Seven myths of the social media age – Angela Phillips

10 03 2018

File 20180309 30994 1dsvcgx.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The internet was expected to renew democracy, tackle the hegemony of the monopoly news providers and draw us all into a global community. Over the past six months, that idea has been undermined by a new myth which suggests that democracy is, in fact, being overturned by the spawn of the internet: Russian bots and fake news – and that news organisations are losing their power to keep people informed. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t believe the pundits: it’s too soon to dismiss the power of the red tops – Angela Phillips

16 06 2017

In the aftermath of the UK elections, there has been much speculation that the power of the Tory supporting tabloids is on the wane, diminished by social media and a youth surge to the left. This would be a very sudden demise. After all, it was those very same tabloids that, just a year ago, were credited with pulling off their greatest political coup by convincing large numbers of their working-class readers to vote Brexit. Read the rest of this entry »

George Osborne, the Evening Standard and the Conservative media establishment – Angela Phillips

18 03 2017

The appointment of George Osborne, a Conservative MP and former chancellor of the exchequer, as editor of the Evening Standard was, to put it mildly, a surprise to many. But the move only makes more explicit the newspaper’s close ties to the Conservative Party. Read the rest of this entry »

Lessons from Oborne: clickbait, commerce and newsroom culture – Angela Phillips

26 02 2015

Peter-OborneWhen Peter Oborne resigned from the Telegraph last week, his parting outpouring of rage at the paper’s ‘fraud upon its readers’ for failing to properly report the HSBC scandal was wrong in only one discernable respect: the rot had set in before 2010 when he arrived as chief political commentator and long before the advent of Jason Seiken as editor-in-chief in 2013. Indeed it set in shortly after the newspaper was taken over by the Barclay brothers in 2004. Read the rest of this entry »

Banning Pictures of Children is Wrong – Angela Phillips

11 01 2015

Hannah WellerHannah Weller, wife of musician Paul Weller, is campaigning to make it illegal for the media to publish pictures that identify any child without their parents’ consent.  Of course this has had resounding public support because what right thinking person would oppose something labelled ‘child-protection’? Read the rest of this entry »

Press needs a regulator to protect itself and the rest of us – Angela Phillips

9 12 2014

News of the World Final EditionWhen the News of the World newspaper closed in 2011, in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, its editor, Colin Myler, said: “I know we produce a paper to be proud of.” To prove the point, the paper’s final edition was covered with front page exclusives, many of them the work of Mazher Mahmood: the Fake Sheik. Read the rest of this entry »

The Hackers Hacked and Press Freedom in Peril – Angela Phillips

12 10 2014

gchq1For the first time since the start of the hacking enquiries, the British Press is speaking with one voice in its condemnation of the police use of special powers to investigate journalists’ phone records. Read the rest of this entry »

Distorting the debate on media reform – Angela Phillips

18 01 2014

WAN-IFRAA delegation from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) arrived in the UK this week to investigate “The British Government’s actions relating to newspaper regulation and the handling of state surveillance.” Read the rest of this entry »