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Published: Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Natural history veteran to be interviewed about his career by Kirsty Young in front of a studio audience He is used to scrutinising the wonders of the natural world but Sir David Attenborough himself will be the focus of a new BBC1 programme to mark his 90th birthday next year.


Market research company Survation says it does not ‘endorse or support’ newspaper’s reporting of its survey of British Muslims The market research company Survation has distanced itself from how an opinion poll it carried out about British Muslims has been reported by the Sun. The newspaper is facing an increasing backlash against its front-page report of an opinion poll purporting to show that one in five British Muslims had “sympathy for jihadis”.


Representatives of paper acquired video that had previously been encrypted by police and then insisted hard disk was destroyed, claims witness The Daily Mail has been accused of paying €50,000 (£35,000) to obtain video of one of the terrorist attacks in Paris that had been encrypted by French police to prevent it being made public.


London financial freesheet posts pre-tax loss of £624,917 in 2014, with company’s five directors banking almost £540,000 London financial freesheet City report a more than five-fold increase in pre-tax losses last year, while company directors banked almost £540,000.


And why it’s also wrong to refer to ‘Muslims’ as if they are a single entity There is an insistent call for Muslims to condemn Isis. (I’ll come back to that groupist description in a moment). The Sun’s leading article a week ago (17 November) began: “Here is a simple way for Muslims to denounce the monsters of IS: march through London in massive numbers with placards saying ‘not in our name.’”


Peter Davison, who played Time Lord from 1982 to 1984, says government plans are politically motivated and designed to ‘slowly dismantle’ corporation


Record number of complaints over story alleging one in five British Muslims had ‘sympathy for jihadis’ as it emerges that YouGov refused to carry out poll The Sun is facing a backlash against its front page report of an opinion poll purporting to show that one in five British Muslims had “sympathy for jihadis”.


The internet has hit back after the Sun claimed one in five Muslims have ‘sympathy for jihadis’


Our roundup of the day’s media stories, including Jeremy Clarkson’s Top Gear years to feature in BBC special, plus ITV confirms The Voice deal 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


Seventy-one-year-old critic of Communist party is ‘reasonably healthy’, says lawyer following closed-door hearing in Beijing A 71-year-old Chinese journalist appealed on Tuesday against her seven-year jail sentence for “leaking state secrets”, a conviction condemned by free speech advocates worldwide.


Spoof article on satirical site The Backburner has infuriated journalists from Rupert Murdoch’s Australian mastheads and other media outlets SBS has come under fire for running a satirical article online which mocked redundancies at News Corp and suggested the laid-off reporters would now be able to get jobs elsewhere as “actual journalists”.


Actor says that despite strong scripts in new run of BBC1 hit there will be those who want to knock it down ‘a peg or two’ Poldark star Aidan Turner says he expects the knives will be out for the second series of the hit BBC1 period drama.


It is not known whether Top Gear: From A to Z will include ‘F for fracas’, a description used by BBC for incident in which presenter assaulted producer Jeremy Clarkson’s Top Gear years are to feature in a “two‐part extravaganza” on the BBC this Christmas, with star guests presenting highlights of the motoring show before his controversial departure earlier this year.

Published: Monday, 23 November 2015

Survation used controversial methodology to keep survey affordable as paper’s usual pollster reveals it refused the job A poll purporting to show that one in five British Muslims had “sympathy for jihadis” was constructed by calling people with “Muslim surnames” in an effort to complete an affordable survey of opinion in the week after the Paris terror attacks.


Co-host is quitting top-rated morning cable show to spend more time with her family, she said in surprise statement released on Monday Fox & Friends is losing a friend. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the hit morning show’s star attraction, will quit by the end of the year to spend more time with her family. “Oftentimes, the most difficult decisions are between two great things,” the co-presenter said in a surprise statement released Monday.


Equality and Human Rights Commission and prime minister criticise refusal to screen advert but leading adman says all religions should be denied airtime Pressure is mounting on the company that handles most cinema advertising in the UK to back down over a ban on a Church of England promotion of the Lord’s Prayer.


Cash injection over next five years will allow expansion of service in regions including North Korea, Ethiopia and Russia The government is to give the BBC £289m over the next five years to invest in expanding the BBC World Service into countries such as North Korea as part of its strategy designed to strengthen the UK’s “soft power”.


DisneyLife, initially launching in UK, will be first time Hollywood giant has offered such a wide range of content in one place Disney has unveiled its eagerly anticipated new family-focused subscription streaming service, DisneyLife, launching in the UK first ahead of a global rollout.


