A round-up of the latest media news from Committee Member Colin Sykes

Politics

Despite all the upheaval of the last few weeks the Culture Secretary remains the same – Michelle Donelan. The latest on the sale of Channel Four seems to be the same as last month with the sell off under review.

Despite all the upheaval of the last few weeks the Culture Secretary remains the same – Michelle Donelan. The latest on the sale of Channel Four seems to be the same as last month with the sell off under review.

www.theguardian.com/media/2022/nov/02/channel-4-40th-anniversary-privatisation

However with the Chancellor looking down the back of the sofa for cash the proceeds of a sale may prove to be attractive?

However with the Chancellor looking down the back of the sofa for cash the proceeds of a sale may prove to be attractive?

BBC

The cuts continue, this time with my former area BBC Local Radio facing the loss of 48 posts and a lot of shared programming. Sadly, this means fewer opportunities for young people trying to break into the industry.

www.itv.com/news/channel/2022-10-31/bbc-axes-some-local-radio-programmes-as-cost-cutting-measure

Elsewhere the BBC is cutting back on its bases with the loss of Wogan House in central London and Bridge House at Media City in Salford on the list.

www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/2022/bbc-further-reduces-property-footprint

ITVX

The replacement of ITV Hub with the new ITVX streaming service in expected to happen later this month with promises of a new UK-based streaming service.

www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/1686240/ITVX-release-date-update-ITV-Hub-TV-app

Baby Boomers

Finally after listening to a programme about Pete Murray on BBC Sounds I decided to listen to his great friend David Hamilton on Boom Radio.  There’s a line up of older jocks who broadcast from their own homes and the station makes no secret that it’s hoping to lure listeners from Radio Two which is in the process of re-vamping its line up.

www.boomradiouk.com/

A bit difficult to find on an actual radio but just say play Boom if you have a smart speaker. It’s like going back to the Seventies. As someone who was a teenager then I thought the music was great at first but found the constant references to the past a little claustrophobic after a while!

Published On: November 20th, 2022 / 1.9 min read / Views: 235 /

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