Media in the Press 7.4.11

Post-graduate Journalism student, Orla Ni Sheaghdha, from Edinburgh Napier University, reviews the media stories in today's newspapers…

The biggest media-related news in the papers this morning is the announcement of Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange's court date. The Herald reports (page 11): “Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been given a date for his appeal against extradition to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sexual assault. A two-day hearing has been listed at the High Court in London beginning on July 12, it was announced yesterday.”

According to The Scotsman (page 24): “Mr Assange is appealing against a ruling that extradition would not breach his human rights.” The article continues: “He denies the allegations against him and believes they were politically motivated, particularly leaked American diplomatic cables that rocked the US government.”

Featured in the Daily Record this morning is news of a controversial documentary to be aired by the BBC (page 2): “A controversial new BBC Scotland documentary will show graphic images of illegal hare coursing next week. Travellers, which will be shown on BBC2 on Monday, follows two families from travelling communities taking part in the activity.”

This morning's papers also report on the return of Big Brother to TV screens. The Daily Record reports (page 17): “Reality show Big Brother will make its TV comeback later this year. The series which was dropped by Channel 4 last year, will move to a new home on Channel 5.” Jeff Ford, director of programmes for Channel 5 is quoted as saying, “We're hugely excited to have secured the return of Big Brother for Channel 5. It will form a key part of this year's schedule”. Says The Herald (page 12): “The show…will kick off with a celebrity version in the summer. This will be followed by a series featuring members of the public.”

And finally, a TV crew from South Korea is reported to have travelled 11,000 miles.. to film Scottish school canteens. Says The Scottish Sun (page 17): “A journalist, cameraman and interpreter jetted over from Seoul to find out about award-winning healthy dishes served up across East Ayrshire.” The article describes the distance the crew traveled and who they interviewed. It adds: “The documentary is based on a debate over free school meals in South Korea…It will be screened on the country's biggest TV network KBS.”

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