Tightening the Grip: Why the web is no haven of media plurality – Justin Schlosberg

6 03 2016

Plurality2A digital market research company recently reported that “the top 10 publishers make up a huge chunk of the U.K. media market and own more than half of the entire industry”. The statement was based on data that SimilarWeb collected over 2015, specifically the number of page visits to the top 300 news websites. They found that 65 percent of this traffic was concentrated in the websites of the top 10 news publishers, and the top five alone attracted more than half of all traffic across the sample. Read the rest of this entry »





Election 2015: It’s The Press Wot Won It? – Des Freedman

13 05 2015

It's_The_Sun_Wot_Won_ItHeading into the 1992 election, polls pointed towards a hung parliament. The Sun turned up the heat on election day with a front page asking that: ‘If Kinnock [the then Labour leader] wins today will the last person to leave Britain please turn out the lights.’ The Tories duly won the election with 42% of the popular vote leading Britain’s best-selling title to boast ‘It’s the Sun Wot Won It’. 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 »





Addressing the Democratic Deficit in Local News through Positive Plurality – Media Standards Trust

18 10 2014

Positive_Plurality_cover-e1412775000170On 9 October 2014, the Media Standards Report published a new report entitled Addressing the Democratic Deficit in Local News through Positive Plurality Or, why we need a UK alternative of the Knight News Challenge [pdf]   Read the rest of this entry »





The Meaning of the Hacking Trial, a free press would be a really good idea – Des Freedman

27 06 2014

Press on SaleWhen asked what he thought of western civilisation, the Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi replied that ‘I think it would be a great idea’. The verdicts handed down from the phone hacking trial together with the information contained during the eight months at the Old Bailey suggest pretty much the same thing. We need a free and fearless press because we certainly don’t appear to have one now. Read the rest of this entry »





The Elephant In The Room: New report on UK media ownership

27 04 2014

media-reformOn 24 April 2014, the Media Reform Coalition published its newest report ‘The Elephant In The Room: a survey of media ownership and plurality in the United Kingdom.’ [pdf] Read the rest of this entry »





Three Global Challenges to the Media – Benedetta Brevini

29 03 2014

MediaSince the emergence of human rights and civil liberties discourses there has been a widespread consensus about the role of the media to foster democracy. Read the rest of this entry »