The Media in the Press

Second-year Journalism student, Sian Lower, from Edinburgh Napier University, has a look at the media news making it into today's newspapers….

In a quiet day for media stories in the press, the most prominent is that of Sir Terry Wogan’s final weeks at his BBC Radio 2 morning show, ‘Wake up to Wogan.’ Page 11 of The Scotsman gives a flavour of the huge numbers of people who tuned in, as reveled in the RAJAR listenership figures published yesterday: “Sir Terry Wogan went out at the top, matching his biggest ever audience as he bowed out of his Radio 2 breakfast show. The veteran presenter had 8.1 million listeners each week before he quit his long-running morning show, ‘Wake up to Wogan’, in December.” 

The Scottish Daily Mail has a short passage on the presenter on page 30: “Sir Terry Wogan ended his Radio 2 breakfast show with a record number of listeners.”

The Herald (page 12) also comments on the show: “The outgoing presenter’s audience of TOGs – Terry’s Old Geezers and Gals – was 140,000 listeners up year on year. Sir Terry has fronted the breakfast slot for a total of 27 years, building up the biggest morning show audience in Europe.” 

The Independent (page 17) reads:” Figures from the industry body RAJAR for the final quarter of 2009 show Sir Terry’s audience equalled the record set in 2008.”

On page 12 of The Daily Telegraph is another short article: “Sir Terry Wogan matched his biggest ever audience when he bowed out of his Radio 2 breakfast programme, listening figures have shown.” 

Patrick Foster, The Times’ media correspondent, mentions Wogan’s predecessor Chris Evans on page 16: “Sir Terry Wogan increased the pressure on Chris Evans yesterday, with audience figures showing that 8.1 million weekly listeners tuned into his final three months on the Radio 2 breakfast show, equalling his best audience.”

In other news, Helen Pidd (page 9 of The Guardian) mentions Channel 4’s court action: “Channel 4 tried and failed to win an injunction to prevent reporting of a hearing in a multimillion-pound libel battle in the high court in which the broadcaster has been accused of faking elements of a documentary purporting to show members of Michael Jackson’s family moving to Devon.”

Also in the news today:

* “Sony may pull off a surprise return to profit this year as European and American consumers ease themselves back into electronic gadget-buying mode and the world prepares to watch films and play games in 3-D.” – The Times, page 50.