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Episode 88: Express deal nears, freemasons & a podcast ad boost

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Media news and analysis, with Olly Mann guests Boyd Hilton (Heat magazine) and Rebecca Gillie (theweek.co.uk). The panel discuss the big stories of the week, including the news that Richard Desmond is (finally) poised to sell his paper empire, whilst purchasers Trinity Mirror face phone hacking victims in court.

We discuss those stories, plus Ian Katz’s first moves at Channel 4, why 6Music might need a rejig of its own, the fallout from the BBC gender pay gap dispute… how podcasts are the future of advertising (sponsors – please get in touch)…

AND in the Media Quiz, we hold people to account for the words they use. Just like proper journalists.

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Episode 87: Murdoch’s Sky Dream Falls Back Down To Earth; Hello Old Friends At Facebook; Goodbye Old Friends At Buzzfeed – The Media Podcast with Olly Mann

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Media writer Maggie Brown and Somethin’ Else managing director Steve Ackerman join Olly Mann to discuss the biggest stories of the week from the TV, radio, online and print industries.

This week: How competition concerns have scuppered the Murdoch family’s reach for the sky; New algorithms at Facebook are poised to reunite friends, but at what expense to media brands? And what future for original online journalism as staff are made redundant at Buzzfeed UK?

Plus, it’s a game of guess who in this week’s Media Podcast Quiz.

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Episode 86: The Media Podcast Predictions Special – 2018 Edition

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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, Jake Kanter (Business Insider) and Holden Frith and Rebecca Gillie (theweek.co.uk) 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 to account for last year’s prognostications. How accurate were they?

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Episode 85: Murdoch Joins The Magic Kingdom, British Journalism Awards

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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 search technology? How will AI destroy our newsrooms? And can we go a whole podcast without mentioning the BBC?

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Episode 84 – The Death of Soho, APAs 2017 and Children’s Repeats

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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 $250m quest to adapt Lord Of The Rings pay off?

Plus: A rundown of the winners at the Audie Awards, the case for and against net neutrality and the pros and cons of cutting in Soho.

And there’s corectins and clrificaions – oops, that’s correction and clarifications – to be made in the Media Quiz.

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Episode 83 – Katz Does Countdown

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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? Media writer Maggie Brown and Metro.co.uk’s deputy editor Alex Hudson discuss.

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 donations.

And in the Media Quiz, we play Location, Location, Location… Location.

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

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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 with news and how graduates are cutting their teeth on the Daily Mail. All that and more in this edition of The Media Podcast with Olly Mann.

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Episode 81 – Google caves over paywalls, ITV vs Newsnight

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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 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 Claire Balding at the centre of a Saga?

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Episode 80 – Murdoch Talks Tough In Cambridge, EU on TV and Newspapers

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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, in the media quiz, we ask if it really is all ‘a sense of proportion’.

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Rick Edwards presents The Media Podcast at the Edinburgh International TV Festival 2017 with guests (l-r) Kate Harwood, Faraz Osman and Boyd Hilton

Episode 79 – Edinburgh International TV Festival 2017

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Rick Edwards presents media industry news and gossip recorded at the Edinburgh International Television Festival 2017.

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.

Also on the programme: top tv makers, including Russell T Davies, share their hot tips from the festival, we discuss why the media are always shocked at what time normal people get home from work, and in the Media Quiz… we play Monkey Tennis.

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