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

26 05 2019

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. Read the rest of this entry »





People v Murdoch, Part 2, Engagement – Press Gang

21 01 2016

murdoch-v-the-people-2LAST WEEK there were two major announcements about Rupert Murdoch. On Tuesday the Times revealed he was engaged to fellow American citizen Jerry Hall. They’re planning a marriage. On the same day Press Gang asked Ofcom to hold an inquiry into the media mogul’s fitness to hold the Sky TV licence. We’re planning a divorce. Read the rest of this entry »





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

12 01 2016

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. Read the rest of this entry »





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

28 09 2012

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. Read the rest of this entry »