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Why the BBC's Worth It

Wendy Jones | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Wendy Jones

As the corporation gears up to negotiating the renewal of the Royal Charter and defending the licence fee (why Ian Fletcher was brought in, after all), W1A is a reminder of why the BBC is worth it. Ok, there are a few other reasons, like BBC News and Radio 4 and live music and (now) the World Service.... You don't have to like them all, just enough of them.

The Folly of the Newspapers' IPSO Scheme

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Politics
Professor Brian Cathcart

Deaf to everyone else and in denial about their own disgraceful record, the people who run Britain's biggest newspaper groups are forging ahead with their 'IPSO' scheme to regulate their affairs on their own terms. It can't be said often or plainly enough: hardly a soul outside their immediate circle agrees that this is the right way forward.

Another Weary Myth: '300 Years of Press Freedom'

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Professor Brian Cathcart

In 2009 newspapers were arguing to MPs that the existence of a no-win-no-fee system giving some ordinary people the ability to sue papers for breaching their rights was an unacceptable constraint on press freedom. The talk of 300 years of press freedom is not based on the facts but is an argument of convenience. Today these papers declare that the press has been free for centuries, but tomorrow, if it suits them, the same papers will insist with equal ardour that the press has never been free.

'Stick Your Royal Charter In The Privy!'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has called on newspaper editors to rally behind the Spectator magazine in opposing the Royal Charter governing Britain's new system of p...

Ned Simons

Senior MP Warns Of Inevitable Press Regulation 'Car Crash'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Politics

The government and newspapers are heading towards a "car crash" in their battle over the regulation of the press, the chairman of the Commons culture,...

Marr Tells Coogan: I Can See Why Newspapers Are Worried

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Tom Moseley | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK

Andrew Marr has said he sympathises with newspapers in their battle over press regulation. The broadcaster, a former editor of the Independent, tol...

Read All About It...(While You Still Can)

Emily Stacey | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Emily Stacey

The fact is that many journalists see regulation, whether self or statuary, as 'crossing the Rubicon' and an invasion into the historic traditions of the British free press. Statuary regulation conjured up by the government in the interests of the politicians? Not under our watch.

'A Judicial Farce'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK

SEE ALSO: Queen signs royal charter despite papers' bid to prevent it Newspapers are not giving up without a fight, after the Queen signed a contro...

Newspapers Thrown Out By Court Of Appeal

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK

Newspaper and magazine publishers have been refused an urgent injunction to stop ministers going to the Privy Council to seek the Queen's approval for...

Court Rejects Newspapers' 'Weak' Argument Against Press Regulation

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK

Furious newspaper publishers are considering an urgent appeal after the High Court rejected their bid to block a new cross-party royal charter to regu...

LOOK: Bizarre Advert For British Newspapers

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK

A new advertising campaign has been launched, to highlight the best of the British newspaper industry. The adverts aim to highlight the "distinctiv...

Leveson QC Robert Jay Admits Inquiry Was Sometimes 'Naive'

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Politics

The lead barrister for the Leveson inquiry has admitted that the inquiry had sometimes been "naive" in its questioning of witnesses during the investi...

Ned Simons

Senior MP Says 'One Man One Newspaper' Should Be The Rule

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Politics

The chairman of the Commons political and constitutional reform committee has warned that the controversial cross-party plan to regulate the press agr...

For the Public Benefit: Why Everyone Should Back the Royal Charter on Press Self-Regulation

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Professor Brian Cathcart

Much of the press has wildly misread the public mood on press reform. After a weekend of Leveson-bashing and breathless attacks on the Royal Charter agreed by parliament, a new poll conducted by YouGov for the Media Standards Trust and reported in the Guardian shows public backing for the judge's reform to be as strong as ever.

The Week That Was: Translate That

Carla Buzasi | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Carla Buzasi

The weekly email exchanges I have with the HuffPost mothership in America are usually fairly straightforward; we swap ideas for global reporting features, maybe pass requests on for a new piece of functionality. And then, every now and again, I have to explain an odd British quirk to a befuddled Yank reading an article on the UK version of the site and coming up against a brick wall of comprehension. We may share a common language, but there's still plenty of translating that needs doing.

The Guardian vs The Mail vs The BBC

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK

The bitter war of words between the Mail and the Guardian over press freedom, morality and secrecy has seen the BBC sucked into the debate, with the M...

Lord Sugar: Paul Dacre Is A 'Tyrant' And Should Be Removed

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Politics

Lord Sugar, the Labour peer and star of The Apprentice, has attacked the editor of the Daily Mail for being a "tyrant" and demanded parliament "flex i...

Lesson From History - A Message to David Cameron

Professor Steven Barnett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Professor Steven Barnett

If David Cameron skewers the cross-party Charter, we can be absolutely certain that the cycle of abuse will continue... Parliament has delivered its verdict, with overwhelming support from the public, and it's now up to Cameron to hold his nerve.

The Top 20 Benefits of Parliament's Royal Charter

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 07.12.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Brian Cathcart

Parliament's Royal Charter, which implements the Leveson recommendations and is endorsed by all parties in Parliament, will benefit everyone and will enhance freedom of expression. These are the top 20 benefits. One: If a news publisher has harmed you in a way that breaches the industry standards code, for example by getting facts wrong or intruding unjustifiably in private grief, you can take your complaint to a new, genuinely independent and impartial complaints service - free.

There Is No Impasse - There Is a Process

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Brian Cathcart

Editors, we hear, are filing one by one through the door of Downing Street, bending the prime minister's ear about royal charters and press regulators. You must do something, they warn him, or there will be an impasse, a stalemate. They are wrong. There is no impasse; there is a process. Lord Justice Leveson foresaw that some editors and proprietors would stubbornly resist change and he made provision for this.

Papers Scale the Height of Hypocrisy

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Brian Cathcart

We are asked to believe that while the poor newspapers have been hounded over phone hacking, 'blue-chip companies' of all sorts are getting clean away with paying private investigators to break the law on a vast scale. What is striking about this claim is not the fragmentary evidence on which it is based nor the way it has been overblown in the newspapers (and we will return to those matters soon), but the breathtaking hypocrisy of it all.

The Public Tells the Press Bosses: Do What Leveson Proposed

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Brian Cathcart

The country simply does not trust the press to handle complaints fairly or uphold journalistic standards effectively, without the independent checks proposed by Lord Justice Leveson. It wants to see, at the very least, a future press self-regulator undergoing regular inspections by an external body to ensure it meets basic standards of independence and effectiveness.

A Simple Choice: The Interests of the Public or the Self-Interest of the Press Barons

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Brian Cathcart

Our choice is plain. Do we have the latest model, cosmetically-altered self-regulator designed to serve the interests of the industry that owns it, or do we have a truly independent body that meets standards proposed by an exhaustive public inquiry and protects citizens from abuse while also protecting free speech?

Lord Justice Leveson Agrees To Grilling By MPs Over Press Regulation

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has said press regulation plans proposed by the industry have "serious shortcomings" as he defended the delay in pushing through the ver...

Ned Simons

Government Outwitted Over Leveson By 'Fast Footwork' Of Newspapers

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Politics

Implementation of a new system of press regulation has been delayed in part because ministers were too slow in submitting their plan to the privy coun...