Media Masters

Media Masters

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Extended one-to-one interviews with the key people in the industry. Find out their tips for career success, and peek behind-the-scenes at their workplace. Candid, thoughtful and reflective - a chance to share the insight of those at the very top of the…
Paul Royall
Oct 11 • 44 min
Paul Royall is editor of BBC News at Ten. After joining the BBC in 1997 as part of the original News 24 team, he worked on BBC Breakfast before becoming editor of the distinctly different Six and Ten in 2012. Since then, he has overseen reporting of…
Rageh Omaar
Oct 4 • 57 min
Rageh Omaar is international affairs editor at ITV News. During his 25-year career, he has reported from some of the world’s most unpredictable conflicts and humanitarian disasters in Kabul, Baghdad and Gaza. His 2017 report on the impending famine in …
Alison Phillips
Sep 26 • 47 min
Alison Phillips is editor of the Daily Mirror. She has held a number of top jobs within Trinity Mirror (now ‘Reach’), including editing the Sunday Mirror, the Sunday People and the short-lived New Day. Since taking the reins at the UK’s longest-running…
Emily Wilson
Sep 20 • 54 min
Emily Wilson is editor of New Scientist. Following on from a successful career at the Guardian, including a stint editing its Australian edition, she is the first woman in charge of the magazine in its 62-year history. Tasked with bringing the magazine…
Alan Rusbridger
Sep 13 • 56 min
Alan Rusbridger is former editor-in-chief of the Guardian. During his two decades at the helm, he masterminded the newspaper’s transformation into a global digital brand with a reach of over 150 million, and played a central role in coverage of major e…
Carl Swanson
Sep 6 • 37 min
Carl Swanson is editor-at-large of New York magazine, Vulture and The Cut. Carl was pivotal in the company’s expansion into digital, and its branded websites now attract around 50 million unique users per month. In this in-depth interview, he looks bac…
John Ridding
Aug 30 • 49 min
John Ridding is chief executive of the Financial Times. Since starting his career on the newspaper’s international desk, he has reported from South Korea, Indonesia and China. After he introduced a paywall in 2008, the FT is now celebrating the highest…
Sarah Baxter
Aug 23 • 58 min
Sarah Baxter is deputy editor at the Sunday Times. After a successful career in publishing, Sarah started her journalism career at Time Out, before tackling roles at the New Statesman and the Observer, where she became senior associate editor. She has …
Jeff Smith
Aug 16 • 58 min
Jeff Smith is head of music at BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music. A 25-year veteran of the industry, he has been head of music at Radio 1, director of music programming at Napster and controller of Capital Radio. He is responsible for what makes it onto the stat…
Emma Tucker
Aug 9 • 49 min
Emma Tucker is deputy editor of the Times, the UK’s longest-running daily national newspaper. Previously a reporter for the FT and editor of FT Weekend, she joined the Times in 2007 as associate features editor and became editor of T2 within a year. Af…
Lisa Smosarski
Aug 2 • 57 min
Lisa Smosarski is Editor-in-Chief at Stylist, a free weekly women’s magazine distributed to commuters across seven major UK cities with a circulation of over 400,000. Launching the magazine from scratch in 2009, Lisa aimed to develop an intelligent mag…
Katherine Bell
Jul 26 • 34 min
Katherine Bell is Editor-in-Chief at Barron’s, a US newspaper founded in 1921, providing weekly analysis and market commentary. Starting her career in academic publishing - followed by an usual segue launching chef Delia Smith’s online business - Kathe…
Sari Botton
Jul 19 • 51 min
Sari Botton is Essays Editor at Longreads. Founded in 2009, emerging from the success of a hashtag campaign on Twitter, the site popularised the concept of the ‘long read’, initially aggregating content from around the web. Since then the site has grow…
Melissa Kirsch
Jul 12 • 44 min
Melissa Kirsch is Editor-in-Chief of Lifehacker. Established in 2005, with an initial focus on tech and productivity, the site has grown to a record readership of 7 million and has expanded its scope to food, health, parenting and personal finance. A p…
Carla Buzasi
Jul 6 • 50 min
Carla Buzasi is Managing Director of WGSN, the trend forecasting company. With over 250 trend forecasters and data scientists, and 75,000 active users globally, they help 6,500 businesses in twenty different industries across 100 countries. Carla spent…
Simon Cole
Jun 28 • 55 min
Simon Cole is Co-Founder and CEO of 7digital Group PLC. The company powers a huge amount of streaming and radio brands behind the scenes, providing both content and technology, serving 85 countries from four global offices with 150 employees, and a cat…
Les Hinton
Jun 21 • 53 min
Les Hinton worked for Rupert Murdoch for over fifty years, starting out as a copy boy at the Adelaide News, ultimately spending decades as his most trusted lieutenant, running his global media empire. His memoir “The Bootle Boy: an untidy life in news”…
Tim Shipman
Jun 14 • 52 min
Tim Shipman is Political Editor of the Sunday Times. A national newspaper journalist for nearly twenty years, he was previously the Deputy Political Editor of the Daily Mail, and Washington Correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph. In this in-depth inte…
Henry Faure Walker
Jun 7 • 44 min
Henry Faure Walker is CEO of Newsquest, one of the largest publishers of regional news in the UK. It owns 165 newspapers and 40 magazines; with a combined reach of 6.5 million print readers and 30 million online; and employs 5,500 people across the cou…
Emma Gormley
May 31 • 41 min
Emma Gormley is Managing Director of Daytime at ITV Studios. She is responsible for 6.5 hours of live TV every day, a team of over 400 people, and is Editor-in-Chief of ITV’s flagship brands Good Morning Britain, Lorraine, This Morning, and Loose Women…
Matt Kelly
May 24 • 57 min
Matt Kelly is Chief Content Officer at Archant, and Editor of The New European - launched as a four edition ‘pop-up’ national “newspaper for the 48%” who voted to remain in the EU. Its first edition sold 40k copies, is now on a permanent footing with a…
Stephen Bayley
May 17 • 58 min
Stephen Bayley is a critic, columnist, and best-selling author - the original ‘design guru’ and the recipient of “Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” - France’s top artistic honour. His work has transformed popular perceptions of design; he …
Sam Taylor
May 11 • 50 min
Sam Taylor is Executive Editor of the BBC News Channel and BBC News at One. Starting his career as a news trainee in 1997, Sam oversees the coverage of huge breaking stories to an audience of 8 million; and combines both editorial and managerial respon…
Emma Gannon
May 9 • 55 min
Emma Gannon is an author, consultant, broadcaster and podcast presenter. Her first book ‘Ctrl, Alt, Delete: How I Grew Up Online’ came out in 2016, and the eponymous podcast has featured guests such as Lena Dunham, Gillian Anderson, Elizabeth Gilbert,…
Anthony Scaramucci
Apr 27 • 65 min
Anthony Scaramucci is an entrepreneur, financier, and for a short time was President Donald Trump’s Communications Director. In this in-depth interview, ‘The Mooch’ talks in detail about that tumultuous period - how he became an “accidental entrant in…
Jason Feifer
Apr 19 • 58 min
Jason Feifer is the Editor-in-Chief of Entrepreneur magazine, which has 3 million readers and an online reach of 14 million, and established over 40 years ago as the ‘go-to’ brand aimed at ambitious people looking for advice and inspiration to ‘start, …
Rosie Nixon
Apr 12 • 48 min
Rosie Nixon has been at HELLO! magazine for over a decade, appointed joint Editor in 2008 and promoted to Editor-in-Chief in 2016. Under her leadership, the magazine has recorded the largest-ever increase in reach, with a weekly print readership of 90…
Christian Broughton
Apr 5 • 52 min
Christian Broughton is Editor of The Independent. After spending much of his career at the ‘Indy’ and the i newspaper, he became Digital Editor in 2012, and launched the award-winning indy100 website. In 2016, when Evgeny Lebedev famously closed the pr…
Audrey Cooper
Mar 29 • 41 min
