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 »

A Picture of Grief and Shock Too Far – Amber Melville-Brown

28 08 2015

anchor-for-virginia-shootingYesterday I wrote a piece dealing with the privacy issues arising out of the Shoreham air disaster on this side of the Pond.  With eerie timing, on the same day, America unintentionally watched live on TV the murder of two journalists, shot dead by a disgruntled former colleague at ABC News. Read the rest of this entry »

Round up of the Media Law Cases in the 2014-2015 legal year: Seven full trials, five libel appeals and three media privacy injunctions

5 08 2015

Royal-Courts-of-JusticeThe legal year in England and Wales ended last Friday, 31 July 2015.  The High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court are now on vacation until Michaelmas Term begins on 1 October 2015. Our Table of Media Law cases records 78 judgments in media law cases this legal year, a similar number to 2013-2014.  Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Law and Media Round Up – 3 August 2015

3 08 2015

summer-news-620x279The legal term ended on Friday 31 July 2015 and we will not be publishing regular “Law and Media Round Ups” again until the beginning of next term in October 2015.  We will, however, publish occasional “Summer Round Ups” drawing attention to recent developments. This is the first.  We will also publish, shortly, a Round Up of the Legal Year. Read the rest of this entry »

BBC Charter renewal: invisible actors and critical friends, Part 1 – Julian Petley

28 07 2015

Sunday Times BBCWhen the DCMS Green Paper on BBC Charter Renewal [pdf] was published on 16 July 2015, the reaction on the part of the corporation’s enemies in the press was relatively muted, particularly when compared to the way in which they had reacted, a few days earlier, to the leaked news of the upcoming consultation. Read the rest of this entry »


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