It was good to see the Culture Secretary, Ben Bradshaw, shake the BBC luvvies out of their collective coma at last week's Oxford Media Convention. His comments on the BBC Trust stirred delegates from their usual state of self-contentedness when he said: "I don't think it's a sustainable model in the long term." BBC management might have assumed that Bradshaw, a former BBC journalist, would be blind in his support for the corporation, but the opposite seems to be the case as he also raised the issue of cuts to the licence fee.
THE RETURN OF PEEP SHOW
It's back for its sixth series and, judging by last Friday's opener, the Channel 4 comedy still has plenty of life left in it. All the familiar characters were back for the first episode, which featured Mark growing increasingly pompous following a promotion and Jeremy getting a job in the office. We hope the rest of the series can continue in this vein and we're encouraged to hear that the Peep Show writers, Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, are keen to keep going should C4 want more.
CLASSIC FM'S LATEST CD
With few distractions apart from some well-thumbed copies of OK!, half an hour in a doctor's waiting room can turn even the most cheery soul into a nervous wreck. It's a problem a dose of Classic FM just might cure. The Global Radio station has created Relaxation, its new CD box set of chilled piano classics, and is supplying it to 100 GP practices across the UK. Marketing activity will also make use of ads on screens in surgery waiting rooms.
GQ's occasional sports magazine, bagged free with the main title, is a dream for premium advertisers. The latest issue is no exception, with acres of coverage on motor racing and golf, and the Formula One legend Jackie Stewart on the cover. Advertisers such as Rolex, Audi, Ford and Umbro have bought into the supplement, which unsurprisingly fails to mention darts or snooker.
AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...
Live From Studio Five
Five's new evening magazine programme is so bad, it's hard to watch. Like a lame cross between Loose Women and The One Show, its presenters (the former footballer Ian Wright, the former model Melinda Messenger and the former Apprentice contestant Kate Walsh) all seem out of their depth. The format of the hour-long live show is distinctly odd, too. It leaps from the presenting team providing insight on the day's events (Ronnie Biggs' release, Sir Bobby Robson's memorial service) to interviews with the likes of David Gest and Bananarama. It's rare we are too embarrassed to watch something, but, over the past week, we've found ourselves switching channel to spare the presenters' blushes.