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.
Putting Channel 4 on the Air - Channel 4 Day - Mike Bolland
Mike Bolland joined BBC Scotland in 1963 as an office junior before leaving for production work at the BBC in London and then in 1981 for the then newly established Channel 4. There he was the first media employee in the UK responsible for youth programming before becoming the Channel’s Head of Arts and Entertainment (1987 – 1990). Currently Mike works as a freelance television consultant and writer and has been head of TV at the National Film and Television School since 2006. This Coventry
Speaking for the McCann’s - Clarence Mitchell
Clarence Mitchell is the spokesman for the McCann’s. He has been involved with the BBC for a number of years, and until recently was working for the government in the Media Monitoring Unit.
‘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
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
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
Media and Politics - Nicholas Jones
Nicholas Jones has spent forty years chronicling the media’s relationship with politicians, trade union leaders and other prominent personalities. He is an active campaigner in groups promoting high journalistic standards and the widest possible spread of media ownership. In this Coventry Conversation, Nick talks about spin and government. More information can be found on Nicholas’ blog http://www.nicholasjones.org.uk/
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
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
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.
Digital futures: who’s afraid of the amateur photographer? - Joanna Zylinska
Joanna Zylinska is a Reader in New Media Communications at Goldsmiths University. Here she discusses the fears around the amateur photographer.
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
Blocking Investigation or Ensuring Truth for Clients? John Stonborough
John Stonborough specialises in media relations, providing an authoritative and discreet media management service to corporate and private clients world-wide. He is the MD of Stonborough Media Group. Here he discusses his role in helping clients to ensure that they are represented fairly.
Why I use Twitter to teach - Jonathan Worth, New Photographics
.....as part of a structure of dynamic learning methods, it also serves to embed the framework of sustainable practices that are relevant wherever the medium takes us in the future. Right now Twitter enables me to follow the thoughts, processes and debates that other media practitioners are engaging in and from this come to a more thorough and global understanding of the commonalities. These podcasts are notes from Jonathan Worth's blog entitled "New Photographics". By recording them for downlo
Is there a Crisis in World Journalism? Dr Fred Mudhai
Okoth Fred Mudhai is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Global Media/Communication at Coventry University, UK. He has written research papers and memos on ICT and politics as a member of the IT and Civil Society Network of the IT and International Cooperation Program, US Social Science Research Council (2003-2005). At the Tunis (2005) World Summit on the Information Society, he received a Media Award by Panos London and Global Knowledge Partnership. He was also a category runner-up in the 2007
Is there a Crisis in World Journalism? Professor Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis is an American journalist and an associate professor and director of the interactive journalism program at the City University of New York’s new Graduate School of Journalism. He writes a new media column for The Guardian and hosts its Media Talk USA podcast. Jarvis is the creator of the popular weblog BuzzMachine, which tracks developments in new media. Prior to that, Jarvis was creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly; Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New Y
Swine Flu and the Media - Dr John Lister
Dr John Lister discusses 'Swine Flu and the Media: Problems with Complex Messages. This talk is part of a series of public lectures from the Masters Degree in Health Communication Design at Coventry University.