2603, 2015

Boy Band Breakups: Let’s not be so cavalier to the “Directioners”

By |March 26th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off

Professor Craig Jackson, Head of Psychology at Birmingham City University

In February 1996 when Take That announced their split, press reports were feverish about the prospect of fans, distraught at the news of the band’s demise, threatening to commit suicide, and being mournful. While we may look back on this with some joyful glee, it might […]

503, 2015

Cameron has been scarred by his experience of TV debates

By |March 5th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off

Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City Business School

It’s a bit rich of Cameron who in the period preceding the last election goaded the then prime minister, Labour leader Gordon Brown to engage in a TV debate so that, like the USA where such events are common, the voters could see the key people who they would […]

403, 2015

The role the media plays in portraying Muslims

By |March 4th, 2015|Opinion|Comments Off

The portrayal of Muslims in the media is feeding prejudice and encouraging discrimination, according to Faeeza Vaid, Executive Director of the National Muslim Women’s Network.

The figurehead for Muslim women was speaking at a Birmingham City University hosted Integration Roadshow, held in partnership with the Department for Communities and Local Government. The half-day conference gave […]

2502, 2015

For cinema goers, the future’s bright just not so Orange anymore!

By |February 25th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off

Dr Kerry Gough, Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Theory at Birmingham City University

As the ubiquitous Orange Wednesdays offer rolls its end credits, the end of an era in cinema exhibition concession practice is marked. Orange Wednesdays represented one of the major UK cinema-going incentives of the last 10 years. However, the end of the offer […]

1006, 2014

Moving from one creative challenge to another: student to professional

By |June 10th, 2014|Opinion|Comments Off

Ella Robson has recently graduated from our BA (Hons) Media and Communication course. In this post, she reflects on the experience she gained during her studies.

As I’m writing this I’m listening to yet another Spotify playlist that I’d made to help inspire me to write some recent blogs and articles. I, much like many of […]

1003, 2014

Is online the future for public service broadcasting?

By |March 10th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off

Vanessa Jackson – Course Director, Media and Communication at Birmingham City University

What does the decision to axe BBC Three, and move off the channel to online only, mean for the audience? Ok, television viewing amongst young adults may have dropped quite radically over the last five years, but does that mean that the opportunity to […]

3001, 2014

Has Sky changed TV forever?

By |January 30th, 2014|In The News|1 Comment

Vanessa Jackson, Degree Leader in Television at Birmingham City University

On 5 February 1989 Sky Television launched its four-channel package. This year the company celebrates its 25th anniversary – and how far it has come in that time! The satellite market was slow to grow initially, and amid mounting losses Sky Television merged with British Satellite Broadcasting in […]

209, 2013

Counting down the days until BCU begins!

By |September 2nd, 2013|Student Life|Comments Off

Sanika Karnik, Media and Communication student starting in September 2013

My journey to university started over a year back now, when I applied to several colleges in the UK and US, getting positive replies from the majority of them. However due to circumstances I decided to take a gap year, during which I reapplied to colleges […]

2711, 2012

Statutory press control

By |November 27th, 2012|Opinion|Comments Off

By Bob Calver, Senior Lecturer in Broadcast Journalism, Birmingham City University

Three headlines on a single page of a national newspaper last week neatly summed up the issues of press regulation. One was about charges being brought against ‘Coulson and Brooks’. The next about a court upholding  journalists’ right to leaked e-mail and the third read, […]

2604, 2012

Rupert doesn’t quite bare all, but expect more twists and turns

By |April 26th, 2012|Opinion|Comments Off

By Bob Calver, Senior Lecturer in Broadcast Journalism, Birmingham City University

So Rupert Mudoch has got through the first day of his evidence to the Leveson Inquiry – albeit a shortened session and so far the most shocking thing we’ve learned is that he’s really called Keith.

Perhaps it was the big build up (who didn’t love Evgeny Lebedev’s Tweet […]