Category: “Media

Cameron’s judgement an issue; but inquiry will now go deeper than if press had listened to critics before

Posted on 14 July 2011 | 7:07am

Just as News International threw Andy Coulson to the wolves in advance of last week’s PMQs, so at yesterday’s the PM did the same. In truth however, if Mr Cameron’s former communications director ‘turns out to have lied to me’ of course it will say something about Mr Coulson. But it will also say something […]

The press furore won’t swing an election, but it will change the nature of the debate to Labour’s benefit

Posted on 12 July 2011 | 6:07am

Time for the blog to take a little breather from phonehacking, with three little scenes from yesterday which combined to lift my mood from the general media putrescence in which we have been swimming. First, I spent the morning at Eastbury comprehensive school in Barking, speaking to the sixth form induction group. Forty per cent […]

Time and chance for a new settlement between politics, media and public – we should all seize it

Posted on 11 July 2011 | 6:07am

In 2009 I attended the wedding of News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks. The ceremony took place by a lake, at a country estate. I stood next to TV presenter Piers Morgan, while Paul Dacre, Daily Mail editor, was a few yards away. Rupert Murdoch was closer to the action. David Cameron hung back up […]

Sunday papers show Cameron, Yates, Murdoch and Mail still don’t really get it

Posted on 10 July 2011 | 8:07am

With my usual thanks to the Labour Party media monitoring department for their excellent summary of the press, a few points before I settle down to a cup of coffee in front of Ed Miliband on Andrew Marr. First, to anyone who thinks David Cameron and (most of) the Tories still don’t get it, take […]

Steve Coogan spot on in asking where Paul Dacre is in all this. But his time is surely coming

Posted on 9 July 2011 | 10:07am

I don’t know Steve Coogan but I thought he did a very good job on Newsnight last night, in particular in seeking to make sure the focus from the phonehacking scandal is not just restricted to the News of the World. He asked where Paul Dacre was in all this, and when I tweeted my […]

The day I tried to talk to David Cameron about doing some of the things he announced today

Posted on 8 July 2011 | 9:07am

Apart from his weakness over BSkyB, David Cameron – finally – said and did a lot of the right things in his opening statement at his press conference today. Once the questions got under way, however, the arrogance and the peevishness started to creep in. I know part of his defence of his poor judgement […]

If Cameron does not order broader press inquiry it will expose lack of leadership and moral courage

Posted on 5 July 2011 | 10:07am

The latest phone-hacking allegations are without doubt THE media story of the week, and possibly the tipping point which will make it one of the media stories of the decade, which ushers in a genuine inquiry into the practices of newspapers, and forces change amid the extensive criminality. As I said here last night, the […]

I don’t recommend falling off the wagon as a form of therapy

Posted on 3 July 2011 | 1:07pm

Back from a flying visit to Dublin, and in the two interviews I did (one TV, one radio) there was more interest in my admission of occasional falls from the wagon than in the matters Prince Charles/TB  which led The Guardian on Saturday. As it happens, the only other business I did whilst there was […]

TB and Prince Charles in today’s Guardian – some context

Posted on 2 July 2011 | 6:07am

It must say something for the media’s belief in the public’s insatiable diet for Royal stories that for two volumes running, The Guardian has led its serialisation of my diaries on Royal stories. With volume 2, Power and the People, it was the arrangements for Princess Diana’s funeral, and the vexed issue of whether the […]

A new version of an old Cliff Richard song could be biggest feelgood dampener yet

Posted on 20 June 2011 | 8:06am

It is always wise to be a little suspicious of stories which emerge from private sector surveys, particularly if designed as what journalists in the pre no-deadline online age used to call a ‘Sunday for Monday’. These were stories which a reporter could tuck away late on Friday afternoon, leaving him safe in the knowledge […]