Media: Things we like


Now in its tenth issue, we like this grown-up glossy produced with the unmistakable Conde Nast class. Features are original, the layout is straightforward and accessible, and even the advertorials are well thought out and readable.

Supplements, such as this month's Christmas one, are a welcome extra. Despite its older target audience, we think its editor, Susie Forbes, is doing a grand job appealing to readers of all ages.


"Bish! Bash! Bosh!" screamed the Daily Mirror as it gave the EastEnders "hardmen" Ross Kemp and Steve McFadden the full treatment, following reports that they had been beaten by their partners. Clearly the Mirror was revelling in The Sun's editor Rebekah Wade's alleged involvement in an injury to her husband's face following revelations that Wade had been banged up in Walford (sorry, Wandsworth) nick after police were called to her home following a disturbance. The Sun, in contrast, wimped out with the banal: "EastEnders hardman beaten by lover." This, of course, referred to the convenient hiding taken by McFadden rather than the one which, according to The Sun, wasn't inflicted on the more famous Mitchell brother.


After five great series, HBO's death-driven drama has finally breathed its last on E4. The final episode set just the right note, with reconciliations and successes undercut with the knowledge of how the future pans out for each of the main characters. We're now desperate for the next series of The Sopranos to fill the quality US drama hole on Channel 4.


It seems that whoever is in charge of the soundtrack for the Sunday afternoon football coverage on Sky Sports likes the Canadian alt-rockers The Arcade Fire just as much as we do. The band's upcoming single Wake Up was used over and over again to back any sort of action shot or montage as Manchester United beat Chelsea at Old Trafford. The publicity for the band is well deserved as they have been pushing their fantastic slow-burning debut album, Funeral, for almost a year to critical acclaim, but have failed to receive the commercial success they deserve.


BBC Broadcast's new name

Now, we all know children's programming is a lucrative revenue generator for the BBC, but babyish is never a good image for a business, so whatever possessed BBC Broadcast (recently hived off by the BBC) to choose Red Bee Media as its new name? According to the company itself, the insect-related spelling came about after an "internal brainstorm", and it has always used red in its branding. Apparently, the other two suggestions under consideration were Tree House Media and Yellow Brick Road. No, seriously, they really were.

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