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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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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.

    Lockdown, Under-Reported Stories and Reactions to the Salmond Trial / with Marianne Taylor

    Lockdown, Under-Reported Stories and Reactions to the Salmond Trial / with Marianne Taylor

    Stuart and Eamonn are joined by journalist Marianne Taylor (The Herald) to discuss the Prime Minister’s Monday night address to the nation (announcing a UK-wide 'lockdown'), under-reported stories, and reactions to Alex Salmond's acquittal. Stuart, Eamonn and Marianne also share their media recommendations.


    Marianne’s recommendation: BBC Sounds, ‘Sounds of the 90s with Fearne Cotton’ www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000gkf5
    Eamonn: BBC Scotland documentary, ‘Pictures from Afghanistan’ www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000gsbg/pictures-from-afghanistan
    Stuart: Netflix drama, ‘The English Game’ www.netflix.com/title/80244928


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    Keep up to date with the show on Twitter: @TBLTalkMedia
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    • 44 min
    The Sun, Culture Streaming and Israel’s Use of Mobile Data / with Pennie Taylor

    The Sun, Culture Streaming and Israel’s Use of Mobile Data / with Pennie Taylor

    Stuart and Eamonn are joined by Pennie Taylor (journalist and broadcaster) to discuss The Sun's losses, a recent surge in culture streaming (amid the cancellation of concerts and events as a result of COVID-19), and Israel’s controversial use of mobile phone data. Stuart, Eamonn and Pennie also share their media recommendations.


    Pennie’s recommendations:
    (1) Bill Gates TEDx Talk, ‘The Next Outbreak? We’re Not Ready.’ www.ted.com/talks/bill_gates_the_next_outbreak_we_re_not_ready?language=e
    (2) ‘Netflix Party’ www.netflixparty.com
    (3) The Financial Times www.ft.com
    Eamonn’s recommendation: Tom Junod article, ‘My Father’s Fashion Tips’ www.gq.com/story/fashion-generation-tips-national-magazine-award
    Stuart’s: ‘Imagine A Country: Ideas for a Better Future’ book by Val McDermid and Jo Sharp www.waterstones.com/book/imagine-a-country/val-mcdermid/jo-sharp/9781838851699


    Support the podcast and gain access to bonus content: www.patreon.com/talkmedia


    Keep up to date with the show on Twitter: @TBLTalkMedia
    For more information, visit: www.thebiglight.com/talkmedia For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 45 min
    Salmond Trial, Dorothy Byrne and a New Film Studio / with Hannah McGill

    Salmond Trial, Dorothy Byrne and a New Film Studio / with Hannah McGill

    Stuart and Eamonn are joined by writer and critic Hannah McGill (former director of the Edinburgh Film Festival) to discuss the media's coverage of the Alex Salmond trial, Dorothy Byrne’s resignation from Channel 4, and a new film studio in Leith. Stuart, Eamonn and Hannah also share their media recommendations.


    Eamonn's recommendation: Dominick Dunne Vanity Fair article ‘A Father’s Account of the Trial of His Daughter’s Killer’ www.vanityfair.com/magazine/1984/03/dunne198403
    Hannah: Netflix film ‘Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution’ (RELEASE DATE: 25 March 2020) www.netflix.com/title/81001496
    Stuart: ‘Old School Flyers’ Twitter page www.twitter.com/oldschoolflyers


    Keep up to date with the show on Twitter: @TBLTalkMedia
    For more information, visit: www.thebiglight.com/talkmedia For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 55 min
    Coronavirus, Priti Patel and Twitter / with Shona Craven

    Coronavirus, Priti Patel and Twitter / with Shona Craven

    Stuart and Eamonn are joined by cultural commentator, Shona Craven, to discuss the media's coverage of the coronavirus, Priti Patel's position as Home Secretary (following the very public resignation of Sir Philip Rutnam) and the news that a Republican mega-donor has purchased a stake in Twitter. Stuart, Eamonn and Shona also share their media recommendations.


    Stuart's recommendation: Andy Warhol essay by Olivia Laing in the Financial Times https://www.ft.com/content/75901494-582b-11ea-a528-dd0f971febbc
    Shona's: BBC article 'Who Killed Emma?' by Mona McAlinden https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/Scotland_Who_Killed_Emma
    Eamonn's: 'Breaking News' book by Alan Rusbridger https://canongate.co.uk/books/2417-breaking-news-the-remaking-of-journalism-and-why-it-matters-now/


    Keep up to date with the show on Twitter: @TBLTalkMedia
    For more information, visit: www.thebiglight.com/talkmedia For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 54 min
    Weinstein, Channel 4 and David Steel / with Gayle Anderson

    Weinstein, Channel 4 and David Steel / with Gayle Anderson

    Stuart and Eamonn are joined by Gayle Anderson (former editor of Jackie Magazine) to discuss Harvey Weinstein, in light of Monday’s court verdict, threats to privatise Channel 4, and the resignation of former Liberal Democrat leader David Steel, following the publication of findings from a child abuse inquiry. Stuart, Eamonn and Gayle also share their personal media recommendations.


    Recommendations: 
    Stuart: 'Antisocial' book by Andrew Marantz: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/562022/antisocial-by-andrew-marantz/
    Gayle: Open Culture website with links to 125 Korean films: http://www.openculture.com/2012/12/a_wealth_of_20th-century_korean_cinema_free_online_from_the_korean_film_archive.html
    Eamonn: New Yorker article 'A Suspense Novelist's Trail of Deception' by Ian Parker: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/02/11/a-suspense-novelists-trail-of-deceptions


    Keep up to date with the show on Twitter: @TBLTalkMedia
    For more information, visit: www.thebiglight.com/talkmedia For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 46 min
    BBC Licence Fee and Amal Clooney Defends Press Freedom / with Marianne Taylor

    BBC Licence Fee and Amal Clooney Defends Press Freedom / with Marianne Taylor

    Welcome to the very first episode of Talk Media, brought to you by The Big Light - Scotland's podcast network. This week, Stuart and Eamonn are joined by journalist Marianne Taylor (The Herald) to discuss the future of the BBC, amid an ongoing debate about the licence fee, and Amal Clooney's proposals to safeguard press freedom around the world. Stuart, Eamonn and Marianne also share their media recommendations.


    Marianne's recommendation: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Unfree-Speech-Audiobook/0753557959
    Eamonn's: https://www.hbo.com/documentaries/agnelli
    Stuart's: https://www.netflix.com/title/80217478


    Keep up to date with the show on Twitter: @TBLTalkMedia
    For more information, visit: www.thebiglight.com/talkmedia For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

streetpunk & cityboy ,

Rock & Roll pt2

It’s good to be back.
Have missed the comforting dissension.

Pollybampton ,

Strength to strength

Grown up chat about the media for grown ups. BBC Radio Scotland screwed up by letting these guys go, but on the face of it, honest straight forward debate and comment seem to be beyond the BBC’s remit these days. Love it.

Harry Wragg ,

More petty, almost as ill informed...

A promising start but a podcast that has quickly gone off the boil. A media pundit that doesn’t know where the Titanic story originated? A supposed fair-minded commentator making borderline racist comments about the ethnicity of someone? This is far less than was promised at launch - petty and ill-informed is supposed to be Cosgrove’s other show, not a media analysis and commentary pod. Be better or don’t bother.

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