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Media Training Update w/c 15th July

“The Queen of Newsnight”

“That road you want to remain on for as much of the interview as possible has to be an interesting place to live. It needs characters at numbers 32 and 67, it needs life, it needs relevance…”

Visualisation is a really useful technique when it comes to good interview prep. In this latest episode of Year Of The Expert we explore what form it might take.

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Good morning. It’s Monday 15th July 2024.

Monday: The Republican National Convention kicks off in Milwaukee – dominated by fallout from the assassination attempt on Donald Trump

Tuesday: Real Madrid unveil Kylian Mbappe at Santiago Bernabeu

Wednesday: State Opening of Parliament

Thursday: Trump speech at the Republican Convention

European Political leaders meet in Oxfordshire

UK Covid-19 inquiry set to publish the first of its reports.

Friday: Jo Swinson and Maya Greene at Post Office Horizon Inquiry


Start of the BBC Proms

Saturday: Pride Glasgow

SundayDNC Committee meet to discuss Biden nomination process


Final stage of the Tour De France

Cocaine smuggled in bananas was intriguing, but the shotgun licence appeal was more sellable…”

A wonderful long read from Sophie Elmhirst on the dying breed of the court reporter. 

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The Queen Of Newsnight”

In all my time at the BBC I never heard a single bad word said against Kirsty Wark. For a presenter who has been in the job for 30 years that is some achievement.

Newsnight’s farewell montage to mark her last programme is superb.

Turning a great news organization (sic) towards the future is not a one-day affair. It happens in stages and over time.”

We promised to keep you up to date with former BBC DG/New York Times boss Mark Thompson’s efforts to transform CNN.

Well he’s up and running with a set of sweeping changes.

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Excellent work (as ever) from Private Eye…

Footnotes:

I’m obsessed with the number of microphones placed in front of Iranian big-hitters at news conferences. This week’s offering…

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Farewell to Martha Kearney who presents her final Today Programme on Thursday. Enjoy not setting that 3:30 alarm, Martha.

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On this day: Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace was shot dead on the steps of his Miami mansion on this day in 1997.

Weather: Highs of 19 degrees in Brighton today and 21 in Liverpool.

Mutts: The obligatory dog photo. The boys’ lovely mate Holly…

Be part of the MMB. Thoughts on this week’s content, or interviews you’ve seen, heard, or (best of all) done. We’re @insideedgemedia or just reply to this email. 

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Media Training Update w/c 8th July

“A very short honeymoon”

Good morning. It’s Monday 8th July 2024

It’s the Taylor Swift, the Serena Williams, the Simon Rattle of pre-interview questions. You simply have to ask it.”

For this chapter of Year Of The Expert you can watch as well as listen as we get into the detail of Part 3 – Interview Preparation.

This week…

If you ask one question before saying yes to an interview request, make it this one…

The week ahead:

Monday: Narendra Modi heads to Russia on Monday (July 8) for talks with Vladimir Putin 

Tuesday: Sir Keir’s first week in office sees him off to Washington DC for the NATO Summit

Planned launch of Ariane 6 rocket

WednesdayEngland v West Indies first test 

Thursday: Monthly estimate of GDP 

Friday: M25 partial weekend closure 

Wireless Festival 

Sunday: Final of the men’s Euro Championships

Emmanuel Macron attends Bastille Day ceremony in Paris 

Olympic Flame arrives in Paris

Election Media News

+4 Days

In the New Statesman:

“These are the programmes that record history and live forever in the archives.” 

I agree with former head of BBC TV News Roger Mosey’s (lukewarm) assessment of the performance of the main broadcasters on election night. Who did you watch?

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Behind the scenes in the gallery as the BBC’s election coverage reveals the exit poll result. An absolutely nerve-jangling moment in TV production…

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In the Observer:

“The honeymoon will be very very short: the rightwing media is set to turn on Starmer.”

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And a former editor on The Sun’s lukewarm endorsement of Labour…

Footnotes:

Ronald Biggs – serving a 30-year prison sentence for his part in the Great Train Robbery escaped from Wandsworth prison on this day in 1965.

Highs of 21 degrees in Leeds today and 17 in Southampton.

Be part of the MMB. Thoughts on this week’s content, or interviews you’ve seen, heard, or (best of all) done. We’re @insideedgemedia or just reply to this email. 

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By |8 July 2024|

Media Training Update w/c 1st July

“Radio doesn’t mean radio anymore”

The lines are so blurred now between media formats.”

For the next two chapters of YOTE you can watch as well as listen as we get into the detail of Part 3 – Interview Preparation.


First up…

What are the crucial questions a producer needs to answer before you agree to undertake the interview? 

Good morning. It’s Monday 1st July 2024. Election Week.

