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Who cares about excessive concentration of media ownership? What do the Election Manifestos reveal? – Natalie Fenton

papers_1523485cIn a recent article the Press Gazette pointed out that in 60% of the UK national newspaper market the election campaign coverage has been pro-Conservative compared to 33 % of prospective Tory voters. Research by the Media Standards Trust also points out that the Conservative party gets the most positive coverage in newspaper leader columns and Labour the most negative. Continue reading

Media Reform Coalition: Poll shows strong support for action on media ownership

Opinon PollFigures in a new poll reveal that there is overwhelming public support for action to confront the unaccountable power of media proprietors in the UK. 74 per cent believe that, in order to own a UK newspaper, radio station or TV channel, companies should be based in the UK and pay full UK tax while 61 per cent are in favour of compulsory rules (such as independent editorial boards) in order to limit the influence of owners over editorial output. Continue reading

Lessons from Oborne: clickbait, commerce and newsroom culture – Angela Phillips

Peter-OborneWhen Peter Oborne resigned from the Telegraph last week, his parting outpouring of rage at the paper’s ‘fraud upon its readers’ for failing to properly report the HSBC scandal was wrong in only one discernable respect: the rot had set in before 2010 when he arrived as chief political commentator and long before the advent of Jason Seiken as editor-in-chief in 2013. Indeed it set in shortly after the newspaper was taken over by the Barclay brothers in 2004. Continue reading

Two years after the Leveson Inquiry, why are the UK government’s dealings with the media still shrouded in secrecy? – Justin Schlosberg

David Cameron at Leveson inquirtyIn 2011, as the phone-hacking scandal unfolded, Prime Minister David Cameron pledged a new era of transparency in the government’s dealings with the media. All meetings between senior government and media figures were to be recorded and published on a quarterly basis and a major public inquiry was launched – partly with a focus on the relationship between press and politicians. Continue reading

Maria Miller had to go. How will her replacement handle the big decisions? – Tom Chivers

Sajid JavidMaria Miller did herself no favours in handling the row over her expenses with such contempt for an already soured public. I do not wish to add to the Himalayan mountain of comment about her ministerial conduct, however I believe it is worth following her widely demanded resignation through to its logical conclusion. There is, after all, a government department with a £1.1bn budget which has lost its chief. Continue reading

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