The Media in the Press 11.6.10

MA Journalism student, Ganesh Nagarajan, takes a look at today's newspapers for media stories…

Newspaper publishers, Trinity Mirror, has said about 200 editorial jobs are to go across its three national titles – the Daily, Sunday Mirror and the People, the Guardian reports. Says Roy Greenslade, it represents about 25 per of the full-time editoral staff and coincides with the creation of new, multimedia newrooms linked to the introduction of a web-based content management system, ContentWatch.

The Scotsman (page 23) quotes Daily Mirror editor Richard Wallace, saying: “Our future is a multimedia one and we need to transform ourselves into an agile media business, ready to grasp the opportunities and challenges of the multimedia world we now inhabit.”

Meanwhile, says The Guardian, its parent company, Guardian Media Group, has reported an increased pre-tax loss of £171 million for the 12 months to the end of March. The loss compared with a pre-tax loss of £96.7 million in the previous financial year and was primarily due to write-downs of £96.5 million in GMG's investments in Emap and £63.9 million in GMG Radio, reporter Steve Busfield says. 

GMTV has decided to ditch its cosy celebrity chats and lifestyle segments, hosted by Andrew Castle, in favour of news and current affairs in a bid to grab a share of the audience from BBC's top-rated Breakfast programme, the Daily Record says (page 3). Castle is leaving GMTV after 10 years with the station – adds The Scottish Sun (page 3).

ITV will spend £1.5 million launching the show at new studios overlooking the Thames. The news show will be fronted by Adrian Chiles.

Almost finally, the final Big Brother launch in Channel 4 was watched by six million viewers and trumped the other terrestrial channels' ratings, The Herald (page 11) and The Scotsman (page 21) both report.

An average of five million million people tuned in to see contestants enter the house on Big Brother 11's launch night on Wednesday with a peak audience of 5.9 million at 10 m. The Daily Record (page 3) says it was the lowest first-night viewing figures since Big Brother 2 in 2001.

And finally, six Israelis and six Palestinians, aged 18, will take part in a reality show to be broadcast on public channel France 5 in September, The Guardian says. They will stay together for three weeks and hold negotiations aimed at establishing a peace deal, Guardian reporter, Lizzy Davies, writes from Paris. Such a gesture is more of a symbol than a realistic target, Guardian reports, quoting the show's creators Mohamed Ulad and Sophie Nordmann.