The Media in the Press 20.4.10

Second-year Journalism student, Alan Robertson, of Strathclyde University, takes a look at the media stories making it into the pages of today’s papers…

Adrian Chiles, presenter of the BBC’s The One Show, has quit the Corporation to join ITV, several of this morning’s newspapers report.

The 43-year, who spent almost four years hosting the show, has signed a four-year deal at ITV to front GMTV and spearhead the broadcaster’s coverage of this summer’s World Cup.

Writes Tara Conlan, topically, in today’s Guardian (page 7): “The BBC experienced its own dramatic eruption yesterday when Adrian Chiles, presenter of the corporation’s flagship early evening programme The One Show, quit to join ITV.”

Under the headline, ‘The Gone Show’, the Daily Record (page 3), like many others, alludes to the BBC’s recent decision to hand over the reins of the Friday edition of the weekday show to Chris Evans – a move that left Chiles “furious”. Adds the redtop’s editorial, Record View (page 8): “The Beeb have scored a monumental own goal by forcing Adrian Chiles into the arms of rivals ITV.”

However, Scottish Daily Mail columnist, Richard Kay, disagrees, describing Chiles switch as “great news” for BBC executives. “They feared a far more significant loss from their dwindling roster of star names – their worst scenario was that Gary Lineker would take the ITV shilling to present football,” writes Kay (page 35).

The Independent, meanwhile, has opted for a new-look, including the introduction of a fresh second section, Viewspaper. Writes editor-in-chief, Simon Kelner, in his note to readers: “We hope you like how the new Independent looks. But we would most like to be judged by the quality of our content. We make no apologies for erring on the side of seriousness; these are serious times and we believe that what is most needed on the media landscape is a newspaper that is truly free of proprietorial influence and political affiliation (something no other paper can claim) to make sense of the world around us.”

Elsewhere, set-top box maker, Pace, is set to profit ahead of this year’s World Cup following the rise in popularity of HD and 3D television offered by broadcasters such as Sky, reports The Scotsman (Business, page 3).

“The World Cup will boost first-half trading at set-top box maker Pace, as pay-TV companies rush out high-definition and 3D boxes ahead of the football tournament in South Africa this summer,” writes City editor, Martin Flanagan.

Though, as the Indy (page 40) points out, UK viewers may find themselves unable to watch the world’s best footballers battle it out in 3D as no plans have yet been made by the BBC and ITV to broadcast matches in the format. Says Nick Clark: “Viewers in the UK eager to watch the World Cup in 3D may be disappointed as, so far, no broadcasters have committed to showing football’s showpiece tournament in 3D.”

Finally, Scottish broadcaster and actor, Tom Fleming, has died at the age of 82. Fleming provided television commentary for more than 300 state occasions on top of 44 years as the 'Voice of the Edinburgh Tattoo'.

‘One of Nation’s Most Treasured Voices Falls Silent as Tom Fleming Dies, Aged 82’, reads page 3 of The Scotsman. Writes Alasdair Steven (page 45), in an obituary to the distinguished Scot: “Tom Fleming was a fine ambassador for Scotland. Whether as a radio or television presenter on state occasions, as an actor or as a reader – and author – of poetry, Fleming embodied the finest qualities of Scottish culture and social ethics.”

Fleming “possessed one of the richest and most recognisable voices of the stage and television”, adds Lorn MacIntrye in The Herald (page 21).

Also paying tribute is BBC Scotland’s head of programmes, Donalda MacKinnon, who is quoted in today’s Daily Record (page 18), saying: “Broadcasts like the Tattoo won’t seem the same without his authoritative gravitas, which he combined with witty observation. We’ve lost one of our great broadcasters.”

Other media stories:

* The BBC will broadcast an £8 million animated version of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book – Scottish Daily Mail (page 25).

* “We shouldn’t be seduced by 90 minutes of pure performance,” warns, Scottish Daily Express columnist, Vanessa Feltz, following Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg’s popularity in the polls – Scottish Daily Express (page 13).

* Sir Peter Stothard, editor of the Times Literary Supplement, has censured the use of libel law by academics to threaten the press – The Independent (pages 20-21).