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Episode 94 – Press Freedom, Al-Jazeera Strikes, BBC Sound Effects Library – The Media Podcast with Olly Mann

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Olly Mann presents news and analysis of the media industry with editor in chief of Business Insider UK, Jim Edwards, and freelance journalist and special projects editor at Buzzfeed UK, Louise Ridley.

This week: How does press freedom in the UK compare to the rest of the world, the BBC partners to sell podcast ads, and why Al-Jazeera’s London staff are striking.

All that, plus life after mornings for Matthew Wright and what losing the Debrief means for the industry.

And in the Media Podcast Quiz, we poke around the vaults of the BBC’s sound effects library to play ‘What’s That Sound?’.

A PPM Production, produced by Rebecca Grisedale-Sherry.

Episode 93 – Daily Mail’s Accidental Profanity, Radio 4’s Rivers Of Blood, Test Match Special’s Early Tea

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Informed insight and analysis of the media industries with Olly Mann and guests – journalist for theweek.co.uk, Rebecca Gillie and managing director and head of creative at Gold Wala, Faraz Osman.

On the show this week: As a Daily Mail journalist is fired for accidentally publishing the c-word, should online publishers be spending more on sub-editors? Radio 4’s rebroadcast of Enoch Powell’s “Rivers of Blood” speech caused a stir but is the outcry justified? And as Key 103 rebrands as Hits Radio Manchester, is radio in the UK losing its regional variations?

Plus, how will Test Match Special cope without England’s next two overseas cricket tours; the future of Radar Radio and we play The Nomination Game in this week’s Media Podcast Quiz.

Produced by Rebecca Grisedale-Sherry. The Media Podcast is a PPM Production.

Episode 92: The Gender Pay Gap, Interns and a lifeline for Sky

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Olly Mann is joined by broadcast consultant Matt Deegan (Folder Media) and journalist Kieran Yates to dissect the week’s media news; how did the media fare in the gender pay gap revelations?

Also on the programme: our panel discuss Monocle’s intern woes, Disney’s lifeline for Sky News… and just who will be presenting this year’s MacTaggart keynote in Edinburgh. All that AND we crunch the numbers in our Media Quiz.

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Episode 90: Guardian Changing Media Summit 2018

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Olly Mann is joined by delegates at the Guardian’s Changing Media Summit in London to discuss some of the key trends in international media, as well as covering the big media stories of the week.

On the programme: Sam Baker (The Pool) and Matt Kelly (The New European) discuss the role of a partisan press in a digital age, as well as what the end of Leveson 2 means for Fleet Street. Buzzfeed’s Jim Waterson gives his take on Comcast’s audacious bid for Sky TV, Jason Phipps (the Guardian) and Nicky Birch (Rosina Sound) discuss smart audio and Alexa, and Cindy Gallop discusses the responsibly of the advertising industry to shape the future of tech.

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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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The Media Podcast is a PPM Production, produced by Peter Price.

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.

The Media Podcast with Olly Mann is a PPM Production, produced by Matt Hill. Your donations keep this show going: to help make more episodes, please give generously.

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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