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 »





IPSO chair’s speech to Society of Editors does not bode well for self-regulator – Brian Cathcart

12 11 2014

Sir Alan MosesWithin days of his appointment last summer as chair of Ipso, the new press self-regulator, former judge Sir Alan Moses, was promising that he would reform it dramatically. In September he acknowledged the shortcomings of the Ipso in terms of Leveson compliance. Read the rest of this entry »





Paul Dacre on Leveson and the Press, a “victim” speaks – Brian Cathcart

31 10 2014

Daily Mail Editor Paul Dacre Gives Evidence At The Leveson InquiryPaul Dacre has made a speech at a NewstrAid charity event. The full text is available here. It shows the editor of the Daily Mail ambitiously playing the victim card, painting a picture of newspapers desperately holding aloft the tattered flag of liberty while being persecuted in every possible way by an intolerant, authoritarian state. Read the rest of this entry »








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