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Athena Media’s latest radio series The Media Show begins 14th April on RTÉ Radio 1

Thu 29 Mar 2012 by Athena Media


‘The Media Show’ radio series is an Athena Media production for RTÉ Radio 1 presented by Brenda Power and produced by Helen Shaw with the mission to demystify how the media works, to get behind media stories in broadcasting, print and online and to show how our daily media diet is shaped.

“Our lives are immersed in media, we're surrounded by content, it drives our conversations so our series is about giving people an insight into how media is made and how it is changing.” Helen Shaw, producer, The Media Show

The Media Show is a new radio series, presented by Brenda Power and produced by Helen Shaw that aims to demystify media and to give listeners a behind the scenes look into media institutions and decision-making from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, RTÉ, the Press Ombudsman, Independent Newspapers and TV3. Its remit stretches from Google to facebook, Newstalk to BBC and from the print newsroom of the Irish Times and Irish Independent to new online entities like Storyful.

Beginning on April 14th at 7.30pm on RTÉ Radio 1 , the series will get inside the editorial meetings that shape our daily newspapers and news shows and will explore the impact of online on media from news to entertainment and talk to the new digital players who are changing how we communicate.

Brenda Power is an award winning journalist and a columnist with both the Daily Mail and the Sunday Times. She’s been both a broadcast and print journalist and presented primetime shows on RTÉ Radio and Newstalk. She’s a qualified barrister and a regular contributor to TV shows on both RTÉ and TV3.

“This series seeks to provide public access to the mechanics of the media in various forms, to air concerns, explore the factors shaping issues of newsworthiness and opinion forming, discuss ethical dilemmas such as rights to privacy versus public interest, consider the impact of market forces, financial interests, advertising on media production, and to demystify the rapidly expanding form of social and new media, which can be daunting to consumers of more traditional forms.” Presenter Brenda Power.

Producer Helen Shaw started life as a news journalist with the Irish Times, worked in the Belfast bureau during the 1980s, and then spent a decade as a radio current affairs producer with RTÉ Radio. She became a news & current affairs editor with BBC Northern Ireland before returning to RTÉ as Head of Radio in 1997. She took a sabbatical to Harvard University in 2002-2003 and researched work on global media. She launched Athena Media when she returned and it has established its name as an independent production company in radio, TV and online winning a Gold PPI Award in 2009 for a radio documentary for RTÉ lyric fm. Recent productions by Athena Media include ‘Death of an Empire’ for RTÉ Radio 1 and ‘An Opera for Carlow’ for RTÉ lyric fm.

The Media Show promises an original mix of radio features, interviews, discussion and radio essays covering issues from digital journalism, TV soaps and the growing power of social media. The series aims to give voice to some of the critical debates at the core of Irish society.The Media Show will be essential listening to everyone who is curious about how stories get told and why.

The Media Show is an Athena Media production for RTÉ Radio. The producer is Helen Shaw and the reporter is Paula Cunniffe.

Listen to the promos for the series here

Read about The Media Show in the news:

RTÉ turns its focus on the media

Brenda Power to host new media programme on RTÉ radio

Podcasts will be available for the show and the series and will be available via the RTÉ Radio 1 site here

Contact Lisa Essuman on 01 4883350 for further information or email us at

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The hashtag for the series on twitter is #rtemediashow