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Day: 12 November 2012

The Leveson Inquiry and the BBC – Brian Cathcart

Is there a link between the BBC crisis and Leveson? Does the fate of George Entwistle teach us lessons about regulated journalism? Yesterday’s papers were fumbling for the connection.

In the Observer, the headline on Peter Preston’s media column declares: ‘While Leveson’s in his bunker, the media’s in chaos’. Dominic Lawson writes in the Sunday Times under the headline: ‘Forget a press gag, it’s Twitter we must police.’ Continue reading

Law and Media Round Up – 12 November 2012

Leveson, phone hacking and press regulation have been overshadowed this week by the ongoing crisis at the BBC, which has seen the director general George Entwistle resign after 54 full days in post. Prior to his resignation, the BBC issued an “unreserved apology for a Newsnight report which led to Lord McAlpine being wrongly implicated in the alleged sexual abuse of children at north Wales care homes“. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, a named contributor to the Newsnight programme, has published a statement from its trustees here. The Independent speculates on the likely candidates for the D-G job here. Continue reading

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