A look at the polling data behind the tabloid’s headline calls into question how the newspaper interpreted the data The Sun splashed with the headline: “One in five Brit Muslims’ sympathy for jihadis” on Monday but does the claim stack up? A look at the polling data behind the headline calls into question how the newspaper has interpreted the data.


Promo for comedian’s show referring to sex acts and song containing explicit references aired after 9pm watershed during Friends and Two and a Half Men Comedy Central has fallen foul of the broadcasting regulator for running a trailer with crude and explicit sexual references for US sketch show Inside Amy Schumer.


End of presenter’s career immortalised on sign from anonymous donor at Simonstone Hall in Yorkshire


On his first day as a presenter on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Monday Piers Morgan gets off to an awkward start with his co-host Susanna Reid. Reid refers to herself as Morgan’s TV wife, prompting Morgan to ask if he has conjugal rights


£14m drama still in early evening slot despite complaints from viewers who believe it is too scary to be aired at teatime ITV’s programming chiefs will be having nightmares about big budget Jekyll and Hyde, as viewing has halved since launch, with less than two million tuning into Sunday night’s episode.


Hit BBC1 show peaks at more than 11 million viewers, easily winning ratings battle against X Factor and I’m a Celebrity Strictly Come Dancing hit a series high of 10.7 million viewers on Sunday night, easily winning the ratings battle against X Factor and I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!


‘Occupant’ is told: to ensure the supply remains connected, you must register This needs no comment. The letter sent by Electric Ireland to “The Occupant, Killiney Graveyard, Castlegregory, Co Kerry” - as reproduced on the website under the headline “Return to sender” - reads as follows: PLEASE REGISTER YOUR ACCOUNT


31 complaints for The Zygon Inversion episode showing doppelganger of Doctor’s assistant Clara firing bazooka at plane Ofcom has decided against launching an investigation into an episode of Doctor Who that was branded insensitive for showing a plane being shot down soon after the crash of a flight out of Egypt.


London office of site to be run by Sarah Raphael, previously acting editor of i-D Refinery29, the US-based lifestyle site targeting millennial women, launched a UK site backed by an editorial team of 11, the first stage of a major international expansion.


‘Don’t hold your breath’, says academic about to reveal new research on the topic A new study on women in broadcasting will show the continuing dominance of men in news output on TV and radio as both interviewers and interviewees. According to a previous research conducted by Professor Lis Howell of City University London, four male experts appeared on UK news bulletins for every woman.


Broadcaster likely to use acquisition to put pressure on Simon Cowell as it negotiates new deals for The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent next year ITV is expected to finally officially announce that it has secured The Voice this week.


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Ireland’s former newspaper owner protects himself from creditors who are seeking £70m while the country’s new media magnate acquires a £42m plane The juxtaposition of two articles in the “best read” list of the Irish Times’s online news digest on Saturday spoke volumes about the changed fortunes of two men.


Immediate Media enters TV market after snapping up Jewellery Maker with round the clock broadcast on Sky, Virgin, Freesat and Freeview The publisher of titles including Radio Times and Top Gear is to make its first move into television by buying TV shopping channel Jewellery Maker.


Tablet use is also on the rise with half the country’s population expected to own one before New Year as density of mobile devices hit an all time high By 2018 two-thirds of Britons will own a smartphone and be an avid tablet user, according to new research. The surge in popularity of portable devices to consume TV, video and other media shows no signs of abating, according to media agency ZenithOptimedia’s New Media Forecast.

Published: Sunday, 22 November 2015

Director general says reviewing charter every five years prevents decision-making being free from political and market interference Tony Hall is to become the first director general of the BBC to argue for full external regulation of the corporation, in an intervention intended to protect it from political interference.


BBC series documents choices and dilemmas confronting middle-class Syrian family as they contemplate making the journey to Europe The plight of Syrian refugees making the perilous journey to Europe from Damascus will be the subject of a week-long BBC Radio 4 drama series this week.


• What can explain last week’s deluge of media appearances by the UK’s youngest press baron, Independent and Evening Standard owner Evgeny Lebedev? In the space of a few days he scored TV slots on Wednesday’s The One Show and (wearing the same outfit, all-black with a shiny tie, as if he’d slept in it) Thursday’s Question Time, and also popped up on the Today programme, Chris Evans’s Radio 2 show and Radio 4’s arts plugfest Loose Ends.


