What is 4 for? - Channel 4 Day - Steve Hewlett
Steve Hewlett is a freelance media consultant, broadcaster and columnist for the MediaGuardian. He is a former director of programmes at Carlton TV in London, former Controller of Factual Programmes for Channel Four and was editor of ‘Panorama’ at the BBC from 1995 to 1997. This talk was part of a day devoted to Channel 4 at Coventry University.
The History of Channel 4 - Channel 4 Day - Maggie Brown
Maggie Brown has been covering the media industry for over twenty years and has built a reputation as one of the countries most respected and highly regarded specialist media journalists. Granted access to Channel 4’s rich archive and frank interviews with the founders, chief executives and stars alike, she has recently completed a fresh British Film Institute history on the channel due out in November. Here she discusses the history of Channel 4.
‘Crowngate’ and ‘TV Fakery’ - Will Wyatt
‘Crowngate’ was one of the biggest media news stories during the frenzy on TV ‘fakery’. At the time Wyatt promised he would endeavour to “establish a full understanding of the events” that led to the furore surrounding the film about the Queen. Wyatt now works as a media consultant and company director. In 1988, he was Head of Documentary Features before becoming Managing Director BBC Network Television. In 1996 he became Chief Executive of the BBC, overseeing the launch of BBC Onli
PR and Racial Equality - Colleen Harris
Colleen Harris has recently set a consultancy which helps map out issues of Equality and Diversity for companies such as Channel 4 and the Telegraph Media Group. She has previously worked as a PR advisor for Trevor Phillips, John Prescott, Prince Charles and Margaret Thatcher amongst others.
Getting into Radio - Madeleine Kent
Madeleine did a degree in media Culture and Communications at Coventry University. She then worked at the bear 102 in Stratford for two years. She has also worked as Midlands reporter for GWR, she then accepted a job as News Editor of Kix. She has also worked for Chrysalis on Heart FM/DNN and Galaxy, before becoming news editor at CN radio. She is soon to start working for advertising agency McCann Erickson. In this Coventry Conversation Madeleine talks about her experience of getting in and ge
Can we trust the International Media? - John O Oucho and Fred Mudhai
John O Oucho holds a PhD in Population Geography and was a post-doctoral fellow of the Carolina Population Center in the university of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, U.S.A. in 1982-3. He has taught at the University of Nairobi (2 decades), University of Ghana (3 years) and University of Botswana (8 years). He was elected Fellow of the Kenya National Academy of Sciences (KNAS) in 1989 and the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) in 2003. He is a well traveled and well published academic and ha
The BBC World Service - Nigel Chapman
Nigel Chapman is Director of BBC World Service. He is responsible for the overall editorial leadership and management of the world’s leading international radio broadcaster and its new media operations. He has worked for the BBC for more than 20 years.
Media Ethics - Phil Harding
Philip Harding is a journalist and media consultant. Until last summer he was Director of English Networks and News at the BBC World Service, responsible for all the BBC’s international radio programmes in English with 42 million listeners. Phil is a fellow of the Radio Academy and last autumn Phil was made a Fellow of the Society of Editors. He is a member of Society’s Advisory Committee. He is also a Trustee of the One World Broadcasting Trust. Phil starts this talk with a question about
Is ITV in Trouble? - Jim Godfrey
Jim Godfrey, ITV’s director of corporate affairs, is leaving in March after three years to set up his own PR agency. Godfrey, a former Labour special adviser, said he intended to specialise in political campaigns and branding with his new company, which will have ITV as its first client when it launches in July. He is a former special adviser to Patricia Hewlett when she was the trade and industry secretary. Before that he was director of communications for leading think-tank, the Institute fo
Zimbabwe, Kenya: Can Africa do Democracy? Dr Mano and Professor Oucho
Dr Winston Mano discusses Zimbabwe and Kenya with Professor John O. Oucho. Dr Mano is a Course Leader; he has a Graduate Diploma in Media and Communication Studies and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Media and Communication Studies. Prof Oucho has undertaken consultancies for various United Nations agencies, among them UNFPA, UNICEF, UNESCO, ILO, the world bank, UNHABITAT and other organisations.
