Peter Kosminsky was uncertain that any broadcaster would want to touch his no-holds-barred portrait of life inside Raqqa, the capital of Islamic State. But the writer and director’s four-part drama based on the lives of four Britons who join the “caliphate”, entitled simply The State, will air on two channels – Channel 4 and National Geographic at the end of this month. “I can’t see any other broadcaster in the UK being prepared to risk it. It’s the kind of thing we rely on Channel 4 to do.
BBC Television Centre closed its doors on Sunday but the corporation has ambitious plans to return to it after redevelopment with a virtual attraction, allowing visitors to experience the creation of their favourite shows, including Top Gear, EastEnders and Radio 4's Today. After a series of farewell events stretching out over several weeks, the last of more than 5,000 BBC staff left the Wood Lane site at the weekend, ending nearly 53 years of occupancy.
The huge volume of complaints about the BBC's coverage of the diamond jubilee is expected to colour the search for its next director general. Candidates being interviewed for the post this week will be grilled on the event's coverage, which one presenter, Clare Balding, admitted had "misfired".
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".