Ofcom assessing London Live’s TV interview with conspiracy theorist David Icke

9 Apr

London Live, the TV channel of Evening Standard and Independent owner Evgeny Lebedev, has come under fire for airing an interview with conspiracy theorist David Icke. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden called for broadcast regulator Ofcom to take “appropriate action” over the programme, which has so far been the subject of 19 formal complaints. Earlier this … Continue reading “Ofcom assessing London Live’s TV interview with conspiracy theorist David Icke”

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UK broadcasters reaching record audiences during coronavirus crisis

8 Apr

UK broadcasters reached record audience figures in March as viewers tuned in for the latest updates on the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. Not only have TV audiences grown during the lockdown, but broadcasters’ digital content, published on apps and online, have also broken records. BBC The BBC is reaching an audience of more than 20m a … Continue reading “UK broadcasters reaching record audiences during coronavirus crisis”

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Ofcom warns ITV over ‘combative’ presenting dynamic after Piers Morgan complaints

7 Apr

Ofcom has warned ITV that relying on a “combative dynamic” between presenters, such as Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain, can prove risky in complying with the Broadcasting Code. The warning came as the regulator published its response to more than 1,600 complaints into Morgan’s mimicry of the Chinese language using a … Continue reading “Ofcom warns ITV over ‘combative’ presenting dynamic after Piers Morgan complaints”

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Radio station broke Ofcom rules when guest linked Covid-19 to 5G rollout

2 Apr

Ofcom has said that a local radio station broke broadcasting rules when one of its guests suggested the Covid-19 outbreak was caused by the rollout of 5G mobile technology. A spokesperson for the media watchdog said the guest’s statements “were not sufficiently challenged” and could “undermine people’s trust in the advice of mainstream sources of … Continue reading “Radio station broke Ofcom rules when guest linked Covid-19 to 5G rollout”

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Interview: Head of Talksport Lee Clayton on running a sports radio station with no sport (+video)

2 Apr

Head of Talksport Lee Clayton says his station’s responsibilities to its listeners during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic are to “continue to inform, entertain and also to give them some escape”. As a radio station that focuses on sport, Talksport has had to adapt quickly following the suspension of all professional football matches in England, and … Continue reading “Interview: Head of Talksport Lee Clayton on running a sports radio station with no sport (+video)”

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BBC News presenter George Alagiah tests positive for coronavirus while living with cancer

31 Mar

George Alagiah has shared a message of encouragement with fellow cancer patients after testing positive for Covid-19. The BBC newsreader said: “If I can live with cancer, I can certainly live with Covid-19.” Alagiah had decided earlier this month that he was going to stop appearing on air from the studio amid the virus outbreak … Continue reading “BBC News presenter George Alagiah tests positive for coronavirus while living with cancer”

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BBC warns decriminalising TV licence-fee evasion would cost it over £1bn and lead to cuts

31 Mar

The BBC has warned that decriminalising non-payment of the TV licence fee would cost it more than £1bn over five years and “inevitably require significant cuts” to programmes and services. The corporation has defended its core funding model in responding to the Government’s consultation on removing criminal sanctions on TV licence evasion, which can result … Continue reading “BBC warns decriminalising TV licence-fee evasion would cost it over £1bn and lead to cuts”

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BBC voted best broadcaster for Covid-19 updates in Press Gazette reader poll

31 Mar

More than half of Press Gazette readers believe the BBC has been the best TV broadcaster for coverage of the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis so far. Over the past week, 1,251 responses have been lodged to the question: “Which TV channel is providing best coverage of the Covid-19 crisis?” Some 471 voters (38 per cent) praised … Continue reading “BBC voted best broadcaster for Covid-19 updates in Press Gazette reader poll”

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RT loses High Court challenge against Ofcom over £200,000 fine for impartiality breaches

30 Mar

RT has lost a High Court battle against Ofcom and its decision to fine the Russian broadcaster £200,000 over seven impartiality breaches in 2018. Ofcom found that RT had “failed to preserve due impartiality” in seven news and current affairs programmes over a six-week period between 17 March and 26 April 2018. The programmes in … Continue reading “RT loses High Court challenge against Ofcom over £200,000 fine for impartiality breaches”

