Lawyers clear Hunt to make BSkyB decision

The government has rejected a complaint that the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is not a “fit and proper person” to rule on News Corporation’s proposed merger with BSkyB. Continue Reading

People Moving 22/12/10 – Advertising

Mark Cross has been handed buying responsibility for the Central Office of Information, after the government department announced the departure of Corrine Purton and Jeremy Found. He will take on his new task in January. (Source: Campaign)

Former commercial director of Microsoft Chris Ward has been hired by search specialist Kenshoo as managing director of its UK operations. Ward spent 13 years at Microsoft, before taking a three-month sabbatical. (Source: Brand Republic)

TBWA/London executive creative officer Mark Hunter is leaving, to take up the same role at Lowe & Partners-owned Deutsch in Los Angeles. He is expected to move sometime in the New Year. (Source: Brand Republic)

Merry Christmas from the editor…

There is no alternative to looking people in the eye and talking face-to-face. I mention this because the last edition of Media Digest 2010 is the ideal place to remind readers that you are invited to a wise and pleasant conversation, enhanced with free beer, from noon on Thursday 20th January 2011. Meet us at the Old Mitre pub in Hatton Garden, in the City to mark our move to a website-only publication.

It’s not a significant event in world affairs, and pales into insignificance in comparison with Royal weddings and vexed questions as to whether Scarlett Johansson fancies anyone in our office or not. But we’re keen to see as many of you as possible, for a proper chat about anything and everything. Though I would appreciate it if we didn’t include reality TV contestants or hosts in the discourse – at least not until sufficient ale has been supped as to make my caustic remarks less offensive. Or more so – we can discuss it at the time.

And that’s the point about actual, as opposed to virtual, conversations: we know who says what and to whom and we understand the consequences of failing to observe proper decorum. The big weakness of much ‘conversation’ online is that it is anonymous; sometimes dangerously so as the victims of cyber-bullying know only too well.

If you have something to say, stand up like an honest human and say it! And what I have to say to you is Happy Christmas and best wishes for a happy and successful 2011.

People moving 22/12/10 – Press Relations

The Royal College of Nursing has appointed Fiona Johnson, formerly of the General Teaching Council, as its new director of communications. (Source: PRWeek)

Chris Wermann, the longstanding corporate affairs boss at cereal brand Kelloggs is joining the Home Retail Group, which owns Argus and Homebase, in February. (Source: PRWeek)

People moving 22/12/10 – Press and Media

The Daily Mirror has promoted Jason Beattie to political editor. He replaces Bob Roberts who is taking up a senior role with Labour leader Ed Miliband’s communications team. (Source: Press Gazette)

The BBC has appointed Zai Bennett, previously director of digital channels and acquisitions, as controller of BBC3. (Source: MediaGuardian)

AOL has signed up X Factor judge Dannii Minogue as a contributing editor to its ‘glossy’ women’s website It has also made Noel Penzer, who has worked with Minogue before, its vice-president of business development in Europe. He moves from Warner Music Group. (Source: BrandRepublic)

Heat magazine editor Sam Delaney has stepped down to work on a book and a new television show for the US cable TV channel Comedy Central. Heat’s executive editor, Lucie Cave, will stand in for Delany until a replacement is found. (Source: MediaGuardian)

Carine Roitfeld, the eminent editor of French Vogue magazine, is resigning after 10 years in the role “to do something different”. (Source: MediaGuardian)

The Wall Street Journal Europe has replaced its editor, Patience Wheatroft, with the Daily Telegraph’s Tracy Corrigan. (Source: BrandRepublic)

Conde Nast has appointed Kate Reardon as editor of Tatler magazine. She moves over from sister title Vanity Fair, where she was contributing editor for 11 years. (Source: MediaGuardian)

Entertainment news website Digital Spy has recruited David Moynihan from to be its editor. (Source: MediaGuardian)

Quote of the year: Sarah Palin

“‘Refudiate’, ‘misunderestimate’, ‘wee-wee’d up’. English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too.” Continue Reading

Newsquest increases pay offer

The pay freeze across all Newsquest titles – active since 2008 – has finally been lifted after a bout of industrial condemnation. Continue Reading

Assange lashes out at ‘disgusting’ Guardian

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange has struck out at the Guardian, calling an article published in the paper referring to Assange’s trial on rape charges as “disgusting”. 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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