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 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.
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
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.
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
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.
Brave dog in fire rescue
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!
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.