The Media in the Press 4.6.10

MA Journalism student, Ganesh Nagarajan, of Edinburgh Napier University, takes a bird's eye view of the media stories in today's papers….

ITV has appointed a new managing director for its commercial and online venture, The Guardian and The Herald report. Say both titles, the company has hired Fru Hazlitt, ex-chief of the radio group, GCap, to fill what is a newly-created role.

She takes over from Rupert Howdell, ITV's commercial chief and Ben McOwen Wilson, managing director of online and interactive. Her tenure as chief executive of GCap Media ended in June two years ago, after she oversaw the £375 million sale of the company to Global Radio.

Guardian reporters Mark Sweney and James Robison write” “Her unsetimental approach to the bid and the high price paid, endeared her to many of GCap's City shareholders.”

According to The Guardian, The Times, The Scottish Sun and The Scotsman, ITV chief executive, Adam Crozier, pocketed more than £3.5 million in pay, bonuses and pension when he left Royal Mail.

Quoting the Communication Workers Union, The Guardian says the pay package will outrage postal workers, who face uncertain future after Vince Cable, the new business secretary, confirmed last month that the government would make another attempt to part-privatise Royal Mail.

The Herald quotes Dave Ward, deputy general secretary of the CWU, saying: “Adam Crozier's bonus came after a year in which he oversaw a national postal strike, lost the confidence of his workforce and then left before the job of modernisation and business transformation agreement was complete.”

The Sun reports that profits at Royal Mail have almost doubled in three years, to more than £400 million. Around 8000 staff have lost their jobs.

Elsewhere, Scottish granny, Janey Cutler has made it to the finals of the Britian's Got Talent show. The Herald says the 81 year-old is the next Susan Boyle. The other two Scots entries, The Fusion and Tyler Patterson, were both knocked out of the competition.

The Daily Record calls Janey Cutler as Singing Great. She looked stunned by the audience's ecstatic reaction.

Real-life events put a stop on soaps on TV. Coronation Street was pulled off air last night following the Cumbria shootings, as a mark of respect. While rival soap, EastEnders, will re-take scenes involving preacher Lucas Johnson after the murder of prostitutes in Bradford, The Herald says.

Also, the BBC has apologised for a Radio 4 play yestterday in which a killer yells: “I'll put a bullet in your brain.” The drama, Six Impossible Things, prompted 66 complaints, according to The Scotsman.

Meanwhile, it is being reporterd that French newspaper, Le Monde, is to be sold, to survive bruising times in the media industry. The Scotsman says it is a crucial issue for supporters of Le Monde, one of the country's most respected media sources. The paper has a centre-left political bent and it was created after France was freed from Nazi rule in 1944.

Among those said to be interested in buying are Spain's Prisa, owner of El Pais, Switzerland's Ringier and the publisher of Le Temps. A decision will be announced to shareholders on the 14th of this month.

Closer to home, Alexander Lebedev, owner of the Independent and Evening Standard newspapers, has been questioned by Moscow police over allegations that he made death threats to a businessman and attempted to extort money from him.

The questioning of Lebedev was part of a 'pre-investigation' check into complaints by a former business partner after a dispute between the two over the price paid for a sawmill enterprise. Times reporter, Will Stewart, says Lebedev has denied the allegation strongly. He says he is the real victim.

Other media stories:

* Christine Bleakley has sacked her agent and may follow Adrian Chiles and quit The One Show to join ITV – The Scottish Sun.

* Germany's consumer protection minister, Ilse Aigner, plans to give up her Facebook account, claiming the company is not doing enough to protect users' data – The Herald.

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