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Published: Sunday, 4 October 2015

On my radar: Melvyn Bragg’s cultural highlights Melvyn Bragg was born in Carlisle, Cumbria, in 1939. He read modern history at Oxford and joined the BBC as a general trainee in 1961. Between 1978 and 2010, he was editor and presenter of The South Bank Show on ITV. In 1988, he started hosting Start the Week on Radio 4 and in 1998 started presenting In Our Time. In 1998, he was appointed to the House of Lords as a life peer and in 1999 became chancellor of the University of Leeds. Between 2002 and 2011, he was president of the charity Mind.


AFL grand final ratings for channel Seven put pressure on NRL and Nine Metro ratings show 2.635 million viewers tuned in to watch Hawthorn beat West Coast on Saturday, down from 2.828 million last year The AFL grand final was a ratings success for the Seven Network, putting the pressure on the Nine Network to deliver a similar ratings result with the NRL decider on Sunday night.

Published: Saturday, 3 October 2015

Embarrassment as broadcaster admits mixing film of two eruptions in Patagonia to make video that went viral The BBC has admitted that footage of a volcanic eruption screened as part of its natural history blockbuster series Patagonia: Earth’s Secret Paradise was faked. The scene, purporting to depict a single volcano in eruption, was actually created by splicing together eruptions from two separate volcanoes. One eruption took place in 2011, the other in 2015.


Six-year sentence after three-hour trial - but the case goes unreported in Vietnam A Vietnamese journalist was found guilty of spying for China on Wednesday (30 September) and sentenced to a six-year jail term by a Hanoi court after a three-hour trial, his lawyer told Reuters.

Published: Friday, 2 October 2015

BBC heavyweights in spoof plea to make Robert Peston stay Jonathan Dimbleby joins Huw Edwards and Nicholas Parsons in on-air appeal offering BBC economics editor their jobs to make him turn down ITV offer


Good to meet you … Ian Hughes I am a retired chartered engineer whose career covered research for the metals industry. I was introduced to the Manchester Guardian at the age of 13 in 1938 by my headmaster, who had once been one of Lloyd George’s private secretaries, and I have been a Guardian reader ever since. My wife of 63 years was a freelance tutor, originally trained in the NHS and later specialising in residential care for the NHS and social services.


Brian Sewell spoke timely truth to power | Letters Susan Loppert’s entirely one-sided letter (28 September) attacks Brian Sewell. The whole point about his writing was that he quite frequently intensely disliked an exhibition of “traditional” art – often on the grounds of (ineptly) non-traditional curating, of which we’ve certainly had our fair share and then some – and that he also quite frequently liked more modern art, often completely unexpectedly.


Economics editor understood to be weighing up offer to encourage him to stay at the BBC, which is thought to involve presenting episodes of Newsnight As the BBC’s economics editor, Robert Peston is used to talking about supply and demand.


Former Top Gear presenter was made the butt of jokes from guest Richard Osman as well as team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton, say witnesses SPOILER ALERT: contains spoilers for Friday night’s HIGNFY Former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson bore the brunt of a series of gags as he recorded an episode of Have I Got News For You, his first time on the BBC since his departure earlier this year.


The Times did not misrepresent Arctic expert in assassination story, IPSO rules Newspaper did not breach press code in report about Prof Peter Wadhams’s claims that British Arctic scientists had been assassinated, regulator says The Times did not misrepresent one of the world’s leading Arctic experts in a report on his claim that three British scientists investigating ice thickness may have been assassinated two years ago, the UK’s press regulator has ruled.


Jeremy Corbyn joins hen party on Blackpool train – and delivers a speech ‘He was a big hit,’ fellow passenger says of Labour leader, who follows predecessor Ed Miliband in becoming focus of a hen party In what seems to have become a rite of passage for a Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn has been mobbed by a hen party on a Glasgow-to-London train.


