It’s time for Mark Thompson to face the music

Tonight Mark Thompson, director general of the BBC, will make what could possibly be the defining speech of his Corporation career when he takes to the stage in Edinburgh to deliver the MacTaggart lecture. Continue Reading

People moving – advertising 25/08/10

Adconion has bolstered its online video team with the recruitment of Daniel Ramira. He will become head of video in the UK. (Source: Brand Republic)

Stephanie Bell is to take on a regional media head role at L ‘Oreal. She resigned from her role as CEO of GroupM Thailand in July. (Source: Brand Republic)

Xavier Rees has been hired as a managing partner for DDB UK’s Virgin Media account. He will be responsible for managing the business. He was the former deputy managing director of Targetbase Claydon Heeley. (Source: Brand Republic)

Toby Courlander has been hired as an executive producer for Spank Films. The former partner at production company Outsider will also bring directors from No Brain and Anderson M Studio. (Source: Brand Republic)

Jill McDonald is to become UK chief executive of McDonald’s. She replaces Steve Easterbrook, who left his position of four years to assume a new global role at the company. (Source: Brand Republic)

People moving – press relations 25/08/10

The Law Society’s head of media has left to set up her own legal PR firm. Melissa Davies has left after five years to launch MD Communications. (Source: PR Week)

Simon Warr has left his role as director of communications of Jaguar Land Rover. He leaves after working there since 2007. (Source: PR Week)

Bell Pottinger Public Affairs has recruited Michael McManus, who has worked as a special advisor in three governments since the 1990s. He will join next month as a director. (Source: PR Week)

Rosabel Tao has been named senior vice president of corporate comms for MySpace. She will oversee all global external and internal comms for the social networking brand. (Source: PR Week)

People moving – press & media 25/08/10

Weekly free men’s magazine Shortlist has appointed Gershon Portnoi as its new deputy editor. He previously held the same position at TalkSport magazine and has also worked for Nuts and the Daily Express. He replaces Simon Kers, who left three months ago. (Source: Press Gazette)

Zach Leonard has been named the new digital chief of the Independent and London Evening Standard. The former Times Newspapers digital media publisher will aim to target mobile platforms and subscriptions in his new role. (Source: MediaGuardian)

Liam Hamilton will join STV as deputy director of content later this year. His TV career begun at STV as a trainee in 1981. (Source: MediaGuardian)

The chief executive of Guardian News & Media’s US operation is stepping down. Caroline Little leaves after just over a year in the position. (Source: MediaGuardian)

Paul Lewis will now stay at the Guardian, heading up a team focussed on multimedia and crowdsourcing. He was due to leave for the Time later this year. (Source: MediaGuardian)

Elaine Bedell is to become the new executive chair of the Edinburgh International Television Festival. The ITV director of entertainment and comedy replaces outgoing chair Tim Hincks. (Source: MediaGuardian)

Nick Powell has been appointed to the newly created role of sports editor at Sky News. The announcement coincides with the launch of Sky Sports News HD. (Source: MediaGuardian)

Simon Davies has announced he is leaving his role as commercial director of the Independent with immediate effect. Davies spent 11 months in the position. (Source: Brand Republic)

Elizabeth Hudson has been promoted to deputy editor at Crafts Beautiful magazine. (Source:

Manchester Confidential has a new news editor in the form of Simon Binns. He was formerly senior business reporter at Manchester Business. (Source:

Paul Gaskin has become the latest senior BBC executive to refuse the move to the new Salford HQ. The human resources director has quit after less than two months at the corporation. (Source: MediaGuardian)

Andy Kershaw will return to Radio 3 this autumn. After more than two years off the airwaves, the presenter will host a world music series that will tie in with BBC1 show Human Planet. (Source: MediaGuardian)

Mark Wood has been named the new chief executive of Future publishing UK. He joined the company in 2009, and will take up his new post at the end of August. (Source:

News Corp has recruited Greg Clayman to run its tablet-based news organisation. He leaves his post as MTV’s executive vice-president of digital distribution and business development. (Source: MediaGuardian)

ITV escapes world cup penalties

ITV has escaped punishment after an “unfortunate error” caused about 1.5 million people to miss England’s opening goal of the World Cup campaign. Continue Reading

BBC spending to defend The Stig

The BBC is taking book publisher HarperCollins to court in order to suppress the publication of an autobiography that threatens to reveal the identity of Top Gear’s The Stig. Continue Reading

Piers Morgan forced to sweat on US visa

Piers Morgan’s escape to LA to replace US chat show host Larry King has reportedly been put on hold, due to problems with his visa application. Continue Reading

Most skip TV ads

Some 86 per cent of viewers watching digitally recorded TV skip through the adverts. Continue Reading


“Before we all sink into a slough of digital dystopian despair, it might be worth considering this: is this a sign of the strength, not weakness, of revelatory journalism in the digital age?”

Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.

(Source: POLIS)


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