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The Sun on Sunday: Review

Today, after last week’s official announcement, the first edition of The Sun to be published on Sunday finally hit the newsstand. However, amidst all the fanfare, The Sun on Sunday is a rather bland offering, with a soft focus, which fails to deliver anything new or different for readers.

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The closure of the News of the World – The end of investigative journalism?

The final ever edition of the News of the World rolled off the presses yesterday ending 168 years of world exclusives, sex scandals and a plethora of showbiz revelations.

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Stephen Fry scoops two awards at the NTAs

Stephen Fry was the big winner at the National Television Awards tonight winning two awards.

Fry not only received the Best Documentary award for his series Stephen Fry in America, but also took home the Special Recognition award for services to television.

On hearing the news Fry said: “I really am completely staggered by this, I had no idea this was going to happen.

“I have the highest possible belief in television at its best. I think of it as the nation’s fireplace, about which we can gather together and be lit by its light and warmed by its heat.

“It can make us feel better about each other. And it can make us feel better about ourselves.”

Doctor Who also won two awards Best Drama and Best Drama Performance for David Tennant who bowed out of the sci-fi hit on New Years Day.

Other winners include Gavin and Stacey, Loose Women and The X Factor – with Ant and Dec also taking away two gongs.

The night also saw the return of Jedward who performed alongside Vanilla Ice, while fellow X Factor star and show winner Joe McElderry performed Don’t Stop Believing.

The awards now in their 15th year were hosted by Dermot O’Leary at the O2 Arena in London.

BBC and Commercial Radio sector announce new Digital Britain partnership at Media Guardian’s Radio Reborn conference

 

radioreborn-largeMedia Guardian’s Radio Reborn conference truly signified a new era for the Radio Industry. The big news of the conference, which took place at the CBI Conference Centre yesterday, was the joint announcement between the BBC and the commercial radio sector that they are to form a new partnership initiative designed to place radio at the heart of Digital Britain and secure its digital future.

 

The initiative intends to establish The Radio Council, which will lead to a range of partnership initiatives between the BBC and the three largest commercial groups, Global Radio, Bauer Media and GMG, as well as the RadioCentre to represent the rest of the commercial sector, bringing the industry together to secure radio’s future in the digital age.

Under the plans, users can expect to see a universal radio player similar to that of the BBC iPlayer encompassing all the leading commercial and BBC stations across the UK.

Whilst the announcement was well received, details are rather limited. That said the news that the key players within the industry are working together, whilst still competing individually for listeners, means that the long term future of securing a strong and universal platform for all radio content is secured. 

The move to digital is already well underway for television. The same is needed for radio if it is to continue and maintain its reach onto new platforms as analogue switch off approaches. 

However, whilst these proposals are a step in the right direction, support and understanding of DAB is crucial. It was therefore pleasing to see that the conference spent a large part of the day tackling these issues and discussing the importance of securing a migration date to digital switchover similar to that set for TV, 2012.

Global Radio chief executive Stephen Miron led the calls stating that the government needed to focus its minds on a set date. Miron’s claims are notably significant for they herald the first time a commercial player has spoken so favourably of DAB, after years of lukewarm support. 

He told delegates: “We back digital, and we back the strategy but we cannot afford to get this wrong. The next draft [of Digital Britain] needs to be bolder. Digital Britain has made us focus our minds. Now the government must focus theirs,” he said.

“We have embarked on a clear path to digital – to DAB – and we need to make serious progress and do it quickly. This means naming a date for migration, with a transparent set of criteria for all the relevant parties to meet. Whatever the date, and we personally believe the earlier the better, a firm date needs to be set.”

Although these plans are all still in the preliminary stages the sheer optimism and presence of new blood like Tim Davie, BBC director of audio & music and Global Radio’s chief executive Stephen Miron recently parachuted in from Associated Newspapers, in the industry, suggests the future looks very prosperous for the radio industry.

Miron made a rallying cry to the industry demanding that success and growth lied in positivity and a belief in the medium. He said: Commercial radio does “not believe in itself nearly enough”, adding that it and was too insular, too navel-gazing and not ambitious enough – and that needs to change and will change as we move towards Digital Britain. 

The Digital Britain report will be published in the coming months.

