Can the new Charter Protect BBC Independence? – Damian Tambini

3 02 2016

BBC2016 is set to be a significant year for the BBC, with a new settlement on the Royal Charter that underpins the Corporation’s governance and funding arrangements due to be agreed. As part of its policy work in this area, LSE’s Media Policy Project has published a number of blog posts on the topic of the Charter Review, hosted a public event on BBC future funding, and organised aworkshop on the BBC’s governance. In this blog post, Damian Tambini tackles the issue of BBC independence, arguing that the process of policy reform is itself as important to consider as the policy outcomes themselves. 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 »





How children feel when journalists exploit their social media profiles – Faith Gordon

20 01 2016

image-20151210-7467-11285bsToday’s children will feature in almost 1,000 online photographs by the time they reach the age of five. That’s according to recent research commissioned by the charity Nominet for its online safety campaign, Knowthenet. Read the rest of this entry »





A family that plays together stays together: a happy holiday season for the UK’s political-media elite – Des Freedman

24 12 2015

rupert-murdochFamilies should be together at Christmas. That’s the simple message we should take from the merry noises emanating from Rupert Murdoch’s London apartment where, on Monday night, David Cameron, George Osborne, Rebekah Brooks and a slew of top News Corp personnel joined the mogul in capping off what has been a pretty decent year for him. Read the rest of this entry »





Newspaper Industry releases revised “Editors’ Code”, more comfort for tabloids, nothing for the public – Evan Harris

3 12 2015

PressA group made up mainly of newspaper editors has released a revised version of the press industry standards code which it instructs IPSO to administer and to “take active steps to ensure that publications” adhere to. Read the rest of this entry »





The Media’s Attack on Corbyn: Research Shows Barrage of Negative Coverage – Media Reform Coalition

28 11 2015

corbyn_coverage-360x222New research by the Media Reform Coalition shows how large sections of the press appeared to set out systematically to undermine Jeremy Corbyn in his first week as Labour Leader with a barrage of overwhelmingly negative coverage. 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 »








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