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The Safety of Journalists

With the safe release of Alan Johnstone, the collective relief of the media was felt the world over. Everyone accepts that the dangers facing journalists are ever increasing but what cost should individuals be prepared to pay for a ‘free press’?  Jon Williams, the BBC world news editor has written extensively about Alan’s captivity and […]

Forgive and Forget?

  The Dean of Manchester Cathedral, the Very Reverend Rogers Govender says they have now ‘forgiven’ Sony for using the Cathedrals likeness in a violent computer game. Sony used the Cathedral as the backdrop for one of the levels in ‘Resistance: Fall of Man’ in which you have to shoot all the nasty aliens, apparently […]

Cyberbullies to be targeted by schools

The UK Minister for Schools has called on teachers to tackle the growing problem of ‘cyber bullying’ by young people. Ed Balls commented that as technology has become more prevalent in society through websites such as myspace and facebook, so too has the reported cases of online abuse. Examples include threats of violence, intimidation, cyber-stalking, […]

ITV admission over ‘faked’ death

Forget the competitions, the latest TV blunder is literally a matter of life and death. An ITV documentary initially claimed that it ended by showing the death of an Alzheimer sufferer, who in fact, went on to die three days later. The programmes creator, Paul Watson told BBC News: “My crime is that I did […]

All change for Church posters?

The Church ‘industry’ may be in decline but thanks to some media-savvy pastors, the writing on the wall may point to better times ahead. BBC Radio 4’s ‘word of mouth‘ programme recently featured the motorbiking minister Paul Sinclair, who also goes by the name of the ‘faster pastor’. Paul’s expertise lies in advertising and his […]

Login to shape Conservative policy…

At a time when the UK Conservative party continues to face a policy identity crisis, they are using the web forums to fight back. The Tories have already been quick to jump on the technology bandwagon with ‘webcameron‘ and a dedicated YouTube channel however this new initiative promises to offer something quite different. Visitors to […]

Tarrah Chuck!

Liz Dawn who plays Coronation Street’s Vera Duckworth has announced she’s walking down the cobbles for the last time. The 68-year old actress has played the character for 34 years and she makes up one half of one of the most long suffering TV couples in British television. Ms Dawn has cited health reasons for […]

Competition crisis at the BBC

When it rains it pours, especially for the BBC. In the same week which ushered in an apology to the reigning Monarch, competitions have been suspended across the board as more stories of rigged phone-ins have come to light. The details don’t make good reading as its clear that some of the BBC’s biggest programmes […]

The BBC gets an apology…

The BBC may actually be forgiven for feeling a little hard done by in the case of the recent so-called “misleading footage” of the Queen. The rules generally state that the broadcaster is liable for the content, even if they haven’t made it. Its the broadcasters responsibility to make sure that content is accurate and […]

A day in the life… Via a blog

The morning editor of BBC News 24, Simon Waldman has given us a glimpse ito ‘Waldman’s world’ via posting on his blog. He’s basically blogged his way through his morning shift, presumably to be read by those who were surreptitiously keeping up to date via a browser hidden behind the spreadsheet. The blog gives a […]