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MEDIA NEWS

Popularity contest 

Andrew Marr and David Dimbleby are more popular than Strictly Come Dancing and The Great British Bake Off – at least according to a list of the most tweeted about television series of the year. Kantar Media analysed 75 million TV-related tweets finding that of the top ten, news and politics shows occupy half of the top spots. ITV’s Love Island ranked first with 6.3 million tweets, followed by the BBC’s Question Time with 2.5 million and ITV’s Good Morning Britain with 1.8 million. The Andrew Marr Show was fourth with Daily Politics (now Politics Live) and Newsnight coming in fifth and sixth respectively.

ABCs

The Audit Bureau of Circulations’ November figures show a drop in both print sales and web figures. The Mail Online saw a 16 per cent year-on-year drop in web figures followed by The Sun and the Metro. In print, it was The Telegraph titles that suffered the most, with a 22 per cent year-on-year drop for The Daily Telegraph and 17 per cent for The Sunday Telegraph. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Metro, a free title, saw the smallest decline (one per cent) followed by The Sunday Times (three per cent).

Winner winner

Amelia Gentleman of the Guardian has been awarded journalist of the year at the British Journalism Awards for her investigation into the Windrush scandal. Gentleman’s work was praised by the judges as it ‘set the agenda for the weeks and brought down a home secretary’. The Observer’s Carole Cadwalladr won the technology journalism award for her work on Cambridge Analytica, with her in-depth interviews in spite of non-disclosure agreements praised by the judges.

ITV’s top spot

ITV’s News at Ten is the only news bulletin to enjoy an increase in viewing figures and is currently enjoying the highest average share since 2011. Separately, audience numbers for ITV’s main channel have grown for the last three years, peaking in 2018 thanks to the World Cup and fan favourites such as Love Island and I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!.

COMMENT OF THE WEEK

MEDIA MOVES

Harry Hodges has joined The Daily Telegraph as deputy comment editor.

Ben Hunte has been appointed the BBC’s first LGBT correspondent.

Adam Vaughan is now chief reporter at the New Scientist.

Samuel Gibbs has been appointed consumer technology editor at the Guardian.

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