Viral video: The X-Files, Ronnie Pickering, James Corden, Claire Danes Riverdance gets the Corden treament, Homeland star goes techno, Tony Hawks slips up and Chewbacca loo paper roars


Jeremy Corbyn’s first Labour conference as party leader coincided with Davis’s first anniversary as Newsnight host this week. How has the presenter’s post-Paxo ‘new broadcasting’ style bedded in?


Comprehensive research of newspapers shows women are marginalised This will come as little surprise to my colleague, Jane Martinson, but a survey of more than 2,000 US newspapers, magazines and websites has found that five of six names in news coverage were men. It underlines research led by Jane for Women in Journalism three years ago. But I don’t think the point can be made too often.


Richard Desmond company’s decision to halve price of weekday and weekend editions of tabloid leads to newsagents group pulling titles from shelves The publishers of the Sun and Daily Mirror will not embark on a drastic tabloid price war with Richard Desmond, as the first newsagents stop selling the Daily Star in protest at the planned 50% price cut.


Saturday Night Live: Trump baiting and Miley hosting – can the show pull it off? The 41st season of the long-running comedy show starts this Saturday and viewers will be introduced to the comics who will lampoon 2016’s candidates … oh, and Miley Cyrus is hosting Related: Did Louis CK's Saturday Night Live riff on child abuse go too far?


Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom: 'We're working on time travel' It began just five years ago, with a photo of a dog and his girlfriend’s foot. Now Instagram has outstripped Twitter, with 400 million users. But is there life beyond selfies and sunsets?


Emmy-winning documentary that alleged abusive practices at the religion’s US HQ scores success despite legal threats and hostile social media campaign Sky Atlantic’s broadcast of an Emmy-winning film about Scientology was the most-watched documentary on the channel in three years, despite facing legal threats and a social media campaign designed to discredit it.


Great British Bake Off spices up BBC iPlayer viewing BBC catch-up service attracts 7m views for first four episodes of cookery show in August but it fails to burn past Top Gear as most popular programme overall The return of The Great British Bake Off spiced up viewing on the BBC’s iPlayer in August, with the first four episodes of series six attracting more than 7m views between them.


He lauded the provincial press, arguing that it gave people ‘a much saner picture of the world’ than the gossip, chatter and hysteria produced by Fleet Street I was clearing out some old files this morning when I came across a photocopied page from JB Priestley’s English Journey with the following passage:


Brian Friel obituary When asked why he had two birth certificates, one dated 9 January 1929 and the other 10 January, the Irish playwright Brian Friel, who has died aged 86, replied: “Perhaps I’m twins.” The reaction was typical of a writer acclaimed for the clarity, economy and intensity of his language and his probing of public and private anxieties.


David Walliams to play ‘dirty old’ dinner lady in BBC Christmas special BBC1 adaptation of comedian’s book Billionaire Boy will star Cold Feet’s John Thomson and The Thick of It’s Rebecca Front BBC1’s adaptation of David Walliam’s best-selling book Billionaire Boy will star Cold Feet’s John Thomson, The Thick of It’s Rebecca Front and Walliams as a “dirty old” dinner lady. The book, the fourth Walliams novel to be adapted by the BBC, is being made as an hour-long special that will air as part of the BBC’s festive season of shows.


Actor who plays Arya Stark may upset fans with revelations about season six SPOILER ALERT: this story contains multiple spoilers about season five Game of Thrones fans may not be very happy with Maisie Williams’s latest revelation about the show. Williams, who plays Arya Stark, has revealed that Jon Snow is definitely dead, despite reports and speculation that the character will return.


What's it worth? The problem of measurement in PR If measuring PR results is an inexact science, so is calculating time spent. Unfortunately, it’s got to be done Years back we were sacked over the phone. We’d set up a piece in a key trade title involving an interview with a member of staff from ABC, our client company.


Christopher Miller, Phil Lord and Fox 21 Television Studios option rights to chronicle making of podcast as it follows new case Hit true crime podcast Serial is to turned into a television series by the directors of The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street films. Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, who are also working on the Star Wars spin-off Han Solo film, and Fox 21 Television Studios have optioned the rights to global podcast phenomenon.