Monday: Day 1 of Wimbledon

Hungary takes over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union

Tuesday: Court hearing in Nigel Farage milkshake case

BMA junior doctor strikes end

WednesdayFirst ever Esports World Cup begins

Thursday: General Election

Nathan’s 4th of July hotdog eating contest

Friday: Church of England General Synod



Saturday: First year-long stay ends for NASA’s Mars habitat

Sunday: The all-important second round of France’s snap elections

Election Media News

3 Days To Go…

It’s nearly over. (You’ve all been very strong.)

STARRY, STARRY NIGHT…

A-listers for each channel on Election night are…

BBC:

Headlining: Clive Myrie and Laura Kuenssberg

Support: Chris Mason, Jeremy Vine, Reeta Chakrabarti

Top Talent: Sir John Curtice

ITV:

Headlining: Tom Bradby

Support: Robert Peston, Anushka Asthana, Paul Brand

Top Talent: Nicola Sturgeon

CHANNEL 4:

Headlining: Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Emily Maitlis

Support: Gary Gibbon

Top Talent: Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart

SKY NEWS:

Headlining: Kay Burley and Sophie Ridge

Support: Beth Rigby and Trevor Phillips

Top Talent: Andy Burnham

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Finally, I suspect nobody needs the end of this election campaign more than the Telegraph headline writers…

Footnotes:

The Radio Times asked Rishi Sunak about the TV he enjoys.

This was his reply…

“l’ve recently enjoyed watching Bridgerton with Akshata. I’m always in awe at the talent that we have in this country, and fantastic period dramas like this showcase why this country stands as a creative industries superpower.”

Politicians’ persistent inability to give an answer sounding like something a normal human being would say never ceases to amaze me. 


(Imagine sitting in the pub and coming out with that line.)

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Hong Kong was handed back to the Chinese authorities – ending more than 150 years of British control on this day in 1997.

Highs of 16 degrees in Scarborough today and 17 in Sunderland.

And finally just time for the obligatory dog photo. Stans seeks some shade…

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By |1 July 2024|

Media Training Update w/c 24th June

“Taking The Temperature”

Good morning. It’s Monday 24th June 2024. Coming up this week:

Monday: Trial begins in Holly Willoughby kidnap case 

Tuesday: Fujitsu IT expert and one of the architects of the Horizon system, Gareth Jenkins gives evidence to the Post Office Inquiry

UK state banquet for Emperor and Empress of Japan

WednesdayThe final head-to-head TV debate of the campaign, hosted by the BBC’s Mishal Husain in Nottingham

Thursday: Junior doctors begin five-day strike

First Presidential Debate, Atlanta.

To get you in the mood, here are some iconic make-or-break moments from Presidential debates over the decades…

Friday: Iranians elect a new president following the death of Ebrahim Raisi

Glastonbury Festival begins

Saturday: Pride in London Parade

SundayPremier League PSR accounts deadline day

How do you change the gene of a tomato?”

How an innocent question in a media training interview simulation led to a brilliant insight into how to address the complex with concision in interviews.

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Election 2024: 10 Days To Go…

Please don’t unsubscribe. There are only two more of these.

HARTLEY-BREWER ON SPEED DIAL: 

“While the Question Time producers have broadly balanced the main political parties, they have frequently relied upon a small number of rightwing guests to provoke entertaining debates.”

An analysis by Cardiff University of guests over nine years suggests an overuse of rightwing voices on the BBC’s Question Time…

As for the most popular-appearing politicians in the same period, the Top 5 might not be what you’re expecting:

Emily Thornberry 24

Lisa Nandy 22

Nadhim Zahawi 14

Andy Burnham 13

Caroline Lucas 13

Mr Farage is on 10.

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I have pledged to give £5 to charity every time I hear a newsreader say: “Reporter X has been taking the temperature of voters in X”. The current total is £25 and climbing almost every day.

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And finally allow yourself 60 seconds to listen to Moira Stewart read out the names and parties contesting the Chesterfield by-election in 1984. You won’t regret it…

Footnotes:

Avoidance at record levels as four in ten “worn out by news”. READ MORE

Tom Garry joins the Guardian as a women’s football writer with the aim “to cover the good, the bad and the ugly of an ever-expanding game” READ MORE

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The country’s rail network was thrown into disarray as the National Union of Railwaymen began its work-to-rule and ban on overtime on this day in 1968.

Highs of 21 degrees in Swansea today and a mighty 26 in London.

And finally just time for the obligatory dog photo. Lazy days…

Be part of the MMB. Thoughts on this week’s content, or interviews you’ve seen, heard, or (best of all) done. We’re @insideedgemedia or just reply to this email. 

Have a brilliant week.

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By |24 June 2024|

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