In Flight Entertainment – Week beginning 15 October

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

Concorde
British Airways Concorde, Pictured by LondonAirTravel at the BA Engineering Base, London Heathrow

Here’s our weekly pick of TV shows, radio programmes, podcasts and articles to download, stream, 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.

Television

Jean-Michel Basquiat – Rage To Riches

Louis Theroux – Heroin Town – A look at the drug that claims more lives in the US than gun crime.

Snowfall – A new ten part drama bout the beginnings of the crack epidemic in 1980s Los Angeles (streaming only).

Concorde – A Supersonic Story – No explanation needed.

Newsnight – Emily Maitlis interviews Emma Thompson – A powerful interview about abuse in Hollywood with the very articulate Emma Thompson.

Audio

Blue Planet II – The Podcast – A new weekly podcast to accompany the new BBC TV series Blue Planet II

Political Thinking with the BBC’s Nick Robinson and Ed Miliband, who was Labour leader at a more innocent time when the public was more concerned with how politicians ate bacon sandwiches and how much they spent on their kitchens.

“Brexitcast”  The latest on the tragic farce that is Brexit from the BBC’s Chris Mason.

Printed Matters

“Is It Britain’s Turn For Revolution?”  Anne Applebaum (The Washington Post)

“A Crisis Of Relevance” BuzzFeed’s Janine Gibson on news  (Columbia Journalism Review)

“A Flight Down Memory Lane” BA pilot Mark Vanhoenacker takes a look at the Boeing 747 (New York Times)

“Inches For Inches” Why do abuse scandals take so long to break?  (Popbitch)

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In Flight Entertainment – Week beginning 8 October

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

Nile Rodgers: How To Make It In The Music Business (Image Credit: BBC)
Nile Rodgers: How To Make It In The Music Business (Image Credit: BBC)

Here’s our weekly pick of TV shows, radio programmes, podcasts and articles to download, stream, 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.

Television

Nile Rodgers, the man behind Chic and some of the world’s biggest hits, begins a three part series How To Make It In the Music Business for BBC4.

Ruby Wax travels to Europe to trace how her parents fled Vienna for America in 1938 Who Do You Think You Are?

Robert Plant, Morrissey, Mogway, Alt-J and Loyle Carner
perfom at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios for BBC 6Music Live.

Audio

The World’s Most Extreme Festivals Træna at the edge of the Artic Circle, from BBC Radio 1.

Political Thinking with the BBC’s Nick Robinson and Ruth Davidson.

Brexitcast from one of the rising stars of the BBC’s politics team, Chris Mason.

Printed Matters

How I learnt to loathe England by Joris Luyendjik (Prospect)

This is what it feels like to be hit by a bullet, by Tyler Brule (Financial Times)

How managers at a Reading branch of HBOS conspired to wreck the livelihoods of scores of small business owners (Financial Times)

The significance of a dossier by former MI6 officer Christopher Steele on Donald Trump & Russia (The Guardian)

How right-wing American news website Breitbart helped make white nationalism into mainstram American politics (Buzzfeed)

How celebrity copy approval works (PopBitch)

Concorde: A Supersonic Story

BBC4 takes a look back at the much-loved Concorde at 9pm on Tuesday 10 October 2017.

Concorde
British Airways Concorde, Pictured by LondonAirTravel at the BA Engineering Base, London Heathrow

It is almost 15 years that Concorde ceased commercial operations. However, the First Lady of aviation is still held in huge affection by passengers all over the world.

Concorde may sit stationary on the airfield at London Heathrow, but its delta wings and imposing needle nose still have the ability to turn heads.  Concorde more than holds its own against younger next generation aircraft in terms of presence on the tarmac.

In advance of the new Bristol Aerospace Museum opening on Tuesday 17 October which will house one of the Concorde aircraft, next week, BBC4 will take a look back at Concorde with Concorde: A Supersonic Story.

The BBC promises rare footage and a cast of engineers, frequent flyers and celebrities (including Dame Joan Collins naturally…) to tell the story of one of the most elegant and elusive aircraft ever made.

It premiers at 21:00 on Tuesday 10 October 2017. It will be also be available to stream / download for 30 days from the date of broadcast for viewers in the UK.

Also available on the BBC iPlayer’s “From The Archive” section is Perpetual Motion Concorde which was first shown on the BBC in 1994.

Dear BBC, Why oh why oh why…..

Why do the BBC and other news outlets always use the same contributors for big aviation stories?

Simon Calder
Simon Calder (Image Credit: BBC Breakfast News)

It has been another big week for aviation news in the national media. Following the controversy surrounding Ryanair’s cancellations to its flying programme, today’s morning headlines led with the suspension of flight operations by Monarch.

Whenever there is an aviation story leading the national news a familiar question appears in our social media feeds. Namely, why do Simon Calder from The Independent and other contributors always appear on the BBC, Sky News and other media outlets!?

First, let’s get one thing clear. This is not intended to be a criticism of Simon Calder. He is a hard-working travel journalist with decades of experience who has survived a tumultuous time in print media. Simon is clearly used by broadcasters because he is reliable, can perform well on camera and is trusted by the audience.

Rather this is an attempt to explain how news media operates and why broadcasters in particular use a narrow pool of contributors.
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In Flight Entertainment – Week beginning 1 October

A weekly pick of TV shows, radio programmes, podcasts and articles for your travels in the coming week.

BBC Radio 1 Vintage Logo (Image Credit: BBC)
BBC Radio 1 Vintage Logo (Image Credit: BBC)

Here’s the first of our weekly pick of TV shows, radio programmes, podcasts and articles to download, stream, 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 from Sunday evening for the next 30 days.

“The Nation’s Favourite..”

It has been a big week for broadcasting anniversaries.

Four of the BBC’s national radio networks, Radios 1 to 4, celebrate their 50th birthdays this weekend.

BBC Radio 1 is a station most people have listened to at some point in their lives. Radio 1 has launched a three day “pop-up” station Radio 1 Vintage featuring over 50 archive programmes over three days from Kenny Everett, to John Peel and Pete Tong. All are available for download on the BBC iPlayer radio app.
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BA parts company with Bartle Bogle Hegarty

As BA parts company with its ad agency, Bartle Bogle Hegarty, we take a look back at its most memorable ads of the past twelve years.

BBH British Airways 2012 Olympics Print Campaign
BBH British Airways 2012 Olympics Print Campaign

BA is parting company with its advertising agency of 12 years, Bartle Bogle Hegarty (“BBH”).

BBH has produced what is understood to be its last work for the airline, a new safety video which also seeks to raise funds for its charity partner, Comic Relief.

The advertising and media group WPP (led by Sir Martin Sorrell) has secured the BA advertising account as well as work for other business units of BA’s parent company, International Airlines Group.

BBH won the advertising account for BA in late 2005, prizing it away from Charles and Maurice Saatchi whose relationship with BA dated back to the 1980s.  The Saatchi brothers have been credited with transforming BA’s image from “Bloody Awful” to “The World’s Favourite Airline”.

At the time, such was the prestige attached to the BA advertising account, the move generated huge headlines.  M&C Saatchi responded by taking out a double page advertisement in The Times stating is was “Now taking new airline bookings”.   In 2007, it also remade “The Face” for the now defunct rival airline Silverjet.

It is fair to say it took a while for BBH to get into its stride.  Much of this was due to BA itself. The airline encountered significant operational issues at its Heathrow hub, most notably the chaotic opening of Terminal 5 in 2008. Then followed the financial crisis which depressed BA’s traffic numbers and triggered industrial relations tensions as BA sought to restructure its business.

To 2017, this year has been something of an “annus horribilis” for BA. It has received a torrent of negative publicity for service cutbacks, notably the introduction of “Buy On Board” food and drink on short-haul flights. Furthermore, issues that had dogged the airline in the past, such as industrial relations tensions and operational issues at Heathrow, have returned to the fore.  Frequent flyers have also become weary at service cut backs and a lack of innovation on board.

WPP will need to reinvograte the brand for the benefit of not only customers, but also its staff and opinion formers.  However, as history has shown for BA, an agency can only produce its best work when its client has confidence in itself from putting its best foot forward.

Here’s our run through of BBH’s notable work for BA:

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The founders of Monocle Magazine debut the “Kioskafé” at London Paddington

Readers of Tyler Brule’s column in the weekend edition of the Financial Times, which for the initiated documents the travails of a life spent jet-setting around the globe, will know that a frequent target is the poor state of newspaper and magazine retailing in the UK.

One target has long been WH Smith. Specifically, its poorly lit and understaffed shops, the ill-targeted special offers, the self-scan check-outs and, in the case of its Heathrow branches, its parochial selection of newspapers and magazines.

Tyler Brule is not someone who isn’t afraid to put his money where his mouth is, nor to challenge convention.

Having long argued that print media is not dead, in 2007 Tyler Brule founded the magazine Monocle. As well as being a commercial and editorial success it eschews social media, does not carry out any research, charges more than the magazine cover price for a subscription and double the cover price for back issues.

Monocle has since extended its reach to shops, cafes (the London branch is at 18 Chiltern Street) and a 24 hour radio station, Monocle 24.

Tyler Brule is also the founder of the design agency Winkreative which designed the original brand identity of Swiss International Airlines, Porter Airlines, the cabin interior of British Airways Club World on Boeing 747-400 and 777-200 aircraft and the recently launched Union Pearson Express in Toronto.

The latest venture from Winkreative’s parent company, is the Kioskafe which opened in the past week at 31 Norfolk Place, opposite the Frontline Club and a short walk from London Paddington railway and Underground stations.
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