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BBC to stop showing regional news bulletins during Breakfast

27 Mar

The BBC will stop showing regional TV news bulletins during the BBC One Breakfast show from Monday next week. The corporation said it needs to “adapt to the demands of covering Covid-19 and its effects on all our lives” in explaining the decision. The change is said to be a temporary measure. Breakfast, which airs … Continue reading “BBC to stop showing regional news bulletins during Breakfast”

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BBC News boss tells viewers coverage will ‘look a bit different’ during pandemic

26 Mar

The BBC‘s director of news has warned viewers that things will “look and sound a bit different” while the corporation adapts to the coronavirus pandemic. In a blog post on the BBC website, Fran Unsworth (pictured) outlined a number of changes its newsroom was making in light of the “rapidly evolving situation”. Presenters are doing their own … Continue reading “BBC News boss tells viewers coverage will ‘look a bit different’ during pandemic”

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BBC News puts restructure threatening 450 jobs on hold for Covid-19 crisis

25 Mar

Plans to cut 450 jobs in BBC News have been put on hold as the corporation faces up to the challenge of reporting during the coronavirus crisis. Outgoing BBC director-general Tony Hall told staff today that a major restructure to modernise the newsroom, saving £40m, had been suspended. The job losses were first reported in … Continue reading “BBC News puts restructure threatening 450 jobs on hold for Covid-19 crisis”

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LBC political editor Theo Usherwood hospitalised with suspected coronavirus

19 Mar

The political editor of LBC has been hospitalised with pneumonia and suspected coronavirus (Covid-19). Theo Usherwood’s family have now said he is “receiving the very best care” at a London hospital, explaining his recent absence from the radio station. A statement from Usherwood’s family, posted on his Twitter page this morning, said: “A few LBC … Continue reading “LBC political editor Theo Usherwood hospitalised with suspected coronavirus”

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the news industry: Everything you need to know

18 Mar

The coronavirus pandemic presents the greatest threat to the global news industry since the 2008 economic crash. Social distancing measures are impacting print circulations, online advertising is already down and face-to-face events (a key part of the revenue mix for many news organisations) are all being cancelled over the coming months. At the same time, … Continue reading “Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the news industry: Everything you need to know”

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One Show to offer health advice under changes to BBC output during coronavirus pandemic

18 Mar

The BBC has set out new changes to its output during the coronavirus pandemic, which include turning the One Show into a consumer programme for “all aspects of the crisis”. The nightly magazine-style show will offer health and well-being advice, tips on keeping fit and eating healthily and link to other BBC output that can … Continue reading “One Show to offer health advice under changes to BBC output during coronavirus pandemic”

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Question Time to broadcast without audience as other shows taken off air at BBC amid coronavirus

17 Mar

Question Time will be broadcast without a studio audience in new drastic measures at the BBC during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. The BBC has said it is moving to a “core news service” on the news channel from tomorrow. Politics Live and the Victoria Derbyshire Show will be taken off the air on BBC Two. … Continue reading “Question Time to broadcast without audience as other shows taken off air at BBC amid coronavirus”

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Coronavirus leads to ‘staggering demand’ for trusted TV news

17 Mar

The BBC News Channel has recorded its biggest weekly audience since 2015  as a result of its coronavirus coverage, while Channel 4 News’ audience has “effectively doubled” in ten days. ITV News has also reported higher than usual audiences across all its programmes, as “people look to public service broadcasters… for clarity” on the latest … Continue reading “Coronavirus leads to ‘staggering demand’ for trusted TV news”

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Government to begin holding daily press briefings on coronavirus

16 Mar

Boris Johnson or one of his senior ministers will hold daily press conferences to update the public on the fight against the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, Downing Street has said. The Prime Minister will address the media over the pandemic today alongside chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance. The … Continue reading “Government to begin holding daily press briefings on coronavirus”

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Samira Ahmed wins broadcasting award months after BBC equal pay victory

