2018 will be the year in which liberal democracies begin to confront misinformation – Damian Tambini

9 01 2018

2018 will be the year in which liberal democracies are forced to confront misinformation, predicts Damian Tambini. Emmanuel Macron has already proposed a crackdown on fake news during election campaigns. Read the rest of this entry »

Will Karen Bradley Refer Sky-Fox to the Competition and Markets Authority? – Damian Tambini

23 07 2017

Anyone with evidence about whether the proposed Sky-Fox merger will operate against the public interest had until Friday 14 July to submit it to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. If nothing changes, argues Damian Tambini, Bradley will be tempted to take advantage of parliamentary recess and approve the deal. Read the rest of this entry »

Who benefits from using the term ‘fake news’? – Damian Tambini

8 04 2017

‘Fake news’ is a topic that dominates many current debates in academia, politics, and the tech world. In his new media policy brief ‘Fake news : public policy responses’, Damian Tambini illustrates the challenges of finding regulatory solutions to the ‘fake news’ phenomenon. The following excerpt from the brief clarifies who exactly benefits from using the term ‘fake news’. Read the rest of this entry »

Where now for media reform in the UK? – Damian Tambini

11 01 2017

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The Leveson Catch 22: responsibility for delivering tough regulation of the press and a new framework on media ownership lay with a Parliament and a government that reformers agreed was under the boot of the press and therefore unlikely to deliver them.  Leveson himself worried about the ‘megaphone’ with which the press could influence policy debate. Read the rest of this entry »

The post-Brexit challenges for European media systems – Damian Tambini

29 11 2016

european-commission-building-flagsSince the Brexit vote, EU media policy has a new sense of urgency. It remains to be seen if member states will be more prepared to deepen media policy convergence in an attempt to protect fundamental values and rights, but last week DG Justice held a joint colloquium with DG CONNECT, discussing current challenges to media pluralism and media freedom. This is an extract from Damian Tambini’s Keynote speech to the colloquium. Read the rest of this entry »

Brexit and the Media: A Fair Fight? – Damian Tambini

13 07 2016

SunA predictable ‘blame the media’ theme has surfaced following the Brexit vote. This has taken two forms that seem to contradict one another. On one hand, the vote to leave is seen by Natalie Fenton and others as a result of a classic newspaper-led campaign of propaganda, involving covert reciprocities between key personalities, unchallenged by the BBC which took the easy option of ‘balancing’ all opinions in mechanical impartiality, rather than serving the search for truth. Read the rest of this entry »

Brexit and the BBC: a tough call for the culture secretary? – Damian Tambini

5 03 2016

WhittingdaleCulture secretary John Whittingdale gave an update on the progress on the renewal of the BBC Charter in a speech at the Oxford Media Convention last week. All the parties, as well as recent select committee reports, and even the chair of the BBC Trust, agree that reform of BBC regulation is necessary. Read the rest of this entry »