Media: Things we like

XFM'S NEW PODCASTS

Xfm has had a strong podcast offering for some time now: its "Adam & Joe" podcasts recorded more than one million downloads. It's now moving on to the next stage with its "Xfm Residency" podcasts, which feature content from the "artists in residence" slot on Xfm. Participating stars include Damon Albarn and the Manic Street Preachers. The free downloads offer excerpts from the musical choices made by the artists, plus their chat between records. This is content worth listening to.

SPIDER-MAN 3

Your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man is back, swinging his way into a third (and final?) instalment of the blockbusting franchise. With the usual themes of power versus responsibility and young love running through the script again, the story is given a harsh twist as an alien symbiote tries to bring the dark side out of Peter Parker (who, at his lowest (w)ebb, hits love interest Mary Jane). With four villains, the action rarely lets up - but be warned, with two dance sequences, the film often crashes into the realms of outright "cheesiness". But, it's all saved thanks to the appearance of the ferociously evil Venom.

THE FLOYD MAYWEATHER/OSCAR DE LA HOYA BOXING CONTEST

At last, a late-night boxing event that was worth staying up for. Last weekend's scrap between "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather and Oscar "Golden Boy" de la Hoya was one of the best in modern times. It went the distance, with Mayweather winning by a narrow points decision. It was an event that had everything: Mayweather entering the ring with 50 Cent, and J-Lo and Jack Nicholson ringside, and the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas. We're looking forward to the inevitable rematch.

THE BBC PLAYING AD-FUNDED CONTENT

Further embarrassment for the BBC, which took a break from promoting its own TV shows on radio to play a song created as a bit of ad-funded content by the Saatchi & Saatchi division Gum. Radio 1 played the track Style, Attract, Play several times before it was pointed out that the song title is also the slogan for the Procter & Gamble Shockwaves range of hair products. The BBC has now withdrawn the song, claiming that it was not aware that it was a "promotional tool for a hair product".

AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...

BIG BROTHER'S NEW LOGO

We're not big fans of Big Brother's new multi-coloured eye logo. The striped, coloured image lacks the sleek, bold elements of the original version, and this new effort looks suspiciously like it may have been designed by an eight-year-old child who has just found a coloured paint set. Channel 4 is obviously trying to distance itself from the race row of its Celebrity Big Brother series - let's hope the bright candy shop colours help.