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IET media coverage

27 March 2014
IET Communications team
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IET deputy president William Webb being filmed by BBC World News.

Media coverage for February and March 2014.

The IET continues to make the headlines in newspapers, magazines, online and on national television and radio. In February and March 2014, the IET commented on a range of popular news stories, including high speed rail, engineering careers and the prospect of driverless trains. There were also some good results from the IET strategy to bring engineering to a wider consumer audience by placing IET spokespeople on consumer-targeted TV programmes.


Resilience to extreme weather

Jeremy Acklam from the IET Transport Policy Panel appeared on BBC One’s Breakfast television programme, talking about the need to make the rail network more resilient to extreme weather. He was also quoted in the Sunday Express, The Guardian, City AM and Yahoo.

Jeremy told the BBC: “We can’t change the weather, but what we can do is use technology to be more prepared. We can use technology, black boxes for instance, that we can put in embankments, or in bridges, that can listen out for the likelihood of a landslide.”


The inventor of traffic lights

Professor Will Stewart, chair of the IET Communications Policy Panel, featured in a new ITV series, I Never Knew That About Britain, talking about the inventor of traffic lights, John Peake Knight.


Watchdog Test House

IET deputy president Professor William Webb appeared on two episodes of a new BBC One daytime television programme, Watchdog Test House. William tested sound-cancelling headphones and HDMI cables to find out whether the more expensive brands outperform the cheaper models.

Professor Webb was also interviewed on BBC World News comparing Silicon Valley in the USA with Cambridge, which is also home to a large number of tech start-ups.


Driverless trains

Paula-Marie Brown, head of the IET Transport Sector, was quoted in a number of newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph, and trade magazines commenting on the prospect of driverless trains on the UK rail network.


Worldwide web anniversary

Professor Will Stewart and former IET president Dr Mike Short appeared on Sky News commenting on the 25th anniversary of the worldwide web. Dr Short was also interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live about a Government cash injection for the 'Internet of Things'.


WhatsApp takeover

There has also been considerable coverage in the national newspapers of Facebook’s takeover of WhatsApp featuring comment from Professor Will Stewart.


A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize

Professor Stuart Wenham, the recipient of the IET A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize, was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC local radio stations.


Other coverage and social media

Other coverage included the UK final of the IET’s FIRST LEGO League on the ITV News website, comment about the health effects of living near to pylons in the Sunday People, and interviews with all six IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year finalists in The Daily Telegraph.

Internationally, media coverage has been achieved in the Deccan Chronicle, The Hindu, China Daily and International Business Daily. Subjects covered included National Science Day, IET Inspec, driverless trains, and intelligent transport systems.

Followers of the IET’s main Twitter account have grown to over 16,500 from just over 10,500 at the end of February 2013.