The Media in the Press 1.6.10

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….

As allmediascotland yesterday reported, Alan Ruddock, a former editor of The Scotsman newspaper, has died aged 49.

Ruddock, in charge of the Edinburgh-based title between 1998 and 2000, took ill after playing cricket on Sunday in his native Ireland.

And both Scottish quality newspapers, The Scotsman (page 45) and The Herald (page 19), today pay tribute to the former editor.

Writes Phil Davison in an obituary to Ruddock that features in the two titles: “Although a Dubliner by birth, he devoted his editorship to ensuring the newspaper recorded Scotland’s historic events with accuracy, impartiality and panache.”

Meanwhile, channel Five is set to be sold by it German-owned parent company, RTL, reports this morning’s Scottish Daily Express (page 44).

The channel could be auctioned off for as much as £200 million, with Channel 4 “seen as the most likely contender” to make the purchase, adds the Express.

Elsewhere, television psychologist and author on parenting, Oliver James, has complained to the BBC over an interview with Radio 4 Woman’s Hour presenter, Jenni Murray, reveals The Daily Telegraph (page 3).

James is quoted in today’s Telegraph, saying: “The interviewer was extremely unprofessional and the whole tone was personal and snide.”

On the international front, The Times (page 42) reports the enduring suffering of “the French Establishment bible”, Le Monde, which is on the “verge of abandoning some of its lofty ideals in the search for readers and cash to stave off administration”.

Journalists at the French national newspaper face losing their “unique status” of being able to veto the appointments of their chief executive and daily editor should a takeover bid be launched for the debt-ridden title, adds The Times.

And, finally, today’s leader in The Guardian (page 28) piles praise on struggling American news magazines, which, “beneath the bland surface”, contain a “great deal of good journalism”.

Specialist titles, such as Newsweek, have suffered in recent times, and their decline, says The Guardian, “represents a sad loss of diversity in the endangered journalistic rainforest”.

Other media stories:

* A new five-part television series, The Genius of Britain, is set to showcase Scottish brainpower, with more than a third of the programme’s featured “geniuses” Scots – The Scotsman (page 14-15).

* The Scotsman’s recruitment website,, today launches a £2 million advertising campaign in a bid to increase traffic – The Scotsman (page 48).

* Sales of touch-screen tablet computer, the iPad, have reached two million since its launch less two months ago, says Apple – The Scottish Daily Mail (page 67), The Times (page 9), The Guardian (page 22), The Daily Telegraph (page 17).

* Q&A with Paul Mylrea, the new head of press and media relations at the BBC – The Independent (page 38).

* And today’s Diary entry in The Independent (page 8) lambasts the numerous re-runs of Top Gear broadcast on the BBC, arguing: “For my license fee, I’d expect something a little more original during prime-time.”

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