John Whittingdale

Paddy Ashdown Launches Blazing Attack On Tory Ministers For 'Trying To Run The BBC'

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK

Paddy Ashdown has delivered a blazing rant against Conservative ministers, accusing them of trying to "run the BBC" and compromise its independence. ...

BBC White Paper: Too Soon to Celebrate

Robin Lustig | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK
Robin Lustig

Job done? Fraid not. Get out your magnifying glass, apply a cold compress to your forehead, and start ploughing through the small print. It's not exactly fun, but someone has to do it... Disaster averted? Not quite. As they say when you buy something online, always read the terms and conditions. You may need to write to your MP again.

Skateboarding Duck And 8 Other Stories The BBC Could Be About To Stop Doing

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK

In proposals set out in Thursday's White Paper on the future of the BBC, the government announced a raft of changes to the BBC. From higher licence fe...

Ex-BBC Chief Just Accused Its Journalists Of 'Extraordinary' Anti-Corbyn Bias

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK

One of the BBC's most senior former leaders has accused the corporation of being biased against Jeremy Corbyn, saying its journalists had launched "so...

These Are The Six Fundamental Changes To How Your BBC Will Look And Sound

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK

John Whittingdale has laid out sweeping changes to the BBC, with upheavals to the broadcaster's news output, funding and regulation. The culture secr...

Government Burns Radio 1 Over Mainstream Music Choices

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

BBC Radio 1 is too mainstream and should ditch pop music in favour of less well known artists, the government said on Thursday. The radio station is l...

Parents Petition To 'Save CBBC' From Whittingdale's BBC Reforms

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Parents

Thousands of parents have voiced their anger over the government's decision to use some of the licence fee to fund children's programming on channels ...

iPlayer Charge Among Raft Of Changes To BBC In New White Paper Revealed Today

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK

BBC stars earning over £450,000 will be forced to reveal their salaries but the corporation won't be required to adjust its schedules or 'top slice' ...

Four Ways John Whittingdale Could Wreck the BBC

The Conversation UK | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

Whittingdale has always professed to love the BBC. My fear is that he actually loves his vision of the BBC - a significantly smaller, impoverished presence within a market-driven economy where the public interest is subordinated to commercial self-interest. This week, we will discover if he is intent on inflicting his vision on the nation.

8 Things The Government Could Be About To Stop The BBC From Doing

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK

The government is about to set out how it wants to change the BBC amid huge tension between the broadcaster and ministers. The BBC is reportedly furio...

Lammy Says 'Unprecedented Bad Blood' Behind BBC Charter 'Bullying'

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 08.05.2016 | UK

Labour MPs have criticised the "unprecedented bad blood" between the Culture Secretary and the BBC, claiming the broadcaster is "spooked" by Governmen...

No More Sleeping on the Job or Broken Promises Over Independent Press Regulation

Emily Brothers | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Politics
Emily Brothers

A free and fair press is central to any democratic society. It isn't for controlling politicians or self-serving editors to decide what constitutes freedom of speech or fairness. That must be determined by independent regulation.

Is the Public Interested?

Daniel Singleton | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Politics
Daniel Singleton

So what is in the public interest? People are interested in a strange number of things: I have a young teenager, and what is not interesting for him seems to be anything I am interested in, unless I can sneak it up on him without declaring my interest first.

Ex-Partner Claims Whittingdale Breached Security Protocols During Relationship

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 17.04.2016 | UK

Former topless model Stephanie Hudson has claimed the John Whittingdale breached security protocols while they were a relationship. She claimed in the...

The Waugh Zone April 14, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday April 14, 2016… 1) THE NARCOLEPTIC EUROSCEPTIC It’s taken several months, but Jeremy Corbyn w...

The Real Reason Why The Press Didn't Print Whittingdale Escort Story, According To Hacked Off

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK

Newspapers chose not to print details of John Whittingdale's relationship with a sex worker because withholding the story would allow them to "influen...

Robert Peston Debunks Media Conspiracy Over Whittingdale Sex Scandal

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK

Robert Peston has blasted claims media editors held on to news of John Whittingdale's relationship with a sex worker for leverage over him, calling it...

Andrew Neil Skewers Hacked Off Campaigner Over Whittingdale Press 'Conspiracy'

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK

Andrew Neil has skewered a Hacked Off campaigner over claims John Whittingdale eased off on press regulation to appease editors and keep the story of ...

The John Whittingdale 'Scandal': Dominatrix Is Not A Dirty Word

Louise Ridley | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK
Louise Ridley

The row over the story is growing - pulling in several competing conspiracy theories around how the media decides what to cover. It's starting to become about the way journalism works, and the way journalism is changing. Sadly, one thing that's not changing fast enough is subtle media sexism...

Why The Press Is 'Desperate' To Report Celebrity Threesome But Not Interested In Minister's Escort

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK

Privacy campaigners are asking why newspapers are so eager to reveal the identities of a celebrity couple involved in an extramarital threesome, yet r...

Diane Abbott Refuses Three Times To Back Labour Colleague On John Whittingdale

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Politics

Diane Abbott has refused to back her shadow cabinet colleague's call that John Whittingdale recuse himself from being involved in press regulation fol...

Ex-Tabloid Editor Turns Tables On BBC In Extraordinary Today Show Clash

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK

A former tabloid editor has accused the BBC of a "conspiracy" against newspapers in an explosive live interview with Nick Robinson on the Today progra...

The Waugh Zone April 13, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday April 13, 2016… 1) JEZ'S JOURNEY It’s the first PMQs for weeks and there’s lots of topics ...

John Whittingdale, Culture Secretary, Admits To Relationship With Sex Worker

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Politics

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale is facing calls to withdraw from the regulation of the press following the disclosure that he had a relationship w...

Inquiry Ordered As Another Doping Scandal Rocks The Sporting World

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 03.04.2016 | UK

The Culture Secretary has called for an urgent investigation into the British anti-doping watchdog's apparent failure to investigate fresh claims that...