Kevin Marsh

is director of OffspinMedia and a former Today editor

Blog posts in total 139

Posts

  1. It is a statement of the obvious. Just as Margaret Thatcher changed Britain and British politics for ever, she changed our political journalism for ever, too.

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  2. Below is an adapted extract of a chapter by Kevin Marsh from the book The Phone Hacking Scandal: Journalism at the Crossroads, to be published in February. In 2011, journalism changed forever. We don't know yet what it's changed into. But we know what it's going to change from. The reaso...

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  3. The Prime Minister has said the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) would be scrapped, and said: "I believe we need a new system entirely." So how should a new system be designed? Here are my top six priorities for a new system of regulation - based on what didn't work about the PCC. 1. Reg...

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  4. "This time, it's palpably nasty." That's Quentin Letts, the Mail's theatre critic. West End and Westminster. It captures what everyone now feels about the long-running so-called 'phone hacking' scandal. For half a decade it has interested and outraged people like me - the sort of people Nick R...

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  5. I thought this might be a good moment to think a bit about some of the important landmarks in press freedom here in the UK... or, more accurately, England. 1641: The abolition of the Star Chamber This had been the monarchy's most potent tool of repression for centuries: a court that held sec...

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  6. Just a thought - but has Jeremy Hunt's decision over News International and BSkyB effectively secured the future of the BBC and the TV licence? We know that if News Corp's bid is successful - and there are still bridges to cross - it will create a broadcasting behemoth. One that, without effec...

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  7. Anyone who's worked through Michael Blastland's 'Journalism With Numbers' course on this website or been to one of his many face-to-face sessions with the College of Journalism will get the idea. Journalists love numbers ... but most haven't the faintest idea how to work with them. Something...

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  8. Thirty minutes after President Mubarak steps down and I'm listening to someone on the BBC News channel telling me how it was Facebook and Twitter wot did it. It wasn't. It really, really wasn't - but that won't stop new media gurus from over-claiming the organisational and, ultimately, polit...

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  9. It's no real surprise that the Press Complaints Commission should have sided with the press and rejected Sarah Baskerville's complaint - she's the civil servant whose egregiously chatty and revealing tweets found their way into the Daily Mail and Independent on Sunday last November. Ms Baskerv...

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  10. The Press Complaints Commission seems, according to some newspaper editors and media critics, to have already had its last couple of fingers of red eye at the Last Chance Saloon. The News of the World phone-hacking scandal - or, more accurately, the "supine" way the PCC failed to assert any ki...

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  11. The News of the World hacking scandal will clearly have consequences for News Corp, the Metropolitan Police, the Press Complaints Commission and - of course - the individuals concerned. But as all lame pieces to camera end: 'only time will tell'. The timing couldn't be worse for Murdoch pere e...

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  12. Is this a good moment to recall the 305 named journalists found dealing illegally in private information back in 2006? It was a thought that occurred to me as I listened to former News of the World editor Phil Hall on Radio 4's Today this morning talking about that other former editor, Andy Co...

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  13. ... to this blog I wrote in September. Andy Coulson's resignation was, in the event, a long time coming - but in the intervening months I haven't met a single person in politics (on either side of the chamber) or journalism who didn't think it was inevitable. But as I wrote back then, when A...

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  14. In case there's anyone out there who's anxious about libel reform - you will be, you will be - here's the video of my contribution to the Media Standards Trust debate at Gray's Inn on 11 January. Enjoy.

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  15. Within a few weeks, we'll probably learn how the Government plans to reform the libel laws. You'll remember, back in May, Lord Lester introduced a private members' bill - during its passage, the Government indicated it would bring forward its own proposals for reform. Last night, I spoke at ...

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  16. I've a hunch that reporting the banks' bonus round is going to be quite some test for journalists' impartiality - at least, for those of us in broadcast journalism who have that obligation. There's a lot at stake. For instance, the billions that seem likely to be making their way soon into the...

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  17. So 2010 ends with us talking about transparency, secrets revealed and ministers entrapped in the name of openness.  The Romans would have smiled that Janus - their two-faced god of the year's end and beginning - still had a bit of poke.  And at the irony of it all.  The old 'transparency i...

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  18. 'THEY must do something' ... 'THEY can't do their jobs' ... 'THEY should be fired'. I know for a fact that if I'd been forced to sleep rough at Heathrow or shuffle forward in a  seven-hour queue at St Pancras I'd be one of those shouting loudest, calling for 'THEM' to do something and snarling...

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  19. There've been many tributes to Brian Hanrahan who has died ridiculously young. There'll be many more and they'll be deserved. I first met Brian over 30 years ago and will be eternally grateful for the things I learnt from him. Three in particular. First: in the summer of 1979 - I was a train...

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  20. Looks like it was my old boss Richard Sambrook who lobbed the old 'transparency is the new objectivity' dud ball back into play. Not approvingly, you understand; quite the opposite. He's picking a fight with former US newspaper columnist and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Alan Mutter, who wrote ...

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