also on the programme: the BBC’s director of radio, Bob Shennon, talks to us about his plans for the networks - and why commercial radio is no longer the enemy. Plus, the nominations are announced for the British...


#69 - Broadcast Indie Summit; Songs Of Praise; Daily Mail Newspaper Of The Year - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann

News, analysis and gossip from the media industries with Olly Mann and guests Lisa Campbell (Director, Edinburgh International TV Festival) and Peter White (News Editor, Broadcast Magazine). This week, a look at the independent production companies bidding to produce long-running BBC programmes including as Songs Of Praise and Holby City. Plus, Rupert Murdoch’s latest bid to control Sky, the Daily Mail is crowned newspaper of the year and the Guardian’s attempts to prop up falling ad...


#68 - How Long Will ITV Hold Their Nerve With The Nightly Show? - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann

ITV called it the biggest shake-up to their schedule since the nineties - but with the Nightly Show halving its audience and News At Ten dropping under a million viewers, how long can they take such an expensive risk? Olly Mann is joined by Steve Ackerman (Somethin Else) and Holden Frith ( to discuss the top media stories of the week. Elsewhere on the programme, we discuss the BBC’s new linear service BBC Scotland, Netflix new UK co-productions, why YouTube is launching a...


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