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Sunday Express agrees to pay damages to Mike Tindall

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Express Newspapers has "apologised unreservedly" and paid damages to Mike Tindall, husband of the Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips.Tindall sued because the Sunday Express falsely reported rumours in February 2013 about his marriage to Phillips, the daughter of Princess Anne. Continue re...

Posted on 25 October 2014 | 8:43 pm

US conservatives really do trust what they see and hear on Fox News

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

In choosing which media to consume on a regular basis, most people prefer to live within their own political comfort zones. They read and view news outlets that reinforce their own prejudices.A study by the US-based Pew Research Centre, "Political polarisation and media habits", shows that...

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 11:44 am

Former Times writer Simon Barnes lands a column in wildlife magazine

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Simon Barnes, the former Times chief sports writer and nature columnist, has joined British Wildlife magazine as a columnist. His first contribution will appear in this month's issue.He left the newspaper in June after 32 years, claiming that its publisher, News UK, could no longer afford his wages.

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 11:36 am

London Press Club ball raises record £40,000 for Journalists' Charity

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

A record £40,000 was raised for the Journalists' Charity at this month's London Press Club ball, up by a third on the previous year. In a joint statement, the ball's co-chairmen, Ray Massey and Robert Jobson, said: "It was a night of many superlatives. Tables sold out in record time and t...

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 10:56 am

Rebekah Brooks 'explores professional future' at News Corp in New York

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Rebekah Brooks has been spotted in News Corp's offices in New York for the past couple of days, reports Jo Pompeo.On learning of the presence of the former News International chief executive, Rupert Murdoch's company was asked whether it meant she was returning to News Corp. Pompeo quotes a spokespe...

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 8:20 am

What has Lord Stevens got that Richard Desmond wants? A peerage perhaps

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

To say the least, the return of Lord Stevens of Ludgate to Express Newspapers is a surprising move. Continue reading...

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 8:00 am

CitizenFour portrays the haunting, human sides of state surveillance

Posted by Heather Brooke

Last night I saw the documentary CitizenFour by Laura Poitras. The film is subtle yet compelling. The opening sequence begins in a dark tunnel, lights passing overhead, a female voice – Poitras – reads an email she has received from a senior intelligence source who we learn later is Edwa...

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 10:53 pm

Chicago Sun-Times reporter quits claiming political interference by owner

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

An experienced journalist with the Chicago Sun-Times has resigned after an extraordinary sequence of events that imply editorial interference by the newspaper's owner. Dave McKinney quit after being pulled from his reporting beat, claiming that it was an instruction to his editor by the "bosses...

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 3:17 pm

The Times pays married vicars damages for third successive libel

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Two vicars have been paid libel damages and received an apology from The Times over an article that claimed their relationship had scandalised parishioners.The high court was told that the reverends Royston Such and Tana Riviere, who married in August 1995, were outraged because it was the third tim...

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 2:39 pm

Don’t be vague: measure the value

Posted by George Brock

Tweet I went last night to the Frontline Club in London for a panel discussion organised by Index on Censorship on – what else? – “Will the future of journalism mean we are better informed”? Two admirable outfits, but the debate was a mess. Many discussions of this...

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 10:18 am

Rupert Murdoch role unfilled because actors are too scared to play him

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Who will dare to play Rupert Murdoch on the West End stage? Evidently, actors are not lining up for the part because they fear his power. The failure to hire a big name for the Murdoch role is putting the project in jeopardy, according to the playwright, David Williamson. He told the BBC:"All c...

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 8:30 am

Claws front page proves so popular it has been turned into a T-shirt

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The front page of a weekly newspaper has proved so popular it has been turned into a T-shirt. Continue reading...

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 8:15 am

Why did the Sunday Mirror settle with Tory MP who complained to Ipso?

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

What settlement did Tory MP Mark Pritchard reach with the Sunday Mirror that led to this statement in the paper's "corrections and complaints" column? Mark Pritchard MPFollowing our article of September 28 concerning the investigation into Brooks Newmark MP and the exchange of explicit pic...

Posted on 22 October 2014 | 3:04 pm

Ben Bradlee revealed his courage, and his moral ethos, in north Belfast

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

My enduring memory of Ben Bradlee, years on from his courageous stand over Watergate, concerns an incident in Belfast.He was in the city as guest of honour at the 2001 Society of Editors conference and decided to take a car trip around some of Belfast's trouble spots."Good God, how fabulous. Wh...

Posted on 22 October 2014 | 11:01 am

Newspaper launch in Grantham heralds old-fashioned circulation war

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Here's a back-to-the-future moment - a large regional newspaper publisher is planning to launch a newsprint title in a town where another large regional newspaper publisher has long held sway. It looks as though an old-fashioned circulation war is likely to break out in January in Grantham when Loca...

Posted on 22 October 2014 | 8:54 am

Why too few women work at senior levels in broadcasting

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

The dearth of women working at senior levels in the media is largely due to cultural factors that continue to favour men, according to three women giving evidence today to the lords select committee on communications.Despite the fact that roughly the same number of women as men enter the profession,...

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 5:59 pm

Telegraph Media Group to cut 55 more jobs in digital restructure

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Telegraph Media Group is to cut about 55 more editorial jobs as the publisher continues its digital restructuring. Some 18 months on from the last cull of editorial staff, TMG is announcing the new round of cuts as part of its plan to transform itself from old to new media."I am writing to upda...

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 12:43 pm

Newsquest hardly gets a mention in Gannett's third quarter report

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Newsquest, the publisher of 185 newspapers across Britain, gets very little mention in the latest earnings report by its US owner, Gannett. Similarly, its American newspapers don't figure too highly in its third quarter report either. It's all about TV now. Continue reading...

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 8:31 am

Magazine pays 'substantial' damages to husband of Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

Singer Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's husband has accepted substantial damages over an article about his private life in Reveal magazine.Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini regarded the three-page article, "The 'shy and quiet' past of Cheryl's new husband", as a violation of his privacy. Continue...

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 8:01 am

23% increase in defamation actions as social media claims rise

Posted by Greenslade | The Guardian

There has been a 23% rise in the number of reported defamation cases in the UK over the past year, up from 70 to 86, according to research by Thomson Reuters. The growth in the number of reported defamation cases is partly due to a sharp rise in claims brought over defamatory material published thro...

Posted on 20 October 2014 | 12:06 pm