Media: Things we like


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ITV has made a good fist of some of the peripheral programming it has built around the World Cup and this Christian O'Connell-presented show on its male-targeted multichannel offering, ITV4, is one of the best.

Televised every night after a game on ITV1, World Cuppa provides an amusing look at the game and the off-the-ball stuff you miss watching the main coverage. At last, O'Connell has managed to adapt successfully his irreverent Virgin Radio breakfast show persona for television audiences.


O2 seems to do music better than the other mobile phone companies on the bandwagon. Its week-long Wireless Festival in London's Hyde Park features more than 40 top bands such as Massive Attack, The Strokes and Gnarls Barkley. But it's the way that O2 markets the event, and makes it appeal to a broad audience, that really sets it aside. The mobile operator doesn't just get a week's big bang out of the event, but has been promoting it for months in association with partners such as Xfm. The acts selected represent a cross-section of music rather than just being obscure "alternative" bands.


The Financial Times' website has long been a must-see source of breaking news and archive material, but now it looks fresher and cleaner and boasts a vastly improved search facility. The best news is for advertisers, though - ads seem to stand out more on the page and is offering fewer, more prominent spots. Microsoft's campaign, for instance, almost leaps off the page thanks to the lack of clutter. is apparently planning more changes to the site, including improved classified advertising services. Further evidence that the FT is returning to health.


More shameless BBC plugging

We thought Parky was bad on ITV for his overexuberant support for ITV has-beens. However, Jonathan Ross is beginning to give him a run for his money. The latest example came last week with Peter Kay appearing on Ross' show to plug his appalling appearance on Dr Who the following evening. The Beeb topped off a shameless week by running almost constant promos for Steve Coogan's new comedy Saxondale across its radio stations. No wonder its commercial rivals get so worked up.

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