Media Reform Coalition Submission to Cairncross Review

6 09 2018

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport established the Cairncross Review to examinine the sustainability of high-quality journalism in the UK. The Review is particularly concerned with the Press and says that it will give equal weight to the needs of consumers and industry.  Read the rest of this entry »





Government’s Leveson Announcement: a sorry betrayal of the victims of press abuse – Natalie Fenton

6 03 2018

Last week the culture minister Matt Hancock announced the government’s response to the public consultation on the Leveson Inquiry and its implementation. The government announced that it will repeal Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 and will not continue with the Leveson Inquiry Part 2 that was supposed to consider corrupt relations between police and media and was unable to proceed at the time because of court cases that were ongoing. Read the rest of this entry »





Why the Leveson Inquiry must be allowed to finish its work – Justin Schlosberg

18 10 2017

Last week Rupert Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers (NGN) admitted “vicarious liability” in illegal hacking that went far beyond mere interception of voicemails. The court was told about a spyware programme could Eblaster which was used by private investigators to comprehensively spy on a former army intelligence officer and pass details on to NGN. Read the rest of this entry »





Media Reform Coalition: Murdoch’s lobbying efforts are increasing, new analysis finds

6 02 2017

murdoch-may-1Analysis by Media Reform Coalition and 38 Degrees suggests that Murdoch’s lobbying of government intensified ahead of the recent government consultation on the Leveson Inquiry and the announcement by Murdoch’s renewed bid to take over Sky. Read the rest of this entry »





#FreeThePress from press barons – Media Reform Coalition

7 01 2017

composite-free-the-press-update-268x166This is the Media Reform Coalition’s handy guide to the government’s official consultation on Section 40 and Leveson 2.  This submission draws heavily on the draft response to the DCMS Inquiry at which has been heavily promoted in the Sun and Spiked. You may notice some significant differences however.) Read the rest of this entry »





When Commercialism Trumps Democracy – Victor Pickard

12 04 2016

Trump TowerDonald Trump’s ascendance has many enablers, but news media deserve special scrutiny. Television news in particular has popularized Trump—and, in doing so, has turned our political process into a reality TV spectacle. Read the rest of this entry »





Tightening the Grip: Why the web is no haven of media plurality – Justin Schlosberg

6 03 2016

Plurality2A digital market research company recently reported that “the top 10 publishers make up a huge chunk of the U.K. media market and own more than half of the entire industry”. The statement was based on data that SimilarWeb collected over 2015, specifically the number of page visits to the top 300 news websites. They found that 65 percent of this traffic was concentrated in the websites of the top 10 news publishers, and the top five alone attracted more than half of all traffic across the sample. Read the rest of this entry »