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Social media, anti-social media, breaking news, faking news: this is the programme about a revolution in media, with Amol Rajan, the BBC's media editor. New episode every Wednesday

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Social media, anti-social media, breaking news, faking news: this is the programme about a revolution in media, with Amol Rajan, the BBC's media editor. New episode every Wednesday

    Keep Calm and Put Radio On

    Keep Calm and Put Radio On

    Radio stations have reported a huge surge in listeners since the start of the lock-down. Amol Rajan meets three presenters now helping to calm the nation.

    Guests: Simon Mayo of Scala Radio, Linda McDermott of BBC Radio Merseyside, and Iain Lee of talkRADIO.

    Producer: Richard Hooper

    • 27 min
    World locks down, media steps up

    World locks down, media steps up

    A global lock down means demand for media has never been higher - but making it has never been harder. Amol Rajan hears how TV producers and news providers are adapting. Also in the show, can esports fill the void left by the cancellation of live sport?

    Guests: Carrie Brown, Chair of the Football Writers' Association, John McVay, chief executive Pact, Paul McNamee, editor The Big Issue, Luke Lambourne, creator of Ultimate QuaranTeam and Leyton Orient FC media manager, and Shona Ghosh, UK tech editor Business Insider.

    Producer: Richard Hooper

    • 28 min
    Return of the expert

    Return of the expert

    How good a job is the media doing at explaining the science behind what's going on with coronavirus? Are we hearing enough from the experts? The right experts? Or is the Westminster lobby still setting the news agenda? Amol Rajan is joined by Emily Wilson, editor of New Scientist, Gareth Mitchell, presenter and lecturer in Science Communication at Imperial College London, and Dr Ellie Cannon, GP and Mail on Sunday columnist. Also in the show, how the BBC is responding with Dan McGolpin, BBC Controller of iPlayer and Programming.

    • 27 min
    Panic and the truth

    Panic and the truth

    As the number of people infected with coronavirus rises rapidly in Europe and the US, can journalists ever report the situation without causing panic? In Italy the newspaper Corriere della Sera has been accused of endangering public health after it published a leak of a government order to lock down the north of the country, resulting in people fleeing the region before it was implemented. Should journalists ever withhold the truth?

    Also in the programme, how Good Housekeeping has become the biggest selling women's lifestyle magazine in the UK.

    Amol Rajan is joined by Jess Brammar, editor in chief HuffPost UK, Tom Phillips, editor Full Fact, Paul Nuki, global health security editor The Daily Telegraph, Gaby Huddart, editor in chief Good Housekeeping and Dany Mitzman, freelance journalist in Italy.

    Producer: Richard Hooper

    • 28 min
    The Barclay Brothers, bugs, and The Telegraph

    The Barclay Brothers, bugs, and The Telegraph

    The Daily Telegraph has reportedly been put up for sale by its owners, Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay. But according to a High Court case, relatives of the brothers are now feuding. One side even alleges the other has been bugging their conversations in the Ritz Hotel in London. How might the dispute complicate the future direction of the newspaper?

    Also in the programme, as the BBC Local News Partnership scheme expands into BAME publications, is the news industry now dependent on subsidies?

    Amol Rajan is joined by Rithika Siddhartha, Associate Editor of Eastern Eye, Meera Selva, Director at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Will Gore, Head of Partnerships and Projects at the National Council for the Training of Journalists, Jane Martinson, Marjorie Deane Professor of Financial Journalism at City University and Alex Barker, Global Media Editor of the Financial Times.

    Producer: Richard Hooper

    • 27 min
    The new wave of political magazines

    The new wave of political magazines

    Magazine sales are up for some titles, with a resurgence of those that deal with news and current affairs. What's their secret? Also in the programme, why campaigners say CGTN, the English language news channel from China, should lose its Ofcom licence to broadcast in the UK.

    Amol Rajan is joined by Jason Cowley, editor The New Statesman, Rosie Blau, editor 1843, Christopher Montgomery, co-editor The Critic, and Peter Dahlin, director of Safeguard Defenders

    Producer: Richard Hooper

    • 28 min

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