The Media in the Press 3.6.10

MA Journalism student, Ganesh Nagarajan, of Edinburgh Napier University, takes a look at the media stories making into the pages of today’s papers…

It's the end of an era. As reported in The Herald, among other newspapers, it's the last call for the BBC's Last of the Summer Wine, following an announcement by the Corporation that this next series will be its final one – after a staggering 37 years.

Meanwhile, 'BGT Boy Band is Well Connected' is the headline in The Scottish Sun about how judge, Simon Cowell, has passed a boy band, Connected, in to the final of Britain's Got Talent. Thing is, says the paper, the boy band had performed a song written by a pal of Cowell.

And might there an anti-Scottish bias in Britain's Got Talent after three Scots acts were asked to compete on the same night for a place in Saturday's final? The Daily Record reports Britain's Got Talent bosses denying any anti-Scottish bias.

Elsewhere, the Scottish edition of The Times reports that a Chinese newspaper has defied a ban on any mention of the Tiananmen Square massacre by publishing a cartoon about the incident. Under the headline, 'Newspaper Dares to Flout Tiananmen Ban', reporter, Jane Macartney, from Beijing writes: “The bold move by Southern Metropolis Daily comes on the eve of the 21st anniversary of the events of June 4, 1989 when tanks and troops were used to crush pro-democracy demonstrations, with the loss of hundreds of lives.” The paper carries the cartoon: of a small boy drawing on a blackboard a row of tanks moving towards a solitary figure.

And finally, Paris-based Zodiak Entertainment has bought RDF Media in a deal worth more than £150 million – reports The Times. The result: one of the world's largest independent television production groups. Reporters Susan Thompson and Alexi Mostrous say “the merged group will have annual sales of about £500 million”.