Blog posts by year and month November 2011

Posts (23)

  1. What do you call a group of newspaper editors in collective denial? Try the Society of Editors. I have just spent two days at its annual conference in Runnymede. The theme: Magna Carta II - A Modern Media Charter. Simple, portentous and probably misguided. In a parallel universe, 15 miles awa...

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  2. There can be little doubt the role of controller of BBC Radio 4 involves far more than simply running a radio network. You are in charge of one of the UK's most-loved institutions; an institution which people care passionately about.  A year after taking over as controller, Gwyneth William...

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  3. Monday 21 November 2011, Bush House, London What Future for Aid? On 29 November ministers and senior officials from 160 countries will gather in Busan, South Korea, to decide on the future of development aid. They will be joined by the heads of 70 international organisations and nu...

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  4. Four bloggers sat in front of a committee of MPs, peers and bishops to debate privacy legislation. There was tension in the air: George Eustice MP suggested that in the media hierarchy, bloggers are lowest in the "pecking order of credibility", below broadcasters and newspapers. "But not as low ...

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  5. Before the 2010 general election, there were countless predictions that the internet would play a key role. The media told us (above) that online sources would help to shape and even lead the campaign agenda; that the electorate would debate issues through social networks; and that parties and c...

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  6. One of the biggest challenges for any presenter is how to cope with breaking news - when the running order is abandoned and the presenter is asked to carry the programme, through an ever-changing situation. This can be an exciting opportunity but it's a daunting experience for a new presenter...

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  7. "Formula 1 boss Max Mosley has won his case for breach of privacy against The News of the World." That was how the BBC News website reported Max Mosley's court victory relating to the publication of photos of him with prostitutes. The date: 24 July 2008. Roll forward three and-a-bit years an...

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  8. I can't help feeling something is missing from the border controls debate. Ah, I know: proportion. The usual thing. So, just in case anyone would like to pursue this, a few pointers to some numbers. The Home Office compiles a good set, easy to dig into. And without much effort you can look up:...

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  9. The past decade has seen massive changes in the UK's communications market. We've seen the launch of Freeview, Sky+ and the iPhone, as well as new services like the BBC iPlayer, YouTube and Facebook. Many of these are now mass-market technologies and services. At the same time, the dial-up, l...

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  10. I suspect that when the histories are written the revolution in Libya will occupy a similar place to the Romanian revolution in 1989 - the bloodiest to date but in the end an uprising that lacked much significance for all but its people.  Libya is not significant in the way Egypt is. Egypt's r...

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