A journalism blogger and academic has been rated as more influential than the editor of the UK’s top-selling regional daily in a new media ‘power list.’
Academics at Birmingham City University drew up a list of the top 20 people they believe are currently doing most to shape the West Midlands media landscape.
In a list that seems certain to spark lively debate, they rated one of their own staff, journalism blogger Paul Bradshaw, as more influential than Adrian Faber, editor of best-selling daily the Express & Star.
They also awarded first place on the list to the new chief executive of Bimingham Post and Mail publisher Trinity Mirror, Simon Fox, who is based in London rather than the West Midlands.
As well as Adrian, the list also contains two other senior regional press journalists, Birmingham Mail executive editor Stacey Barnfield in 11th place and Coventry Telegraph editor Alun Thorne in 13th.
However it omits to include the man both Stacey and Alun report to, Birmingham Mail editor-in-chief David Brookes.
Second place on the list goes not to a media personality but to the politician Tom Watson, who helped spearhead the investigation into phone-hacking at defunct tabloid the News of the World.
And a second BCU staff member and hyperlocal blogger, Dave Harte, squeezes onto the list at number 20.
The list was based on contributions to BCU’s ‘Rethinking Regional Media’ blog and deliberations by a four-strong panel of judges.
Chair of judges Marc Reeves, the former editor of the Birmingham Post who now runs his own public affairs consultancy, admitted the list had thrown up “a number of surprises.”
Said Marc: “According to our powerlist the most influential individuals in the West Midland’s media world are the London-based chief executive of a newspaper group, a rebel MP and a TV programme-maker fighting hard to keep the television drama flame alive in the region.”
“After much feedback from contributors to our blog and the deliberations of our judges we have at last produced a list which we hope will help to continue the debate initiated by Birmingham City University’s ‘Rethinking Regional Media’ event in October.”
The full BCU Media Power 20 list is as follows:
1 Simon Fox, chief executive, Trinity Mirror
2. Tom Watson, MP for West Bromwich East
3. Will Trotter, head of drama, BBC Birmingham
4. Phil Riley, chief executive, Free Radio
5. Ashley Tabor, executive director, Global Radio
6. Paul Bradshaw, reader in online journalism at BCU and journalism blogger
7. Adrian Faber, editor, Express & Star
8. Ed James, presenter, Heart FM
9. Jonnie Turpie, Maverick TV
10. Adrian Goldberg, presenter, Radio WM
11. Stacey Barnfield, executive editor, Birmingham Mail
12. Nick Booth, social media advocate and blogger, Podnosh
13. Alun Thorne, editor, Coventry Telegraph
14. Adil Ray, broadcaster, scriptwriter and programme maker
15. Dean Lovett, MD, McCann Erikson, Birmingham
16. Bob Warman, presenter, ITV Central
17. Nick Owen, presenter, BBC Midlands Today
18. Jon Griffin, business correspondent, Birmingham Mail
19. Lis Lewis Jones, chief executive, Liquid PR
20. Dave Harte, course leader of MA social media at BCU and hyperlocal blogger