Racism and the Police - Going Undercover - Mark Daly
Mark’s first media job was working for his local newspaper, The Clydebank Post, in 1999. He was named Scotland’s Young Journalist of the Year six months later and moved to The Scotsman. One year later he joined The Daily Record – the country’s biggest tabloid and spearheaded a number of award-winning undercover investigations. In 2002 he joined the BBC and embarked on a two-year undercover investigation into racism in the Greater Manchester Police Service. The resulting documentary cause
Making Documentaries that Matter - Paul Watson
Paul Watson and controversy go together hand-in-hand. This is what he does in his films and in the media storms that so often surround them. Paul is making documentaries that matter. Little wonder they cause ripples in TV executive suites and in the press. Paul lives his films. Literally. He has retooled so his “crew” is just him and a digital video camera. It allows him to get right in the face and under the skin of those he is filming. In this Coventry Conversation, Paul talks about maki
Doing TV Drama - Kate Harwood, BBC
Kate Harwood is much garlanded within the Television industry for her production skills. Her credits include David Copperfield, Beggars Bride, Close Relations and Daniel Deronda. Kate has won two BAFTA awards for dramas from both ends of the social scale: Eastenders from the bottom and Charles II – the pride and the passion from the top. In this Coventry Conversations Kate talks about making TV drama.
The Future of Gaming - Philip Oliver, Blitz Games
Philip Oliver is best known as one half of U.K. Spectrum design duo the Oliver Twins. Along with his brother Andrew they produced some of the most popular games for the system and in the 1980s, they launched their own highly popular franchise, the Dizzy series of games. In 1990 they set up their own business, Interactive Studios – now known as Blitz Games. In this Coventry Conversation, Philip talks about his views on the future of the games industry. A snippet from this talk is available t
Working in the British Film Industry - Lucy Main
Lucy Main graduated from Coventry in 2002 with a BA honours degree in Communication, Culture and Media plus some great intentions. After working for the BBC and a number of corporate production companies on blue chip accounts, Lucy conducted a smash and grab raid for a management position at the New Producers Alliance (NPA). In this Coventry Conversation you can here Lucy talking about her current role as Executive Producer on a number of films being made in the UK.
Dog Eat Dog and Flat Earth News - Nick Davies
Nick Davies is a divisive figure in journalism circles for what he calls the ‘dog eat dog’ attack on his recently released publication, Flat Earth News, covering the profession he’s worked in for more than 30 years. The book details the commercialism of the media industry and the managerial-led decline of newsrooms into ‘ghastly news factories’ including how cuts in staff and the tripling of pages have grown profit margins at the expense of news quality, and how PR has filled the ga
Why all Governments Need Spin - Nicholas Jones
Nicholas Jones was for many years BBC political correspondent. His books include Sultans of Spin, The Control Freaks, Soundbites and Spin Doctors and Trading Information. He has been involved in the world of politics for more than 30 years as a journalist, most prominently as the BBC’s political correspondent and in uniquely qualified to talk about how politicians can manipulate the media. In this Coventry Conversation, Nicholas discusses why spin is central to all governments, both Tory and
The Crisis Facing International Media - Raymond Snoddy
Raymond Snoddy is a freelance journalist who presents the BBC Television accountability programme Newswatch and writes regularly for a variety of publications after being media editor of The Times for seven years. In this Coventry Conversation he discusses the crisis facing the local and international media industries today.
Documentaries from Tough Places - Eamon Matthews
Eamonn Matthews runs Quicksilver Media, and is the Executive Producer of Channel 4’s foreign affairs strand Unreported World. Here he talks about life as a documentary filmmaker.
Jon Snow - The Best and Worst of Times in 21st Century Journalism
Jon Snow is an English journalist and presenter, currently employed by ITN. He is best known for presenting Channel 4 News. Here he discusses the past, present and future of broadcasting and british media. This talk is also available on CUTV