Media News and Media Moves – March 12th 2018
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Broadcasting live from… Birmingham?
Channel 4 is to invite pitches from cities across the UK who wish to host its second headquarters amid reports it will move nearly half of its staff out of the capital next year. The state-owned broadcaster has been at odds with the Government for more than a year following an ownership review, which concluded that, while it should not be privatised, it should move some or all of its operations outside London. Channel 4 initially said a major move would be ‘highly damaging’, but now appears to have accepted the recommendation, with plans to open three new ‘creative hubs’ and increase its regional presence. Favourites include Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool. The plan will also include tripling the number of news jobs in the nations and regions by 2020. For more, read here.
The best of local news
Showing the value of local coverage, the Salisbury Journal celebrated a busy week with a timeline of how it broke the Russian spy story that went on to dominate news coverage across the globe. The paper published its first breaking news story on the major incident on Sunday 4th March just before 6pm – nearly 24 hours ahead of the nationals – after receiving video of an air ambulance landing in a car park. The world’s media went on to descend on the city, with the Journal receiving interview requests from countries including Canada, Russia and New Zealand.
Out and about
Sky News is to start sending more reporters out of the newsroom ‘in search of the surprising truth of a fractured Britain’. The journalists will report from ‘Line 18’ – a route from Essex to Belfast via the Midlands and Manchester – with the aim of getting a ‘clear and balanced picture of what’s going on’. Jonathan Levy, Sky’s head of newsgathering, announced the move in a blog in which he claimed the media’s surprise at the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s victory showed journalists need to get out more.
The Evening Standard is being redesigned to turn its business pages pink and drop ‘London’ from its title, according to the Drum. Editor George Osborne told the website that the paper’s first redesign in a decade will also include enhanced entertainment coverage as well as a change to the paper’s brand colours from yellow to red.
Hey big spender
Women are stereotyped in financial coverage as ‘splurgers’ while men are seen as savvy financiers, a study has found. An analysis of 300 media reports from the last year showed 65 per cent of articles aimed at women suggested they were excessive spenders, while articles for men presented the financial world as packed with opportunity. Alongside the study, the #MakeMoneyEqual campaign has been launched, which calls for media and businesses to talk about money in the same way for everyone. For the Guardian’s take on the story, see here.
The Spectator has launched a new website aimed at readers in the US, which will include new content from American writers as well as the best articles from the UK Spectator. Freddy Gray, the USA editor, described the online-only section as ‘pro-America and pro-American’, adding: ‘We promise not to be crazily for or crazily against the Donald.’
Women mean business
The Telegraph has launched a new editorial campaign calling on the Government to better support female entrepreneurs. The Women Mean Business campaign, which launched on International Women’s Day with a letter signed by 200 business leaders, MPs and academics, will focus on start-ups and stories about successful female entrepreneurs.
Comment of the Week
I spent 2 months getting the news mostly from print. It changed my life.
I was better informed, less anxious, and I had tons of free time.
I distilled the experience into three Michael Pollan-esque lessons:
Get news. Not too quickly. Avoid social.https://t.co/09A1Q3vzBK
— Farhad Manjoo: ask your friends to follow me (@fmanjoo) March 7, 2018
Dan Williams is to become head of politics at Sky News from May as Esme Wren leaves to edit BBC Newsnight.
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