Audrey Cooper is Editor-in-Chief of the San Francisco Chronicle. One of Cosmopolitan magazine’s ‘50 Fearless Women’ she joined as Assistant Metro Editor in 2006, and just nine years later became Editor-in-Chief - the first woman to hold the position in…
Andrew Tuck
Mar 22 • 54 min
Andrew Tuck is Editor of Monocle, the international affairs and lifestyle media brand. After initially turning down founder Tyler Brûlé with his idea for a new kind of premium lifestyle magazine, he soon relented and they launched in 2006. In this in…
Sarah Sands
Mar 15 • 54 min
Sarah Sands is Editor of Today, the BBC’s flagship news programme. In this in-depth interview, she shares how her appointment surprised many after a long career in print, the changes she has already made to the show and her plans for its future directi…
Neil Thompson
Mar 8 • 55 min
With 33 years in broadcast journalism under his belt, Neil Thompson began rising with the larks in 1993, as part of the GMTV launch team, and has been a stalwart of ITV early mornings ever since. In this in-depth interview, he discusses the multiple at…
Katya Adler
Mar 1 • 52 min
A 20-year BBC veteran and respected war correspondent, Katya Adler is still covering ferocious conflict - this time with Brexit. Appointed Europe Editor in 2015 - arriving in Brussels with reservations that her new beat would be dull and uneventful - s…
Madhav Chinnappa
Feb 22 • 42 min
Madhav Chinnappa is the senior executive at Google responsible for their relationship with the news industry. After 9 years at the BBC leading their commercial team, he joined the ‘wonderfully crazy company’ and deliberately became ‘the most technicall…
David Yelland
Feb 15 • 53 min
David Yelland is the former Editor of The Sun, and is now a senior communications advisor to global CEOs. A journalist for 18 years, he started on a local weekly newspaper, eventually reaching Deputy Editor at the New York Post. He then took the reins…
Jessica Coen
Feb 8 • 39 min
Jessica Coen is Editor-in-Chief of Mashable, the global media brand for all things tech, entertainment and culture, with 70 million monthly readers. In this illuminating interview, Jessica talks through her career journey - how her previous job as Edi…
Lorraine Candy
Feb 1 • 38 min
Lorraine Candy is Luxury Content Director of The Sunday Times, and Editor-in-Chief of the paper’s Style magazine. A former Editor of Cosmopolitan and ELLE UK, she was twice-named Editor of the Year. In this in-depth interview, she describes her start i…
Adam Boulton
Jan 25 • 59 min
Adam Boulton is Editor-at-Large at Sky News. He was instrumental in establishing Sky’s politics team in 1989, and over the next three decades went on to cover seven general elections. In this in-depth interview, he describes the thrill of assembling a …
Tom Newton Dunn
Jan 18 • 56 min
Tom Newton Dunn is Political Editor at The Sun, the UK’s most read daily newspaper. Widely regarded as one of the best story-getters in the industry, Tom is an award-winning journalist and a regular TV commentator. In this in-depth interview, he fails …
Ian King
Jan 11 • 57 min
Ian King is the presenter of Sky News’ leading business programme. The former City Editor at The Sun and Business and City Editor at The Times, Ian twice won Business Journalist of the Year before swapping the newsroom for the TV studio in 2014. In thi…
Jane Francisco
Jan 5 • 50 min
Jane Francisco is the Editor-in-Chief of Good Housekeeping, one of the world’s leading women’s magazines. Founded in 1885, Good Housekeeping has counted Virginia Woolf and Evelyn Waugh among its former contributors, and is widely known and respected fo…
Mike Williams
Dec 28, 2017 • 59 min
Mike Williams is the Editor-in-Chief of NME, the UK’s most widely read music publication. Launched in 1952 as a newspaper, NME was the first British title to include a singles chart, and later championed emerging British groups such as The Beatles, the…
Joanne Lipman
Dec 21, 2017 • 56 min
Joanne Lipman is Editor-in-Chief of USA Today, with a daily reach of 3.3 million in print across the US, and 102 million unique visitors online reading 1.2 billion articles; and Chief Content Officer of The USA Today Network, employing 3,000 journalist…
Farrah Storr
Dec 14, 2017 • 55 min
Farrah Storr is Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan UK, Britain’s most widely-read women’s magazine, with an online reach of over ten million regular readers. Named on The Guardian’s 2017 list of Britain’s most powerful people, in this in-depth interview s…
David Pemsel
Dec 7, 2017 • 50 min
David Pemsel is CEO of The Guardian Media Group. In this in-depth interview, now over two years into the job, he discusses his plan to tackle mounting losses and return to profitability - shedding jobs, abandoning the Berliner presses and moving to tab…
Carl Johnson
Nov 30, 2017 • 50 min
Carl Johnson is Founding Partner and global CEO of Anomaly, an award-winning advertising agency with over 600 staff, and offices in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, London, Amsterdam, Berlin and Shanghai. Launched in 2004, their name is a direct respons…
Mark Frankel
Nov 23, 2017 • 55 min
Mark Frankel is Social Media Editor at BBC News. In this in-depth interview, he discusses how for millions of people the news is now increasingly broken (and made) on Twitter; the importance the BBC places on accuracy over speed, and the editorial chal…
Alistair Smith
Nov 16, 2017 • 50 min
Alistair Smith is Editor of The Stage, trade newspaper for the performing arts. In this in-depth interview, he discusses the challenges of moving the world’s oldest theatre publication (founded in 1880) to digital, and embracing the commerical/editoria…
Louisa Compton
Nov 9, 2017 • 47 min
Louisa Compton is Editor of ‘Victoria Derbyshire’ on BBC2. In this in-depth interview she discusses her long career in BBC Radio, her strong working relationship with Victoria, and their joint move from 5 Live into TV; takes us behind the scenes on the…
Krishnan Guru-Murthy
Nov 2, 2017 • 58 min
Krishnan Guru-Murthy is a Presenter on Channel 4 News. In this in-depth interview he argues that there has never been a better time to be a reporter, amidst the global uncertainty of Brexit, Trump and North Korea; expresses disappointment in politician…
Rob Stringer
Oct 26, 2017 • 51 min
Rob Stringer is CEO of Sony Music, one of the world’s biggest record labels, with offices in 43 countries and $5bn revenue. In this in-depth interview, he reveals how a punk fan from Aylesbury made it to the very top of the global music industry; what …
Lionel Barber
Oct 19, 2017 • 45 min
Lionel Barber is Editor of the Financial Times. In this in-depth interview, he discusses his long career, including covering the end of the Cold War, the first Gulf War and several US presidential campaigns; takes us behind the scenes of his interviews…
Darren Scott
Oct 12, 2017 • 47 min
Darren Scott is Editor of Gay Times, the largest, longest-running and most recognised gay magazine in the world. In this in-depth interview, he discusses how he grew the readership to nearly 3 million by making the content less news-driven, building a …
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
Oct 6, 2017 • 55 min
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a journalist, author and activist. In this in-depth interview, she asserts that being a proud “leftie-liberal, anti-racist and feminist” makes her more susceptible to online abuse; questions why a “feisty woman of colour” like h…
Iain Martin
Sep 28, 2017 • 54 min
Iain Martin is a columnist for The Times, and Editor of Reaction, a website dedicated to political, economic and cultural analysis. In this in-depth interview, he discusses his journalism career including making Editor of The Scotsman aged thirty, then…
Richard Bradley
Sep 21, 2017 • 52 min
Richard Bradley is Editor-in-Chief of Worth, the lifestyle and wealth management magazine for ‘ultra-high-net-worth’ individuals. In this in-depth interview, he reveals what he’s learnt in a career profiling the super-wealthy; the growing culture of la…
Gavin Hewitt
Sep 14, 2017 • 56 min
Gavin Hewitt is Chief Correspondent at BBC News. In this in-depth interview, he speaks candidly on Brexit and Trump, having observed both first hand as the BBC’s Europe Editor and then embedded in Trump’s campaign; enthuses about moving from reporting …
Justine Roberts
Sep 7, 2017 • 57 min
