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Why I'm delighted that Clodagh Hartley has been cleared

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

So what if she paid for information? Journalists have done it for years Clodagh Hartley is innocent. I have been aching to write those four words for many months since I first met her and listened to her story.The Sun's Whitehall editor has been cleared by an Old Bailey jury of conspiring to commit...

Posted on 26 November 2014 | 4:02 pm

How journalists can protect their sources from the snoopers

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Beware the danger in the counter-terrorism law Is what you write on your computer safe? Who can look at what you're writing? And how does the surveillance system work?Paul Bradshaw comes up with some answers in a posting on his online journalism blog, The government wants to know where you were onli...

Posted on 26 November 2014 | 1:30 pm

Jury still out as local TV celebrates its first anniversary

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

After launches in 12 towns and cities, visibility, quality and revenue remain problematic, contends Roy Greenslade Today marks the first anniversary for the launch of local TV. On 26 November 2013, Estuary TV in Grimsby went to air and, according to the initiative's propagandists, the Local TV Netwo...

Posted on 26 November 2014 | 12:15 pm

Did Scotland Yard break the law by examining News UK phone data?

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Journalists' call records sent 'in error' to police by Vodafone It comes to something when the Metropolitan police are accused of breaking the law. No wonder privacy watchdogs are now considering whether Scotland Yard was guilty of breaching data protection laws following the revelation that officer...

Posted on 26 November 2014 | 11:07 am

News Corp's Irish news agency Storyful creates R&D centre

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

30 jobs planned for company's expansion Storyful, the Irish-based social media news agency owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, is to expand.The company, which gathers and verifies video news content and sells licences for its use, is to create 30 jobs at a new research and development centre in its...

Posted on 25 November 2014 | 11:20 am

Tindle Newspapers launches four new titles in central London

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Papers will serve Chelsea, Kensington and WestminsterYesterday I wrote about Ray Tindle's belief that there is still an audience for newsprint. I had no idea that he was about to announce the launch of four new papers.Well, not entirely new: call three of them resurrections. His company is to resusc...

Posted on 25 November 2014 | 10:43 am

Editors to blame for Tesco and Waitrose newspaper cover-ups

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

They should have realised that the front pages of their 'family newspapers' were wrong for a child's eyes, argues Roy GreensladeTwo supermarkets are seeking to prevent children - and adults - from seeing the front pages of popular national newspapers.Tesco, as the Guardian reported on Friday, has ag...

Posted on 24 November 2014 | 12:13 pm

Trinity Mirror and Tindle Newspapers pursue separate digital strategies

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Newspaper manager says titles need not be closedTindle Newspapers remains convinced that there is an audience for newsprint. It has proved the point by launching new titles, refusing to close any and occasionally acquiring papers from publishers who cannot see any future in print.Its founder, Ray Ti...

Posted on 24 November 2014 | 11:03 am

Putin's foreign media law will hit fashion magazines

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Non-Russian publishers face ownership restrictionsThe foreign owners of magazines distributed in Russia may have to sell their stakes or risk falling foul of a new law introduced by the president, Vladimir Putin, reports the Times. From 2016, when the law takes effect, non-Russian publishers will be...

Posted on 24 November 2014 | 9:45 am

The Guardian strengthens its complaints system with new review panel

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Unsatisfied complainants will have cases reconsideredThe Guardian's readers editor on life outside IpsoThe Guardian has beefed up its system for handling complaints by appointing a panel to work in concert with the readers' editor.It underlines the newspaper's decision, formally announced in Septemb...

Posted on 24 November 2014 | 7:35 am

Bravo Newsquest - your Scottish independence paper is shrewd and timely

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The launch of the National matches the new mood in ScotlandThe decision by Newsquest to give Scotland a new newspaper is a very shrewd commercial move. Here is a publisher listening to its audience and realising there is a gap in the market.Given that only 50,000 copies of the National will be publi...

Posted on 21 November 2014 | 1:42 pm

Libyan editor jailed for five years in defamation case

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Human rights body protests at prison sentenceA Libyan newspaper editor has been sentenced to five years in jail for allegedly defaming public officials, reports Human Rights Watch (HRW). Amara al-Khatabi, editor of Al-Ummah, published an article in November 2012 that named 87 judges and prosecutors...

Posted on 21 November 2014 | 12:51 pm

Will Rebekah Brooks really replace Robert Thomson as News Corp's CEO?

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Website speculates on changes at Rupert Murdoch's publishing companyCould Rebekah Brooks be on the verge of rejoining Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation? A gossipy piece on the usually well-informed Capital New York website has come up with an interesting scenario.It suggests that Brooks might step i...

Posted on 21 November 2014 | 12:13 pm

News UK demands that website takes down the Sun and Times front pages

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Directory baffled and upset by take-down noticeWhy has News UK suddenly become so shy? For 17 years a website called Paperboy.com has provided an excellent service each day by showing the front pages of newspapers across the world.Suddenly, however, three British titles have vanished because Rupert...

Posted on 21 November 2014 | 9:57 am

John Whittingdale backs call for inquiry into Mazher Mahmood

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Tory MP wants new investigation into fake sheikh's storiesJohn Whittingdale, chairman of the commons culture and media select committee, has backed a call for a new inquiry into the activities of the Sun on Sunday journalist Mazher Mahmood.The Tory MP told Radio 4's World at One that there were new...

Posted on 20 November 2014 | 6:03 pm

Benedict Cumberbatch wins genius status at Time magazine

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

He gets top spot for movie portrayal of Alan TuringBritish actor Benedict Cumberbatch has made the front cover of Time magazine's annual "genius" issue -- in his movie role as code breaker Alan Turing.In The Imitation Game, at a cinema near you now, he portrays the tragic hero of Bletchley Park, who...

Posted on 20 November 2014 | 3:07 pm

York newspaper launches campaign to save the city's pubs

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Be vocal for your local, says The PressHere's the kind of campaign that Fleet Street veterans would appreciate: save our pubs. "Be vocal for your local" has been launched by The Press in York.It "may not be as important as stamping out poverty, but we think saving local pubs has much merit", says th...

Posted on 20 November 2014 | 11:20 am

Daily Mail overlooks Edward Snowden in worrying about Russian privacy invasion

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Can anyone explain why the newspaper would splash on one intrusion into privacy and ignore another, asks Roy Greenslade Today's Daily Mail splash is headlined "Russians spy on UK families via their webcams". It concerns a Russian-based website that is showing scenes from security cameras installed i...

Posted on 20 November 2014 | 10:27 am

Investors oppose James Murdoch's re-election to BSkyB board

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Shareholders urged to vote against company's former chairmanJames Murdoch is facing a challenge to his board membership of BSkyB. The Financial Times reports that a group of institutional investors has called for shareholders to vote against Murdoch's re-election.Murdoch resigned as executive chairm...

Posted on 20 November 2014 | 8:29 am

Chinese journalist facing life sentence for leaking to magazine

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Trial of Gao Yu, 70, will be held in secretA 70-year-old Chinese journalist, Gao Yu, will go on trial tomorrow (21 November) on a charge of a leaking an internal communist party document that called for tighter censorship of liberal ideas.She was arrested in April this year for obtaining the documen...

Posted on 20 November 2014 | 8:02 am