Media: Things we like


Hats off to The Times for continuing to invest in the title in a tough, tough market. The paper hired Neville Brody, the designer who found fame working on The Face during its early days, to revamp its headline font and typography. The new look allows more space on the reduced compact-sized pages and looks contemporary. Brody has done this without losing any of the original authority and elegance associated with the previous design.


It's not often you get a media mogul being so open and forthright, but Vanity Fair's interview with the Viacom chairman in its December issue dishes the dirt on a number of events - not least Viacom's failure to buy MySpace, which led to the departure of the Viacom chief executive, Tom Freston. Redstone says of Freston: "Tom, in his methodical way, was studying it, having committee meetings, doing due diligence. It went on and on and on! Tom let it get away! Les (Moonves, the CBS chief executive) would've grabbed it! So would I! And so we lost it."


While it's massively inconvenient that the Ashes is being played in Australia, meaning a midnight start to proceedings, applause for both Sky and the BBC for providing a range of options for those not affected by insomnia. These range from comprehensive highlights packages, broadband access to the action and the BBC's alarm wake-up, which will wake you up with the latest score.


The few of us left watching the sixth series of the New Jersey gangster drama on E4 are now mourning the end of the action, which finished with explosive events in the last episode. Unlike many other US dramas, The Sopranos hasn't yet "jumped the shark" with this series, having moved on both in terms of the characters and the action. Here's looking forward to the next season.



Were mobile phones with external radio speakers invented to help people intent on annoying others in their quest? It seems to be the only conceivable reason for their existence. Surely no-one can derive any pleasure from listening to that tinny noise. You can't fail to notice the annoyance on people's faces when a perpetrator of such noise pollution gets on a bus. If the phones didn't have external speakers, people would be forced to listen through their headphones. Which, in our opinion, is how music should be listened to on public transport.

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