Justine Roberts is co-founder and CEO of Mumsnet. In this in-depth interview, she reveals how a disastrous family holiday led to her founding a platform which now has 10 million users and 120 million monthly visits; why a funding round scuppered by the…
Anita Jacoby
Aug 31, 2017 • 59 min
Anita Jacoby is a veteran journalist, TV and film producer, former Managing Director of ITV Australia, and board member of the Australian Communications and Media Authority. During her 30 year career, Anita has produced some of the country’s most succe…
Maeve McClenaghan
Aug 24, 2017 • 51 min
Maeve McClenaghan is a reporter at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, a London-based, not-for-profit organisation that works to uncover stories in the public interest and hold power to account. In this candid interview, Maeve talks about the thril…
Jenny Afia
Aug 17, 2017 • 50 min
Jenny Afia is a senior media and privacy lawyer, and Partner at Schillings. In this in-depth interview, she discusses balancing an open society with the individual’s right to privacy; the legal mechanics of dealing with trolls and malicious online hara…
Darcy Antonellis
Aug 10, 2017 • 50 min
Darcy Antonellis is a well-known Hollywood executive, and CEO of Vubiquity - a global technology company which brings movies and TV to viewers on any device. In this in-depth interview, she discusses the future of the entertainment business and why she…
Stephen Cole
Aug 3, 2017 • 56 min
Stephen Cole is an international broadcast journalist, and Chairman at the Institute of Diplomacy and Business. In this in-depth interview, he recounts his adventures on the launch presenting team of four global channels - Sky News, CNN International, …
Dolly Alderton
Jul 27, 2017 • 56 min
Dolly Alderton is a journalist, podcaster, director and former Story Producer for Made in Chelsea. In this in-depth interview, Dolly talks about her portfolio career, and freelancers’ need to have “13 good ideas before breakfast” to succeed; reveals be…
Ian Bremmer
Jul 13, 2017 • 59 min
Ian Bremmer is Editor-at-Large and global affairs columnist at TIME magazine, and the Founder and President of Eurasia Group, a leading political risk research/consulting firm, with offices in seven countries. In this in-depth interview he argues Trump…
Anna Williams
Jul 6, 2017 • 43 min
Anna Williams is Head of News at BBC World News. In this in-depth interview, she reveals the challenges behind delivering news to a global audience of 100 million; broadcasting to strongly-censored countries such as North Korea; balancing fair coverage…
Laura Desmond
Jun 29, 2017 • 59 min
Laura Desmond is a media entrepreneur, board member of Adobe Systems Inc. and former CEO of Starcom Mediavest, one of the largest media networks in the world. In 2008 she became their youngest CEO, billing $26 billion a year, and doubling the size of t…
Poorna Bell
Jun 22, 2017 • 44 min
Poorna Bell is UK Executive Editor and Head of Global Lifestyle at HuffPost. In this in-depth interview, she discusses her book ‘Chase the Rainbow’ about her husband’s tragic suicide, the paradox of modern masculinity, and HuffPost’s campaigning commit…
Maxine Mawhinney
Jun 15, 2017 • 56 min
Maxine Mawhinney is a veteran journalist and former BBC news anchor. In this in-depth interview, she talks through her career reporting around the world, starting in Northern Ireland during the Troubles; her experience as a correspondent in Tokyo and B…
Roger Mosey
Jun 8, 2017 • 51 min
Roger Mosey is Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge; and former BBC Editorial Director. Roger spent over 30 years at the beeb, and held some of its biggest jobs: Director of Sport, Controller of Radio 5 Live, Head of Television News, and leading the cov…
Nicky Cox
Jun 1, 2017 • 54 min
Nicky Cox MBE is the founder and Editor of the children’s newspaper First News. Founded in 2006, with 2.3 million readers and half of the UK’s schools subscribing, it won Best National Weekly Newspaper of the Year in 2012. In this in-depth interview, …
Minna Salami
May 25, 2017 • 52 min
Minna Salami is a journalist, writer, and TED speaker. Based in the UK, with a childhood in Finland and her formative years in Nigeria, she uses her triple nationality to frame her writing; and has emerged as a feminist voice with an African-centered p…
Ian Burrell
May 18, 2017 • 55 min
Ian Burrell is former Media Editor of The Independent, and one of the UK’s foremost news industry commentators. In this in-depth interview he talks through his career, starting at the Birmingham Post & Mail, his work at the Sunday Times Insight team, a…
Jimmy Wales
May 11, 2017 • 56 min
Jimmy Wales is the founder of Wikipedia, the world’s largest encyclopedia. In this in-depth interview he talks through the whole journey from inception to today, now with 270 million daily views and 40 million articles in 293 languages. He speaks candi…
Mary Hockaday
May 4, 2017 • 54 min
Mary Hockaday is Controller of the BBC World Service. In this in-depth interview, she talks through the challenges of running a truly global broadcaster and producing content that appeals to audiences across the world; reflects on reporting landmark ev…
Aidan White
Apr 28, 2017 • 51 min
Aidan White is Founder of the Ethical Journalism Network. Following his journalism career at the Financial Times and the Guardian, he became General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists, and Chair of the Appointments Panel at IMPRES…
Matthew Gwyther
Apr 20, 2017 • 59 min
Matthew Gwyther is Editor of Management Today, the UK’s biggest-selling business magazine, launched in 1966 and regarded as one of the most authoritative in the world. In this in-depth interview, he takes us behind the scenes of the whole editorial ope…
Hannah Devlin
Apr 13, 2017 • 43 min
Hannah Devlin is the Guardian’s Science Correspondent, and presenter of their science podcast. In this in-depth interview, she explains why she chose journalism over academic biomedicine; talks frankly about sexism in science; discusses her move from S…
John Fallon
Apr 6, 2017 • 59 min
John Fallon is CEO of Pearson, the multinational publishing company and former owner of the Financial Times. In this in-depth interview, John discusses the disposal of the FT; outlines his plans for Pearson’s turnaround, despite facing their toughest y…
Janet Lee
Mar 30, 2017 • 53 min
Janet Lee is the BBC’s Executive Producer for Arts and Culture. In this in-depth interview, she discusses the challenges she faces growing the audience for arts programmes, and how she balances attracting new viewers and listeners while maintaining art…
Heidi Dawson
Mar 23, 2017 • 48 min
Heidi Dawson is the Editor of BBC Radio 5 Live. In this in-depth interview, she champions their move to Salford’s MediaCityUK, welcoming a “less London-centric view”; advocates podcasting as the key to unlocking a younger audience; recounts how a work …
Randall Lane
Mar 16, 2017 • 59 min
Randall Lane is the Editor of Forbes, one of the world’s most iconic and prestigious business publications. In this in-depth interview, he explains how covering a huge cocaine bust for his student newspaper made him want to be a journalist; reveals wha…
Pam Wasserstein
Mar 9, 2017 • 34 min
Pam Wasserstein is CEO of New York Media, whose publications include New York magazine, Vulture, and thecut.com. In this episode, Pam discusses the practical implications of Trump’s ‘shocking’ position on the media, her transition from a career in corp…
David Callaway
Mar 2, 2017 • 36 min
David Callaway is CEO of TheStreet, one of America’s leading providers of financial news, with 11 million monthly readers. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of USA Today, modernising and growing the iconic brand to the fifth-largest in the US. In this …
Caroline Norbury
Feb 23, 2017 • 42 min
Caroline Norbury MBE is founding CEO of Creative England, whose purpose is to ‘accelerate talent and ideas’ across the media industry. Funded by both public and private investment, the not-for-profit company emerged in 2011 after the government closed …
Kurt Barling
Feb 16, 2017 • 56 min
Kurt Barling is Professor of Journalism at Middlesex University. In this in-depth interview, he reveals how observing first-hand the brutal Broadwater Farm Riots inspired him to follow a career in journalism. As well as winning many major awards for hi…
Professor William Watkin
