Benefits Street maker denies demonising unemployed

The boss of the television company behind Benefits Street has denied that the Channel 4 programme demonises the poor and the unemployed. Continue Reading

BT ready for more ‘eye-watering’ TV rights bids

BT Sport is in a position to table more “eye-watering sums” when it bids for the next round of Premier League football TV rights, according to BT TV chief executive Marc Watson. Continue Reading

Bullying endemic in creative industries

Bullying is an everyday part of working in the media, arts and entertainment industries, according to a survey. Continue Reading

Dinsmore refuses to budge on Page 3

Sun editor David Dinsmore has stood by his decision to continue with Page 3, telling students at a London Press Club event that he had “parked the issue”. Continue Reading

Mulcaire pleads guilty to Milly Dowler phone hacking

Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator who worked for the News of the World, has pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy to hack phones in relation to Milly Dowler and others, a jury heard in the Crown Court today.

Journalists Greg Miskiw, Neville Thurlbeck and James Weatherup have also pleaded guilty to conspiring to hack phones.

Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson, Ian Edmondson and Stuart Kuttner are also on trial for offenses related to obtaining information illegally.

Prosecutor Mr Edis said it was the his view that the conspiracy was substantial and involved a “significant number of people”.

He told the jury: “Now what we say about that is, using all of that information that I’ve just given about those pleas, that there was a conspiracy which involved a significant number of people and it was quite a substantial conspiracy.

“And that may help you to decide now. Because those names, they knew. So who else knew?”

(Source: BBC News)

Libel tourism ‘dead’ after landmark rulings

Libel tourism is effectively dead after the high court threw out two cases brought by wealthy foreigners for allegations published abroad. Continue Reading

Press could take fight against new regulation to Europe

Newspaper owners may go to European courts to fight state-underpinned regulation of the press, according to Times executive editor Roger Alton. Continue Reading

MI5 claims Guardian damaged fight against terrorism

The head of the MI5 has claimed that the Guardian‘s Edward Snowden leaks will help terrorists to evade capture and “strike at will”. 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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