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The Hutton Report

28 January 2004

Well, now that the Hutton Report has been published, let us take a moment to put the report into its proper perspective. The media continues to accuse the BBC of…

Hutton

27 January 2004

BBC News Online – Nick Higham on Hutton Not wishing to prejudice the Hutton report, but this article is a must read. Whatever side of the political spectrum you are…

The tale of two broadcasters

27 January 2004

MediaGuardian: BBC to be reined in, says Jowell’s adviser MediaGuardian: Watchdog eases burden of ITV licence Impressive. On the same day, the MediaGuardian is gleefully reporting an opinion that the…

BBC’s Hutton ‘Google AdWords’ buying spree

26 January 2004

Media Grauniad story The Grauniad’s well-known and much, much regretted rabid anti-BBC stance (made worse because it is evidently all from a biased view that the BBC is a ‘competitor’…

Bankrupt for ideas? Moi?

26 January 2004

Puff-piece pretending to be news ‘ITV mulls soap spin-offs’ So, ITV1 isn’t doing too well. We need a solution, and fast. I know! More crappy soap operas! They’re not at…

ITV News: lofty goals, almost no chance.

26 January 2004

MediaGuardian: War of the news walls I’m going to stake my reputation on the line. Not that I have a very big one, but I’m hoping to gain one from…

ITV getting big ideas

26 January 2004

News at Ten Thirty “Mr Mannion also told Media Guardian he wants the ITV News Channel to beat BBC News 24’s ratings within a year.” Of course. Is this while…

Pebble Mill: the end of an era.

26 January 2004

Independent: Lights go out for good at the BBC’s Pebble Mill studios Bye bye Pebble Mill.

Big Sky Brother is watching…

23 January 2004

MediaGuardian: Sky lifts lid on multichannel TV habits So Sky is hoping to get 20,000 subscribers to see how they use their service so that they can target their users…

Bye Bye John Suchet.

21 January 2004

BBC News: ITN newsreader Suchet to retire Quite how John Suchet has managed to remain a lot lower key than Trevor MacDonald when he has a much better onscreen personality,…

Credit Where Credit Is Due?

21 January 2004

BBC News: Actors call for more credit on TV Equity are complaining about the rushing of credits and their presentation in a split screen environment. It’s a tricky issue. The…

Hooray!

16 January 2004

No more Kilroy!

Channel launches ain’t what they used to be…

15 January 2004

Slow start on FX opening night Once upon a time a launch of a new TV channel was a major national event, but these days with numerous digital channels available…

And you thought ITV couldn’t get any worse…

15 January 2004

Media Week: Green light for launch of ITV?s third channel Apparantly ITV are developing ITV3, which will show the amazing combination of films and lifestyle programming, as well as providing…

The End.

13 January 2004

Granada green lights ITV merger Even though you know it’s going to happen, it still has a profound impact when it finally takes place.

Nice work if you can get it

13 January 2004

BBC to broadcast silent orchestra My latest artwork is 4’34” long and is also completely silent, save for a distant sound of someone giggling whilst rolling about on a pile…

Bye Bye News at Ten (again)

13 January 2004

ITV prepares for News at Ten shift It’s been muttered about for months, but we’re edging closer and closer to News at Ten being put out of its elongated misery….

Public Service Soaps

13 January 2004

Soaps and sports are public service TV, say viewers The “opinion formers”, those that control our media or those with vested interests elsewhere have long told us what is public…

Zero rated

13 January 2004

Audience with no one: 55 days on TV According to this article, “More than 55 days’ worth of programmes on the BBC’s digital channels last year were watched by so…

FX UK

12 January 2004

A new channel for people with no lives A rousing two cheers for Murdoch’s latest venture – FX-TV, a ‘lad’s channel’ which will launch all too soon with a mixture…

Artsing about

12 January 2004

Arts host says BBC should share licence fee with any pretentious idiot who would like some free money for tat. Of all people, Melvyn Bragg should know better. You’d think….

Killjoy?

12 January 2004

BBC pulls Kilroy-Silk show after anti-Arab comments I am in two minds about whether Kilroy should be axed for his article. I am not aware of the specific issues he…

Emmerbeat

12 January 2004

ITV plans classic soap spin-off Rearrange these words into a meaningful sentence: totally lost the ITV plot has. It’s a shame that supporters of a “single” ITV have to learn…

Bragging about arts

9 January 2004

Bragg: BBC4 a ‘fig leaf’ for arts coverage Lord Melvyn Bragg’s comments yesterday are interesting to see. I don’t think they are right. Yes, BBC 4 is certainly a place…

Are you ready for love?

