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 »





BBC Governance: Is a New Settlement Possible? – Damian Tambini

11 11 2015

BBCThe key players in the debate about the BBC Charter have now shown their hands. The public’s voice is being filtered through a range of public consultations by Parliament, by Government and by the BBC Trust.   Read the rest of this entry »





Moses’ theory for IPSO: less independence, not more – Damian Tambini

17 03 2015

Sir Alan MosesLast week at the LSE Alan Moses offered a spirited and entertaining defence [pdf] of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). As a theoretical justification of his approach to IPSO however, it is dangerous, because he proposes a regulator that is far too enmeshed with the newspapers it should hold to account. Read the rest of this entry »





Media Plurality Dialogue: what have we learned, and where next? – Damian Tambini

18 01 2015

DI_Blog-320x202How might Facebook, Google and other intermediaries influence the outcome of the 2015 UK election? Are they displacing newspapers and TV as kingmakers? As Robin Foster noted, and data from the Oxford Reuters Institute illustrates, there is ample evidence that social media are rapidly rising as a source of news, posing deep questions about the automated, pseudo-editorial processes that increasingly determine the flow of news not only during elections but between them as well. Read the rest of this entry »





Three months to save IPSO – Damian Tambini

2 10 2014

NewspapersAccording to Hacked Off, the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) is ‘a sham regulator’ that defies the will of Parliament and ignores Leveson. For the newspapers that set it up, including the Telegraph, the Mail and the Times, it is a gamble that might save press freedom in Britain. Read the rest of this entry »





Summer (and Early Autumn) Reading from The Media Policy Project – Damian Tambini

1 09 2014

Damian_Tambini_4489-cropped-150x150Press Reform in the UK is stalled. With referendum and election shimmering on a distant, sunlit horizon, and the new Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) strolling around in the Long Grass, this summer holiday is a time for some longer term reflection. Read the rest of this entry »





The Clock is Ticking for IPSO, UK’s New Press Regulator – Damian Tambini

10 07 2014

Sir Alan MosesJournalists have been imprisoned in the UK in the past weeks and more are to be sentenced. This is a sombre moment, and one in which it would be hoped that the newspaper industry and civil society might resolve to reach a new settlement  to prevent such a mess occurring again in the future. Read the rest of this entry »





UK Press Regulation Update: A Very British Fudge – Damian Tambini

15 05 2014

Damian_Tambini_4489-cropped-150x150In the coming weeks the new press regulator IPSO will unveil it’s board and officially launch. We can also expect an announcement about the  Recognition Panel established under the Royal Charter to audit the new system of newspaper self-regulation. Those expecting to finally see the implementation of Leveson’s reforms are likely to be disappointed however, argues Damian Tambini. Read the rest of this entry »