Emmeline Pankhurst, singer Billie Holiday and gymnast Nadia Comaneci feature, with former X Factor contestant Fleur East providing soundtrack Virgin Media is to launch a multi-million pound TV campaign featuring female figures including activist Emmeline Pankhurst, singer Billie Holiday and gymnast Nadia Comaneci to mark the launch of its new ultrafast broadband services.


Inside the Guardian: Jason Phipps on the power of the podcast As head of audio at the Guardian, Jason Phipps spends his waking hours creating podcasts and audio that capture the insight, wit and wisdom of our journalism – here’s how he does it


UK newspapers rage against Putin - but offer no coherent solutions Editorials on Russia’s Syrian intervention also attack Obama and Cameron Vladimir Putin’s intervention in Syria is widely viewed as a way of bolstering the position of Bashar al-Assad rather than a commitment to defeating Isis.


Today’s media stories from the papers Our roundup of the day’s media stories, including BBC could offer Peston Newsnight role to head off ITV bid, plus Doctor Who spin-off to appeal to teens If you are viewing this on the web and would like to get our email every morning, please click here. If you’re using our app, choose ‘follow series’ at the top of the Media Briefing page


Class, written by A Monster Calls author Patrick Ness for BBC3, will be set in fictional Coal Hill school – the scene of the Time Lord’s first broadcast in 1963 The BBC is to launch a Doctor Who spin-off series aimed at a Hunger Games-loving teenage audience which will be written by award-winning young adult author Patrick Ness.


As evening classes come round again, it could be the perfect time to have another try at that language you learned in school A student of mine and I touched on the topic of grammar recently – I with enthusiasm, she as tentatively as a home-alone arachnophobe attempting to incarcerate a spider. She had recently decided to brush up on her French, so I’d put together some materials that would lend themselves well to everyday conversation.


Reporter sacked for tweets criticising Anzac jingoism deserves a fair hearing, Fair Work commissioner says, referring to freedoms Anzacs fought for Former SBS reporter Scott McIntyre has been granted permission to sue the broadcaster for unfair dismissal at the Fair Work Commission after he lost his job for tweeting controversial views about Anzac Day.

Published: Thursday, 1 October 2015

Former Top Gear host, who has signed a deal with Amazon since leaving car show, pictured taking a break outside London Studios Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has been pictured taking a break outside London Studios, where he will be making his BBC return, filming Have I Got News For You. Clarkson is due to join team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton in the episode, which airs on Friday.


Bear Grylls criticised for caving without a helmet in ITV show Cave Rescue Organisation says adventurer’s portrayal of caving in Yorkshire Dales is irresponsible and dangerous The adventurer and TV presenter Bear Grylls has been heavily criticised by a cave and mountain rescue team for showing “a total disregard for safety” in his latest ITV series. In Britain’s Biggest Adventures with Bear Grylls, the presenter visits the Long Churn cave system in the Yorkshire Dales, the site of fatal accidents in recent years, without basic equipment such as a helmet.


Deputy editor Ellen Pollock to become first female editor in magazine’s history Bloomberg Businessweek editor Josh Tyrangiel has resigned after six years at the company. Deputy editor Ellen Pollock will replace Tyrangiel, becoming the magazine’s first female editor since its founding in 1929.


Press regulator to review results of public consultation after ‘positive discussion’ The Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) is on the verge of deciding whether to create a pilot arbitration service. Its board met on Wednesday to discuss the results of a public consultation and held what an Ipso spokesperson called “a very positive discussion” about its results.


Insiders also suggest Question Time spot could be under discussion as corporation battles to counter rival’s offer of News at Ten political editor The BBC is pulling out all the stops to keep Robert Peston from jumping ship to ITV with the possibility of more presenting roles for the economics editor, including BBC2’s Newsnight.


Idris Elba’s acclaimed drama, the fourth season of the CIA thriller and a New Zealand vampire comedy with Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement are among this month’s streaming highlights Scream – season one 1 October “You can’t do a slasher movie as a TV series …” Oh wait – they have done. The postmodern horror films move to TV.


