Breaking the election silence: cross-border reporting of election day polls – Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC and Jonathan Price

18 05 2017

Last week, as French voters went to the polls to choose their new president, the usual 32-hour period of enforced electoral silence fell throughout the Republic. In France, just as in the UK, candidates and their supporters are banned from campaigning, and the media is forbidden from reporting results, or even estimates of results such as opinion polls or exit polls, or from carrying campaigners’ statements.   Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: Why media reform has been so hard to achieve – Tim Dwyer

17 05 2017

File 20170510 21610 yoybhqFrom the mid-20th century, there has been substantial international support for plurality of media ownership. Policies designed to limit the number of media outlets owned or controlled by one proprietor have been seen as a precondition for achieving a diverse range of viewpoints. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »