Case Report: Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, Privacy Trial, Day 1, Opening Submissions

13 04 2018

The trial in the case of Sir Cliff Richard v BBC began today before Mr Justice Mann in Court 15 of the Rolls Building.  The day was taken up with the opening submissions of Justin Rushbrooke QC for Sir Cliff and Gavin Millar QC for the BBC. Read the rest of this entry »

Unveiling BBC talent’s pay is a deliberate attempt to undermine a great British institution – Steven Barnett

20 07 2017

Anyone who seriously believes that a government dictat obliging the BBC to reveal salaries of its top talent was genuinely driven by concerns about accountability should look carefully at those who champion the cause. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Judge orders Metropolitan Police to provide information to BBC in Cliff Richard privacy case

4 04 2017

At a hearing on 3 April 2017, Mr Justice Mann made an order that the Metropolitan Police Service (“MPS”) provide information about Operation Yewtree to the BBC, the first defendant in to a privacy claim brought by Sir Cliff Richard. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Begg v BBC, Imam fails in “extremist speaker” libel claim – Aidan Wills

18 11 2016

shakeel_begThe BBC has successfully defended a libel claim brought by the Chief Imam of Lewisham Islamic Centre in relation to comments made by Andrew Neill during a live interview in November 2013. In Shakeel Begg v BBC ([2016] EWHC 2688 (QB)), Haddon-Cave J held that allegations that the claimant is an extremist speaker who has promoted jihad are substantially true. Read the rest of this entry »

Does Theresa May really want an independent BBC? The jury’s out – Steven Barnett

24 09 2016

rona-fairheadThere are two ways of looking at Theresa May’s decision to reverse Rona Fairhead’s appointment as BBC chair, thereby effectively dismissing her. The first is benign, reflecting a genuine impatience with David Cameron’s decision to allow Fairhead to move across from the BBC Trust to the new Unitary Board, which will come into effect early next year. Read the rest of this entry »

The BBC and public service TV has a future: but it must change to survive – Des Freedman

9 07 2016

BBCWhat is the future of television, in an era of extraordinary technological change that has brought new challengers to the established broadcasting companies and their scheduled programmes? Who should it be aimed at and how will it be paid for? Read the rest of this entry »

UN and OSCE Watchdogs urged to address media freedom in the UK

21 06 2016

ParliamentARTICLE 19 and concerned experts and academics have urged Dunja Mijatović, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (“the Representative”), and David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression (“the UN Special Rapporteur”), to address the state of media freedom in the UK, in particular to address attempts to undermine the independence of the BBC, the public service broadcaster, and to ensure the independence of the press in relation to self-regulation.  Read the rest of this entry »