In this episode of Fourth Estate, journalism lecturer Brian Priestley ruefully brings down the curtain on state TV's media commentary show. After 12 years of scrutinising newspapers, radio, magazines and TV, Priestley offers parting awards for "the most memorable people, programmes or papers since 1976". He also gently snipes at the decision to can his show (which he points out still rates as well as Miami Vice). While full of praise for the achievements of some outlets and journalists, Priestley sees a difficult future ahead for a media under threat from trivialisation and superficiality.
In the end, you know, it all depends on you. If the programme’s no good, switch off. If television and radio give you rotten local news, read your local papers. If the article or the writer is second rate, complain. Somebody, somewhere, is usually trying to take an intelligent view of things. Why not look for them.– Brian Priestley's parting advice to viewers