Jeremy Paxman’s ability to create a sense of theatre even on a dull night is missed. Photo: BBC/Jeff Overs
Gee up, Newsnight: is it time to stop flogging the dying horse?
By Roger Mosey - 29 August 10:54

Twenty-four-hour news channels and all the commentary online make it ever harder to offer a definitive take on the day.

Floella Benjamin is one of the stars who has given the issue more prominence of late. Photo: Getty
Making a permanent change to the representation of ethnicity on our screens
By Stuart Murphy - 21 August 11:29

Sky’s Stuart Murphy explains why the broadcaster has introduced targets to combat the absence of real change in BAME representation.

Kellie Maloney being interviewed on ITV's Good Morning Britain, 13 August
Kellie Maloney, Newsnight and the debate the transgender community refused to have
By Miranda Yardley - 18 August 10:19

On 11 August, I was asked to appear on the BBC’s Newsnight with two other transgender journalists. Hours later, they pulled out - amid a welter of accusations that I was a "violent transphobe" who does not believe in trans people's "right to exist". As a trans woman myself, is what I have to say really so unsayable?

Lisa Hammond, who has just been cast in Eastenders. Photo: BBC
The BBC’s plans to show more disabled people on TV are good – but they should be better
By Scott Jordan Harris - 13 August 16:33

The UK is ready to see far more people on TV who do not conform to the able-bodied ideal of what people on TV should look like.

Jon Snow on the children of Gaza.
Jon Snow on the children of Gaza: “We share some responsibility for those deaths”
By Media Mole - 27 July 20:14

The Channel 4 presenter has recorded an emotional speech to camera following his reporting trip to Gaza, which has been under heavy bombardment from Israel. 

Victoria Derbyshire is among those leaving Radio 5 live for “new ventures”. Photo: BBC
New Radio 5 live line-up will have only an hour a week fronted by a woman
By Media Mole - 01 July 13:39

High profile presenters Victoria Derbyshire and Shelagh Fogarty are departing, to be replaced by the likes of Adrian Chiles, Peter Allen, and Tony Livesey.

Scandi rouge: Norway's Got Talent
Imperial gogglebox: TV is one of Britain’s most successful exports
By James Medd - 26 June 10:00

China is obsessed with Sherlock, Iran loves Top Gear and Azerbaijan has its own Anne Robinson. But these shows are worth much more than money, writes James Medd.

Even if you do add in Russell Brand, it doesn't necessarily make your march newsworthy. Photo: Getty
No, the media didn’t ignore your anti-austerity march – it just wasn’t that interesting
By Willard Foxton - 23 June 13:12

There’s no organised “media blackout” on reporting protest marches. More often than not, they just aren’t that much of a story.

"Edinburgh's disgrace", Calton Hill: the lack of a national 6 o'clock news is a big problem for Scotland. Photo: Getty
The lack of a Scottish Six O’Clock News is a major democratic flaw
By Angus Roxburgh - 17 June 12:34

Viewers in Scotland have to sit through half-hour bulletins that may have no domestic news relevant to their lives, before Scottish news is broadcast as a budget regional news programme. 

Claire Shipman and Katty Kay, authors of The Confidence Code. Photo: Stephen Voss/Redux/Eyevine
Talking about women’s lack of confidence may be counterproductive
By Alice Robb - 05 June 10:00

A new book by newscasters Katty Kay and Clare Shipman argues women’s timidity is holding them back at work – but does it perpetuate the idea that confidence is a masculine trait.

Jeremy Clarkson mumbled the rhyme in footage not broadcast by the BBC. Photo: Getty
The N-word: Jeremy Clarkson has finally urinated on the live rail of racism
By Musa Okwonga - 03 May 15:42

Jeremy Clarkson said the word "nigger" in a manner that was meant to be mischievously offensive - and I, for one, am fed up with being expected to serve up elegant, dignified and dispassionate responses each time one of his jibes against a racial group emerges into the airwaves.

Oscar Pistorius in court. Photo: Getty
After Pistorius, South African media won't be the same again
By Anton Harber - 17 April 11:15

With cameras in court, new 24/7 news channels and no-holds-barred commentary on social media, the trial of Oscar Pistorius has shaken up the South African media.

