The Media in the Press 20.11.09

It's another quiet day in the media. The only common thread is a radio story and even that gets little attention.

Third-year Journalism student, David Livingston, at Stirling University, takes a look at the media news making it into today's press….

The Scotsman (page 13), The Herald (page 5) and The Times briefly (page 25) report that UK Radioplayer, a joint BBC and private sector venture, will allow listeners access to every radio station in the country from January. Around 400 stations will be available.

The Times (page 37) features a warning from Shadow Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, that the government's Digital Economy Bill, outlined in Wednesday's Queen's Speech, has little chance of becoming law before the General Election, even with his party's support.

Hunt also features in The Guardian (page 12), telling the Manchester Media Festival: “Because our regulation is stuck in the dark ages we have left our media industries exposed and vulnerable to huge market shocks.” Hunt promises a “nimble and light touch” to media regulation under a prospective Tory government.

Elsewhere in The Guardian (page 34), Ian Black says that British investigators in Lebanon may have solved a 25 year-old murder mystery. Human remains have been found by a team looking for British journalist, Alec Collett, kidnapped during the 1980s.

Dan Sabbagh's analysis of the Digital Economy Bill (The Times, page 75) can be summed up in one sentence: “It would be far more logical for the next government to start again, this time linking the exercise to the timing of the next BBC licence fee settlement, so that there could be a proper strategic review.”

Other media stories:

* BBC Radio Solent DJ, Steve Harris, criticised for broadcasting actress, Meg Ryan's fake orgasm from the movie, 'When Harry Met Sally' – Scottish Daily Mail, page 25; The Sun, page 30.

* Trinity Mirror, PA and Ten Alps, the production company, launch a joint bid for a regional ITN news bulletin, in the north-east of England – The Times, page 75.

* YouTube launches TV shows section for UK after a deal with Channel 4 – The Guardian, page 40.

* STV cancel 'My Best Friend's Wedding' competition on 'The Hour' – Scottish Sun, page 39.

* ITN announces a pay freeze and job cuts after first half-year losses -The Times, page 75.