Phone Hacking Trial: Brooks’s bags removed before arrest known, NI security head tells trial – Martin Hickman

2 04 2014

Mark HannaDay 82, Part 2: News International’s head of security did not know Rebekah Brooks had been arrested on the day until hours after he allegedly hid evidence from detectives, he told the phone hacking trial today. Read the rest of this entry »





Phone Hacking Trial: News International security chief kept pornography “stash” from police – Martin Hickman

2 04 2014

Mark HannaDay 82, Part 1:  A security chief for Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper group agreed to keep from the police a stash of pornography belonging to the husband of former chief executive Rebekah Brooks, the phone hacking trial heard today. Read the rest of this entry »





Six tests for the chair of IPSO – Jonathan Heawood

2 04 2014

Old typewriterHow independent is the Independent Press Standards Organisation (“IPSO”)? It’s hardly independent of politicians, with two Conservative Peers on its interim Board (David Hunt and Michael Grade) and scope for further political Peers to sit on the Board of the regulator. And it’s hardly independent of the major newspaper publishers, who will control its processes and purse strings through the Regulatory Funding Company. Read the rest of this entry »





Event: Media Power and Plurality conference, 2 May 2014

2 04 2014

insetPolicymakers throughout the world recognise the need to protect a diversity of voices and views in a democracy, but what does media plurality require in practice? How do you legislate to prevent undue concentration of media power? What interventions are needed to help new players flourish? How do you reconcile sustainable media businesses and a sufficiency of voices? How should policy approaches differ at national, regional and local level? Read the rest of this entry »