Whats On

Media Watch: 15th December – 20th December


BBC World Service

1.32pm: The Case Against Meat

The first of two programmes about meat eating. The Food Chain examines the arguments against eating animal protein. Manuela Saragosa weighs up the biological, economic and environmental costs of eating a meat-rich diet.

Why is it that the richer a country gets, the more meat people consume? Shoppers in China explain why serving meat is their way of showing love.

We hear how the answer to how much meat is healthy for us to eat might lie in our gut. And, leading American food writer Michael Pollan examines the omnivore’s dilemma – how does meat eating fit in with the urge to live a healthy and ethical life?


BBC World Service

8.32pm: The Conversation –  Advertising Execs: Nunu Ntshingila and Vasudha Narayanan

As the Chair of one of South Africa’s largest agencies, Ogilvy & Mather, Nunu Ntshingila is among the highest ranking women in world advertising. Born in Soweto in the 1960s, she learned her trade under Apartheid when both the working environment and the marketplace were racially divided. Later she had the job of marketing the ‘new South Africa’ as a tourist destination and has since overseen campaigns for some of the world’s biggest brands. Nunu says she moved “from the struggle between black and white to the gender struggle” and talks about her limited ability to change the way black women are portrayed in advertising.

Vasudha Narayanan is the executive creative director at the Lowe Lintas agency in India. Based in Mumbai she says advertising is not an easy job – especially for women – as the unconventional working hours and frequent parties can raise eyebrows in conservative society. Vasudha says she is conscious about the influence her adverts have on society. She says: “It’s men who need to change their attitudes – we try and encourage men to behave better”




BBC Radio 4

8pm: The Report- Rape: Prosecuting Accusers

The suicide of a woman being prosecuted for falsely crying rape has raised questions about the best way of dealing with these cases.

In this week’s edition we hear the story of Paul Fensome, who was investigated and jailed after a false rape claim. His accuser was convicted of perverting the course of justice. Some say her prison sentence was too harsh and she should have been dealt with far more sympathetically. Do cases like this deter women from reporting rape, or is it the best way to get justice for men who go through the ordeal of clearing their name?



9pm: Apple’s Broken Promises

Apple is arguably the most valuable brand on the planet, making products that a vast number of consumers want – but how are the workers putting its highly desirable gadgetry together really treated? Panorama goes undercover in China to show what life is like for the workers making the iPhone 6, and reporter Richard Bilton travels to Indonesia to find children working in some of the most dangerous mines in the world, finding out what happens to the tin they dig out by hand