Suspect Anonymity: is it actually feasible? – Alistair Parker

19 05 2018

Former popstar and baby-boomer heart-throb Cliff Richard is suing the BBC for breach of privacy regarding its report that he had been accused of a sexual offence, and also its coverage in 2014 of the subsequent police raid on his home. The BBC coverage included use of a helicopter, and broadcasting the police search through the glass walls of Mr Richard’s property. He was later exonerated from the police investigation. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Report, Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, Day 13, Closing submissions concluded, judgment reserved.

10 05 2018

On the last day of the trial in the case of Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, Mr Justice Mann heard the final closing submissions from the BBC’s Counsel, Gavin Millar QC.   Judgment was reserved and will be handed down at a later date. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Report, Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, Day 12, “Intrusive questioning added insult to injury” – Media Lawyer

9 05 2018

Lawyers representing Sir Cliff Richard have criticised the BBC over the way the singer was questioned about his “religious and political beliefs” during a High Court trial. Read the rest of this entry »





The internet is designed for corporations, not people – Gordon Hull

28 04 2018

File 20180426 175035 vyoh03.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Urban spaces are often designed to be subtly hostile to certain uses. Think about, for example, the seat partitions on bus terminal benches that make it harder for the homeless to sleep there or the decorative leaves on railings in front of office buildings and on university campuses that serve to make skateboarding dangerous. Scholars call this “hostile urban architecture.” Read the rest of this entry »





Case Report, Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, Day 11, Footage of raid was intrusive says ex-police chief – Media Lawyer

27 04 2018

The former chief constable of South Yorkshire Police has said he thought BBC footage of the force’s raid on Sir Cliff Richard’s home was “intrusive” when he watched it while on holiday in Wales. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Report: Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, Day 10. BBC had “Public interest responsibility” over coverage of search – Media Lawyer

26 04 2018

The BBC’s director of news and current affairs has told a High Court judge that journalists had a public interest responsibility to cover a police search of Sir Cliff Richard’s home. Fran Unsworth told Mr Justice Mann at a High Court trial in London that the BBC had a responsibility to report but also to be sensitive. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Report, Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, Day 9, Editor “not concerned” by raid helicopter footage – Media Lawyer

25 04 2018

A senior BBC editor told Mr Justice Mann that he had no concerns about the broadcasting of images taken from a helicopter during coverage of a police search of Sir Cliff Richard’s home nearly four years ago. Read the rest of this entry »