8 January 2004

I’d sooner eat worms.

Scottish politics coverage to have even worse coverage.

8 January 2004

Scotsman.com report bizarrely celebrating less political regionalism in the kingdom Perhaps, after all, we can now see how come regionalism, that noble goal of broadcasting in this country since 1922,…

Censorship, or why the world needs the BBC

6 January 2004

allAfrica.com on Zambian censorship of the BBC World Service’s ‘Network Africa’. I’d imagine that corruption, a chained press speaking with one voice, and oppression of those with views other than…

“Let’s play battleships…”

6 January 2004

Andy Hamilton on BBC One comedy scheduling Although Andy Hamilton may have a personal axe to grind over the mistreatment of his ‘baby’, it is true that recently the BBC…

A crime by any other name would still smell of…

5 January 2004

Financial Times report on the blandname ‘ITV’ It seems, although it’s barely believeable, that the brandname ‘ITV’ has monetary value. The FT reports, from that curiously-isolated high-money perspective that it…

My point being…

4 January 2004

Any ‘blog like this can become a place to whinge about the ills of the world. Indeed, I do a lot of that here about television (only as a public…

TV star Michael Aspel has cancer

4 January 2004

BBC News report Former BBC-1 continuity announcer Michael Aspel is suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system. The cancer is under control through chemotherapy and other treatments…

Transdiffusion Network – Update

3 January 2004

A new year and it’s straight into our latest update! In this edition of Transdiffusion News: Radio One revolutions, did you get the Pure Evoke II for Christmas? London News…

It gets grimmer the further north you go

2 January 2004

Tawdry but gramatically interesting piece from the Daily Record about Hogmany television. The verdict: BBC-1 won but were awful. SMG [don’t click this link – it’ll play music at you]…

Hands Up…

2 January 2004

Hands up if you’d noticed the ITC had gone? Thought not. But hang on… According to the redirect page: "The ITC has ceased to exist from 18 December 2003… Ofcom…

Quote of the Day

2 January 2004

It’s not often that the free newspaper Metro gets mentioned in this publication, but I feel the need to make my first post of 2004 to MediaBlog, a slightly pointless…

Channel 4 audience dips below 10%

2 January 2004

Media Guardian piece on C4 This news may be two days old but I only spotted it this morning – now why isn’t this surprising when Channel 4 is essentially…

Noises off

1 January 2004

Does anyone give a stuff about sound quality?

An Independent choice of words

30 December 2003

Danielle Demtriou twists the words of a BBC spokesperson in order to create a news story that wasn’t there originally. “[The BBC] does not rule them [resignations] in or out”,…

WorldNetDaily: unbiased news for the fourth reich

30 December 2003

Lies, half-truths and utter bollocks about the BBC from an American ‘news source’. Least said, soonest mended on this one. But the fact that Google News is drawing on this…

A Christmas 2003 Presentation Retrospective

28 December 2003

This year’s Christmas presentation on the terrestrial channels was a mixture of the dull and not-quite-so-dull: BBC One: This year was essentially the same as last Christmas, though the ‘children’…

Casualties of the ITV merger

27 December 2003

An unusually perceptive piece from Nick Higham on BBCi And so it has come to pass. To the surprise of everyone except us ‘amateurs’ who don’t know what we’re talking…

Idiots in anti-licence fee lobby

26 December 2003

BBC licence fee ‘criminalises poor’ says a known group of idiots in the Financial Times. This just in: a group of known freelance idiots calling themselves the Institute of Public…

Those Radio Times

26 December 2003

Xmas TV Listings So this is Christmas, and what have you done… to us? EastEnders (soap), Meet the Parents (film, Ben Stiller) Rio Grande (film), Mastermind Celebrity Special (quiz), Porridge…

Sky’s Not The Limit

18 December 2003

Media Guardian on the new deal Shock! Horror! BSkyB doesn’t have everything its own way! Think what you will about the European Commission, but there are times when it comes…

ITV1 Winter Lineup

16 December 2003

ITV Winter Lineup Press Release (Word document) Some of the ‘highlights’ to come this winter on ITV1. There’s a programme where Rob Brydon talks over old comedy shows, in the…