Media: Things we like

The Cradle Of The Game

There will be a few creatives in the advertising industry already familiar with Stuart Clarke's work - he is renowned for being one of the best music and nature photographers in the UK - but if he isn't on your radar, then now is the perfect time to check him out. Clarke has produced a new book, called The Cradle Of The Game, which showcases some of the best photos he has taken at football grounds all around the country. It's a fabulous collection and goes to prove that, at times, football can still be the beautiful game.

10 O'Clock Live

Consider it blasphemous if you like, but we've never been convinced just how funny the smug TV presenter Charlie Brooker really is. In fact, the only thing remotely amusing that we can think about him was when the Olympic Torch was snatched from the arms of his equally smug now wife Konnie Huq by angry pro-democracy demonstrators in London. But then he is the only weak link in what could be a welcome addition to Channel 4's largely threadbare satirical comedy slate with 10 O'Clock Live. Brooker joins David Mitchell, Lauren Laverne and Jimmy Carr on the show, which is billed as a mix of topical comedy, debates, investigation and satire, and launches today (Thursday). Whether it fills the Big Brother demographic hole, who knows? But it can't be any worse and at least C4 is trying something new for a change.

The new White Lies album

The gloomy West London trio White Lies first caught our attention with their Joy Division-inspired debut, Death, in 2009. Now the band is back with their second LP, Ritual, which pares back the gloominess but none of the sonic ambition. The lead single Bigger Than Us sets the tone for a record packed with angsty, anthemic indie rock, with Strangers and Holy Ghost cut from the same cloth. However, Ritual also sees White Lies divert from their trademark sound, from the funk-inspired opener Is Love to the harmonies of the closing track Come Down. Who said rock was dead?


Northern & Shell withdrawing from the PCC

Given that Channel 5 has already pulled out of Thinkbox, perhaps we shouldn't be too surprised that its sister Northern & Shell has withdrawn from the Press Complaints Commission. However, the credibility of newspaper self-regulation has taken a major hit as a result. More worryingly, there are concerns that the decision could lead to members of the public being left with limited redress should they be upset by articles in Richard Desmond's newspapers or magazines, while the credibility of what is published could also be put in doubt now that his editors no longer subscribe to any of the PCC Codes. A further unwelcome consequence of this measure could be that statutory regulation is introduced.