John Whittingdale

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...

Jeremy Corbyn's Spin Doctor Was A Schoolboy 'Maoist', A Tory Has Revealed

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn’s spin doctor was a candidate for the far-left Maoist Party in school elections in the 1970s, a Tory former schoolmate has revealed. ...

Piers Morgan Bullies Tory Minister To Bet Serious Cash On Cameron's Future

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Politics

A cabinet minister has been pressured into placing a bet on David Cameron's fate should Britain leave the EU live on breakfast TV. Culture Secretar...

Our Creative Industries Help Define Us a Nation - We Must Help Them Stay at the Top of the International League

John Whittingdale | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Politics
John Whittingdale

While the contribution the Creative Industries make to the UK economy is tremendous, to paraphrase Jessie J, it's not (just) about the money. They play an equally, if not more, important role in helping define us and shaping our national identity. "Britishness" is an intangible thing, something that cannot be explained in figures, or measured in fiscal terms.

The BBC Helps Shape Britain But It Must Change With the Times

Sir Peter Bazalgette | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sir Peter Bazalgette

The BBC provides a remarkable social glue, reaching more than 90% of the population every week. Our identities, our entertainment, engagement and access are all things we see delivered by the BBC's orchestras, by its network of local speech stations and its public campaigns. The BBC World Service, now funded by the licence fee, is the single biggest influencer of our international reputation. But talking of the detail, there's much heat and little light around the vexed issue of BBC governance.

John Whittingdale's Conservative Conference Speech Sends Twitter Into Confused Meltdown

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK

The Conservative Party Press office has been rounded upon by Twitter users after tweeting a quote from John Whittingdale's conference speech. “...

News At 10 Will Have To Change Its Name If Ministers Get Their Way

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has signalled the BBC's flagship news programme could be forced to change its broadcast time - potentially losing ...

Caroline Frost

Culture Secretary Regrets 'Atmosphere Of Attack On The BBC' | Caroline Frost | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Entertainment

There was good news and bad news for advocates of the BBC when John Whittingdale MP sat down for an interview at the Edinburgh Television Festival tod...

Sherlock Creator Has A Message For Tories Trying To Meddle With The BBC

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK

One of television's best-known writers has launched a scathing attack on the Government's review of the BBC, accusing the Conservatives of orchestrati...

Why Auntie ‎Matters

Gavin Devine | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Gavin Devine

‎The BBC has many fans and many adversaries. Those who'd like to see it change include other media outlets, led by Sky and the Mail, and right-wing politicians who believe that Auntie is stuffed with Guardian-reading granola eaters (although it is always worth noting that some on the left see her as fundamentally reactionary).

The BBC Is Our Cultural NHS - The Government Must Tread Warily If They Seek to Cut It Down to Size

Chris Bryant | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Bryant

The whole point of the BBC is that politicians should only meddle with it on very rare occasions. Yes, it is accountable to the public through parliament, and yes the charter renewal process gives ministers a moment of great power over the Corporation. But we should remain worried about Whittingdale's self-confessed free market conservativeness.

BBC Shakeup Just Put Radios 1 And 2 Firmly In The Firing Line

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK

Two of the BBC's most popular radio stations have already been singled out, it was revealed on Thursday, as Culture Secretary John Whittingdale fired ...