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Law and Media Round Up – 15 March 2021

On 10 March, ITV released a statement: “Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain. ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.” The announcement came after broadcast regulator Ofcom launched an investigation into comments made by Morgan about the Duchess of Sussex discussing her mental health and suicidal thoughts in her interview with Oprah Winfrey. Continue reading

A Cromwellian Declaration: Puritan Sermon or High Court Judgment? Lord Justice Warby’s latest tract – Robin Callender Smith

There are portions of Lord Justice Warby’s most recent judgment in the litigation between Meghan Markle and Associated Newspapers [2021] EWHC 510 (Ch). that read as if he was dealing with a contempt of court case.  So trenchant are the phrases he uses to deploy the novel remedy of an enforced publication on the front page and page 3 of The Mail on Sunday and similar for its online relative MailOnline that the phrase “cruel and unusual punishment” springs to mind. Continue reading

Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview: why British media coverage could backfire – Steven Barnett

“I would sit up at night, and I was just, like, I don’t understand how all of this is being churned out … And I just didn’t want to be alive anymore.” This stark admission from the Duchess of Sussex during her and her husband’s much-anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey captures how press treatment of Meghan drove the couple’s decision to step back from royal duties. Continue reading

Marketers in hot water: ASA rulings during the COVID-19 crisis – Alexandros Antoniou

Being conscious of its regulatory role during the ongoing global health crisis, the Advertising Standards Authority (“ASA”), the UK’s regulator of advertising across all media, aims to act with due regard to the circumstances faced by businesses in the current emergency. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the regulator seems to have adopted a layered approach to the implementation of its rules. Continue reading

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