Cater's Choice

Nick Cater on the week in the media.


Missing Live on BBC One weekdays for four weeks from 21 April is not only great public service television but is also any charity's dream. The series will follow the work of the Missing People charity and the police as they try to find some of the 200,000 or more people reported missing in the UK each year. As well as exploring why people leave, the shows will offer reconstructions, update old cases and employ the latest technology, such as age-progression techniques. 

The days of blaming population growth for all ills may be making a comeback. On Channel 4's Unreported World - Kenya's Human Time Bomb on 18 April, Kenyan-born reporter Aidan Hartley (pictured) explores the country's violence, crime and political chaos to conclude that "a land-hungry mass of frustrated young men" is a root cause. He also claims Kenya's land cannot sustain its growing numbers, and that this has gone almost unnoticed by the media and NGOs.

Politics has long been a joke, but between Barack and Hillary, Ken and Boris, Brown and Cameron, it is funny again, because Bremner, Bird and Fortune are back on C4 on Sundays.


In Rosie And The Non-Doms on 19 April on BBC Radio 4, Rosie Millard not only reports the obvious - the UK has become the low-tax playground of international billionaires and millionaires - but explores less-known details, such as how non-domiciled tax status began in the late 18th century to lure the foreign rich to support Britain during the Napoleonic Wars. Publicity shy, yet often making much of their philanthropic crumbs, the non-doms' tax breaks are probably not even counted in the Government's just-released estimate that illegal tax dodging and legal tax avoidance cost you and me up to £42bn a year.


As well as a clean, light and (though dictated by accessibility issues) somewhat staid redesign of its website, deafblind charity Sense is being smart by using Flickr to host its photo gallery. See

Conference Early warning: CharityComms - a national conference for third sector communications professionals - on 8 May. Information on that and other upcoming events at

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