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New and old media take centre stage

“Media New & Old – providing access for all” will be debated in the House of Commons on the 22nd of April. Austen Mitchell will examine how traditional media can adapt for the new technological age.


Nuevos y viejos medios 4Technology has changed the pace and style of our lives but it has also changed our understanding of the media. Today, a large part of the population does not read the news in paper form but via new devices, such as mobile phones, tablets and computers.

We are in a new era in which society can not only access and see programmes but can also make and produce those programmes. The traditional means of communication find themselves having to face up to these modern developments.

With this aim, the meet up, “Media New & Old  – Providing Access For All”, will take place on the 22nd of April, focusing on the television program “Have I Got Tax For You“, which was produced as an Internet TV programme in March in collaboration with ApexTV.

Launch of the British Newspaper Archive at The British Library.This video explores, in a humorous way, how, in the current crisis, the poor seem to be paying and the rich seem to be getting away with it.

Taking this programme as a starting point, the debate will examine how media has changed over the last half century and will demonstrate how traditional means of communication can link in with these new developments in this new era of communication.

Austin Mitchell MP, the Member of Parliament for Great Grimsby since 1977 will host the meet up. The veteran politician supported the introduction of television cameras to the House of Commons.

His proposal, made in the 1980s, was based on the belief that the House of Commons was of public interest and that it was not lawful that its coverage should be limited to the newspapers and the radio (the proposal was accepted from 1978).

Nuevos y viejos medios 2He will be accompanied by Andrea Gordon, the author who came up with the idea for the program which was coproduced with ApexTV and GlobalNet21.

Suhail Chughtai, the boss of ApexTV is also expected to be there.

The event will take place on the 22nd of April at 6:30pm in the Chamber of the House of Commons, in the north end of the Palace of Westminster.

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(Translated by Jane Martin –


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