Lessons from Oborne: clickbait, commerce and newsroom culture – Angela Phillips

26 02 2015

Peter-OborneWhen Peter Oborne resigned from the Telegraph last week, his parting outpouring of rage at the paper’s ‘fraud upon its readers’ for failing to properly report the HSBC scandal was wrong in only one discernable respect: the rot had set in before 2010 when he arrived as chief political commentator and long before the advent of Jason Seiken as editor-in-chief in 2013. Indeed it set in shortly after the newspaper was taken over by the Barclay brothers in 2004. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 23 February 2015

23 02 2015

weeklyroundup_250px-180x160The biggest media story of the week concerned the resignation of Peter Oborne, The Daily Telegraph’s chief political commentator. His resignation letter attacked the paper’s management and owners over the coverage of the HSBC tax story, claiming they regularly suppressed stories about the bank in order to keep its valuable advertising account. Read the rest of this entry »

Was Peter Oborne right about the Telegraph’s coverage of the HSBC scandal? – Gordon Ramsay

18 02 2015

imageOn Tuesday 17 February 2015 Peter Oborne resigned as chief political commentator at the Telegraph, with an article published on OpenDemocracy claiming, among other things, that Read the rest of this entry »

Peter Oborne utters the T word – Brian Cathcart

18 02 2015

OborneWhen he explained yesterday why had had resigned from the Daily Telegraph, Peter Oborne wrote a few lines that could serve as a creed for every journalist: Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 16 February 2015

16 02 2015

New Round UpTrinity Mirror has published a public apology for phone hacking and revealed that the cost of resolving civil claims will be millions more than anticipated. The company has admitted that “such behaviour represented an unwarranted and unacceptable intrusion into people’s private lives”. Read the rest of this entry »

We must keep the focus on why plurality is important – Robert G Picard

15 02 2015

Screen-Shot-2014-10-21-at-12.55.07-PM-150x150The House of Lords inquiry into media pluralism this past year and the Department for Culture Media and Sport’s request that Ofcom consider how pluralism should be measured are healthy developments that bring significant attention to the challenges facing news and public affairs content. It comes simultaneously with the EU’s Media Pluralism Monitor study of the UK that has identified some areas for concern that UK policymakers should consider. Read the rest of this entry »

The Press as Victim: it does not wash – Brian Cathcart

13 02 2015

papersHave a look at the website of the Press Gazette, the trade publication. Read the output of some newspaper media columnists. Follow commentary on recent court cases. You will soon see that the press industry in the UK considers itself a victim, relentlessly oppressed by the state, the courts, the rich, the powerful and the politically correct. Read the rest of this entry »


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