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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.




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...

Duration: 00:28:00

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...

Duration: 00:33:18

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...

Duration: 00:27:57

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:...

Duration: 00:28:09

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...

Duration: 00:39:49

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...

Duration: 00:33:26

The Guardian's Kath Viner, Spin doctors v broadcasters, Channel 4 News editor Ben De Pear

Katharine Viner, the editor-in-chief of Guardian News and Media, discusses the newspaper's financial and digital future with Media Show presenter Amol Rajan. Also - we lift the lid on the intimate and sometimes fraught relationship between political party directors of communication and spin doctors on the one hand, and political programmes and broadcasters on the other. Each side needs the other, but what happens when their interests do not coincide? We gain an insight into the rows,...

Duration: 00:39:26

The Royal Family and critical journalism

Prince Harry is getting married and newspapers have devoted dozens of pages to the story. But do British journalists abandon their principles when it comes to the Monarchy? Charles Anson was the Queen's press secretary, Emily Andrews is Royal correspondent for The Sun, Tim Ewart was ITN's Royal Editor and Tim Montgomerie is the founder of UnHerd. The Financial Times is now reaching a record number of paying subscribers. FT editor Lionel Barber explains his strategy. Presenter: Amol Rajan...

Duration: 00:52:44

The power of the mob

Paperchase has apologised for a promotion offered in the Daily Mail. The stationery retailer backtracked after being targeted on social media by campaigners. Stop Funding Hate believes that an advertising boycott can change the editorial stance of newspapers they disagree with. Amol Rajan is joined by Owen Jones, Johnny Hornby, founder of The&Partnership, Christian May, editor of the newspaper City AM, and Jane Martinson of The Guardian. Donald Trelford was the editor of The Observer from...

Duration: 00:40:21

Russia and the information wars

Vladimir Putin has been accused by the UK government of weaponising information to sow discord in the West. Amol Rajan is joined by Dmitry Linnik, former London bureau chief of Voice of Russia, James Nixey, head of Russia programme at Chatham House and Carole Cadwalladr of The Guardian. Jeremy Thompson was one of Sky News' biggest stars until his retirement last year. Now he's written his memoir, Breaking News. Presenter: Amol Rajan Producer: Richard Hooper.

Duration: 00:37:08

Scoops from Paradise

The Paradise Papers are 13.4 million leaked financial documents. A German newspaper got hold of them and then farmed out the legwork to a global network of almost 100 publishers to investigate. Is scoop by collective the future for journalism? Gerard Ryle is the director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and James Oliver is a producer for BBC Panorama. George Trefgarne is a former Economics Editor at The Daily Telegraph and now runs a financial PR company. A...

Duration: 00:28:00

How BuzzFeed exposed Kevin Spacey

Netflix have suspended filming of their hit TV series House of Cards. The decision follows allegations now engulfing the show's lead actor Kevin Spacey. Marisa Carrol is BuzzFeed's deputy national editor. Matthew Garrahan is the FT's global media editor. Refinery29 is a digital publisher targeting millennial women and has been valued at $500m. Kate Ward is the executive responsible for Refinery29's expansion into Europe. If the allegations of impropriety by members of parliament now...

Duration: 00:27:54

How to save regional newspapers

Johnston Press is one of the UK's largest publishers, whose titles include The Scotsman, Yorkshire Post and the i. Chief executive Ashley Highfield discusses his strategy with Amol Rajan. As part of what it calls an experiment, Facebook has changed what type of story appears in the News Feed for some of its users. Publishers have complained that the only way of now reaching users' main feed is by paying for the privilege. Filip Struharik is an editor at the Slovakian publication Dennik N...

Duration: 00:27:51

Malta journalist murdered: Daphne Caruana Galizia

Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated by a car bomb this week. She was renowned for challenging corruption on the island. We hear about her work and the risks faced by investigative journalists in Malta and elsewhere - and the impact this attack may have on other reporters. We hear from people who knew Daphne - Frederik Obermaier of the worldwide Panama Papers investigation into corruption and Saviour Balzan of Malta Today. Which? magazine is celebrating...

Duration: 00:28:17

Could the media have exposed Harvey Weinstein earlier?

The Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein stands accused of years of sexual misconduct. Weinstein denies all allegations of non-consensual sex. But could he have been exposed earlier? Was the media complicit in protecting him? Gabriel Sherman is a Vanity Fair special correspondent, Meirion Jones is from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and Alan Collins is a partner at the law firm Hugh James. A local TV channel for every city was the grand plan of the former culture secretary Jeremy...

Duration: 00:27:58

Celebrities and interview copy control

Clare Balding has denied claims that she demanded approval of a Saga Magazine interview.

Duration: 00:27:47

What's wrong with the BBC?

In the inaugural Steve Hewlett Lecture at the Royal Television Society, Nick Robinson argues how the BBC should respond to the popularity of hyper-partisan news sources. Anoosh Chakelian is a senior writer at the New Statesman and Alex Wickham blogs as Media Guido. Twitter has announced that it is increasing the number of characters allowed in a Tweet. It used to be 140 - in line with old fashioned SMS text messages - but now it is going to experiment with 280 characters. Piers Morgan...

Duration: 00:28:09

Is Twitter turning journalists into vultures?

Theresa May has called for tech firms to do more to tackle online extremism. Meanwhile in Germany new legislation is due to come into force next month that will mean the likes of Google and Facebook facing huge fines of up to 50m euros if they fail to remove extremist content. Markus Beckedahl is a prominent free speech campaigner and founder of the Netzpolitik blog. Sam Baker edited some of Britain's biggest magazines - Just Seventeen, Cosmopolitan and Red - but then in 2015 jumped ship....

Duration: 00:24:00


Topical programme about the fast-changing media world.

Duration: 00:27:37


Topical programme about the fast-changing media world.

Duration: 00:28:13

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