Weird Wacky News (WWN)

Amidst the onslaught of depressing news gracing the front pages over the past few weeks I thought I’d seek out some more lighter quirkier stories. My daily source or media and entertainment Digital Spy has recently started posting odd news and some of them make interesting reading.

Man writes away his tears  

Mr Anting showing off his unique skill

Mr Anting showing off his unique skill

A Japanese man has perfected the ability to write calligraphy using water squirted from his own eyes.

Ru Anting, 56 discovered the talent while swimming in a local river as a boy.

He said: “Sometimes I would swallow water while swimming, and once I accidentally discovered the water I swallowed could be shot out through my eyes.”

Mr Antig revealed his amazing gift to China News.

More on this story……here and here 

Brave dog in fire rescue

Leo the dog plays firefighter

Leo the dog plays firefighter

A dare-devil dog who risked his own life to protect four kittens from a house fire in Melbourne, Australia has been hailed as a hero.

The plucky pooch Leo tested the courageous skills of firefighters as they were forced to dodge fallen power line to rescue him and his feline companions.

All the animals had to be resuscitated following the rescue but are no reported to be safe and well.

Watch the video below.

When lightning strikes!

The cows laying dead after the storm

Tragic Fate: The cows laying dead after the storm

A lightning bolt killed 52 cows when it struck the northern Uruguayan state of San Jose.

Meterologist Fernando Torena said he was not surprised a single lightning bolt had killed the black and brown cows (pictured), stating that cows often crowd around fences to seek protection from bad weather. He called it “very bad luck”.

The report was published in Newspaper El Paris. The photograph was released by the San Jose Police.

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People – Review

Jeff Bridges (Clayton Harding) and Simon Pegg (Sidney Young)

Simon Pegg film shows journalism – is just a series of rooms 

It’s been a couple of years since we had a film centering around the ruthless world of journalism in America, The Devil Wears Prada being the last in 2006. Simon Pegg’s new movie ‘How To Lose Friends & Alienate People’ emphasised this clearly.

The film is based on the personal accounts of Toby Young, a celebrity journalist who struggled for five years to get to the top at Vanity Faire. Simon Pegg plays a very funny Young who continually shoots himself in the foot at every given opportunity, as he tries to adjust to the realities of life a as journalist.

The film depicts the world of journalism as a pressure cooker waiting to go off, with a career being a natural progression through seven different rooms. As an aspiring journalist I was interested in this portrayal but also somewhat scared at the prospect of its reality. Is journalism really as cold and corrupt as the film suggests.

My instant response would be, of course not, Pegg’s Young does make a plethora or mistakes which earn him the abuse he receives, but whilst he comes out smiling in the end, its the other characters who question their morals and break out of the superfitial world of celebrity which the film exposes through the Megan Fox’s Sophie Maes and those who persist in following her every move.

That said I was somewhat surprised at Young’s ability to stay employed for so long despite all his mistakes or even having a piece published. His rise to the seventh room then happened so quickly, if you blinked you’d have missed it.

Whilst this romantic comedy is not way up there with the big hitters it is still a pleasant enjoyable film. Billed as The Devil Wears Prada (TDWP) with balls the film certainly does focus on the brutal, nature of editors and the hard work journalists have to put in to get their big break. Jeff Bridges however, depsite putting in a good performance fails to live up to Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly in TDWP. Megan Fox was on form following her big debut in Transformers and Dunst and Pegg made an interesting pairing in the predictable ending.

However as a film centering around journalism it was a fascinating insight into what happends behind close doors in a newsroom and in order to get to the top you have to make decisions which ultimately affect all of those around you. However whilst you may succeed in your job, such actions don’t necessary bring you happiness and fulfillment.

This is ultimately the films message, do not sacrfice your life for your career, evaluate what is important and do not become embroiled in deceitful actions becuase ultimately you will live to regret it.

Blogged About!

I seem to have really taken to the art of blogging now. However nobody was more surprised than me to see that I am now the subject of a blog myself. My post titled “Are journalists to blame?”, in which I reflect on the debate between Roy Greenslade, Adrian Monck, Paul Fashri and Jeff Jarvis received such an enthusiastic response that a blogger, whose name appears to be a secret, has joined the debate using my post as inspiration. The question – Are Journalists to blame for the downturn in newspapers? – remains open though – let the debate continue.

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