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

26 02 2015

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. Read the rest of this entry »





How decent self-regulation could help prevent the kind of problems that forced Peter Oborne out of the Telegraph – Brian Cathcart

21 02 2015

Moses-image-3When newspapers hide the truth from their readers to avoid displeasing advertisers, as Peter Oborne alleges the Telegraph has done, they are not breaching the Editors’ Code of Practice. Read the rest of this entry »





The wider significance of Peter Oborne’s resignation – Des Freedman

19 02 2015

ObornePeter Oborne’s resignation statement as chief political commentator of the Telegraph has touched a nerve for a whole number of reasons.

First, simply because of its rarity. Very few journalists are confident enough to speak out against their employers or to refuse to write stories that they don’t agree with. Richard Peppiatt’s resignation from the Daily Star on the basis of its sexist and anti-Muslim coverage was an extremely unusual case of a journalist publicly outing his bosses. Read the rest of this entry »





Was Peter Oborne right about the Telegraph’s coverage of the HSBC scandal? – Gordon Ramsay

18 02 2015

imageOn Tuesday 17 February 2015 Peter Oborne resigned as chief political commentator at the Telegraph, with an article published on OpenDemocracy claiming, among other things, that Read the rest of this entry »





Peter Oborne utters the T word – Brian Cathcart

18 02 2015

OborneWhen he explained yesterday why had had resigned from the Daily Telegraph, Peter Oborne wrote a few lines that could serve as a creed for every journalist: Read the rest of this entry »