The Media Show



Will a digital first strategy mean the end for some newspapers. Lord Leveson begins writing his report - what will it mean for the future of the press ? We road test the TV of the future - Super Hi-Vision. And as one Olympic sponsor prepares to make its first move into funding a TV music programme broadcast during the games - we ask is ad-funded programming the way forward.

Presenter: Anne McElvoy

Producer: Beverley Purcell

Super Hi-Vision screenings are taking place in London, Bradford and Glasgow until 12 August:

Super Hi-Vision TV, 'digital first' newspapers, ad-funded programming, the end of Leveson.


Have TV's Red Button and HD channels struck gold at the Olympics? Plus where are we with DAB and the digital radio switchover.

Presenter Steve Hewlett

Producer Beverley Purcell.

Gold medal for the BBC's Olympic coverage? Plus DAB and the radio digital switchover.


Steve Hewlett presents a topical programme about the fast-changing media world.


Steve Hewlett explores the dark art of festive TV scheduling, and talks to David Jason

Adam Crozier Itv20120801

ITV's Chief Executive talks to Steve Hewlett about the company's latest results and what the future holds for Britain's biggest free to air commercial broadcaster. Plus what impact is new media - particularly Twitter having on the Olympics?

Producer Beverley Purcell.

ITV's Chief Executive Adam Crozier on what the future holds for the network.

Armando Iannucci20120912

talks to Steve Hewlett about 'The Thick of it' and the role of writers, producers and directors in TV. Plus the Leveson enquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. What will he recommend and what will the post Leveson media world look like.

Producer Beverley Purcell.

Chris Blackhurst On Leveson Letter20120829

In today's programme with Steve Hewlett:

Independent editor Chris Blackhurst's shocked reaction to a letter from the Leveson Inquiry; Stuart Cosgrove, C4's head of diversity, on the difference the Paralympics could make to the channel; former PCC chairman Sir Christopher Meyer on the fallout from the Sun's publication of the Harry photos and the impact this could have on Leveson; Jane Kinninmont of Chatham House on the widening range and varied goals of Arabic TV channels.

The producer is Simon Tillotson.

Chris Blackhurst on Leveson, C4's Paralympics, and Sir Christopher Meyer on Harry photos.


Steve Hewlett on Freesat, the in-tray of the new culture secretary and Daybreak relaunch.

Steve Hewlett interviews Emma Scott, managing director of Freesat, as the free to air satellite TV operator launches a new service called "Free Time". What's in the in-tray of the new Culture Secretary Maria Miller? And will ITV's relaunch of Daybreak with a new set and new presenters draw viewers?

Local Tv: Birmingham's Experience20120815

Why does Birmingham Alabama have eight local TV stations, when Birmingham UK has none?

This week with Steve Hewlett:

Why does Birmingham Alabama have eight local TV stations when Birmingham in the UK - four times the size - has none? Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt MP posed that question over two years ago when he set out his vision for new local tv stations across the UK. The deadline for submissions from the would-be tv operators in 21 towns and cities closed this week and now we have a clearer picture of how Jeremy Hunt's question might be answered. Join Steve Hewlett and his guests in the West Midlands to find out more.

The producer is Simon Tillotson.

Lord Justice Leveson20121130

First, last year, David Cameron called on Lord Justice Leveson to recommend a new regulatory system for the press. Then, yesterday, after he'd made his recommendations, Leveson LJ passed responsibility for the next steps back to the government - they, he said, must decide "who guards the guards". Where does that leave the industry, whose own plans for self-regulation were rejected by the inquiry? How much of the Leveson scheme can they accept and what can or should they now offer to meet the calls for independent self-regulation?

To explore the behind-the-scenes negotiations, Steve Hewlett talks to a range of editors tasked with finding a solution: Peter Wright, former editor of the Mail on Sunday, Chris Blackhurst, editor of The Independent, John Witherow, editor of the Sunday Times, Trevor Kavanagh, associate editor of The Sun and Anne Pickles, associate editor of The Cumberland News and the News and Star which are part of the Cumbrian Newspaper Group.

Producer Beverley Purcell.

Photos Of Prince Harry20120822

Sport on TV post-Olympics, Liz Murdoch's big speech, TV on the second screen, Harry pics.

In today's programme with Steve Hewlett:

After the Olympics, there were calls for those less-prominent events in which Team GB won medals to get wider coverage on tv. Is there really an appetite for this, though, now the excitement has died down? John Fairley of Highflyer TV talks about his plans to run a new tv channel showcasing minority interest sports, London Legacy.

How have so-called second screens affected tv viewing habits and what impact does that have on broadcasters? Paul Lee of Deloitte takes Steve through the key findings of his recent research into this, with almost half of younger viewers using their smart phones or laptops while watching tv.

Liz Murdoch is due to follow her father Rupert and brother James tomorrow, delivering the MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival. Sarah Ellison of Vanity Fair and Dan Sabbagh of the Guardian discuss her ambitions both inside and outside the family's businesses.

And, as the programme learns many UK newspapers have agreed terms to run the Prince Harry photos, will they actually print them? With Dan Sabbagh, lawyer Duncan Lamont examines the options open to editors.

The producer is Simon Tillotson.