Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre to step down (but don’t expect much to change) – Ivor Gaber

10 06 2018

File 20180607 137306 1lh2nat.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Among the glowing tributes to Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre – who has announced he will step down in November after 26 years at the helm – I have yet to spot one that mentions this description of his methods from a recent unauthorised history of the newspaper: Read the rest of this entry »





‘Corbyn the Commie’ smear is all about tabloid press fear of regulation – Ivor Gaber

24 02 2018

Following Labour’s better than expected election result in 2017, right-wing press hostility to Corbyn briefly died down – only to suddenly flare up again in the last week with an almost nostalgic theme. Read the rest of this entry »





Trump’s America: the land of the not-so-free press- Ivor Gaber

31 01 2017

The Trump offensive – in both senses of the word – against the media continues unabated. The already fraught relationship now appears to have taken a more sinister turn with the news that six journalists who were arrested while covering anti-Trump protests in Washington during the inauguration have been charged with felony rioting and could face lengthy jail terms. Read the rest of this entry »





The Beeb, the bias and the bashing – Ivor Gaber

12 09 2015

BBC Election ResultsMy entry for the prize for the most unsurprising allegation of 2015 was the uncannily similar complaints that emanated from a number of Conservative MPs who claimed that the BBC’s reporting of the general election had been overtly pro-Labour (fat lot of good it did them, one might opine). Read the rest of this entry »