The Restoration of the House of Murdoch – Des Freedman

2 02 2016

James MurdochJames Murdoch, younger son of billionaire media mogul and keen tweeter Rupert Murdoch, has been appointed as chairman of the UK’s biggest broadcaster, BSkyB. Normally, top boardroom appointments would merit perhaps a mention in business blogs and the City pages of the press but this is more significant for what it tell us about corporate power and governance in the UK today. Read the rest of this entry »





Why new regulator could be a game-changing moment for journalism – Steven Barnett

23 01 2016

You are unlikely to read about it about in the mainstream press, but this week saw a major step forward for genuinely independent press regulation in the UK. The new press regulator IMPRESS (Independent Monitor for the Press) has announced that it has not only signed up a dozen publishers but that it has submitted an application for formal recognition. This will now be assessed by the Press Recognition Panel (PRP), the wholly independent body established by cross-party agreement. Read the rest of this entry »





News: CPS announces no further phone hacking prosecutions against News Group or Mirror Group

11 12 2015

TrinityMirrorThe Crown Prosecution Service (“CPS”) today announced that no further action will be taken in relation to two phone hacking investigations, Operation Weeting and Operation Golding.  As a result, News Group Newspapers Limited (“NGN”) will not face prosecution on corporate charges and 10 individuals at Mirror Group will not be prosecuted. Read the rest of this entry »





Politics versus public interest in battle over press regulation – Steven Barnett

6 11 2015

NewspapersFor anyone who cares about journalism in Britain, this November is hugely significant. It could mark a new era of genuinely effective press self-regulation which will both shore up vital public interest and watchdog journalism and protect ordinary people from mistreatment by powerful news publishers. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson Costs Incentives, Cries of Foul from the Dirtiest Players on the Pitch – Jonathan Coad

28 10 2015

Guy Black takes his seat in the House of LordsHowls of outrage from the press led by Lord Black have apparently persuaded the government to withdraw its statutory stick in the form the Crime and Courts Act 2013 which was passed by our elected representatives to prevail on the press belatedly to join the democratic community and be independently regulated. Read the rest of this entry »





Is Cameron surrendering to press power? – Steven Barnett

23 10 2015

National NewspapersTwo years ago, as most of the UK’s national press were furiously denouncing plans for a new model of self-regulation based on the recommendations of the Leveson report, the Guardian’s Martin Kettle wrote a powerful piece about where power lies in British politics. Read the rest of this entry »





IPSO: Still less for your comfort, another speech by Sir Alan Moses – Jonathan Coad

16 10 2015

Moses-image-3At the end of the Leveson Inquiry, at which only a small proportion of the serial institutional wrongdoing committed by the press was brought to light, the industry was presented with a straight choice.  It could take account of the clearly expressed aspirations of the general public and its elected representatives and create a genuinely independent regulatory body compliant with the reasonable and moderate recommendations of Sir Brian Leveson. Read the rest of this entry »








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