Blog posts by year and month January 2011

Posts (59)

  1. Yesterday's Daily Politics discussed twin directives issued to BBC journalists and civil servants about the word "reform". According to presenter Anita Anand, in unrelated initiatives civil servants have been told not to use it because it is "too negative" while BBC journalists have been told...

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  2. "I'm not a popular prime minister. I probably would have been more popular, if I was leaking to the press, initiating positive polls and paying comments agencies to post flattering comments about me." These words, from Ehud Olmert, the former prime minister of Israel, are from a 2007 speech w...

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  3. On 25 November, my Coventry Conversations series featured David Yelland, former editor of the Sun, now a PR man and an alumni of Lanchester Polytechnic, the forerunner of Coventry University. Yelland was 'back home' and unloaded himself honestly about his life, his alcoholism, his alopecia, Ru...

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  4. 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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  5. It is valid to report - or at the very least engage with - this non-validated stuff because it is already a part of the communications around a story.

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  6. Thursday 3 March, the Royal Statistical Society, London The BBC College of Journalism, the Media Standards Trust and the Science Training for Journalists programme at the Royal Statistical Society are to hold a day of workshops and discussions on data and news sourcing. The workshops will loo...

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  7. Tuesday 5 April, the Frontline Club, London Face the Future - Is Digital the Only Way? Marking the publication of the book based on the Coventry Conversations/BBC College of Journalism conference, this debate asks whether the internet will wipe away all competition, bringing an end to tradit...

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  8. ... 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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  9. Piers Morgan has had a busy week: not only taking over Larry King's daily talk show on CNN but dealing with a flurry of tweets from Lord Sugar.   Sugar, also in the States this week, has been following Morgan's CNN launch like a hawk, determined to prove he's a match for Piers. But how t...

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  10. Tuesday 8 February 2011, BBC Council Chamber, London Phil Harding, the media consultant and former BBC executive, is to chair an expert panel looking at advances in TV technology.   This Journalism Programme and Media Society event is all about the future. Television revolutions are h...

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