Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 21 August 2018

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Greg James, BBC Radio 1
Greg James, BBC Radio 1 (Image Credit: BBC)

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.

The Nation’s Favourite

The Radio 1 Breakfast Show may not be the most popular radio show in the UK. It is comfortably beaten by Chris Evans on Radio 2 and the Today Programme. However, it is still one of the most prestigious and for many DJs the ultimate career ambition.

Yesterday, Greg James took the helm of the show, replacing Nick Grimshaw after six years. And it’s a very different style of show. Nick Grimshaw was keen to emphasise his circle of celebrity friends from Harry Styles to Daisy Lowe. He once missed a show after he phoned in sick after a weekend partying in Istanbul to celebrate the opening of an outpost of the Soho House. Greg seems keen to put interaction with the listeners first, as per this profile by BuzzFeed.

It normally takes time for a new breakfast show to settle in. However, the first show got off to a very confident start and initial reviews are very positive. An achievement in itself.

euronews – One To Watch

Global news channels are bit like airport hotels. There’s a certain emptiness to them. As BBC World News and CNN International broadcast across multiple timezones, there is no sense of time or place in their output.

One of the lessor known channels is euronews. Based in Lyon, it was founded in 1993 and has a considerably lower profile than its rivals.

However, that may change shortly. NBC Universal, owner of NBC News in the US, acquired a stake in the channel last year. Deborah Turness, president of NBC News International, is overseeing a revamp of the channel that includes a new schedule of live programming and journalists in the field self-reporting on smartphones.

Before joining NBC, Deborah Turness was Head of ITV News and regularly beat the BBC and Sky to a number of scoops. There are already signs this is having an impact. When news broke of suspected terrorist attack in Westminster last week, a euronews reporter Vincent McAviney was already on the ground to film the immediate police response.

There’s more detail on euronews’ plans in a profile by The Drum.

euronews bulletins will also be shown on London Underground platforms such as Green Park and Oxford Circus.

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