Alan Partridge discovers YouTube

Alan Partridge looks to be getting used to this internet malarkey, as a trailer for his Mid Morning Matters show has gone up on YouTube. Continue Reading

NUJ to strike over BBC pension offer

National Union of Journalists members at the BBC have voted to strike over the Corporation’s proposed pension offer, claiming that the final offer received from director general Mark Thompson amounts to “pensions robbery”. Continue Reading

Notes from John Blauth

In 1986 three men left the Daily Telegraph to found the Independent. Andreas Whittam Smith, Stephen Glover and Matthew Symonds made a credible, and creditable, attempt to launch an intelligent national broadsheet which is still going. Always underfunded and never able to compete coherently on news-gathering with its bigger and bolder rivals, the Indy remains the best possible choice for those who loathe the strident voices of the mainstream media and prefer a thoughtful and considered view of the world. Continue Reading

People moving 27/10/10 – Press and Media

The BBC has appointed Ralph Rivera as director of digital media for future media and technology. He was previously head of Major League Gaming, and formerly ran AOL’s games and Hispanic businesses, as well as launching and overseeing the expansion of the company’s online profile. (Source: MediaGuardian)

The News of the World has appointed Natasha Pearlman as its new features editor. She will start the role next year as a replacement for Matt Nixson, who leaves for the Sun. (Source: Press Gazette)

Ellie Hughes has been appointed editor at women’s health and well-being magazine Top Santé. The current editor of Pregnancy and Birth Magazine will replace outgoing editor Sharon Parsons. (Source: Press Gazette)

BBC Magazines has made Rebekah Billingsley its new head of mobile. She will be tasked with driving the department’s output onto mobile services. (Source: Press Gazette)

Times rock critic Peter Paphides has left the newspaper after six years. He is expected to continue to write for the paper on a freelance basis, however. (Source: MediaGuardian)

Seamus McCauley, head of publishing at Associate Northcliffe Digital’s network of local websites, has left his role at the company to spend time with his family. (Source:

Darren Singer has been recruited by Guardian Media Group as its new chief financial officer. Singer will start working early next year, tasked with securing the long-term future of the Guardian brand. (Source: Media Week)

A board member from Johnston Press has handed in his resignation. Stuart Paterson, chief financial officer, has left to pursue another business opportunity. (Source: Hold the Front Page)

James Foster has been made the new editorial director of Archant Norfolk. He will be responsible for Norwich Evening News and Eastern Daily Press. (Source: Hold the Front Page)

People moving 27/10/10 – Press Relations

TUI head of publications Emma Waddell and senior PR manager Ian Benjafield have left their positions as part of ongoing cuts to the travel firm. (Source: PR Week)

Football club Arsenal has recruited Mark Gonnella as its new communications director. Gonnella joins from his role as corporate affairs director at Barclaycard. (Source: PR Week)

Two Labour party media operators are set to quit by the end of the year. Director of press and broadcasting Roger Baker and deputy director of press Tom Price will stand aside. (Source: PR Week)

Oliver Pauley has been signed up as a partner by Portland Communications. He moves from Fleishman-Hillard, where he was associate director. (Source: PR Week)

Sellafield has recruited former Rolls-Royce PRO Gordon Welsh as head of employee comms. (Source: PR Week)

The Ritz has hired Amber Aldred, formerly Manderin Oriental’s advertising manager, as PR manager. (Source: PR Week)

Anna Gibbins has become managing director of Packer Forbes, replacing Alexa Forbes who is now chief executive of the independent health PR agency. Helen Rae and Annabel Lee have been promoted to associate director and senior account director respectively. (Source: PR Week)

All About Brands has hired former Lib Dem aide Paul Maloney as a senior associate in its public affairs team in Abu Dhabi. (Source: PR Week)

Knight Vinke Asset Management’s director of comms, Martin Forest, has moved to MHP Communications as a director of its asset management team. (Source: PR Week)

People moving 27/10/10 – Marketing

Ivan Pollard will swap Naked Communications in January to lead the US marketing team at drinks giant Coca-Cola. (Source: Media Week)

Jerry Wright has been elected president of the International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Circulations. He has been the ABC’s chief executive since 2008. (Source: Brand Republic)

Mark Heap has been promoted to CEO for China for PHD. His new role starts with immediate effect, having reinvigorated the brand when he joined in 2008. (Source: Brand Republic)

Dan Brooke has rejoined Channel 4 to take up the newly created role of head of marketing, communications and corporate relations. He will take up the new job early next year. (Source: MediaGuardian)

Patrick Allen has been made group marketing director at LNT Group. His previous experience includes being director of marketing for the Co-operative. (Source: Brand Republic)

Birds Eye has recruited Margaret Jobling to become its new marketing director. She leaves Cadbury, where she the same position. (Source: Brand Republic)

Coalition accused of ‘dodgy deal’ with BBC

Shadow culture minister Ivan Lewis has demanded an inquiry into the rushed nature of the deal between the BBC and the coalition government that saw the licence fee frozen for six years. Continue Reading

Financial Times posts digital profits

The Financial Times has recorded an almost 50 per cent year-on-year growth in the number of digital subscriptions, which has resulted in owners Pearson Group raising its full-year earnings forecast. 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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