#7 BBC News Cuts, Murdoch bids for Time Warner

Media punditry and irreverent chatter recorded in central London, this week with presenter Olly Mann, media writer Maggie Brown and Lis Howell, director of broadcasting at City University London.








We knew jobs were to go at BBC News, now we know how many and where: hundreds of staff are to be cut from major strands, including Panorama, leading to more work for independents and a focus on digital output. But is Tony Hall giving away too much to preserve the licence fee?








Rupert Murdoch’s opening bid for Time Warner may have been rebuffed, but what does this latest bout of consolidation say about the state of US media?








Plus, we discuss Utopia on Channel 4, coverage of the conflict in Gaza and the latest bid to expand digital radio in Britain, this time through a joint venture from Bauer, UTV and Arqiva.








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