What ‘High Quality Journalism’? A Response to the Cairncross Review’s Call for Evidence – Julian Petley

21 09 2018

The Cairncross Review Call for Evidence [pdf] states that the ‘review’s objective is to establish how far and by what means we can secure a sustainable future for high quality journalism, particularly for news’, asks respondents whether ‘the future of high-quality journalism in the UK is at risk – at national, regional and/or local levels’, and argues that ‘high quality journalism plays a critical role in our democratic system, in particular through holding power to account, and its independence must be safeguarded’. Read the rest of this entry »





Press Sustainability Review: A Total Sham, Part 2 – Julian Petley

15 02 2018

No-one would deny that both the local and national press are facing problems. In the past decade more than 300 local newspapers have been closed, and two thirds of local authority areas and more than half of parliamentary constituencies no longer have a local daily newspaper covering their affairs. Read the rest of this entry »





Press Sustainability Review: A Total Sham, Part 1 – Julian Petley

14 02 2018

The Government has recently announced a review into the sustainability of the press. According to its summary of the review’s scope, ‘the UK has always benefited from a strong, well established and diverse press sector’, and the resultant Read the rest of this entry »





How the Murdoch press has waged a relentless campaign against the BBC (and why it’s worked) – Julian Petley

29 08 2015

Sun and BBCEver since Rupert Murdoch decided to enter the television game in the early 1980s, his newspapers have waged continuous war on public service broadcasters, and on the BBC in particular. These he sees purely as rivals in the broadcasting marketplace, and when Murdoch spots rivals his instinct is to exterminate them – witness, for example, the predatory pricing by Murdoch of his newspaper titles by means of which he attempted to throttle the Independent in the early 1990s. Read the rest of this entry »





BBC Charter renewal: invisible actors and critical friends, Part 2 – Julian Petley

29 07 2015

BBCThis is the final part of a two part post.  Part 1 was published on 28 July 2015.

Anxiety has been expressed in pro-BBC quarters about the members of the Charter Review advisory group [pdf] set up by the DCMS.  Thus Broadcast stated that ‘the consensus is that the group are talented and experienced but lack obvious empathy or sympathy for the BBC. There are also concerns that they may pursue their own commercial agendas at the expense of the Corporation.Read the rest of this entry »





BBC Charter renewal: invisible actors and critical friends, Part 1 – Julian Petley

28 07 2015

Sunday Times BBCWhen the DCMS Green Paper on BBC Charter Renewal [pdf] was published on 16 July 2015, the reaction on the part of the corporation’s enemies in the press was relatively muted, particularly when compared to the way in which they had reacted, a few days earlier, to the leaked news of the upcoming consultation. Read the rest of this entry »





BBC and the European Scrutiny Committee, Scrutinising the Scrutineers: Part 3 – Julian Petley

25 04 2015

EU ParliamentUK media coverage of EU issues is frequently superficial and plagued by basic errors. The BBC, and others, must work to change this.  Part 1  of this post was published on 17 April 2015 and Part 2 on 19 April 2015. Read the rest of this entry »