Media: Things we like


Even though England threw away the chance of victory in the first Test match against Sri Lanka, it was good to have cricket back on our screens.

Despite criticism that live cricket is no longer on terrestrial TV, Sky has done a brilliant job in amassing a galaxy of former stars to commentate on the action. Five's debut in the cricket arena with its highlights package is also impressive, with the return of "no-nonsense man" Geoffrey Boycott and "Mr Smooth" Mark Nicholas.


Q magazine is in rude health on the back of a rock music revival and its June issue is testament to this. Featuring some great on-the-road interviews with Oasis, The Strokes and ... er ... A-Ha, it also has a genuinely excellent covermount. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Q has put together a CD featuring cover versions of great songs recorded since 1986. So we've got the Sugababes' brilliant rendition of I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor alongside Nick Cave doing Pulp's Disco 2000 and The Flaming Lips crooning a dark version of Kylie's Can't Get You Out of My Head.


While we're not Manchester United fans, we can only applaud Viacom and the Telegraph Group for sponsoring a charity evening with United legends such as Frank Stapleton and Norman Whiteside. Hosted by Michael Parkinson, industry luminaries in attendance included Viacom's Tim Bleakley, the Telegraph's Dave King, Naked's Ivan Pollard and Oliver Cleaver from Kimberly-Clark. The highlight was a tour de force from the comedian Bobby Davro, who tempted All Response Media's Andy Sloan on stage to perform an air-guitar solo.


Emap might be playing down sales expectations of First, its new women's weekly, but we're finding it hard to put down. It provides current affairs coverage alongside the usual celebrity stuff, and early signs are that it could work. The first issue featured a toe-curling interview with John Prescott's ex-lover Tracey Temple, in which she divulged that he "knows his way around a woman's body".


The Independent's Red edition

It was all for a good cause, fighting Aids in Africa, and it was a great promotional opportunity, but we can't help feeling massively disappointed by the newspaper's Red issue last Tuesday. Edited by the sanctimonious Bono and sporting a facile Damien Hirst daubing on the cover, the Red issue treated us to a leader written by Bono himself, and contributions from his famine warrior buddy Bob Geldof. There was also a lame piece headlined "Can rock stars change the world?", which came to the conclusion that, indeed, they can. All resembling a vanity publishing exercise more than a genuine attempt to right the world's wrongs.