The Media in the Press 19.4.10

The Newspaper Society did it last week; today, The Guardian picks out the bits of the manifestos – from each of the main political parties contesting the General Election – that are specific to the media.

Writes Mark Sweeney: “…the manifestos of the three main parties have major implications for broadcasters, libel reform campaigners and the ad industry.”

It's a long piece that runs from the front page of The Guardian's dedicated media supplement, into page 2. And of particular significance to Scots will be the summary concerning a publicly-funded TV news pilot scheduled for channel 3 in Scotland.

As things stand, a consortium including the publishers of The Scotsman, The Herald and the Sunday Post, are the preferred bidders to operate the pilot (ahead of a rival consortium comprising the incumbent, STV).

Continues Sweeney: “Labour's manifesto also reiterates support for a new regional TV network to replace ITV's service. Plans to secure this nationally after 2012 fell foul of Tory demands while the digital economy bill was passing into law. The Tories would like to launch a network of local TV stations. All parties support the relaxation of local media ownership rules, which would help the struggling regional newspaper and radio sectors. In addition, the Lib Dems publicly pledged to crack down on advertising-sapping local council freesheets, and the Tories to rein in 'rules on taxpayer-funded publicity spending by town halls'.”

Meanwhile, The Scottish Daily Express carries a two-page feature on the son of Hollywood movie star, Errol Flynn.

Sean Flynn was a war photographer during the Vietnam war. And 40 years after he went missing in Cambodia, his remains may have been discovered, in a mass grave.

Writes Neil Norman, pages 24 and 25: “Flynn was one of a select band of war photographers (who included British-born Don McCullin and Tim Page) whose fearless pursuit of the ultimate combat pictures led them into situations of extreme peril. Page and McCulllin survived. Many of their colleagues were not so lukcy.”

Finally, there's to be a East of Scotland versus West football match, to raise funds for the Children's Hospice Association Scotland. And – says The Scottish Sun, page 30 –  the 'manager' of the East side – Real Radio DJ, Ewen Cameron – has been set a forfeit by his football phone-in pal, Alan Rough. Should the East lose, Cameron strips naked on the pitch. No word, yet, about the reciprocal forfeit. The match takes place at the Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie, on the 16th of next month: £3 adults, £1 kids.

Other media news:

* TV chef, Jamie Oliver, has made it on to Britain's rich list with a fortune of £65 million – despite giving away more than a chunk to charity. The Channel 4 star is among Britain's 1000 wealthiest people, according to the Times Rich List that will be published on Sunday – Daily Record, page 3.

* ITV bosses were last night hopeful that One Show host, Adrian Chiles, would quit the BBC and sign a £1 million deal with them – The Scottish Sun, page 3.

* Amid the mountains of Britain's Got Talent copy, The Scotsman (page 8) informs that the first episode of the new series, at the weekend, drew a record 12.2 million viewers. The figure – which equates to a 49 per cent audience share – is the highest ever for the launch episode of the show.