Leveson creates urgency over press regulation

November 29, 2012

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A sense of urgency permeated discussion after Lord Leveson unveiled his recommendations for curbing the excesses of the press. But the report, the culmination of a wide reaching inquiry into press standards, also sparked some fury from regional journalists who seem to have been tarred along with tabloid hacks for having “wreaked havoc on the […]

Savile, Sex and Libel Laws

October 13, 2012

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The sheer scale of the abuses committed by former ‘national treasure’ Jimmy Savile has been staggering. Apart from the claims that his lust for underage girls was ‘an open secret’ at the BBC, a former tabloid editor has spoken of the time he opted to spike a story. Without cast iron proof that the girl […]

Kay Burley backlash over April Jones murder inquiry

October 5, 2012

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Kay Burley generated a huge backlash to a ‘how do you feel’ sort of comment made while covering the story of missing April Jones. As the search for the missing five year old in Machynlleth continued police announced that the suspect, originally arrested for abduction, had now been arrested on suspicion of murder. Sky news […]

Kate, nudity and privacy

September 14, 2012

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The royal outrage following the publication of topless photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge is understandable. The only saving grace is that it was the French media and not the British press who have stepped into a no go zone. Possibly they thought everything on the Royal agenda was up for grabs after the nude photos […]

Death of newspapers? I don’t think so…

March 25, 2011

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The death of newspapers must be at the very least premature and probably out of the question if Rupert Murdoch is planning to launch a new paper. According to reports he is about to bring out a rival to Alexander Lebedev’s cheap Mcnugget “i”newspaper which has secured 165,000 readers a day. Murdoch has previously said […]

Journalism award well deserved

March 11, 2011

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Midland Media Awards The Derby Telegraph demonstrated some excellent news judgement with its coverage of a charity appeal and rightly won a top award last night (March 10) They became Newspaper of the Year in the Midlands Media Awards, demonstrating that there is still a place for bold journalism in the provinces.Haiti fund raising After […]