On 22 October I went to hear the Lord Communications Committee take evidence on media plurality from Sir Harold Evans, former editor of the Times and Sunday Times. He was followed by representatives from the Media Reform Coalition and the internet campaigning organisation, Avaaz. Continue reading Harold Evans and Media Reform
Journalists and bankers are trusted by just 21 per cent of people in the UK. That’s according to an Ipsos MORI poll published in yesterday’s Evening Standard1. However, the place at the bottom of the poll with only 18 per cent of people trusting them – is taken by politicians. Continue reading Journalists trusted as little as bankers
This afternoon the Leveson Inquiry really heard how it was, when Paul McMullan News of the World’s deputy features editor between 1994 and 2001 took the stand. He followed the Guardian’s Nick Davies, author of ‘Flat Earth News’ who has done much to expose the phone hacking scandal and police corruption which has led to the Inquiry. Nick said that he did not think the media was “interested or capable of self regulation.” He proposed the setting up of a “public interest advisory body” that would guide journalists, and the public, on whether stories were in the public interest. But it was McMullan who has put the editors in the dock with his revelations as reported today by Media Lawyer Live Alert and set out below.