Media News and Media Moves – April 9th 2018
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50:50 gender split
The BBC is set to have a 50:50 gender split of expert voices by April 2019 after the corporation set itself the target. More than 80 of its news, current affairs and topical programmes – including the BBC News at Six and BBC News at 10 – have signed up for the challenge and are now recording figures. Fran Unsworth, BBC director of news, said the BBC was seeing ‘real transformation’ but wanted to go ‘further and faster’. She also encouraged other broadcasters who want to adopt a similar approach to get in touch. A progress report will be produced next April. Read the BBC’s full release about the project here.
YouGov, the data and analytics firm, has extended in Europe, opening offices in Spain and Italy. The moves mean that in each market clients will be able to access the company’s research and brand perception services, with more than a year’s worth of historical data gathered in some areas already. YouGov now has more than 30 offices in more than 20 countries. Read more here.
Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy has launched a new podcast, which will explore the ‘big ideas influencing how we think, act and live’. The hour-long podcast, Ways to Change the World, will include interviews with artists, politicians and writers who aren’t the ‘usual suspects’. Guests include Green Party leader Caroline Lucas, model Lily Cole and Mark Regev, the Israeli ambassador to the UK. In an interview with Press Gazette, Guru-Murthy added that he wanted to get away from his typical ‘punchy’ style of interview.
Stig Abell, the editor of the Times Literary Supplement, has suggested that publications that offer ‘expertise, length and breadth’ will continue to be successful as readers turn against the ‘overwhelming overflows of information’. Abell, who has been editor at the publication since 2016, was celebrating the magazine’s 6,000th issue, with recent figures showing circulation at 38,545 – a 20 per cent rise year-on-year. In an interview with Press Gazette, he suggests that the magazine – like the Economist, Spectator and New Statesman – is part of a ‘counter revolution’ to the current media climate.
All change at the Express?
Separately, Abell has been tweeting about how different he thinks the Daily Express is now it has been bought by Trinity Mirror. After dedicating its front page today to the events in Syria, Abell wrote: ‘Not important in the scheme of things, but for those interested in British media: this splash would never have happened under previous Express ownership. It would have been statins all the way.’
Conversation of the Week
— Red Box (@timesredbox) April 9, 2018
Jessica Bulman, ITV News’ head of planning, is to move to 5 News as deputy editor. Speaking about the appointment, Jessica said she was excited about making programmes that ‘dare to be different’.
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