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MEDIA NEWS

Behind closed doors

Broadcaster Michael Crick, who until earlier this year worked as a political correspondent for Channel 4, has a new series starting this afternoon on BBC Radio 4. Tales from the Lobby promises to cast a ‘multifocal lens’ on the lobbying industry and the ‘400-year-old scandal waiting to happen’. The ten-episode series will start today at 1.45pm.

Head to head

This evening, leadership candidates Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson face back to back live interviews from Allison Pearson and Camilla Tominey of The Telegraph. Julie Etchingham at ITV will host a TV debate between Hunt and Johnson tomorrow evening. To date, it is the only scheduled live debate between the candidates. The BBC will broadcast The Andrew Neil Interviews: Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson on Friday evening, with Neil conducting two consecutive 30-minute interviews with each candidate. Hunt previously said that the BBC’s plan to host a special episode of Question Time on 16 July was an ‘absolute joke’ and ‘disrespectful to members and the public’ because many people will have already cast their votes before the deadline on 22 July.

Meanwhile, Polling Politics, a podcast by New Statesman podcast editor Nick Hilton, ex-Buzzfeed media and politics reporter Marie Le Conte and ex-YouGov pollster Joe Twyman, has begun broadcasting once again. It last aired in February and has restarted as Conservative Party members receive their ballots for the leadership elections. Following the election, they will also cover the build up to Brexit and the fallout from the recent EU parliamentary elections.

Nothing is free

More than three quarters (77%) of UK millennials do not pay for news, according to a Comscore study. The figures come as news publishers are increasingly controlling access to websites with paywalls. The analysis advised publishers to ‘find ways to bring to life how big news events directly impact younger consumers’ and ‘bring this level of impact to the forefront when they present news.’ The report also highlighted the importance of prominence: ‘Publishers need to foster and maintain relationships with device manufacturers and wireless companies to ensure that their brands are prominently featured wherever their content is distributed.’

COMMENT OF THE WEEK

MEDIA MOVES

Kirsty Young has announced that she will be permanently stepping down as presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.

Taha Lokhandwala has been appointed investment editor at The Telegraph.

Julian Harris is leaving City A.M. to join The Telegraph as associate business editor.

Anna Isaac is leaving The Telegraph to join the Wall Street Journal as a London-based financial markets reporter.

Helen Lewis has left the New Statesman to join The Atlantic.

David Bond is now Brexit editor at the Financial Times.

Jess Clark now covers retail and property at City A.M.

Owen Bennett is joining The Telegraph as Whitehall editor.

Louisa Clarence-Smith now covers property and professional services at The Times.

Basia Cummings is leaving Huffington Post UK to join Tortoise Media.

Emma Shone is deputy news editor at Property Week.

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