Feb 9, 2017 • 54 min
William Watkin is Professor of Contemporary Philosophy and Literature at Brunel University. In this in-depth interview, he discusses the emergence of ‘fake news’ and so-called ‘factobesity’; argues press complicity led to Brexit and Trump; and dissects…
Michael Wilson
Feb 2, 2017 • 45 min
Michael Wilson is a journalist, broadcaster, and British TV’s longest-serving Business and Economics Editor. In this in depth interview, he reveals how ‘a boy from Scarborough’ went on to transform TV news; takes us through his 20 years at Sky and how …
Eleanor Mills
Jan 26, 2017 • 59 min
Eleanor Mills is Editorial Director at The Sunday Times, and Chair of Women in Journalism. In this in-depth interview, she discusses her career-defining campaigns on FGM and ‘Generation Porn’; takes on the ‘stale pale male’ media, challenging both men …
Michael Hodges
Jan 19, 2017 • 49 min
Michael Hodges is Editor-at-Large for the Radio Times; and former Executive Editor at Time Out, known for his ‘Slice of Life’ column - an irreverent take on day-to-day London life, often from (or nearby) a pub. In this in-depth interview, he shares his…
Mark Gallagher
Jan 12, 2017 • 51 min
Mark Gallagher is one of the UK’s most well known and respected lobbyists, prominent Brexiteer, and former Director of Public Affairs at ITN. He founded Pagefield in 2010 as a result of ‘boredom’ and a love of what he calls ‘running towards the gunfire…
Tess Alps
Jan 5, 2017 • 53 min
Tess Alps is Chair of ThinkBox, the marketing body for commercial TV in the UK. In this frank interview, the self-described ‘wise old bird’ discusses her zero-tolerance for critics who claim TV is dying; argues successful engagement with digital presen…
Robert Safian
Dec 29, 2016 • 48 min
Robert Safian is the Editor of Fast Company. In this in-depth interview, he reveals the strong sense of purpose behind the business and how this infuses their reporting; discusses how to stay flexible in a fast changing environment; explains why metric…
Zillah Byng-Thorne
Dec 22, 2016 • 50 min
Zillah Byng-Thorne is the CEO of Future plc, publisher of many best-selling magazines and media brands. In this in-depth interview, she walks through her career from accountant to media CEO; explains how a relentless focus on profit put the company bac…
Perez Hilton
Dec 15, 2016 • 57 min
Perez Hilton is an American entertainer and popular blogger, founder of the eponymous celebrity gossip site. In this in-depth interview, he explains what has made “Hollywood’s Most Hated Website” a success, outlasting many others; divulges the frustrat…
Steve Crabtree
Dec 8, 2016 • 59 min
Steve Crabtree is Editor of BBC Horizon, the world’s longest-running science documentary. In this in-depth interview, he discusses his ‘humble origins’ as a self-described ‘local lad’ from Barrow-in-Furness. After dropping out of school with no qualifi…
Jim Impoco
Dec 1, 2016 • 50 min
Jim Impoco is the Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek. In this in-depth interview, he talks through the recent resurrection of the iconic brand, and the ‘exciting opportunity’ it presents to reinvigorate long-form journalism; argues for still further editorial…
Alan Murray
Nov 24, 2016 • 41 min
Alan Murray is the Chief Content Officer at Time Inc, responsible for its journalism across the whole company - 7,200 employees, 150 million readers, and 100 global media brands including People, TIME, Sports Illustrated, and Entertainment Weekly. He i…
Henry Blodget
Nov 17, 2016 • 46 min
Henry Blodget is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Business Insider. In this in-depth interview, he explains how he created one of the most successful business publications in the world, from the jaws of ‘humiliating’ defeat - taking the site to 100 m…
Cristina Nicolotti Squires
Nov 10, 2016 • 47 min
Cristina Nicolotti Squires is Editor of Channel 5 News. In this in-depth interview, she makes the case that TV news is here to stay amidst social media and smartphones; talks industry sexism and lack of diversity and questions the strength of the glass…
William Taylor
Nov 3, 2016 • 56 min
Bill Taylor is a business journalist, bestselling author, columnist, and media entrepreneur. In this in-depth interview, he shares his story of leaving his job as Editor of Harvard Business Review to co-found ‘Fast Company’ magazine; starting in borrow…
John Hardie
Oct 27, 2016 • 47 min
John Hardie is Chief Executive of ITN. In this in-depth interview, he talks through his career and how he ended up in television news, despite a 14-year ‘detour’ at Proctor and Gamble and Disney; reveals how he turned ITN around despite a challenging s…
Stig Abell
Oct 20, 2016 • 54 min
Stig Abell is Editor of the Times Literary Supplement, and former Managing Editor of The Sun. In this in-depth interview, he reveals behind the scenes at his LBC show; argues that low wages and internships are making journalism a ‘parasitic medium’; di…
Rhod Sharp
Oct 13, 2016 • 59 min
Veteran BBC broadcaster Rhod Sharp hosts 5 Live’s ‘Up All Night’ - described by the Washington Post as ‘arguably the best night-time show in the world’. In this in-depth interview, he argues media ‘balance’ is letting Donald Trump off the hook; reveal…
Mark Thompson
Oct 6, 2016 • 57 min
As Director-General, Mark Thompson led the BBC for 8 years, and is now CEO of the New York Times. In this in-depth interview, he reflects in detail on his career, and the BBC’s challenges both past and present; reveals the demands on a Brit leading an …
Daniel Finkelstein
Sep 29, 2016 • 58 min
Times columnist and Tory peer Daniel Finkelstein is one of the UK’s leading political commentators. In this in-depth interview, he voices growing concerns about the ‘threatening and dangerous development’ of anti-semitism in the Labour Party, and why C…
Heidi Blake
Sep 22, 2016 • 57 min
Investigative journalist Heidi Blake has helped break some of the biggest scandals of recent history: ‘Westminster for sale’ lobbying, ‘generals for hire’ defence deals, bribery at FIFA, and worldwide corruption in tennis. In this in-depth interview sh…
Jeffrey Archer
Sep 15, 2016 • 45 min
Jeffrey Archer is one of the world’s most successful authors. In this in-depth interview, he discusses his strict writing regimen; how his personal experiences drive his characters and plots; his future writing plans, and indifference to literary pirac…
Amy Bernstein
Sep 8, 2016 • 50 min
Amy Bernstein is Editor of Harvard Business Review. In this in-depth interview, she discusses the huge influence of HBR and the responsibility which comes with it; reveals the companies she pays attention to, and her predictions for the Next Big Thing;…
Matthew Stadlen
Sep 1, 2016 • 56 min
Master inquisitor Matthew Stadlen presented over 200 BBC News ‘Five minutes with…’ programmes, and led ‘The Interview’ series for the Daily Telegraph. In this in-depth discussion, he reveals the art of the celebrity interview, divulges lessons learned …
Carla Sosenko
Aug 25, 2016 • 51 min
Carla Sosenko is the Editor of Time Out New York. In this in-depth interview, she talks about ‘the best job in the world’ - being top of every invite list, the process of putting each issue together; her passion for creative writing and joy at seeing h…
Chris Wright
Aug 18, 2016 • 55 min
Chris Wright founded Chrysalis records and launched the careers of dozens of iconic artistes such as Blondie, Spandau Ballet and Billy Idol. In this revealing interview, Chris talks through four decades of sex, drugs and rock n roll; disrupting the rad…
Peter Bowes
Aug 11, 2016 • 51 min
Working for the BBC as a Correspondent based in Los Angeles, Peter has interviewed almost everyone in Hollywood, and is now covering the 2016 US presidential election. Well known to listeners of Radios 1, 2 and 5 Live, he also writes and makes document…
Vivienne Parry
Aug 4, 2016 • 44 min
Science broadcaster Vivienne famously presented Tomorrow’s World and Panorama. In her pursuit to explain science to the public, she also wrote columns for The Times, The Guardian, and The News of the World; and was resident agony aunt, Lydia Mogg, for …
Matt Tee
Jul 28, 2016 • 57 min
Matt Tee is the Chief Executive of IPSO, the UK’s largest press regulator, overseeing 2,500 publications. In this in-depth interview, he describes IPSO’s fiery birth after phone hacking, Leveson, and turmoil in both Parliament and industry. Previously …
