How the Murdoch press has waged a relentless campaign against the BBC (and why it’s worked) – Julian Petley

29 08 2015

Sun and BBCEver since Rupert Murdoch decided to enter the television game in the early 1980s, his newspapers have waged continuous war on public service broadcasters, and on the BBC in particular. These he sees purely as rivals in the broadcasting marketplace, and when Murdoch spots rivals his instinct is to exterminate them – witness, for example, the predatory pricing by Murdoch of his newspaper titles by means of which he attempted to throttle the Independent in the early 1990s. Read the rest of this entry »





BBC Charter Green Paper: Inside the bizarre logic of the BBC review – Des Freedman

19 07 2015

BBCWho would have expected that one of the central debates about the future of the BBC would not be about its pro-business news coverage, its financial mismanagement or its alleged cover-up of the Jimmy Savile scandal, but about whether it should show Strictly Come Dancing on a Saturday night? Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, R (Davis) v Home Secretary, Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act overturned – Lorna Woods

19 07 2015

gchq1In a very rare outcome, in the case of R (Davis and ors) v Secretary of State for the Home Department ([2015] EWHC 2092 (Admin) the Divisional Court declared that the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIPA) is inconsistent with European Union law and therefore is “disapplied”, although the Court suspended the effect of its order until after 31 March 2016. Permission to appeal was granted. Read the rest of this entry »





Radical proposals in the EC’s consultation on audiovisual media services – Sally Broughton Micova

15 07 2015

new-carousel-avmsd-500x254px_9786_0On Monday 6 July the European Commission launched a public consultation as part of the “Regulatory fitness” test of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD). This is a big moment: concrete policy options for an overhaul of European media regulation are on the table for the first time since 2007. Read the rest of this entry »





Media Standards Trust: Election Unspun: Political parties, the press, and Twitter during the 2015 UK election campaign

7 07 2015

ElectionUnspun-Cover-e1435771126164-128x125The Media Standards Trust has published Election Unspun: Political parties, the press, and Twitter during the 2015 UK election campaign. [pdf] This is a data-driven analysis of mainstream media coverage and political actors and influencers on twitter during the UK 2015 election campaign. Read the rest of this entry »





Why Leveson is alive and well, despite the election result – Steven Barnett

30 05 2015

Leveson reportIt has become something of a received wisdom amongst Fleet Street editors that the Conservatives’ election victory means “Leveson is dead”.  Their unalloyed glee has been fuelled by a few Conservative nods and winks during the campaign suggesting that, despite a framework for press self-regulation that has was endorsed by a huge cross-party majority in the last Parliament, a Conservative government would not pursue it. Or, in the words of former Culture Secretary Sajid Javid: “Our job is done as a government. It’s up to the press.Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Department of Health v. Information Commissioner, Judge criticises “secretive culture” of public service – Mike Dodd

28 05 2015

Andrew-Lansley-NHS-uk-newA High Court judge has criticised the “secretive culture of the public service” and strongly criticised the evidence given by two senior civil servants in a freedom of information battle over the ministerial diary of former health secretary Andrew Lansley. Read the rest of this entry »








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