Ian Beaumont



Public radio taking over Classical radio

WGBH in Boston has announced that it has bought a classical music radio station in New England, WCRB on 99.5FM. So what you say, broadcasters buy other broadcasters? True, but the equivalent in the UK would be the BBC buying...

Disney buys Marvel - more corporate conservatism?

Financial Times: Disney to buy Marvel for $4bn. Imagine this: you are webslinging across the New York city skyline, just like Spiderman. You swing round to see the famous Baxter Building, home of the Fantastic Four, twith its big "4"...

Murdoch claims independent journalism threatened by "dominant" BBC.

BBC News: Murdoch attack on 'dominant' BBC So James Murduch, the head of NewsCorp in Europe, says a dominant BBC damages independent journalism in the UK. The hypocrisy of that statement is positively drooling out of his mouth even as...

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The Fourth Channel at 25

A quarter century of Channel 4 and S4/C.

Editorialising the News

Politics subverts purpose

Programmes in the Pod

The impact of podcasting on the future of TV and radio

First, fair, Fox?

A fair and balanced commentary from Ian Beaumont

London's television

Thames made the programmes that made Thames

From ITV to plc

Merge, merge, merge and miss the boat

Ian Stirling

Local legend

New look for Five News

Kirsty on the mezzanine

ITV3: reaching for the Sky

A tortuous path to getting the new channel on satellite

Too Much Choice

Annoying ways of getting your attention

Compromising the brand

Bad branding or bad programmes?


Modernity vs those things that have always been done

Southwest blues

The changes of style in a small region

New dogs, old tricks

Finding old habits die hard. Good.

Clocking off

Telling the time on television

Topping up DTT

Pay-terrestrial is back. Will you be topping up your viewing?


A new news for ITV - nationally and regionally

The Controller's Chair: BBC One

Ian Beaumont takes over another channel

The Controller's Chair: BBC Three

Third time wasn't so lucky for BBC Three. Give Ian Beaumont a go

Defending Auntie

Ian Beaumont supports the BBC

Cheap Drama

Tricks of the trade exposed

Street Cred

Ratings shouldn't be the only yardstick


The state of the UK film industry

Set Pieces

Set design makes television

Booth broadcasting

Television is shrinking

Into the firing line

Broadcasters are under the closest scrutiny they have been under in years

A day attheraces

Ian Beaumont bets on Channel Four

A better News 24

The government wants a better BBC News 24.

All new news

ITN News Channel is now ITV News Channel. No change.

Catch the penny

But Ian Beaumont thinks the broadcasters are missing the pound

Four At The Movies

Thank heavens for FilmFour

Breaking free

Getting away from Sky and going free-to-air

A merger too far

One ITV multiplies the business risks, says Ian Beaumont

24 hours too many

Ian Beaumont says 24 hour television is a waste of time

The anti-globes

Can dancing be as good as the whole world?

Digital futures

And they're off: ITV Digital bows out

Another fine mess

ITV Digital goes into receivership

Digitv.com 4

And after that

Digitv.com 3

And after that

Hello, Goodbye

Ian Beaumont waves goodbye to Westward


Ian Beaumont on the eras of the fourth channel

The war will be televised

Changes predicted for when a crisis comes to a head

Ideal presentation

The best of presentation techniques

Sky One

From Sky Channel to Sky One

Digitv.com 2

And after that

Sky News

The third or so force in television news

BSB Galaxy

From Galaxy to Sky One

2001 Odyssey

The story so far (to 2001)


Trouble up t'mill at ITV Digital

Redraw the map

Regions and how they work now

Celtic Times

Ian Beaumont wants media independence for the south west

Service Stations

Ian Beaumont asks is public service exists in commercial TV

No Logo

Ian Beaumont on the death of regional ITV

With a whimper

Ian Beaumont watches ITV slide out of the running

Regional rollercoaster

Ian Beaumont misses his region

Brand X

Ian Beaumont on branding old and new

All Change

Programme sales

Digitv.com 1

What happened next

The Avengers

Exquisitely British heroes


Dead And Buried?

Is DAB on the way out?

Radio recall

Growing up with Radios 1 & 2

Spread South West

Local radio makes its way down the Cornwall peninsular

Radio in Cornwall

The slow arrival of radio in the south west

GWR in trouble

The slow death of a radio behemoth

The first word in jingles

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