Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 30 October 2018

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Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Somerset House, London
Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Somerset House, London

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Good Grief, Charlie Brown!

A new exhibition has opened at Somerset House, London celebrating the enduring legacy of the comic strip “Peanuts”.

Created by the late Charles M Schulz in 1950, the cartoon strip was syndicated to 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries around the world, and translated into 21 languages. By the time Charles M Schulz died in 2000, he had created some 17,897 comic strips – all hand drawn by himself.

The exhibition features extensive original strips from the Charles M Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California.

It looks not only the technical quality of his work – how he conveys emotion and sound in a black and white strip but also its enduring themes of failure, anxiety, loss and its social and political commentary.

The exhibition runs until 3 March 2019 and tickets can be bought online.

25 Years of The Essential Mix

Back in October 1993, BBC Radio 1 was at pains to shed its “Smashie and Nicey” image from the comic creations of Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse.

Big name DJs like Dave Lee Travis and Simon Bates departed the station to make way for a new guard of younger names. One of the earliest successes was “The Essential Mix”.

Created by Pete Tong, at the time the concept was revolutionary. A blank canvas for any guest DJ or producer to create a two hour uninterrupted mix, broadcast in the early hours of Sunday morning. Mixes in its early years from Daft Punk, David Holmes and Paul Oakenfold won huge plaudits. It quickly became the most taped show on BBC Radio 1.

In the early days mixes were recorded as live from vinyl onto DAT tape. And if you wanted a track listing you needed to consult one of the monthly dance music magazines. Today, the process is of course all much more sophisticated. A celebration was held at BBC Radio 1 last Friday, and features guest mixes from Derrick Carter, Derrick May, Paul Oakenfold and Slam.

“The Facebook Dilemma” from PBS Frontline

As events over the past week have shown, social media platforms continue to face scrutiny as a means for hostile actors to interfere in foreign elections and how its algorithms help spread disinformation intended to foster division.

“Frontline” from the American public broadcaster PBS investigates whether Facebook has simply become too big and can grapple with issues such as privacy and disinformation in a two part series “The Facebook Dilemma”.

Also of note this week:

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour interviews Apple CEO Tim Cook (CNN)

As the final of the “Great British Bake Off” airs on Channel 4 (UK) tonight, Broadcast goes behind the scenes to see how you shoot a baking competition in a tent. (Broadcast)

Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman on the symbiotic relationship between President Trump and Fox News. (Vanity Fair)

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