Earlier this month a new tool in the evolution of digital journalism arrived in the homes of 1 million New York Times subscribers in the form of a cardboard box. The unassuming package contained a pre-assembled Google Cardboard set, a cheap and cheerful virtual reality viewer that, when combined with a smartphone and the NYT VR app, allowed readers to watch The Displaced, an 11-minute film about refugee children, in immersive, 360-degree video.


Over eight decades as an entertainment and media impresario – whose work has spanned comics, movies, TV shows and more – the imagination of Stan Lee has produced characters able to surmount or manipulate almost any limitation of the physical world. Think Spider-Man (Lee’s favorite creation), The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four and a host of other multibillion-dollar properties Lee helped dream up and on which the content colossus of Marvel Entertainment now rests.


Senior News Corp reporter was taken aside during press visit for collecting personal details of Syrian fighters being secretly treated in Israeli hospital Sharri Markson, a senior journalist from News Corp’s The Australian, has said security forces in Israel were being “heavy-handed” when they briefly detained her during a press tour after she collected personal details of wounded Syrian fighters being secretly treated in a hospital.


Dr Natalie Roberts – in her clear, hard-headed way – answered the question 24 hours before it was asked. Why such overwhelming media attention to the horror of Paris, page after page filled with eyewitnesses and reconstructions day after day, TV anchors from around the globe broadcasting live from the shadow of the Eiffel Tower?


The BBC is our national broadcaster, covering all areas (and regions) of British public life. That includes sport. But the BBC has more or less given up on televised sport. It doesn’t do the national game: cricket. It does Wimbledon and a few extra tournaments: no use to a real tennis fan. Rugby union on any consistent basis, Formula One, boxing, horse racing and now golf are gone, all gone. Snooker and darts look doomed after the latest round of cuts.


Award-winning social affairs journalist dies a week after revealed the lung cancer she underwent surgery for in 2014 had ‘raged back’ Journalist Adele Horin has died a week after revealing the lung cancer she had previously been treated for had “raged back”. Horin, 64, covered social issues for the Sydney Morning Herald for 18 years until 2013.


Closure of Zoo and FHM signals end to an era after new websites replaced magazines aimed at young men Over the past two decades, magazines such as FHM, Loaded, Nuts and Zoo have surfed the wave of laddish culture brought to life in the 1990s sitcom, Men Behaving Badly.

Published: Saturday, 21 November 2015

When Sky launched its pay-TV platform in the UK, it was the outsider in the broadcast industry. But now it is part of the media establishment, and last week’s launch of its new set-top box was the first move in its fight against a new breed of rivals. Sky Q is its response to the gauntlet Apple threw down in September. Launching a revamped version of the company’s Apple TV set-top box, Apple chief executive Tim Cook proclaimed: “The future of TV is apps.”

Published: Friday, 20 November 2015

The internet was meant to be an amazing engine for invention and diversification in media. With the barriers to entry toppling, anybody could become a publisher, and, thanks to the blog revolution, thousands of people did. In the mid-2000s, especially, the dream of web-based nanopublishing was alive and well: if “freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one,” as AJ Liebling famously said, then suddenly hundreds of millions of people had a printing press at their fingertips.


I’m a 40-year-old, married mother of one. I was born in Surrey to a Hong Kong Chinese father and a British mother. Both parents worked for the NHS as nurses. I spent my childhood in the company of fellow NHS families in nursing houses for Brookwood Hospital, a large mental hospital which has now closed down. It was an eclectic multicultural upbringing and there was a big sense of community.


This week I went off Facebook and Twitter to test the theory that social media makes you miserable. I was no happier, but I had more time


Broadcaster’s Twitter feed gets distinctly ‘off brand’ as party goers offer their own take on its drama slogan There is a saying in showbusiness that you should never work with children or animals. ITV may want to expand that to include never allowing advertising executives to hijack a fun promotion at your party and then allow it to go up on Twitter.


Sky News senior executive Rob Owers joins Twitter to lead UK news team and develop government and industry partnerships Twitter has appointed Rob Owers, a former senior executive on Sky News’ digital operation and News At Ten bulletin, as its new UK head of news.


Giles Oakley writes: The staff canteen serving the BBC rehearsal rooms in Acton, west London, always afforded wonderful opportunities for producers like me to spot off-duty stars such as Sir John Gielgud or Twiggy, both of whose smiles could light up the whole room. But no one matched the impact made by Warren Mitchell one wintry day at Christmas time in the 1990s. Related: Warren Mitchell obituary Continue reading...