Doubly sad news today as the BBC has announced that it will cut 2000 jobs by 2017 and still isn’t closing BBC Three. That channel has friends in high places.
But more seriously, these are very large cuts championed by Rupert Murdoch, his executives and his newspapers, and implemented by David Cameron who has managed to put even more people out of work. With the economy going so well that really does cap an excellent year in office. Read more on Welcome to the face of the new smaller BBC #dqf…
17:30 – As the NotW story becomes a much wider News International story it seems worth revisiting the post earlier today from (14:05) that this scandal could lead to the sell-off or break up of News International.
US media commentator Michael Wolff tweets that Murdoch selling all of News International is being discussed. It would be the nuclear option.
“@MichaelWolffNYC #MURDOCHGATE Get out of Dodge strategy being discussed at News Corp: Sell all of News Int,” Wolff tweets.
A sell-off of News International in UK would see the Murdoch empire say good-bye to newspapers in the UK and focus on BSkyB. That would mean new owners for The Sun, The Times and the Sunday Times. Also for any new Sun on Sunday launch. Read more on Latest on the News of the World #liveblog 5…
If you missed Monday’s airing of the BBC interview of journalist and writer Christopher Hitchens by Jeremy Paxman on BBC Two’s Newsnight you can still catch it. It is on BBC iPlayer or you can watching it on the BBC Newsnight website.
But as the videos have also gone live on YouTube it would be rude not to share them here.
Well he doesn’t, but this story splashed on the front page of the
Evening Standard today of David Cameron, wife Sam and new family
addition probably encapsulates his attitude, and that of parts of the
media (is there an unofficial blackout?), to the growing calls for a
government inquiry into the swirl of allegations surrounding his
director of comms, Andy Coulson, and the News of the World’s phone
Al-Jazeera has shot itself in the foot and is it seems attempting to blow its efforts to establish itself as a channel that can easily appeal to non Muslims after five of its female presenters resigned after religious inspired harassment about their appearance.
Writing in the Evening Standard Roy Greenslade has an excellent piece on the turbulence at the Qatar-based international TV news network and how this is completely undoing any in-roads it may have made with viewers outside of the Arab-world.
He makes it clear from the start that he has been a supporter and defender of the channel as it pushed in the west to find a footing with its English language channel.
Building an audience beyond the Arab world has been a major struggle for Al-Jazeera as it has laboured to shrug off the pro-terror label it acquired in the days after 9/11. If you cast your mind back you will remember how it was accused by the US and Britain of aiding Islamic terrorists and of being the unofficial mouthpiece of Osama bin Laden and the Al-Qaeda network due to its penchant to airing statements and videos from terrorists. CNN famously ended a relationship it had with Al-Jazeera after a taped interview that the Arab network did with Bin Laden. And some US companies refused to do business with it.
What a coup for Edelman to get such a big hitting news journalist. They’ve clearly come up with a new big role for him that will see him work with clients including Bechtel, Coca-Cola, Hoffman LaRoche, Heineken, Nike and Unilever.
It highlights the change in what PR firms and the brands they work for are doing in creating ever more content. Money that might have previously been spent on advertising or other types of marketing is being spent on creating blogs, social media and video.
Sambrook will report to EMEA President and CEO David Brain and will be based in London and Global CEO and President Richard Edelman stressed Sambrooks’s “long-term and personal commitment to social media” and said he understood well how the audience was now “on the pitch (creating content)” and how content and news must be shaped by the needs of the consumer, and the new opportunities provided by social technologies”.
A couple of reports around today on the BBC’s social media plans saying that as soon as this weekend it will begin adding applications to support its most popular shows.
Broadband TV News says that the likes of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ will get the social media treatment first and that the BBC is working on bringing in third party partners (such as buzz tracker), which cold extend to Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.