Tag: “Rupert murdoch

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 […]

Coulson departure was Dambuster 1; News’ admission of liability could be Dambuster 2

Posted on 9 April 2011 | 10:04am

It never ceases to amaze me how media organisations, so sharp and skilful in covering other people’s crises, are often so poor at handling their own. I have been saying here since well before the last election that the only way for News International to deal with the phone-hacking scandal is to get everything out […]

The Sun-SNP dance is about helping Cameron not Salmond, or Scotland

Posted on 8 April 2011 | 8:04am

There is a very interesting little dance taking place in Scotland at the moment between Alex Salmond’s SNP and Rupert Murdoch’s Sun. Not obvious bedfellows you might think, but it looks increasingly likely the Sun will come out for the Nationalists, or certainly personally endorse Salmond, in advance of the Scottish elections next month. The […]

A speech on journalism worth a careful read

Posted on 1 February 2011 | 8:02am

I don’t agree with every word of Lionel Barber’s Cudlipp Lecture last night, and I hope the FT editor’s larynx was coated in irony when he spoke of Paul Dacre towards the end. But for journalists in particular, but also anyone concerned about the direction of the modern media, it is definitely worth a read. […]

Phone-hacking becoming a tipping point moment in politics/media relations

Posted on 29 January 2011 | 9:01am

I was rushing around a lot yesterday making a short film on phone-hacking for The One Show on Monday, having earlier done an interview for a much longer Despatches documentary being made on the same subject. TV can be a very frustrating medium, which is one of the reasons I don’t do that much of […]