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Irish radio reporter mugged while covering Scottish referendum story

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

One of Ireland's best known broadcasting journalists was mugged in Edinburgh while covering the Scottish referendum. RTE presenter Philip Boucher Hayes had to hand over his recording equipment.Then he agreed to pay £200 to the muggers to recover it. In a tweet about the incident he wrote: &quo...

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 10:13 am

Tunisian journalists abducted twice in Libya

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Two Tunisian journalists who were reporting on the situation in Libya were abducted by a rebel group on 3 September, released four days later, and were immediately captured by another group.Now the foreign ministry in Tunis is trying to persuade that group to free reporter Sofiene Chourabi and photo...

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 9:57 am

Scottish referendum - how the newspapers reported the historic vote

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Newspaper publishers pull out the stops to print early morning editions as Scotland opts to stay in UKIn a digital world, newspapers naturally enough delivered the unfolding news of the Scottish independence referendum on their websites."The silent majority finally raised its voice on a tense y...

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 8:24 am

England's northern newspapers unite to demand Scottish-style devolution

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Leading regional newspapers across the north of England have joined forces to demand a fair deal for the region from Westminster's three main political parties."Our region faces the risk of being squeezed between an over mighty London in the south and a resurgent Scotland making the most of its...

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 12:08 am

Media buccaneer Rupert Murdoch dares to complain about Google's 'piracy'

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Help me please. Does the appeal by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation to the European Commission about Google amount to an irony? Or is a paradox? Or maybe it's just an example of rank hypocrisy?A publisher who has raged against the European Union and all its works for the best part of 35 years is no...

Posted on 18 September 2014 | 2:13 pm

News alert! Daily Mail runs correction... but it really must do better

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

I don't think the Daily Mail has yet got the hang of running corrections in a fair and transparent way."In an article about people featured in the TV documentary The Call Centre we said that Neville Wilshire paid for a car and a house for his girlfriend, Miss Hannah Davies. We are happy to clar...

Posted on 18 September 2014 | 12:36 pm

Scottish referendum - English newspapers publish dramatic front pages

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Just in case people were unaware of the import of today's referendum on Scottish independence, the London-based English national newspapers have reminded them.They have published an unprecedented series of dramatic front pages, with several featuring the union flag of Great Britain and the Scottish...

Posted on 18 September 2014 | 10:38 am

Why won't Labour take part in my LBC radio show, asks Nick Ferrari

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Nick Ferrari, the radio presenter who has given a platform to leading politicians on his top-rated show, is baffled by the Labour party's failure to take part. Continue reading...

Posted on 18 September 2014 | 9:02 am

Defence ministry agrees to provide court information to reporters

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Two days ago I reported that the Military Court Service (MCS) had been withholding from journalists vital information about trials.Now, it would appear, there has been a climbdown or, to quote the official version of events, an announcement that a review of the system has resulted in a change of min...

Posted on 17 September 2014 | 2:41 pm

Telegraph's tasteless Thai video showed failure of editorial judgment

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The other day I reported that video viewing on the Telegraph Media Group's website had enjoyed a 108% year-on-year increase.But an intrusive video put up on the site yesterday suggests that the hunger to obtain and post footage has warped the Telegraph's editorial judgment. Continue reading...

Posted on 17 September 2014 | 2:11 pm

Ladbrokes ads banned for 'irresponsible attitude towards gambling'

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Two poster adverts for Ladbrokes have been banned on the grounds that they "condoned an irresponsible attitude towards gambling". One showed a character nicknamed Mr Brightside with the slogan: "When you win it's skill - when you lose it's bad luck." The other read: "Once is...

Posted on 17 September 2014 | 12:51 pm

Digital nonsense - local newspapers have always helped their communities

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

In my cub-reporting days I soon learned that local journalism was about much more than simply reporting the news. Providing information was a key part, and surely the key part, of the job. But the newspaper really came alive when it acted on behalf of readers. It is stretching things to label it as...

Posted on 17 September 2014 | 12:02 pm

Journalists in Vietnam prevented from reporting on police brutality

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Police throughout Vietnam assault and torture people in their custody, in some cases leading to death, according to a new report compiled by Human Rights Watch (HRW). Media coverage of such abuses is very uneven, it says, raising serious concerns about the negative impact of government control of th...

Posted on 17 September 2014 | 9:35 am

Chinese government makes life difficult for international journalists

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The Chinese communist party continues to make life difficult for foreign journalists, says the latest report by the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (FCCC).It states that international reporters are restricted in where they can travel. Their sources are vulnerable to intimidation, or worse. If...

Posted on 17 September 2014 | 9:19 am

Scottish independence: Murdoch and the Sun pull back from backing yes vote

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Rupert Murdoch's newspaper the Scottish Sun refuses to advocate a yes vote in the Scottish referendumSo, after all the speculation stimulated by Rupert Murdoch's teasing tweets, the Sun's Scottish edition did not plump for independence. "For all the first minister's sure-footed optimism though,...

Posted on 17 September 2014 | 8:21 am

London Live was always a leap in the dark without a safety net

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Oh dear! Ofcom's rejection of London Live's application to change the primetime broadcasting of local programming is a severe blow to its enthusiastic owner, Evgeny Lebedev.I though it amazing that his London Evening Standard division responsible for launching the channel, ESTV, had the cheek to ask...

Posted on 16 September 2014 | 10:57 am

Report predicts newspaper revenue growth in 2015 - but not in the UK

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The revenue decline for the newspaper industry will end next year, according to the latest global entertainment and media outlook report by PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC). It forecasts that newspaper revenue will start to climb again in 2015 as growth begins to exceed decline in mature markets, and tha...

Posted on 16 September 2014 | 10:31 am

Libération to cut a third of its workforce to prevent closure

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Libération, the troubled left-wing daily French newspaper, is to fire a third of its workforce in order to save it from closure.Some 93 jobs are to go from a total staff of 250. Libération's editor, Laurent Joffrin, told his journalists it was "an unavoidable decision to save the...

Posted on 16 September 2014 | 9:35 am

Bob Miller, the man who lived a dozen lives while doing good

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

This is a blog about the media in its widest sense but, just occasionally, I indulge myself with more personal material. Indulgence is not the right word to describe this posting, however.It concerns the death of a schoolfriend who I first met almost 50 years ago, although it would be truer to say I...

Posted on 16 September 2014 | 8:30 am

Refreshing changes for the Financial Times

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

I must say that I like the look of the "refreshed" Financial Times. Much brighter than before and that new typeface, Financier, is a winner too. Continue reading...

Posted on 15 September 2014 | 12:41 pm