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 »





The Restoration of the House of Murdoch – Des Freedman

2 02 2016

James MurdochJames Murdoch, younger son of billionaire media mogul and keen tweeter Rupert Murdoch, has been appointed as chairman of the UK’s biggest broadcaster, BSkyB. Normally, top boardroom appointments would merit perhaps a mention in business blogs and the City pages of the press but this is more significant for what it tell us about corporate power and governance in the UK today. Read the rest of this entry »





The Media’s Attack on Corbyn: Research Shows Barrage of Negative Coverage – Media Reform Coalition

28 11 2015

corbyn_coverage-360x222New research by the Media Reform Coalition shows how large sections of the press appeared to set out systematically to undermine Jeremy Corbyn in his first week as Labour Leader with a barrage of overwhelmingly negative coverage. Read the rest of this entry »