Ukip election broadcast warns of alien invasion of Bradford
By Media Mole - 13 March 11:02

Alien holograms from the EU are coming to get your money, apparently.

Little Britain, starring David Walliams and Matt Lucas, got its start on BBC3.
Should it really be BBC3 that gets the chop?
By Caroline Crampton - 05 March 15:12

If approved by the BBC Trust, the decision would see BBC3 lose its on-air slot and become online-only. Does it deserve the axe?

In the hot seat: Bazalgette's focus is now on persuading business to invest
Peter Bazalgette: “Subsidy? It’s a wet, tedious , passive word. I don’t use it”
By Michael Prodger - 13 February 7:22

A year ago, Peter Bazalgette, the TV entrepreneur responsible for <em>Big Brother</em>, was put in charge of the £400m-a-year Arts Council England. Is he spending the funds wisely?

The plight of Thailand’s save fishermen on the BBC World Service
By Antonia Quirke - 06 February 8:36

As part of the World Service's Freedom 2014 series they are communicating in that pragmatic, low-temperature World Service way the call of workers' rights abuses in Thailand.

Acts of Union and Disunion: everybody needs good neighbours
By Antonia Quirke - 30 January 11:02

Linda Colley’s brilliantly perplexing essay on British politics and Ireland.

Why Channel 4's Gogglebox is the best thing on television
By Jenny Landreth - 29 November 15:42

It reminds me that TV executives can get things right, which is bloody annoying.

Borgen stars Sidse Babett Knudsen (far left) as Birgitte Nyborg
Borgen was supposed to be a failure — so why did it succeed?
By Caroline Crampton - 28 November 14:22

"I didn’t want to tell a political story where all the politicians were shits, just devious bastards who were self-sufficient and only wanted power for the sake of power. I couldn’t write even ten episodes of that, because it would just be ... evil."

New Statesman
Peaches Geldof comes out on top against 'rent-a-gob' Katie Hopkins on This Morning
By Media Mole - 12 November 13:11

‘If you want an example of someone who didn’t grow up with attachment parenting, look no further than the person on my left.'

John Cole
John Cole dies aged 85
By New Statesman - 08 November 15:52

The former BBC political editor has died after a long illness.

New Statesman
Watch: Immigration minister Mark Harper tells Iraqi asylum seeker to leave the UK
By New Statesman - 14 October 16:09

Confronting Esam Amin on the <em>Sunday Politics West</em>, Harper said that his claim to stay in Britain was "ridiculous".

Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Rachel Reeves.
Newsnight editor Ian Katz brands Rachel Reeves "boring snoring" in Twitter fail
By Media Mole - 10 September 8:01

The programme's new editor insults the Labour shadow cabinet minister and refers to his former trade as "snooooozepapers".

David Frost dies aged 74
By New Statesman - 01 September 11:30

The broadcaster suffered a suspected heart attack, his family announced.

Men walk past a bank of television screens displaying BBC channels
Hard Evidence: How biased is the BBC?
By Mike Berry - 23 August 9:01

Does the BBC really have a left-wing, anti-business agenda as certain elements of the press like to claim? Or is there more to it than that? Cardiff University Lecturer Mike Berry crunches the numbers to see where Auntie's leanings really lie.

New Statesman
Women write just a quarter of accredited stories in our national newspapers
By Bithia Large - 09 August 10:44

Bithia Large studied the number of women writing for eight different newspapers in 2013 and found some depressing results.

Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart.
An Atheist in the Foxhole by Joe Muto: A lot of fun at Fox News, but somewhat light on revelation
By Nicky Woolf - 11 July 8:59

Joe Muto, a self-described liberal and Obama supporter, joined Fox News in 2004. Nicky Woolf finds his insider exposé insightful, if a little underwhelming.

Are women still getting short-changed on Question Time?
By James Evans - 10 July 14:34

A bit of number-crunching reveals on average in 2013, only two of the five panellists on <em>Question Time</em> were women. It's time for the BBC to be bold.

Why I can't stand Clare Balding
By Will Self - 14 June 10:16

Will Self's "Madness of Crowds" column.

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