Christian May
Jul 21, 2016 • 52 min
Christian raised eyebrows when appointed Editor of City AM, joining the paper aged 28 with no prior senior editorial experience. In this in-depth interview, he reveals how he was unexpectedly offered the job over dinner with the founders; describes the…
Iain Dale
Jul 14, 2016 • 53 min
Iain Dale is a political commentator, writer and publisher; presenter of LBC’s drivetime show, and MD of current affairs publisher Biteback. In this in-depth interview, he talks candidly about his career highs and lows; reveals he partly blames himself…
Gemma Morris
Jul 7, 2016 • 45 min
A Sky News stalwart, Gemma Morris presents and co-produces Swipe, their weekly technology show; previously anchoring news coverage for both Sky News and Channel 5. In this in-depth interview, she talks through her career; reveals her unique process fo…
Nick Ross
Jun 30, 2016 • 58 min
Best known for presenting Crimewatch, Nick Ross’s BBC career took in presenting all the major news programmes on Radio 4 and the launch of BBC Breakfast Time. Now a crime consultant and author, he created the term ‘crime science’ and founded the Jill D…
Jacqui Smith
Jun 23, 2016 • 54 min
Jacqui Smith was the first woman to hold the office of Home Secretary. Now a lobbyist and NHS executive, while in government she was a peacemaker between Blair and Brown, worked in the departments of health and education, and also served as Chief Whip….
Sir Trevor McDonald
Jun 16, 2016 • 56 min
One of the best-known and most respected journalists in the UK, Sir Trevor has reported from the most dangerous places in the world and interviewed an incredible array of world figures. In this in-depth interview, he talks through his career, condemns …
Katie Hopkins
Jun 9, 2016 • 53 min
A right-wing firebrand, Katie is a MailOnline Columnist and LBC Presenter, and has appeared on a number of ‘celebrity’ TV shows, including famously snubbing Lord Sugar in The Apprentice. In this in-depth interview, she is robustly challenged on her con…
Matt Brittin
Jun 2, 2016 • 52 min
Matt is among the most senior global leaders at Google; and as President EMEA, is responsible for all their operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In this in-depth interview, he defends the accusation that Google is killing newspapers; desc…
Roundtable: Gender equality in the media
May 26, 2016 • 50 min
Lindsay Nicholson, Editorial Director at Good Housekeeping; Kate Kinninmont, CEO of Women in Film and Television, and Christina Lamb, author and Foreign Affairs Correspondent at The Sunday Times, join Paul Blanchard for a roundtable discussion on gende…
Bruce Daisley
May 19, 2016 • 45 min
Bruce runs Twitter’s business in Europe. In this exclusive, in-depth interview, he describes what they have done to overcome bullying and tackle trolls; pulls back the curtain on the verification process; reveals his favourite Twitter account and tips …
Andrew Pierce
May 12, 2016 • 50 min
Andrew has covered politics for The Times, The Telegraph, and the Daily Mail, where he is now Consultant Editor and a columnist. A regular on Sky News, he also hosts his own show on LBC. In the interview, he gives his insider’s view on working with Pau…
Lawrence Atkinson
May 5, 2016 • 56 min
Hollywood PR Lawrence Atkinson has been responsible for generating the buzz around many of the world’s largest blockbusters. In this in-depth interview, he explains how to get ahead in the movie business; outlines the latest innovations in fighting pir…
Roundtable: The Panama Papers
Apr 28, 2016 • 53 min
Simon Cox, Investigations Reporter at the BBC; David Pegg, investigative reporter at The Guardian, and Hugo Greenhalgh, Wealth Correspondent at The FT, join Paul Blanchard to discuss their media coverage. This episode: where does the line lie between p…
Paul Staines
Apr 21, 2016 • 55 min
Westminster’s chief mischief-maker, Paul Staines founded and runs the political blog Guido Fawkes, whose exposés have led to multiple resignations. In this exclusive interview, Paul challenges the “cosy relationship” between politicians and lobby journ…
Isabel Oakeshott
Apr 14, 2016 • 51 min
Now the Daily Mail’s Political Editor-at-Large, Isabel left The Sunday Times to co-author, with Lord Ashcroft, the famously-unauthorised biography of David Cameron “Call Me Dave”. In this exclusive interview, she gives her inside view on the Chris Huhn…
Pete Clifton
Apr 7, 2016 • 56 min
Pete Clifton is Editor-in-Chief at Press Association, one of the world’s oldest news agencies. In this exclusive interview, he explains how digital has radically and irreversibly changed the news business; reveals what the future holds for the Press As…
Roundtable: Reporting on war
Mar 31, 2016 • 49 min
Richard Watson, BBC Newsnight’s specialist terrorism reporter, Vaughan Smith, co-founder of the Frontline Club, and war correspondent Michael Goldfarb join Paul Blanchard to discuss the media and war. This episode: with increasingly fewer war correspon…
Sir Martin Sorrell
Mar 24, 2016 • 41 min
Sir Martin is CEO of the largest marketing and public relations company in the world, and employs 190,000 people in 112 countries. In this exclusive interview, he describes how he grew WPP into world’s biggest advertising business by risking his own mo…
Peter Dickson
Mar 17, 2016 • 53 min
One of the UK’s most recognisable TV broadcasters, ‘Voiceover Man’ Peter Dickson has been the announcer behind Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor, Live at the Apollo, and countless other shows, radio programmes, and video games. In this interview, he r…
Martin Fewell
Mar 10, 2016 • 57 min
Martin Fewell is Director of Media & Communications at the Metropolitan Police Service. In this extended interview, he talks about the critical role the media plays in solving crimes; and details the challenges of managing highly sensitive information …
Roundtable: The future of print
Mar 3, 2016 • 46 min
Will any print newspapers exist in 10 years? Christian Broughton, Editor of the Independent Digital; Malcolm Coles, Director of Digital Media at the Telegraph Media Group, and Nic Newman, Editor of the Reuters Institute Digital News Report, join Paul B…
David Sillito
Feb 25, 2016 • 56 min
David Sillito is Media and Arts Correspondent at BBC News. In this wide-ranging interview, he discusses how the move to digital has fundamentally changed journalism, details the challenges of the BBC reporting on itself, gives his personal view on Char…
Rob Burley
Feb 18, 2016 • 47 min
Rob Burley has held top jobs at many leading political TV shows, including The Sunday Edition, Newsnight, Newswatch and Question Time. Now Editor of the Andrew Marr Show, the UK’s flagship political programme, he reveals the behind-the-scenes of puttin…
Sir Simon Jenkins
Feb 11, 2016 • 44 min
Journalist and author Sir Simon Jenkins has held many of media’s top jobs - including Editor of the Evening Standard, Editor of The Times, and Political Editor of The Economist. Now a well-respected columnist at The Guardian, in this in-depth interview…
VR, tabloids for women, & online investigations
Feb 4, 2016 • 42 min
Sara Custer, Deputy Editor at The PIE News, and Simon Parkin, an author and contributor at The Guardian and The New Yorker, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media headlines. This episode: Is virtual reality the next frontier for journalism? Is…
Alan Edwards
Jan 28, 2016 • 53 min
A legend in the world of music PR, Alan has represented some of the world’s biggest stars, including David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Prince, Amy Winehouse, and Michael Jackson. In this in depth interview, he challenges negative perceptions about the P…
Sensationalising academic research, Trump, & celeb guest editors
Jan 21, 2016 • 28 min
Lauren Fedor, Chief Reporter at City AM, and Stephen Khan, Editor of The Conversation UK, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media headlines. This episode: Are journalists guilty of sensationalising academic research? Has the media contributed t…
Damian McBride
Jan 14, 2016 • 39 min
Damian McBride was a key member of Gordon Brown’s inner circle, and as his Special Adviser, oversaw his campaign to become Prime Minster in 2007. In this interview, Damian discusses the struggles between Tony and Gordon, why he thinks Labour lost in 20…
