Category Archives: The Media Podcast

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Episode 74 – How To Shoot VR and 360 Video

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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 rescheduled.

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Episode 73 – MacKenzie leaves The Sun, Crozier exits ITV

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Election fever! Olly Mann is joined by Tara Conlan (the Guardian) and Lisa Campbell (Edinburgh TV Festival) to discuss the press and broadcasters’ plans now this snap election is well under way. Also on the programme: 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 (get their 80-page guide here) and in the Media Quiz, we pitch the most unusual media stories of the week.

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Episode 72 – British Podcast Awards 2017

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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 Media Podcast team, our congratulations to all the winners!

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Episode 71 – Full Fact on fake news, Simon Pearson on writing obituaries

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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 Podcast listeners.

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Episode 68: How Long Will ITV Hold Their Nerve With The Nightly Show?

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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 (theweek.co.uk) 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 live TV service, and we find out how to save cash as a freelance celebrity interviewer.

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Episode 67: Zuckerberg’s State of the Union & New Threat to Whistleblowers

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Olly Mann is joined by media writer Maggie Brown and Folder Media’s Matt Deegan to discuss the latest media news. Facebook and YouTube consider the problems of identifying satire on their platforms, whilst Private Eye gets its best circulation figures EVER.

Plus the panel reveal the latest radio winners and losers, changes at Channel 4 comedy, bans for both the Daily Mail and The Sun and there’s a European flavour to this week’s Media Quiz.

FURTHER READING: To take part in the Law Commission’s consultation on the Espionage Act and what it means for journalists and the media, email them at pod@lawcommission.gsi.gov.uk.

And if you’re producing a podcast series in Great Britain, you may be eligible for Matt Deegan and producer Matt Hill’s new venture, The British Podcast Awards. Deadline for entires is 6th March – full details at britishpodcastawards.com

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BONUS: Fake News and the Fallout

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This week, we present a recent debate hosted by the Edinburgh International Television Festival in partnership with ITN (you can find the full video here).

Jon Snow (Channel 4 News) welcomes a panel of experts to discuss the most pressing issue of our time: fake news. Brian Stelter, host of CNN’s Reliable Sources and their Senior Media Correspondent. Jim Waterson, political editor, BuzzFeed UK, Ayesha Hazarika, former adviser to Ed Miliband, Carole Cadwalladr, journalist, The Guardian and The Observer and Patrick Walker, director of media partnerships, Europe, Middle East and Africa at Facebook discuss what can be done.

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Episode 66 – Media Predictions 2017

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Olly Mann invades the offices of many of the media’s finest to discover what they believe will happen in the year ahead. Staff from Buzzfeed, The Week and more tell us what we should expect. Plus, hear Jake Kanter, Matt Deegan and Faraz Osman account for their predictions for 2016.

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Episode 65 – Has the BBC given up on millennials?

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Despite large audiences of young people for Planet Earth II, the BBC has an increasing problem bringing millennials to its TV and Radio offerings. Olly Mann is joined by Jake Kanter (Business Insider), Suzie Marsh (Princess Productions) and Matt Deegan (Folder Media) to work out what’s happened – and whether the next generation will want the BBC as much as we do now.

Also on the programme: the Government blocks the only BAME candidate proposed for the Channel 4 Board, BuzzFeed’s CEO faces down staff in London over plans to unionise and we explore the latest technology available to makers of radio.
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Episode 64 – Will Fake News Be Our Downfall?

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As Facebook begins to comprehend the scale of the problem of fake news, who should take responsibility? And how do we improve media literacy? Olly Mann is joined by Louise Ridley (Buzzfeed), media writer Maggie Brown and Faraz Osman (Lemonade Money) to discuss this and the week’s other media news.

Elsewhere on the pod, the panel discuss the announcement that David Walliams will be the launch host of ITV’s new late night talk show – at the expense of News At Ten. Must we again call Tom Bradby’s programme News at When?

Plus we round-up another busy week at the BBC, with the proposed launch of ‘the Netflix of radio’, more changes in commissioning and what Saturday night TV will be like without the National Lottery results.

Oh, and a quiz. Of course.