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And you thought that the Johnny Depp and Amanda Heard relationship was toxic … why the press needs a superhero (just not Captain Jack Sparrow) – Peter Coe

In deciding what to write about for this post I was not short of topics and material. I could have talked about how the Court of Justice of the European Union has, in one fell swoop, caused a headache of Captain Jack Sparrow-hangover proportions (more on him in a moment) for many businesses around Europe by invalidating the EU-US Privacy Shield. Continue reading

The Jeremy Kyle affair: Four things you need to know – Trevor Barnes and Meriem Anou

ITV‘s decision to permanently suspend the production of The Jeremy Kyle Show is making headlines. However, this should not come as a surprise given recent controversies surrounding duty of care issues in reality television programmes. Ofcom and MPs must tread very carefully in proposing new duty of care obligations on broadcasters to look after adult contributors. Continue reading

People v Murdoch, Part One, Fightback, Press Gang Launches a new campaign

Press Gang MurdochAT THE beginning of 2016 Rupert Murdoch once again dominates British media.  David Cameron is back on side. Juries have refused to convict Sun journalists of bribing corrupt police officers. The threat of a tough new media regulator has all but vanished. In September Murdoch felt strong enough to rehabilitate his beloved Rebekah Brooks. In December the most dangerous threat — the possibility of corporate charges — was lifted. Continue reading

Opinion: “Fit and proper” regulation?” – Eleanor Steyn

After an investigation spanning some 14 months, Ofcom ruled last week that British Sky Broadcasting Limited (BSkyB) was “fit and proper” to hold a broadcasting licence.  The overall decision is unsurprising, given that BSkyB has a good Ofcom compliance record and is a separate company from News Group Newspapers Limited (NGN), and James Murdoch is not the only director of British Sky Broadcasting Group plc (Sky), BSkyB’s parent company. Continue reading

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