MediaWatch is our take on the stories big and bizarre in newspapers, on news websites, blogs and on social media. We also look at stories about how the media functions and how it’s evolving in today’s society. Presented by James Creedon, tune in at 8.45 pm and 10.22 pm Paris time.
Two political scandals involving "pain au chocolat", just twelve months apart... We bring you the details of the latest embarrassment for the French political class involving breakfast pastries. Also, after the passing of Gérard de Villiers, we take a look at what the media is saying about the famous French spy novelist. Finally, a surprising and spooky close to BBC's Newsnight show on Hallowe'en.
Those hostages had better explain their beards! And that odd-looking scarf! What are they playing at? There has been a media furore in France over the rather odd insinuations of far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen regarding the attire and scruffy appearance of four ex-hostages who returned to France yesterday. The four had been held captive for three years by the North African wing of Al Qaeda.
We take a look at the main question surrounding the release of four French hostages in Niger: did the French government pay? Next up, US politicians get tough on the NSA while David Cameron gets tough on the media concerning NSA revelations! Finally, the French government backs down on implementing a so-called "ecotax" after a protest organised by Bretons - we take a quick look at the online campaign.
Russell Brand's interview last week with BBC's "Newsnight" has sparked a huge debate online. The comedian and actor called for a spiritual and societal revolution. The YouTube video of the interview has had almost 8 million views in just five days. We take a look at what his supporters say and why the critics loathe him. Also, a recent poll shows UMP leader Jean-François Copé is deeply unpopular. Finally, we check out a viral video in support of Saudi women drivers.
He might want to throw out the entire political system, but internet users ironically want him to be Prime Minister! We take a look at the lively debate sparked by a BBC interview with Russell Brand. It has had almost 8 million views on YouTube. Brand calls for a cultural and spiritual revolution.