Media: Things we like

Betting on the ITV job

We're already enjoying the circus that surrounds ITV's search for a replacement for Michael Grade, especially Paddy Power's now familiar odds on the runners and riders for the job. While it's hard to make a call on this one, many of the competitors seem perilously close to being put out to pasture or are already grazing there. ITV's chief operating officer, John Cresswell, is the 3/1 favourite, but our attention was drawn to its former commercial director Ian McCulloch at 20/1. Worth a bet, perhaps? Not according to one insider, who reckons Simon Cowell at 250/1 and Ant and Dec at 500/1 have a better chance.

Empire 20th anniversary issue

Empire's June issue, celebrating 20 years, is guest-edited by none other than Steven Spielberg. Clint, Arnie and friends grace a photo-shoot that reunites the stars of major movies over the past two decades. Spielberg gives readers a sneak preview of his new Tintin film, along with the latest Tim Burton, James Cameron and Martin Scorsese movies. The grown-up cast of The Goonies reminisce and Jack Nicholson reveals what it was like to work with Stanley Kubrick on the set of The Shining.

Charity sponsors on football shirts

We've seen Barcelona do it with Unicef and Aston Villa with Acorns - now it's the turn of the mighty Doncaster Rovers to give sponsorship of its shirt over to a charity. Last weekend saw Rovers play in green-and-white stripes for the first time in their history to raise awareness of the NSPCC. The team's usual sponsor agreed to make way for the one-off shirt appearance, which marks the start of a 12-month period of fundraising by the club for the children's charity. It's nice to see that football isn't entirely about personal greed.

Hello!'s shopping channel

Life is tough in the magazine sector, so the more money-making online ideas the better. Hello! has developed just such a concept with its new online shopping channel. Launched with the fashion shopping search engine, it sells designer and high-street fashion. There's also a section with suggestions on how to get that celebrity look, which should hold particular appeal for Hello! fans.


Sky's new EPG

We're big fans of both Sky+ and Sky's HD service, but not of its new electronic programme guide being introduced on Sky+HD boxes. While we loved the clarity and easy navigation afforded by the previous model, we don't like the look of this one (the font is difficult to read) and some of the navigation around the Sky+ features seems clumsier than before. Sky is usually exceptional at any technological innovation, but, in this case, it seems to be a case of why fix what's not broken?