In Flight Entertainment – Week beginning 19 November

Published every Sunday morning, here’s our weekly pick of TV shows, radio programmes, podcasts and articles to download, stream, save and print for your travels in the coming week.

Newsweek 24 November 2017

Here’s our weekly pick of TV shows, radio programmes, podcasts and articles to download, stream, save and print for your travels in the coming week.

As these are picked primarily from UK sources, many programmes will not be available for download or streaming from outside the UK. All should be available for the next 30 days from the date of broadcast.  Some press articles may require a registration/subscription.

This year is proving to herald a significant shake-up in the American media market following reports that the Murdochs may be selling 21st Century Fox with Comcast, Disney and Verizon cited as potential suitors. In new media, a number of digital media businesses are putting themselves up for sale.

The Murdoch’s insist that one media platform that is not for sale is Fox News, Donald Trump’s preferred source of morning news. Newsweek looks at the phenomenal media machine.

One news network that is firmly out of favour with President Trump is of course CNN. Its opinion series Free Press features contributions from Cristiane Amanpour and Emily Bell on the importance of a free press. The series will run until 1 December 2017.

It was announced this week that Radhika Jones would succeed Graydon Carter as editor of Vanity Fair amidst talk of significant cuts at its parent Conde Nast. Tina Brown, editor of the magazine between 1983 and 1992, published “The Vanity Fair Diaries” this week. Tina, one of many Brits to break the New York media market, speaks to Time magazine. Tina’s legacy is considere by The New Yorker.

It is often said that to understand what is going on in your own country, you need to read the foreign press. And so it falls to Tony Connelly of Ireland’s public broadcaster RTE to explain the complications of Northern Ireland and Brexit.

This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of the fire at Kings Cross Underground station that claimed 31 lives. BBC News speaks to some of the survivors of the fire.

The London Underground system has improved vastly in the past thirty years. The same cannot be said for the New York subway which has been plagued by disruption this year. The New York Times has an extensive investigation into the origins of the crisis.

For nearly 14 years, excluding a brief excursion to the International Herald Tribune, readers of the weekend edition of the Financial Times have been either enthralled or enraged by the seemingly implausible lifestyle of its columnist Tyler Brule.

Tyler has documented his travails as he fleets between first class lounge, first class cabin and five star hotel around the world. It took until the last two paragraphs of this week’s column for Tyler to announce this column would be his last. No reason has been given for the very sudden and unexpected departure.

However, worry not, you can still read the latest dispatches from the Park Hyatt Tokyo in Monocle magazine.

Also of note this week:

An excellent investigation into the economic decline of Blackpool, like many of Britain’s coastal towns. (Financial Times)

MistaJam takes over Dance Anthems on BBC Radio 1

Adele, Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston feature in the first series of Popular Voices at the BBC (BBC iPlayer)

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