‘Corbyn the Commie’ smear is all about tabloid press fear of regulation – Ivor Gaber

24 02 2018

Following Labour’s better than expected election result in 2017, right-wing press hostility to Corbyn briefly died down – only to suddenly flare up again in the last week with an almost nostalgic theme. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: Welcome to the new (old) moralism: how the media’s coverage of the Barnaby Joyce affair harks back to the 1950s – Denis Muller

17 02 2018

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The Barnaby Joyce saga has given a great boost to what might be called “shake-the-tree” journalism: you shake the tree by running a sensational story and see what falls out.  The Daily Telegraph’s original public-interest case for publishing the first story of Joyce’s relationship with ex-staffer Vikki Campion was weak when weighed against the privacy intrusions on Joyce, his estranged wife, his daughters, and Campion. Read the rest of this entry »





Freedom and the Local Press: A CEO’s misleading message to readers – Brian Cathcart

16 02 2018

Ashley Highfield is CEO of Britain’s third-biggest regional and local newspaper group, Johnston Press, which owns about 200 titles. He has written a pleading letter to readers of those papers that is a monument to corporate distortion. Read the rest of this entry »





Press Sustainability Review: A Total Sham, Part 2 – Julian Petley

15 02 2018

No-one would deny that both the local and national press are facing problems. In the past decade more than 300 local newspapers have been closed, and two thirds of local authority areas and more than half of parliamentary constituencies no longer have a local daily newspaper covering their affairs. Read the rest of this entry »





Why the Mirror buy up of the Express is yet another sign of a newspaper industry in peril – Christopher Shoop-Worrall

11 02 2018

The Daily Express and the Daily Mirror are almost the same age. Among the UK’s first national, daily, popular newspapers, they both came into being as a direct response to the success of the Daily Mail. The Express was launched as a direct competitor in 1900, while the Mirror was set up as a “woman’s paper” by the Mail’s proprietor Alfred Harmsworth. Read the rest of this entry »





Why Theresa May’s plan to save local journalism could end up benefiting media moguls – Steven Barnett

10 02 2018

File 20180209 51697 473zlb.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1There are two ways of looking at the new Press Review announced by Theresa May, the UK prime minister: a genuine attempt to inject some badly needed funds into the failing business model of journalism, or another backhander to the mainstream corporate press to keep them sweet. Depressingly, history suggests the latter. Read the rest of this entry »