Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 4 September 2018

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Apple, 12 September 2018 Media Invitation
Apple, 12 September 2018 Media Invitation (Image Credit: Apple)

Hello and welcome to our weekly travel media and technology bulletin featuring the latest developments on media and technology around the world, published every Tuesday at 06:00 BST.

Apple expected to unveil new products on Wednesday 12 September

Apple has sent out press invitations to a media event at its headquarters in Cupertino at 10:00 PDT (18:00 BST) on Wednesday 12 September 2018.

Apple is expected to unveil details of new iPhone and Apple Watch products. In advance of this, images of a new iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4 have been leaked to 9To5Mac.

Apple is notoriously protective over leaks and has in the past undertaken extensive measures to find the source of leaks throughout its own headquarters and its suppliers.

Amazon’s Coverage of US Open

If you’ve been out and about in London recently you’ve no doubt seen extensive advertising by Amazon for its coverage of the US Open.

There are many things you can say about Amazon. It may not have the most visually appealing website or produce the most attractively designed products, but when it does something it does it well and very efficiently.

This appears not to be the case for its live TV coverage of the US Open which has drawn highly critical reviews. Specific areas of criticism include the picture quality and the lack of a replay option – something of an oversight given the time difference between the US and UK. (Amazon)

BBC Politics Live

The brief respite from the UK’s febrile political climate ends this week as the summer parliamentary recess draws to a close.

The BBC begins a new daytime political strand this week “Politics Live” as profiled in The Guardian.

Euronews has also launched a new nightly show “Raw Politics” which debuted with an exclusive interview with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Chris Evans quits BBC Radio Breakfast Show (Part 2)

Back in 1997, Chris Evans quit his breakfast show at BBC Radio 1 after a request for Fridays off was denied by this then boss Matthew Bannister.

Sir Richard Branson, then owner of Virgin Radio and ever keen to seize a PR opportunity, soon snapped up Chris Evans.

It initially worked for both sides. Chris Evans’ media company Ginger Media Group bought the station for £85m. He then sold his media company for a handsome sum to Scottish Media Group. It soon turned sour with history repeating itself with Chris failing to show up for work and a court case ensued.

Now older and wiser, Chris Evans took over the breakfast show on BBC Radio 2 in 2010 from Sir Terry Wogan in a very delicately handled manner. Chris Evans announced yesterday he is to leave BBC Radio 2 in December to join a relatively new, and much smaller, incarnation of Virgin Radio, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News UK.

This is quite a leap. Radio 2 is, much to the frustration of commercial radio, an impenetrable ratings juggernaut with a weekly audience of 15 million. By comparison, Virgin Radio has a weekly audience of 400,000. Chris Evans will no doubt however benefit from substantial cross-promotion in News UK newspapers, notably The Sun.

Also of note this week:

The Surprising Origins Of The Remote Control. (BBC Future)

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