News: Judge orders Metropolitan Police to provide information to BBC in Cliff Richard privacy case

4 04 2017

At a hearing on 3 April 2017, Mr Justice Mann made an order that the Metropolitan Police Service (“MPS”) provide information about Operation Yewtree to the BBC, the first defendant in to a privacy claim brought by Sir Cliff Richard. Read the rest of this entry »





Full ownership of Sky will increase Rupert Murdoch’s power – Steven Barnett

4 03 2017

Now that Rupert Murdoch’s bid for complete control of Sky has been formally notified to the European Commission, the pressure is on the secretary of state, Karen Bradley, to decide whether it should be referred to the regulator Ofcom for independent investigation. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »





Here’s why the Murdochs’ bid for control of Sky must be referred to Ofcom – Martin Moore

3 03 2017

Almost seven years on from the Murdoch’s first attempt to take over the remainder of Sky, Rupert, James and Lachlan are trying again. This time they are confident of pulling it off. Read the rest of this entry »





Media bias against Jeremy Corbyn shows how politicised reporting has become – Tom Mills

27 01 2017

corbyn-front-pagesThe BBC Trust recently upheld a complaint against the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg, ruling that one of her early reports on Jeremy Corbyn breached accuracy and impartiality guidelines. Read the rest of this entry »





Murdoch Sky bid is a nasty Christmas headache for the culture secretary – Steven Barnett

21 12 2016

Six years after his first frustrated bid to take full ownership of Sky, Rupert Murdoch is seeking once again to capture the 61% he doesn’t already own. In 2011, the bid from Murdoch’s News Corporation (for what was then BSkyB) was first referred to Ofcom, then derailed by the phone hacking scandal. Read the rest of this entry »





Public service broadcasting: when the status quo won’t do – Des Freedman

2 12 2016

broadcastingAcademics like to talk of ‘critical junctures’: moments of great instability when different pressures and crises come together to produce the possibility of dramatic change. Read the rest of this entry »





The post-Brexit challenges for European media systems – Damian Tambini

29 11 2016

european-commission-building-flagsSince the Brexit vote, EU media policy has a new sense of urgency. It remains to be seen if member states will be more prepared to deepen media policy convergence in an attempt to protect fundamental values and rights, but last week DG Justice held a joint colloquium with DG CONNECT, discussing current challenges to media pluralism and media freedom. This is an extract from Damian Tambini’s Keynote speech to the colloquium. Read the rest of this entry »