Beginnings - Jon Blair, Award Winning Director and Producer
Jon Blair is a multi award winning film and television producer and director, and is the only director working in the United Kingdom who has won all three of the premiere awards in his field; an Oscar, an Emmy (twice) and a British Academy Award.
In this Coventry Conversation you can hear Jon talking about his career.
Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis
Martin is an award-winning TV and radio presenter, national newspaper columnist and bestselling author. An ultra-specialised journalist, he spends his life focusing on how to cut bills without cutting back. He is also an innovator/entrepreneur and his website, moneysavingexpert.com, is one of the most visited destinations on the
Here he speaks live to Coventry Conversations via video link from BBC Television Centre. This podcast was recorded on 13th March 2009.
How to Write a Biography - Carole Angier
Carole Angier is the award-winning biographer of Jean Rhys (1985 8 1990). Her biography of the great Italian writer Primo Levi, was published in the UK and the US in 2002 to critical acclaim. Here she discusses how to write about people.
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 Tim Luckhurst
Tim Luckhurst is a former editor and deputy editor of The Scotsman. He began his career as a journalist on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme for which he produced, edited and reported from the UK and abroad. Prof. Luckhurst covered the Romanian Revolution and the First Gulf War for BBC Radio and reported on the liberation of Kosovo and the fall of Slobodan Milosevic for The Scotsman. He was the BBC's Washington Producer during the first year of the Clinton presidency and returned to the UK to become
Is there a Crisis in World Journalism? Nick Davies
Nick Davies has been named Journalist of the Year, Reporter of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year for his investigations into crime, drugs, poverty and other social issues. Hundreds of journalists have attended his masterclass on the techniques of investigative reporting. He has been a journalist since 1976 and is currently a freelance, working regularly as special correspondent for The Guardian. He was the first winner of the Martha Gellhorn award for investigative reporting for his work o
46 years in TV and they hand you a maroon tie! - Peter Sissons
After many years as a journalist, Peter Sissons' first stint as a newsreader came in 1976 when he began anchoring ITN’s News at One bulletins. In 1987 he left for the BBC and in 1989 he took over as presenter of Question Time. He continued until December 1993. He has worked for ITN, Channel 4 News and BBC News.
Here he discusses his career.
Life in the Motor Industry - Richard Parry-Jones
Richard Parry-Jones is an automotive engineering leader who worked for the Ford Motor Company for 38 years.
Richard spent nearly ten years as group Vice President in charge of Research and Development for Ford and its subsiduary companies worldwide, leading a staff of 30,000 Product Development professionals in 15 countries. He was also the company's Chief Technical Officer up until his retirement in 2007. He now consults a range of blue-chip clients and is involved in a number of engineering
Brand Design in Television - Martin Lambie-Nairn
Lambie-Nairn began his career in 1976. In the 80’s his company quickly built a reputation for broadcast design with the launch of Channel 4 in the UK. Arguably this identity changed the face of television branding, as it was the first time a TV company had used its on-air identity to say something about itself as a brand as well as being the first to be designed to work on and off screen.
This led to many years of working with the BBC during which he was part of re-defining the BBC brand.
Commercial Radio in the UK - Gillian Reynolds
Gillian Reynolds MBE is a Liverpool born journalist and broadcaster. During her career, she has worked as Radio Critic for the Guardian and for the Daily Telegraph, as well as Programme Controller of Radio City, Liverpool. She has served as Member and Vice Chair of the Art Council of England’s Film and Video Broadcasting Panel. She was a Member of the National Sound Archive Advisory Council, and chairs the Charles Parker Archive Trust at the Central Library, Birmingham. She is a Council member
Jon Snow - Channel 4 Day - Coventry University
Jon Snow presents Channel 4’s award winning ‘Channel Four News’. In April 1989 he was made the lead presenter shortly after joining. Jon was named Journalist of the Year at the Royal Television Society Awards in 2006 for his coverage of America’s New Orleans disaster, Pakistan and Africa. Jon has also anchored Nelson Mandela’s walk to freedom in 1990 and the Berlin Wall collapse in 1989.
Coogan, Comedy and Making the Nation Laugh - Armando Ianucci
Armando Iannucci has been a producer, writer, columnist, and has stared in his shows. He has worked with some of the biggest and brightest stars of modern comedy; From Steve Coogan, Chris Morris and Peter Baynam to Stewart Lee and Adam Buxton. He was the brains behind shows such as ‘The Day Today’, ‘I’m Alan Partridge’, ‘The Friday Night Armistice’, ‘Time Trumpet’ and many more.
In this talk he discusses his life in comedy with some great anecdotes from his successful career.
Being a Broadcast Journalist - Paul Marriott
Paul speaks about his experiences of how he first became a broadcast journalist (starting his career in newspaper before moving into radio), and of being a news editor. He also gives tips and advice for aspiring journalists looking to work in radio or print.
Managing Radio - Phil Riley
Phil’s radio career started in 1980. He has extensive programming experience gained from his roles as a Presenter, Producer, and Programme Controller. Phil was responsible for the successful launch of XTRA-AM in 1989 in Birmingham.
In 1990 he was appointed managing director of Leeds 96.3 Radio Aire, which he managed from near-bankruptch to profitability. Phil has been active in the development of digital radio, sitting on the board of the Digital Radio Development Bureau (DRDB). Phil has held
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