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Many thanks to Jo Brand and Alan Yentob for another successful night for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research

Posted on 25 November 2013 | 1:11pm

Jo Brand last night became the seventh high profile arts performer to give of her time and talent for free to support what has become an annual ‘audience with …’ to raise funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. These events started when my literary agent, Ed Victor, won his battle with leukaemia – thanks in […]

A chance to have a good laugh with Jo Brand, and stop people dying

Posted on 21 November 2013 | 11:11am

If you like Jo Brand, if you like a good night out, if you have an empty diary on the evening of this coming Sunday November 24, and if you have a passing interest in making a small contribution to curing cancer and saving lives, then please click on here. I’ve been involved in An […]

Guest blog from a poor soul working for Mailonline

Posted on 18 November 2013 | 12:11pm

One of the reasons I know the Mail is a horrible paper, and a horrible place to work, with horrible values, is because people who work there tell me. I keep urging them to leave, to understand that public resignation and explanation of their private disgust might make them feel better – and open up […]

Cambridge Lecture 2: Optimistic despite press lies re Leveson, new social media oligarchs, Snowden/Wikileaks (and why Merkel is best)

Posted on 14 November 2013 | 5:11pm

Lecture 2 in my series of events as Humanitas Visiting Professor at Cambridge University’s Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, delivered today. A few years ago, Carl Bernstein and I shared a platform at a conference in Italy. I was surprised how much we agreed about the modern media. But what […]

Cambridge Lecture 1: New generation of people and technology signalling end of Murdoch-Dacre generation

Posted on 13 November 2013 | 5:11pm

Professor Campbell here, with the first of the two lectures I am making this week in my debut performance as Humanitas Visiting Professor in Media (cue Dacre Vagina Monologue) at Cambridge University. I promised to put it up as it was being delivered, and here it is, in its full glory. As I said yesterday, […]

My views, as a Cambridge professor no less, on politics and the press; not as clear or straight-forward as I expected

Posted on 12 November 2013 | 12:11pm

Never did I imagine, as I drank, fought and very occasionally studied my way through four years as a Cambridge University student, that one day I would be a ‘visiting professor’ no less. Also, given that at the time I had no idea that I would go into the media, let alone politics, even less […]

My night in a ‘brothel’, and a warning for my friends at Twitter

Posted on 8 November 2013 | 9:11am

Out last night to one of the most extraordinary venues I have ever spoken at. A club in Soho which – not that I have ever knowingly been in a Paris brothel – felt like, well, a Paris brothel. It was all dark and moody, with lots of stairways and rooms of different shapes and […]

A chance to have a great laugh with Jo Brand AND stop people dying

Posted on 31 October 2013 | 3:10pm

If you like Jo Brand, if you like a good night out, if you have an empty diary on the evening of Sunday November 24, and if you have a passing interest in making a small contribution to curing cancer and saving lives, then please click on here. I’ve been involved in An Audience With… […]

Northern Ireland showed TB at his best

Posted on 25 October 2013 | 2:10pm

If you read The Guardian, you may already have seen the piece I am posting below. It is an extract from the introduction Tony Blair has written for the book I am publishing next week, The Irish Diaries. For both TB and Bertie Ahern, though they get whacked plenty over other stuff, Northern Ireland must […]

Another day, another TV programme showing the dreadful damage alcohol does to Britain

Posted on 14 October 2013 | 6:10am

Make sure you watch Channel 4 at 9pm tonight, and see how the wonderful people who work for our ambulance services are drowning in a sea of alcohol. Like Tommy Lemon, who lays to rest the myth that ‘booze Britain’ is a weekend thing, saying the effects of alcohol dominate his and his colleagues’ work […]