BBC Magazines' Olive is a great "dip in and out of" read with some yummy-looking pictures and lots of aspirational recipes, as well as more realistic ones for hungry, time-poor journalists. The features are light-hearted and the wine and restaurants picked in the review sections don't assume that readers spend all their disposable income on eating and drinking. The magazine provides a great platform for food advertisers, especially for brands that don't jar with the upmarket content.
There was nothing particularly wrong with Uncut, but after ten years of providing authoritative music analysis and commentary, it has undergone a bit of a spring clean and it's all the better for it. It now has a glossy, slightly more expensive feel and the editorial has been tweaked. The reviews have been made more accessible, a self-contained film guide is a nice touch and new features such as "Fight Club" are amusing and irreverent. Keep up the good work!
TALK TALK'S BROADBAND OFFER
Charles Dunstone, man of the people. He's now planning to extend the Talk Talk brand into broadband. He's expected to make the service wholly affordable, offering it free to Talk Talk users. The initiative has the potential to alter UK internet consumption entirely and help the Government meet its broadband targets.
It's great to see an outdoor media owner dedicating money and creativity to innovation. JCDecaux has developed a 32-metre-high, aluminium-clad tower called The Torch. The £1 million fixture offers advertisers two giant digital panels on a prime spot beside the commuter-rich M4 and resembles something out of Blade Runner when it's illuminated after dark.
AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...
There was a time when EastEnders was must-watch telly. Riveting storylines, great characters and cliff-hanger episodes had the nation tuning in in droves. Bringing back Dirty Den and, more recently, Grant Mitchell to boost declining audiences promised fireworks, but it has all turned out to be a bit of a damp squib. Meanwhile, the show's northern rival Corrie goes from strength to strength, effortlessly blending humour and tragedy. When Mike Baldwin died in the arms of Ken Barlow on Coronation Street, the nation was gripped. It's time EastEnders got back on track. Licence-fee payers deserve better.