The Press itself is a vital election issue – Brian Cathcart

6 04 2015

PressA front-page lead (‘Lib Dems seek US-style first amendment‘) and on the same day a leading article (‘Press attacks on Labour are not new. . .‘): in this election the media themselves are clearly part of the debate. Read the rest of this entry »





Sir Alan Moses shows whose side he is on – Brian Cathcart

20 03 2015

Alan MosesThe chair of IPSO, the self-regulator set up by the big newspaper companies, delivered a lecture [pdf] last week at the London School of Economics on the future of press regulation. It was revealing in several respects. Read the rest of this entry »





How decent self-regulation could help prevent the kind of problems that forced Peter Oborne out of the Telegraph – Brian Cathcart

21 02 2015

Moses-image-3When newspapers hide the truth from their readers to avoid displeasing advertisers, as Peter Oborne alleges the Telegraph has done, they are not breaching the Editors’ Code of Practice. 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 »





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 »





Beyond Parody, Mackenzie and Murdoch cast themselves as consumer champions – Brian Cathcart

16 01 2015

kelvinmackenzieKelvin MacKenzie and Rupert Murdoch have taken an initiative that is beyond parody: they have set up a consumer complaint website whose aim, according to the former Sun editor, is ‘to force companies and politicians to do the right thing’. Read the rest of this entry »





Paul Vickers: IPSO architect departs as cracks widen – Brian Cathcart

23 11 2014

IPSOVSPCCThe departure of Paul Vickers from Trinity Mirror is an important development for the press industry, though characteristically the big newspaper groups have chosen not to share the implications with their readers. Read the rest of this entry »








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