How the media helped Boris Johnson win the election – Natalie Fenton

4 01 2020

The mediation of messages plays a key part in the outcome of most elections and the United Kingdom’s 12 December 2019 general election was no exception. Incumbent Prime Minister Boris Johnson‘s Conservative Party took the single strapline “Get Brexit Done” and repeated it endlessly. 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 »





Brexit: inequality, the media and the democratic deficit – Natalie Fenton

3 07 2016

murdoch3Brexit has come as a shock to many people – including those who voted for it. It reveals the scars, we are told, of a deeply divided nation. An election like no other. But referenda are not normal elections. As a snap choice of this or that they bring to the fore fears and anxieties while offering solutions that are never as simple as either/or. Read the rest of this entry »





Press regulation: the election issue ignored by the media – Natalie Fenton

19 05 2015

Press regulation dealMaybe it should come as no surprise that, in the aftermath of the hacking scandal and Leveson Inquiry, media policy was an election issue. Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party pledged substantive media reforms in their election manifestos. Read the rest of this entry »





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

23 04 2015

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. Read the rest of this entry »





Opinion: “A Rubicon too far” – Natalie Fenton

1 12 2012

Caesar-crossing-the-rubiconThe Leveson report is a sturdy and serious tome of enormous merit. The result of over a year of gathering evidence; analyzing the situation and critiquing possible ways forward. The conclusion – a system of independent self-regulation backed by law. A solution that offers a means by which the industry can continue to inform and advise the criteria on which they are judged (through a Code Committee) without doing the actual judging themselves (this would be the job of the independent regulatory body). Read the rest of this entry »