Proposal to turn ‘overspill’ service into something like a station in its own right would have ‘material impact’ on rivals such as TalkSport, says BBC Trust BBC plans to expand 5 Live’s digital sister station, 5 Live Sports Extra, have been ruled offside by the BBC Trust for the second time in four years.


News Corp offers Times and WSJ digital bundle for corporate users Push for City readers follows relaunch of the Wall Street Journal’s European and Asian editions last week News Corp is bundling together digital access to the Times and Wall Street Journal for corporate customers, allowing subscribers who sign up for either title via their company to read the other free.


Now we can see the "Calais crisis" for what it was - a media-made myth Manufactured migrant story that vanished when the real story came along... Where have all the Calais “migrants” gone? Gone from front pages, every one. Since the picture of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi was published on 3 September, thus transforming the Syrian refugee crisis into national news, the drama in France has all but vanished from the news agenda.


Zoe Ball, Dermot O’Leary, Guy Martin and Philip Glenister tipped to be in the running after racing driver signs fresh deal with McLaren Honda Jenson Button has ruled himself out of being a presenter on Top Gear after renewing his contract with McLaren Honda for the 2016 Formula One season.


BBC baking contest is up more than a million viewers on last year, as 43% of all TV viewers watch Flora Shedden exit BBC1’s The Great British Bake Off appears to be heading for a record-breaking final after 10 million viewers watched Flora Shedden exit at the semi-final stage, more than a million viewers up on last year.


Spotify rival also strikes deal to offer Bundesliga coverage as it seeks to expand into news, talk and entertainment Deezer has struck a deal with TalkSport to offer Premier League and FA Cup matches on its streaming service in the UK. The Spotify rival, which is planning an initial public offering that could value the business at €1bn (£737m), has also struck a deal with to provide match commentary from the Bundesliga on its service in Germany.


Social network’s UK and Ireland managing director to assist publisher with digital expansion The publisher of the Daily Mirror has appointed Facebook’s UK and Ireland chief as a non-executive director to boost its drive into digital publishing. Steve Hatch, Facebook’s first managing director for its UK and Ireland operation, is joining the board of Trinity Mirror from 1 December.


Our roundup of the day’s media stories, including Richard Desmond sparks tabloid price war by halving cost of Star editions If you are viewing this on the web and would like to get our email every morning, please click here. If you’re using our app, choose ‘follow series’ at the top of the Media Briefing page


His Caribbean mobile phone operator is to block web companies’ adverts A mobile phone company controlled by Denis O’Brien, the Irish media mogul, has started blocking advertisements on its networks. Digicel, the leading operator across the Caribbean, has launched the initiative as a way of forcing internet companies, such as Google, Yahoo and Facebook, to pay for access its customers.


Waitrose chooses Winnie the Pooh song for autumn TV ad Retailer selects song from 1967 Disney film for first TV campaign in a year Waitrose has turned to a classic song from Disney’s classic 1967 Winnie the Pooh film as the soundtrack to its first TV ad campaign in a year. The campaign, which features a digitally remastered version of the signature song from the classic film Winnie Pooh and the Blustery Day, marks a TV return for Waitrose which wants to reinforce the quality and provenance of its food.


Biggest overhaul of law for years will see statutory rights traditionally covering cars and white goods extended to apps and music downloads Millions of UK consumers who download music or buy ebooks can now claim a replacement if the digital content they have bought is faulty. In an overhaul of consumer law hailed as the biggest for a generation, statutory rights covering cars and white goods are to be extended to apps and music downloads and enshrined in a single piece of legislation.


The Weekly Beast: queue of blokes forms for ABC news director role vacated by Kate Torney Interviews to begin two weeks after Torney’s departure; Dame Edna and Sir Les spruik News Corp’s metro mastheads; Channel Nine’s The Verdict launches next week Two weeks after Kate Torney left the ABC for the last time, a shortlist for her replacement as director of news has been drawn up and interviews are about to begin. There are two strong internal candidates and at least two strong external candidates, both of whom have had distinguished careers at the ABC.