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 »





What really makes something ‘offensive’? – Ranjana Das and Anne Graefer

12 11 2016

The cartoons in French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo offended many people. And as a result of the terrible actions taken by a handful of those people who took offence, which resulted in the murder of 12 people, Charlie Hebdo has become a case study for the significance and meaning of “offensiveness”. Read the rest of this entry »





Does Theresa May really want an independent BBC? The jury’s out – Steven Barnett

24 09 2016

rona-fairheadThere are two ways of looking at Theresa May’s decision to reverse Rona Fairhead’s appointment as BBC chair, thereby effectively dismissing her. The first is benign, reflecting a genuine impatience with David Cameron’s decision to allow Fairhead to move across from the BBC Trust to the new Unitary Board, which will come into effect early next year. Read the rest of this entry »





The BBC and public service TV has a future: but it must change to survive – Des Freedman

9 07 2016

BBCWhat is the future of television, in an era of extraordinary technological change that has brought new challengers to the established broadcasting companies and their scheduled programmes? Who should it be aimed at and how will it be paid for? Read the rest of this entry »