BBC Charter, EU Referendum, & predictions for 2016
Jan 7, 2016 • 49 min
Tim Willcox, BBC News Presenter, and Mihir Bose, columnist at the Evening Standard, join Paul Blanchard for a New Year special. This episode: how will BBC Charter renewal discussions pan out this year? What sides will the media take in the EU Referendu…
Andy Hamilton
Dec 23, 2015 • 57 min
Comedian and screenwriter Andy Hamilton has created and written some of TV and radio’s most popular shows, including Outnumbered, Drop the Dead Donkey, and Old Harry’s Game. A regular panellist on QI, Have I Got News For You and The News Quiz, in this …
David Rose
Dec 17, 2015 • 53 min
Investigative journalist David Rose famously exposed the UK Government’s role in the torture of terror suspects. Former Home Affairs Editor at The Observer and now Special Investigations Writer at The Mail on Sunday, he talks about his role in overturn…
Bob Shennan
Dec 10, 2015 • 46 min
Bob leads many of the BBC’s flagship radio stations, including Radio 2, 6 Music, and the Asian Network. In this extended interview, he outlines his plans as the first Director of BBC Music, discusses Charter renewal, reveals the issues leading to the c…
BBC3 switch off, The Sun’s ISIS survey & newspapers under pressure online
Dec 3, 2015 • 41 min
Joseph Harker, Assistant Comment Editor at the Guardian, and Jack Riley, Commercial and Audience Development Director at the Huffington Post, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media headlines. This episode: Are the BBC are right to switch off B…
John Sweeney
Nov 23, 2015 • 44 min
Investigative journalist John Sweeney is known for what he calls his “explosive” documentaries at BBC Panorama. In this intimate interview, he says what it was like to be harassed by the Church of Scientology; explains how he challenged the evidence of…
Sports news impartiality, streaming music profits, & next-gen journalists
Nov 19, 2015 • 47 min
James Porter, Head of UK Journalism Training at the BBC, and Rob Lewis, CEO of Electric Jukebox, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media headlines. This episode: can news media be impartial on sport scandals when they are financially involved w…
Richard Conway
Nov 12, 2015 • 44 min
Richard rose to prominence by shining a light on the secretive and sometimes shadowy world at the top of international sporting organisations. Now Sports News Correspondent at BBC Radio 5 Live, in this in-depth interview, he talks about applying the te…
The Sun’s paywall RIP, FoI under threat, & Seumas Milne joins Team Corbyn
Nov 5, 2015 • 40 min
Paul Johnson, Deputy Editor at The Guardian, and Jason Collie, Assistant Online Editor at the London Evening Standard, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media headlines. This episode: why did The Sun scrap its paywall just two years after it wa…
Robert Phillips
Oct 22, 2015 • 57 min
Author of “Trust Me, PR is Dead”, Robert Phillips famously quit as President and CEO of Edelman, the largest PR company in the world. In this in-depth, one-to-one interview, Robert reveals the thinking that went into the decision which shocked the PR i…
Freemium magazines, contributor networks, and adblockers
Oct 15, 2015 • 47 min
Ed Needham, Editor of Coach, and Sirena Bergman, Head of Content and Community at The News Hub, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media headlines. This episode: are so-called ‘freemium’ magazines the future? Do contributor networks, like The Hu…
Lynton Crosby
Oct 5, 2015 • 51 min
Political strategist Lynton Crosby is credited with winning the 2015 UK General Election for the Conservatives. He has built up an international reputation as an election winner, having helped Boris Johnson win the Mayoralty of London twice, and the Li…
PigGate, privatising Channel 4, & the end of online comments
Oct 1, 2015 • 42 min
Rachel Oldroyd, Managing Editor at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and Aidan Radnedge, Chief Reporter at Metro, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media headlines. This week: Should newspapers have reprinted the PigGate allegations when …
Simon McCoy
Sep 24, 2015 • 54 min
Simon McCoy has been a News Presenter at the BBC for more than 12 years. A rolling news veteran, he previously spent 16 years at Sky News - as Royal Correspondent, then presenter of Sunrise, and memorably co-anchoring its coverage of the Iraq conflict …
Royal Family coverage, BBC World Service expansion, & Greenpeace’s investigative journalism
Sep 17, 2015 • 43 min
Florentin Collomp, UK Correspondent at Le Figaro, and Jess Best, Deputy News Editor at MirrorOnline, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media headlines. This episode: Does the media spend a disproportionate amount of time reporting on the Royal …
Susie Boniface aka ‘Fleet Street Fox’
Sep 10, 2015 • 47 min
Susie Boniface’s anonymous blog “Fleet Street Fox” caused a stir with its warts-and-all glimpse into the inner life of a tabloid journalist. A successful columnist at The Daily Mirror, she discusses why she created her alter ego, explains the decision …
SNP’s BBC proposals, immigration scaremongering, & criticism of Corbyn
Sep 3, 2015 • 45 min
Paul Hamilos, World Features Editor at BuzzFeed, and David Singleton, Editor at Total Politics, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media headlines. This episode: Is the SNP trying to increase its influence over the BBC? Has reporting on immigrat…
Sir Peter Bazalgette
Aug 27, 2015 • 51 min
Once named “the most influential man in British television,” Sir Peter Bazalgette has created some of TV’s greatest global hits, including Ready Steady Cook, Changing Rooms, and Ground Force. As Chairman of Endemol UK, he brought us the iconic Big Brot…
Guy Parker
Aug 20, 2015 • 57 min
Chief Executive of the Advertising Standards Authority, Guy Parker is responsible for regulating advertising in the UK. In this in-depth one-to-one interview, he explains the challenges the ASA faces regulating the web and YouTube; describes the behind…
Peter Barron
Aug 12, 2015 • 60 min
Now Director of Communications at Google, Peter Barron was previously Editor of Newsnight, and Deputy Editor of Channel 4 News. Responsible for the search engine’s communications in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, he explains why he left a top job …
Jeremy Vine
Aug 6, 2015 • 48 min
Jeremy Vine’s lunchtime show on BBC Radio 2 is Europe’s most-listened-to news radio programme. Known for presenting Newsnight and Panorama, he also presents Eggheads, Points of View, and is the keeper of the election night swingometer. In this intimate…
Selling the FT, social media’s ‘proportion problem’ & the BBC’s new Political Editor
Jul 30, 2015 • 37 min
Caroline Crampton, Web Editor at the New Statesman, and Barney Guiton, News Editor at Newsweek Europe, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media headlines. This episode: does the sale of the FT puts its editorial independence in jeopardy? Is jour…
Professor Brian Cathcart
Jul 23, 2015 • 49 min
A journalist, writer and respected academic, Brian is perhaps best known for co-founding the campaign group Hacked Off. He reveals the behind-closed-doors discussions that took place during The Leveson Inquiry, explains why he thinks the new independen…
Mary Ann Sieghart
Jul 16, 2015 • 31 min
Former Assistant Editor of The Times, Mary Ann Sieghart has worked across TV, radio and print, writing on politics and societal issues for many of the major newspapers and presenting Newshour on BBC World Service. Now working freelance, Mary Ann descri…
Alastair Campbell
Jul 9, 2015 • 62 min
In this 62 minute interview you will hear Alastair Campbell describe what it takes to command a winning strategy, the highs and lows of his political career, and learn the inside story on being Blair’s right hand man. Key insights in this …
Press questioning vs. harassment, reporting on Tunisia, & news for younger people
Jul 2, 2015 • 35 min
Ian Brimacombe, Editor of BBC World Update, and journalist Kunal Dutta who writes for Channel 4 and The Independent joins Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media headlines. This episode: when does press questioning turn into harassment? How can jour…
Chris Blackhurst
Jun 25, 2015 • 48 min
