To watch part two click here.
On Listening Post this week, the 44th American president to be inaugurated and the media coverage that followed. Plus, the future of the American media under the new administration.
This week's News Divide is devoted to the arrival of the new president and how media inside and outside the US dealt with the story. When Barack Obama took the oath this past week, he grabbed airtime, headlines and opinion pages around the world.
Despite its ancient roots – the ceremony provides news networks with a perfect piece of television – an historic event, and a central figure whose every move the world will be watching. But did the media get the story right? Does the dominant narrative – of change and the start of a new era – square with the facts? And what will an Obama administration mean for the media in the United States?
In part two, Listening Post's Meenakshi Ravi looks at the future of the American media under President Obama's tenure. Across the American media spectrum, people are already talking about what changes his administration will make to the rules of the news game in the US. They are talking about corporate concentration – how many newspapers and news networks are in the hands of so few corporations – and how, in the case of the coverage of the run up to the Iraq war – the lack of alternative viewpoints can have disastrous consequences. We will try to dissect what people are talking about versus the changes we can actually expect.
In this week's Newsbytes: A Mexican entrepreneur and a former KGB agent come to the rescue of two famous newspapers, the New York Times and London's Evening Standard. A Nepalese reporter is murdered for reporting on the country's dowry system. Pakistani MPs seek a ban on Indian TV programmes and Chinese professionals accuse state-owned China Central Television of being propaganda mouthpiece.
Finally, our internet Video of the Week comes from the human rights organisation Amnesty International, which has come up with a spoof commercial on Obama's first 100 days in office. The viral ad is part of a "100-day campaign" to get the public to sign an online petition on human rights issues.
To watch our Video of the Week click here.
This episode of The Listening Post airs at the following times GMT:
Friday, January 23, 2008: 1230 and 2030
Saturday, January 24, 2008: 0430
Sunday, January 25, 2008: 0600
Monday, January 26, 2008: 0530
Tuesday, January 27, 2008: 0730 and 2330
Wednesday, January 28, 2008: 0300 and 1930
Thursday, January 29, 2008: 0630 and 1430
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