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Broadcaster Stuart Cosgrove and Professor Eamonn O’Neill host Talk Media: a forensic analysis of how the media works, and who works the media. Packed full of candid commentary and informed opinion, Talk Media features a weekly guest commentator from the worlds of journalism, entertainment and politics.

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    • 4.8 • 190 Ratings

Broadcaster Stuart Cosgrove and Professor Eamonn O’Neill host Talk Media: a forensic analysis of how the media works, and who works the media. Packed full of candid commentary and informed opinion, Talk Media features a weekly guest commentator from the worlds of journalism, entertainment and politics.

    Election Coverage, Derek Chauvin Trial, Super League and Channel 4 / with Allan Rennie

    Election Coverage, Derek Chauvin Trial, Super League and Channel 4 / with Allan Rennie

    Stuart and Eamonn are joined by Allan Rennie - former newspaper editor and honorary Professor of Media Studies at the University of Stirling. This week - Holyrood election and indyref2 coverage, the trial of Derek Chauvin in the USA, media reactions to the Super League and Channel 4 v the Conservative Party.


    RECOMMENDATIONS:
    Stuart: 'Different League: The Derry City Story' - BBC documentary - https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000vcdr/different-league-the-derry-city-story
    Allan: 'Brain fog: how trauma, uncertainty and isolation have affected our minds and memory' - Guardian article by Moya Sarner - https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/apr/14/brain-fog-how-trauma-uncertainty-and-isolation-have-affected-our-minds-and-memory
    Eamonn: 'Is the Church Racist?' - Panorama on BBCiPlayer - https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000vc34/panorama-is-the-church-racist


    Allan's website: https://renniemedia.co.uk


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Media Coverage of Prince Philip’s Death, David Cameron's Lobbying and the Upcoming Holyrood Election / with Isabel Fraser

    Media Coverage of Prince Philip’s Death, David Cameron's Lobbying and the Upcoming Holyrood Election / with Isabel Fraser

    Stuart and Eamonn are joined by former BBC Radio Scotland journalist, Isabel Fraser! This week - media coverage of Prince Philip’s death, David Cameron and the lobbying scandal and issues related to the upcoming Holyrood election. At the end of the show, Stuart, Eamonn and Isabel go on to share their personal media recommendations.


    Stuart: 'How To Get Away With Murder’ - series on Netflix - www.netflix.com/title/80024057
    Isabel:
    1. ‘Klara and the Sun’ - book by Kazuo Ishiguro - www.waterstones.com/book/klara-and-the-sun/kazuo-ishiguro/9780571366217
    2. ‘The Tyranny of Merit’ - book by Michael J. Sandel - www.penguin.co.uk/books/313/313112/the-tyranny-of-merit/9780241407592.html
    Eamonn: ‘The Worricker Trilogy’ - series on Amazon - www.amazon.co.uk/The-Worricker-Trilogy-Season-01/dp/B00JXN3V74


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    • 56 min
    Vaccine Passports, Alba Party, Media Coverage of Northern Ireland and the Bidens / with Stephen Gethins

    Vaccine Passports, Alba Party, Media Coverage of Northern Ireland and the Bidens / with Stephen Gethins

    Stuart and Eamonn are joined by former MP and author, Stephen Gethins. This week - debates surrounding digital vaccine passports in Scotland, the Alba Party’s media conference, coverage of Northern Ireland and the recasting of the Biden family. At the end of the episode, Stuart, Eamonn and Stephen share their media recommendations.


    Stephen’s book, Nation to Nation: www.luath.co.uk/product/nation-to-nation


    RECOMMENDATIONS:
    Stuart: ‘Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius’ - book by Rakim - www.waterstones.com/book/sweat-the-technique/rakim/9780062850232
    Stephen:
    1. [Re-discovery] Laurel and Hardy films - www.facebook.com/LaurelAndHardyForum/
    2. [New discovery] Trio Mandili - band - triomandili.com
    Eamonn:
    1. ‘Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal’ - documentary on Netflix - www.netflix.com/title/81130691
    2. ‘Bending the Arc’ - documentary - bendingthearcfilm.com


    Follow Stephen on Twitter: @StephenGethins


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    • 55 min
    Alba Party & BBC Debate, Purdah and Jennifer Arcuri's Claims of an Affair with Boris Johnson / with Shona Craven

    Alba Party & BBC Debate, Purdah and Jennifer Arcuri's Claims of an Affair with Boris Johnson / with Shona Craven

    Stuart and Eamonn are joined by journalist, Shona Craven. This week - reactions to the launch of Alba Party and the Holyrood leaders’ debate on Tuesday evening, the purdah period and Jennifer Arcuri’s claims of an affair with Boris Johnson. At the end of the show, Stuart, Eamonn and Shona share their media recommendations.


    RECOMMENDATIONS:
    Stuart: 'Word Up!' podcast on BBC Sounds - www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/brand/p0974n7q
    Shona: ‘I’m Not a Monster’ - PBS/BBC podcast series - www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08yblkf/episodes/downloads
    Eamonn: ‘Finding Jack Charlton’ - BBC2 documentary - www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000tq7


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Reactions to the Holyrood Reports, BBC Exodus from London and Death of the Newsroom / with Calum Macdonald

    Reactions to the Holyrood Reports, BBC Exodus from London and Death of the Newsroom / with Calum Macdonald

    Stuart and Eamonn are joined by journalist and Times Radio presenter, Calum Macdonald. This week - reactions to the publication of the Holyrood reports, news that the BBC is moving key departments and staff away from London and the slow death of the newsroom. At the end of the episode, Stuart, Eamonn and Calum share their personal media recommendations.


    RECOMMENDATIONS:
    Stuart: ‘Revealed: the truth about the peers who are born to rule’ - Sunday Times report - www.thetimes.co.uk/article/revealed-the-truth-about-the-house-of-lords-peers-who-are-born-to-rule-nbdvcfrv3
    Calum: ‘Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway’ - www.itv.com/saturdaynighttakeaway
    Eamonn: ‘Pilgrimage’ - BBC2 series - www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09w7lc0


    Times Radio: www.thetimes.co.uk/radio
    Follow Calum on Twitter: @CalumAM


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Policing, Daily Telegraph Staff Pay and Julie Burchill / with Andrea Baker

    Policing, Daily Telegraph Staff Pay and Julie Burchill / with Andrea Baker

    Stuart and Eamonn are joined again by mezzo-soprano, Andrea Baker. This week - policing and the media, reports that The Daily Telegraph plans to link journalists’ pay with article popularity and Julie Burchill’s apology to Ash Sarkar. At the end of the show, Stuart, Eamonn and Andrea go on to share their personal media recommendations.


    Listen to Scotland's Street Orchestra: www.thebiglight.com/scotlandssreetorchestra


    RECOMMENDATIONS:
    Andrea:
    1. ‘Ghosts’ - theatre show app - written and directed by Adura Onashile - www.nationaltheatrescotland.com/events/ghosts
    2. Serge Hovey - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serge_Hovey
    Eamonn: Yo-Yo Ma’s cello performance at a vaccine centre - www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/14/cellist-yo-yo-ma-gives-impromptu-performance-at-covid-vaccine-centre
    Stuart: ‘Murder in a Small Town’ - Channel 5 two-part documentary - www.channel5.com/show/murder-in-a-small-town-2/


    Andrea Baker: https://www.singsistahsing.com


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    • 1 hr 3 min

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