Former Editor of The Independent, and City Editor at the Evening Standard for nearly a decade, Chris Blackhurst was promoted to Group Content Editor of the Lebedev’s media group. Now a columnist, TV presenter and writer, in this candid interview he giv…
Kay Burley vs Alton Towers, journos handed page view targets, & problems at Twitter
Jun 18, 2015 • 37 min
Pete Picton, Editorial Director at Mirror Online, and Rebecca Clancy, Head of Business Breaking News at The Times, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media headlines. This episode: did Kay Burley push too hard in her interview with Alton Towers’…
John Humphrys
Jun 11, 2015 • 22 min
John Humphrys has presented the Today programme on Radio 4 for more than twenty five years. Taking us through his career from leaving school at 15, joining a local paper as a cub reporter, and then his meteoric rise through the BBC - opening news burea…
Backing the BBC, funding investigative journalism, & injunctions in parliament
Jun 4, 2015 • 36 min
Ed Butler, Senior Broadcast Journalist at the BBC World Service, and Jake Kanter, News Editor at Broadcast magazine, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media headlines. This episode: should the wider media now rally to the support of the Beeb? I…
Luke Lewis, BuzzFeed UK
May 28, 2015 • 35 min
A journalist and media pioneer, Luke Lewis launched the UK edition of BuzzFeed and has grown the website to an astounding 18 million unique monthly readers. Luke reveals the behind-the-scenes secrets to launching a globally successful media brand, tell…
New Culture Secretary, the ‘black spider’ letters, & Facebook Instant Articles
May 21, 2015 • 41 min
Toby Castle, Deputy News Editor at BBC News, and Andrew Dickens, Senior Reporter at C21 Media, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media headlines. This episode: what does the appointment of John Whittingdale to Culture Secretary mean for the BBC…
Pat Kane
May 14, 2015 • 43 min
A leading musician, writer and activist, Pat Kane is one half of Scottish pop duo Hue and Cry. He has also played a prominent role in the media, writing for NME, The Scotsman and The Guardian; presented a number of TV and radio shows, and helped foun…
Smart watches, CNN’s Nepal coverage, and Google’s ‘bribe’
May 7, 2015 • 45 min
Shona Ghosh, Senior Reporter at Marketing magazine, and Hana Stewart-Smith, Media and Tech Reporter at Alliance News, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media headlines. This episode: will we be reading the news on our watches in the future? Did…
Elveden reporters cleared, advertisers’ editorial influence, & media election fever
Apr 23, 2015 • 42 min
Lara O’Reilly, Global Advertising Editor at Business Insider, and Adam Sherwin, Media Correspondent at The Independent, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media headlines. This episode: should the DPP resign over Operation Elveden? Do advertiser…
Paying public officials for stories, naming sex offence suspects, & The Sun’s political clout
Mar 26, 2015 • 39 min
Asa Bennett, Assistant Comment Editor at The Telegraph, and Kumutha Ramanathan, journalist and presenter at World Finance, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media headlines. This episode: should four Sun journalists cleared of charges related…
John Myers
Mar 19, 2015 • 45 min
John Myers is one of the biggest figures in radio. Starting as a presenter, he explains how he moved from ‘microphone to management’ and launched or rebranded many of the UK’s most innovative radio stations, including Smooth, Rock Radio, Real Radio and…
Selling BBC Three, Jihadi John, & editorial standards at MailOnline
Mar 12, 2015 • 31 min
William Turvill, News Editor at the Press Gazette, and web psychologist Nathalie Nahai join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media headlines. This edition: should the BBC consider selling BBC Three instead of moving it online? Have newspapers tur…
Tim Arthur
Mar 3, 2015 • 47 min
A Time Out veteran, Tim has written for and edited most sections, and was Editor of the UK magazine before becoming CEO of the worldwide group. He oversaw the revolutionary move to take the iconic listings magazine from London newsstands to freesheet, …
BBC competition with local media, online advertising laws & reporting ISIS
Feb 12, 2015 • 34 min
Guy Parker, Chief Executive at the Advertising Standards Authority, and writer Neil Mullarkey, founding member of the Comedy Store Players, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media headlines. This edition: will the BBC push local papers out of b…
Andria Vidler
Feb 5, 2015 • 41 min
Andria Vidler has been at the helm of a number of iconic media companies, including Capital FM, Magic and EMI Music; and oversaw the launches of BBC 5 Live, BBC News Online and BBC Sport. Now CEO of Centaur Media, she reveals the behind-the-scenes chal…
New editor at The Economist, Netflix’s expansion, & Page 3 shenanigans
Jan 29, 2015 • 38 min
Cristina Nicolotti Squires, Editor at Channel 5 News, and Robert Cookson, Digital Media Correspondent at the Financial Times, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media headlines. This episode: why did it take so long for The Economist to appoint …
Raymond Snoddy
Jan 22, 2015 • 34 min
Long-time Media Correspondent at the FT, Raymond Snoddy has built up a reputation as one of the UK’s most respected media reporters and commentators. Well-known as the launch presenter of BBC’s NewsWatch, Ray reveals what it was like to work at the bro…
Charlie Hebdo, the PR-journalism power balance, & General Election debates
Jan 15, 2015 • 42 min
Claire Fox, Director of the Institute of Ideas, and journalist Alex Matchett of Spear’s Magazine join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media headlines. This episode: what long-term impact will the Charlie Hebdo attack have on the media? Should PRs …
Jim Al-Khalili
Jan 8, 2015 • 33 min
An award-winning broadcaster, Professor Jim Al-Khalili has presented some of TV and radio’s most successful documentaries, including ‘The Life Scientific’ and ‘Atom’. A leading physicist, academic and author of a number of bestselling popular science b…
Alan Rusbridger, Exaro investigations, & the media in 2014
Dec 18, 2014 • 39 min
Mark Watts, Editor-in-Chief at Exaro, and Alex Chandler, Editor of ITV News Election 2015, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media headlines. This edition: what are we to make of Alan Rusbridger’s tenure at The Guardian? Why did the so-called ‘…
Peter Watt
Dec 11, 2014 • 47 min
As General Secretary at the Labour Party, Peter Watt oversaw the party’s transition from Tony Blair to Gordon Brown. Resigning at the height of the Donorgate affair in 2007, he published his no-holds-barred memoir and exposé ‘Inside Out’ soon after, wh…
‘The Paedophile Next Door’, UK local TV, and Scotland’s ‘The National’
Dec 4, 2014 • 34 min
Jasper Jackson, Editor at TheMediaBriefing.com, and Katie Glass, columnist and features writer at The Sunday Times, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media headlines. This edition: should Channel 4 have aired ‘The Paedophile Next Door’? How can…
David Cohen
Nov 27, 2014 • 26 min
David Cohen is Campaigns Editor and Chief Feature Writer at the London Evening Standard. He has led some of the paper’s most memorable campaigns, and won the Paul Foot award in 2013 for ‘Frontline London’ which helped former gang members start social e…
Reporting terrorism, digital advertising, & CNN’s Russian withdrawal
Nov 20, 2014 • 31 min
Julian Lloyd-Evans, Managing Director at Dennis Publishing, and consultant Jimmy Leach, formerly Head of Digital Comms at 10 Downing Street, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media headlines. This edition: how can broadcasters report offensive …
Torin Douglas
Nov 13, 2014 • 48 min
Media correspondent at the BBC for over 20 years, Torin Douglas has reported on some of the industry’s most explosive stories, including the Hutton Report and Jimmy Savile affair. Now a visiting media professor and columnist, he explains how he got sta…
Automated news sites, online streaming, & corporate PR papers
Nov 6, 2014 • 38 min
Kenny Campbell, former editor of Metro, and John Godfrey, Group Communications Director at Legal & General, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media headlines. This edition: Do automated news ‘aggregator’ websites need a human editor? How should…
Police and journos, Farage on TV, and is the news bad for us?
