Media: Things we like

Newspaper coverprice rises

Despite readers feeling the pinch, we've long felt that newspaper coverprices have undervalued the product, especially at the quality end of the market. So it was good to see The Times last week ditch its usual aggressive pricing and add 10p to take its coverprice to 80p. The Daily Telegraph swiftly responded, adding the same amount to take its price to 90p during the week. Given the levels of investment made at this end of the market, including the Telegraph going full colour earlier this month, this seems a healthier state of affairs than bitter price wars.

Wallpaper*'s guest editors

The October issue of IPC's Wallpaper* magazine has been guest-edited by three high-profile female creatives from the worlds of art, architecture and fashion. The issue (Wallpaper*'s biggest yet at 428 pages) will feature three eye-catching individual covers designed by the guest editors: the French artist Louise Bourgeois, the architect Zaha Hadid and Rei Kawakubo, the founder of fashion label Comme des Garcons. The glossy goes on sale this week.

Sky's US Open tennis coverage

Andy Murray's unlikely passage to the final of the US Open was enthralling to watch, and Sky's excellent evening coverage livened up a wet September week. Studio pundits Greg Rusedski and Annabel Croft work surprisingly well together, and the event was really well covered from New York, with commentators taking up some jaw-dropping positions over the gigantic Flushing Meadows courts. Add in Sky News' regular tournament bulletins, and the coverage provided everything tennis lovers could want.

Guardian News & Media's wine guides

We've been enjoying the recent series of free wine guides given away in The Observer and The Guardian. Starting with in-depth analysis of global red and white wine varieties, the guides have now become more specific, focusing on markets such as "French white" using folders that offer tips and recommendations. While these are probably a bit basic for the real wine connoisseurs out there, we're already finding them excellent value as easy-to-follow bluffer's guides.


England highlights blackout

We've become used to the pay-TV stations snaffling live sports rights, and this has generally encouraged better coverage and more competition for the ad market. So we were disappointed that Setanta (which has rights for England's overseas World Cup football qualifiers) failed to reach a deal to provide highlights packages to either the BBC or ITV for England's game against Andorra (and possibly the Croatia match, too). It's in the public's and advertisers' interests that such deals are struck and no-one, especially the broadcasters involved, emerges from this with much credit.