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Tom Watson on Andy Coulson's jailing - 'I felt sorry for him'

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Tom Watson, the Labour MP who led the charge in parliament against the News of the World over its phone hacking activities, has shown a measure of sympathy for its former editor, Andy Coulson.Last month, Coulson was found guilty of conspiracy to intercept mobile phone voicemails and was sentenced to...

Posted on 23 July 2014 | 6:46 pm

Jon Stewart and Bill Maher square up to Rupert Murdoch over Time bid

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Two of America's most popular TV iconoclasts - Jon Stewart and Bill Maher - have shown their concern about Rupert Murdoch acquiring Time Warner.It is assumed that should Murdoch overcome Time Warner's defence he will have to sell off CNN because it competes directly with Fox News. Continue reading..

Posted on 23 July 2014 | 4:51 pm

Good Housekeeping gives its research institute a home of its own

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Good Housekeeping is to give its research institute a home of its own by moving it out from its editorial offices into its own premises in London's Soho. Continue reading...

Posted on 23 July 2014 | 3:47 pm

Holy midnight deadlines! Here's Rupert Murdoch's latest newspaper launch

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Fox creates spoof title Gotham Chronicle to publicise Batman prequel TV series Gotham, with plans to distribute 5,000 copiesRupert Murdoch has launched yet another newspaper. Well, up to a point. His TV network, Fox, has created a paper called the Gotham Chronicle as part of its hype for the forthco...

Posted on 23 July 2014 | 11:24 am

Journalists covering the Ukraine crisis suffer intimidation

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Journalists working in Ukraine are being intimidated on a daily basis, and not only in the country's eastern region. Both pro-Russian separatists and anti-Russian Ukrainian groups are responsible. Life is also tough for Ukrainian journalists who try to work inside Russia.Here is a catalogue of incid...

Posted on 23 July 2014 | 10:24 am

MH17: BBC veteran supports Sky News reporter over his 'error of judgment'

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Colin Brazier has apologised for his "serious error of judgment" in rifling through a child's suitcase during a live Sky News broadcast from the MH17 disaster area in Ukraine. Although he has been widely condemned, a former BBC reporter, Andy Johnson, has written a supportive blog pleading...

Posted on 23 July 2014 | 8:34 am

Gannett's profits increase 84% as Newsquest's circulation revenue rises

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Gannett, the parent of Newsquest, saw its second-quarter profits rise 84% alongside a 12% increase in revenue compared to the same period last year.The figures were boosted by a massive increase in revenue from its broadcasting division due to its acquisition of Belo's TV stations, reports USA Today...

Posted on 23 July 2014 | 7:14 am

George Clooney on his Daily Mail assault: it's fun to slap those bad guys

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Actor says British paper is 'bleeding into American press and becoming a source for some pretty legitimate newspapers'George Clooney clearly enjoyed his recent assault on the Daily Mail. He told Variety, the US entertainment trade magazine: "It's just fun to slap those bad guys every once in a...

Posted on 22 July 2014 | 11:03 am

Mazher Mahmood: big press coverage - now police should face questions

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The collapse of the Tulisa Contostavlos trial gets big coverage in national newspapers today, including the Sun, which gives it a page lead and very properly reports that its journalist, Mazher Mahmood, has been suspended ahead of an internal inquiry."It should not be forgotten that Mr Mahmood...

Posted on 22 July 2014 | 9:48 am

New York Daily News cuts 17 print jobs as online audience grows

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The latest round of job cuts at New York's Daily News was greeted with tears from staff, reports Joe Pompeo for Capital NewYork.He cites sources who say at least 17 newsroom posts and an unknown number in the sales department are being axed. More than 20 newsroom jobs were eliminated in May 2013. Co...

Posted on 21 July 2014 | 7:25 pm

Mazher Mahmood: what the judge said in collapsing the Tulisa trial

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

News UK have suspended Mazher Mahmood while it investigates the reason behind the collapse of the case against one of his victims, Tulisa Contostavlos.So it seems only fair to present the Sun on Sunday's publisher with relevant evidence. And what better deposition could there be than the considered...

Posted on 21 July 2014 | 4:27 pm

At last Mazher Mahmood is brought to book for his subterfuge

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

It has taken a very long time for Mazher Mahmood to suffer a genuine legal reverse for his controversial undercover journalistic activities. Continue reading...

Posted on 21 July 2014 | 2:10 pm

Regional publishers will claim e-editions in next ABC figures

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Regional publishers will be able to include e-editions in their audited circulation figures from this month.The board of the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) has decided to issue figures for combined print and digital editions for local weekly and regional daily papers. Continue reading...

Posted on 21 July 2014 | 12:20 pm

Croatian media in crisis as banks take control of ailing publishers

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The media industry in Croatia is in a fragile condition due to its indebtedness, reports FollowTheMedia. It points out that banks, as chief creditors, now control two major companies.Some 90% of Europapress Holdings (EPH) - publisher of newspapers Jutarnji list, Slobodna Dalmacija and Sportske novos...

Posted on 21 July 2014 | 9:57 am

Swedish reporters detained while reporting on MH17 tragedy

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Two journalists from a leading Swedish newspaper were detained yesterday by pro-Russian separatists while they were attempting to report on the MH17 atrocity in eastern Ukraine.Paul Hansen and Jan Lewenhagen, of Dagens Nyheter, were at the morgue in Donetsk when the separatists detained them and the...

Posted on 21 July 2014 | 8:35 am

Sudanese editor beaten up after calling for closer ties with Israel

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

A gang of armed, masked men stormed the headquarters of the Sudanese newspaper Al-Tayar, beat up its editor-in-chief, Osman Merghani, threatened other employees, and then stole their computers and cell phones.Merghani, who was repeatedly struck by the gun butts, was unconscious when taken taken to h...

Posted on 21 July 2014 | 8:13 am

Palestinian cameraman killed in Gaza while covering Israeli attacks

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

A Palestinian news cameraman, Khaled Hamad, was killed early today in Gaza, reportedly during Israeli artillery shelling of the city's Shujaya (aka Shuja'iyya) residential district.A Palestinian health official said 25-year-old Hamad died while covering Israeli Defence Force (IDF) operations. He was...

Posted on 20 July 2014 | 11:38 pm

President Putin is a pariah say the national newspapers in unison

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Russia's president could hardly have a worse press than the one he received in Britain today. The Sunday national newspapers were united in casting Vladimir Putin as the villain of the piece over the shooting down of flight MH17.Putin got both barrels from papers of the political left, right and cen...

Posted on 20 July 2014 | 3:58 pm

Princes' privacy complaints to the PCC resolved through negotiation

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Objections by two members of the royal family about newspapers publishing pictures of them have been settled to their satisfaction by the Press Complaints Commission.Prince Harry and his friend Cressida Bonas complained about the Daily Mirror running two pictures of them which they said invaded thei...

Posted on 18 July 2014 | 5:18 pm

Commonwealth Games journalists upset by charge for information

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Reporters are complaining that Commonwealth Games organisers want them to pay to obtain "basic preview information", reports the Sports Journalists' Association (SJA). On the eve of the event in Glasgow, the journalists say they must pay £70 plus VAT to access "simple details s...

Posted on 18 July 2014 | 2:32 pm