Oct 23, 2014 • 35 min
Matthew Eltringham, Editor of the BBC College of Journalism, and Adam Dustagheer, Digital Communications Manager at the CBI, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media stories. This edition: Should the police be able to access journalists’ phone l…
Barry McIIheney
Oct 16, 2014 • 41 min
Launch Editor of Smash Hits and Empire magazine, and launch executive of FHM, Heat and Zoo, Barry McIlheney started some of the world’s most-read and beloved magazines. Now Chief Executive of the Professional Publishers Association, in this in-depth on…
Brooks Newmark, state-educated journalists, and the FM switchover
Oct 9, 2014 • 34 min
Michael Hill, Managing Director of Radioplayer, and Evening Standard journalism apprentice Mollie Goodfellow join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media stories. This edition: was the Brooks Newmark sting in the public interest? Should media employ…
David Puttnam
Oct 2, 2014 • 39 min
In this in-depth one-to-one interview, producer David Puttnam shares a few behind-the-scenes moments on set, offers practical advice to those starting out in the film industry, and reveals the difficulties of balancing family life with a hugely demandi…
Referendum bias, podcasting, and political phone-ins
Sep 25, 2014 • 32 min
Broadcaster Helen Zaltzman and BBC radio producer Tim Johns join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media stories. On this podcast: was there a press bias against Scottish independence, and did it affect the outcome? Will podcasts ever go mainstrea…
Training war correspondents, IPSO, and newspaper barons
Sep 11, 2014 • 35 min
Clothilde Redfern, Director of One World Media, and consultant Tom Whitwell, former Head of Digital at The Times, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media stories. Press chiefs have confessed that they’re “terrified” of sending their journalists…
Politically sensitive adverts, Scottish Independence, and interactive TV
Aug 19, 2014 • 28 min
Indra Adnan, founder of the Soft Power Network, and media technologist Tony Churnside, Technical Director at The New Radiophonic Workshop, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media stories. The Guardian has been criticised for publishing an adver…
TV news impartiality, Sky invests in virtual reality, & ‘robot’ journalists
Aug 7, 2014 • 34 min
Ian Dunt, Editor of Politics.co.uk, and Jo Twist, CEO of UKIE, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media stories. Jon Snow has been criticised for recording a candid and emotive piece to camera about the Gaza conflict - do TV reporters have a dut…
Ben Page, Chief Executive of Ipsos MORI
Aug 4, 2014 • 31 min
Ben joins Paul Blanchard for an extended one-to-one interview in this episode of Media Masters. Named one of the 100 most influential people in the public sector, Ben leads market research company Ipsos MORI and has conducted polling for large corporat…
Bob Leaf, former International CEO of Burson-Marsteller
Jul 24, 2014 • 39 min
Bob joins Paul Blanchard for an extended one-to-one interview in this episode of Media Masters. Named ‘the father of public relations’, Bob launched offices for PR company Burson-Marsteller in Russia, Australia and the Middle East, helping it become th…
The right to be forgotten, TV’s stubborn popularity, and the end of lads’ mags?
Jul 10, 2014 • 31 min
The Independent’s Social Media editor, Felicity Morse, and Head of Digital Communications for the Liberal Democrats, Bess Mayhew, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media stories. A new ruling lets people remove their personal information fro…
Newsnight’s future, data journalism, and town hall Pravdas
Jun 26, 2014 • 31 min
Digital media strategist Jon Bernstein and Professor Suzanne Franks join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media stories. As Jeremy Paxman exits Newsnight, what’s the show’s future? With ‘data journalism’ on the rise - is it time for trainee journa…
New BBC Trust Chair, crowdfunding the news, & Kate’s bottom
Jun 12, 2014 • 35 min
The BBC’s Raymond Snoddy and journalist/live-Tweeter Peter Jukes join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest media stories. The next Chair of the BBC Trust - is Lord Coe the right fit - and if not, who is? Crowdfunding the news - is it really a viable o…
Popbitch’s Camilla Wright
Jun 9, 2014 • 22 min
Presenting Media Focus: Media Masters - extended interviews with those at the very top of the media game. In the first edition, Paul Blanchard talks to Camilla Wright, co-founder of legendary gossip website/newsletter Popbitch.
Channel 5, Journos in PR, & Courtroom TV
May 22, 2014 • 32 min
Simon Bucks from Sky News and Jonathan Roberts from the UK Chamber Of Shipping join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest issues in the world of media – the news behind the news. Richard Desmond’s sale of Channel 5 - what’s next for the channel? As th…
UKIP, Lenny Henry, and London Live
May 7, 2014 • 31 min
The FT’s Media Correspondent Henry Mance and Baroness Jenny Jones AM join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest in the world of media.
Celeb Deaths, Hate Speech and Curated Content
Apr 3, 2014 • 33 min
Buzzfeed’s Patrick Smith and former BBC Chief Spokesman Donald Steel join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest in the world of media.
Editorial Freedom, Equality, & The Licence Fee
Mar 20, 2014 • 30 min
Broadcaster and journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Al Jazeera’s Ben Rayner join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest in the world of media.
BBC Cuts, Greenwald’s Intercept, and Piers Morgan
Mar 6, 2014 • 29 min
Digital content specialist James Erskine, and communications guru Andrew Caesar-Gordon join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest in the world of media.
Social Media, Election Trolling, and Drones
Feb 20, 2014 • 33 min
Communications expert Holly Sutton, and former deputy Political Editor for the Daily Mail, Paul Eastham join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest in the world of media.
Dacre, SuperBowl, Politics and Top Gear
Feb 6, 2014 • 37 min
The BBC’s Jumoke Fashola, and media expert James Hutchinson join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest in the world of media.
Immigration, the March to Digital, & the Lib Dem Blues.
Jan 27, 2014 • 38 min
Broadcaster Michael Wilson, and political blogger and podcaster Mark Thompson join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest in the world of media.
Breaking News, the BBC Trust, & Is Print Dead?
Jan 9, 2014 • 34 min
Writer and broadcaster Christina Patterson, former BBC Editor Kevin Marsh, and political consultant Jo Foster join Paul Blanchard to discuss the latest in the world of media.
Launch Episode
Dec 10, 2013 • 35 min
Former BBC Media Correspondent Torin Douglas and Tim Collins, producer of The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2, join Paul Blanchard to discuss the coverage of the death of Nelson Mandela and the rest of the week’s big media stories.