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MEDIA NEWS

Local loses

Global, the broadcaster behind Capital, Heart and Smooth radio stations, is replacing local breakfast shows with nationally produced ones. Capital radio currently has 14 different breakfast programmes made and broadcast around the country, but they are to be cut on April 8 and replaced by one national show. Capital’s 14 different drive time shows will also be slimmed to nine by merging several regions. Shadow Culture Secretary Tom Watson called the resulting job losses a ‘travesty’ and ‘particularly damaging at a time when local news is already under extreme pressure’.

Winner, winner

BBC Africa Eye’s forensic analysis of mobile phone footage of a shooting in Cameroon, The Anatomy of a Killing, won the New Technology Award at the Royal Television Society last week. The Government of Cameroon initially dismissed the video as ‘fake news’, but BBC Africa Eye analysed the footage, proving exactly where and when it happened. The judges said it was ‘a superb piece of public interest journalism which held power to account and had a huge impact on social media’. If you haven’t already seen it, you can watch it here.

In total, Channel 4 won seven awards including daily news programme and scoop of the year. The BBC followed closely behind with five wins in categories including news presenter of the year (Emily Maitlis) and nations and regions current affairs.

Your headlines

Tortoise, the slow news project created by former Times and BBC editor James Harding, is holding an open ‘ThinkIn’ tonight that is free to attend, even for non-subscribers. ThinkIns, which are normally reserved for paid-up members only, are based on the morning conference held at many newspapers to decide the day’s stories. Tortoise describes the ThinkIns as ‘a place where everyone has a seat at the table’, with the readers involved in debating the news angle. Tonight’s session is asking what the Catholic Church needs to do to root out abuse at 6pm at Fora in Fitzrovia, you can click here to sign up.

Who knows?

Former deputy editor of Vogue Emily Sheffield has announced an Instagram news start-up and revealed she has backing from the Guardian’s venture capital fund. The project, named #ThisMuchIKnow, has been posting daily briefings, pictures, polls and videos using the handle @thismuchiknowglobal. Sheffield posted a job advert for new employees, saying: ‘This is not a job for people who like a safe desk job. We are an experimental news start-up… We are exploring futuristic ways to share the news and seek conversation on the issues that matter.’

You’re fired?

Previously covered in this newsletter was the news that Nick Hewer, of Apprentice fame, was set to host a Department for International Trade-sponsored podcast called Local is Global to herald the benefits of international trade in a post-Brexit era. It has now been reported that the six-episode series, part of the Government’s Exporting is GREAT campaign, earned just 8,398 listeners despite costing £107,000. That’s a cost of £12.70 per person.

One for the diary

On Thursday the Media and Telecoms 2019 & Beyond conference in London will host BBC director general Lord Tony Hall, Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon, ITV chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall, Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright, CBI director general Carolyn Fairbairn and Guardian editor-in-chief Katherine Viner.

 SPOTLIGHT ON DIGITAL

 

MEDIA MOVES

Matthew Garrahan has been appointed news editor at the Financial Times. He previously covered media at the paper.

Joe Watts is leaving his position as political editor at The Independent to become head of news at the Department for International Trade.

Liam Kelly is now covering housebuilding at The Sunday Times.

Jonathan Brocklebank has been appointed chief feature writer for the Daily Mail.

COMMENT OF THE WEEK

 

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