13 Mar

Samira Ahmed has won an award naming her audio broadcaster of the year, months after claiming victory in her equal pay claim against the BBC. The Front Row presenter beat Radio 4’s Paddy O’Connell, podcaster George The Poet, and radio DJs Roman Kemp and Dave Berry to the prize at the Broadcasting Press Guild awards today. … Continue reading “Samira Ahmed wins broadcasting award months after BBC equal pay victory”

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BBC news services could be ‘pared back’ if coronavirus hits staff, says director-general

12 Mar

The BBC’s director-general has said there could be a “paring back” of BBC News services as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, but said its priority is to keep services going. Taking questions from MPs this morning, Tony Hall said the BBC had recorded 52m unique users online for information on coronavirus. He said … Continue reading “BBC news services could be ‘pared back’ if coronavirus hits staff, says director-general”

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BBC director-general says he hopes Victoria Derbyshire Show’s journalism ‘will find home’ on news channel

12 Mar

The Victoria Derbyshire Show’s journalism could find a new home on the BBC News channel, the corporation’s director-general has said as he defended plans to end the programme. Appearing before MPs on the Culture Committee today, Tony Hall said the daily show attracts fewer women and younger viewers than the average for the BBC’s news … Continue reading “BBC director-general says he hopes Victoria Derbyshire Show’s journalism ‘will find home’ on news channel”

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Coronavirus: FT deep cleans office after staffer shows symptoms while Telegraph tells journalists to work from home

11 Mar

The Financial Times is deep cleaning its offices in central London after an employee showed coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms. Elsewhere in the UK, newsrooms are preparing to work from home and have banned all but essential travel in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. A message to staff yesterday revealed an FT employee … Continue reading “Coronavirus: FT deep cleans office after staffer shows symptoms while Telegraph tells journalists to work from home”

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Press Gazette reader poll shows 47% favour scrapping licence fee

11 Mar

Almost half of Press Gazette readers backed the scrapping of the BBC licence according to a new poll. Some 956 people responded to the question: “What is the best long-term funding solution for the BBC?” within the past week. Of the readers who took part, 53 per cent backed the compulsory licence fee model covering … Continue reading “Press Gazette reader poll shows 47% favour scrapping licence fee”

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Robert Peston: ‘Now I feel I have to say I’m Jewish when reporting on Labour anti-Semitism claims’

9 Mar

Robert Peston has said he feels he now has to say that he is a Jew “when reporting on the toxic question of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party”. Peston, 59, said he has not been a member of a political party since he was 24 “because I never wanted to be seen as a pamphleteer … Continue reading “Robert Peston: ‘Now I feel I have to say I’m Jewish when reporting on Labour anti-Semitism claims'”

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Robert Peston says declining trust in BBC is bad for all impartial news providers

9 Mar

ITV political editor Robert Peston has said declining trust in any news provider, especially the BBC, “is bad for our collective mission”. “Those who supply it – ITV, the BBC, Channels 4 and 5, Sky – thrive or fail together. Even when competing, the taint of one can infect the others, the triumph of one … Continue reading “Robert Peston says declining trust in BBC is bad for all impartial news providers”

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Channel 4 head of news Dorothy Byrne steps down after 17 years for new role

9 Mar

Channel 4 head of news and current affairs Dorothy Byrne is stepping down after 17 years in “the best job in television”, but will stay at the broadcaster for another year as editor-at-large. Byrne’s new role, which she will begin on 1 May, will see her develop a factual podcast strategy for Channel 4, mentor … Continue reading “Channel 4 head of news Dorothy Byrne steps down after 17 years for new role”

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Robert Peston says he was ‘not spun’ over hospital ‘punch’ error and interviewing May was ‘nightmare’

9 Mar

Robert Peston has said he was “not spun” by Dominic Cummings in wrongly claiming a Labour activist had hit a Tory adviser in a fracas during the general election campaign. The ITV political editor tweeted, along with a number of other political journalists, that an adviser to Matt Hancock had been “whacked in the face … Continue reading “Robert Peston says he was ‘not spun’ over hospital ‘punch’ error and interviewing May was ‘nightmare'”

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ITV News presenter Julie Etchingham says trolls present ‘personal safety issue’ for journalists

6 Mar

ITV News at Ten presenter Julie Etchingham has said facing unwanted attention from online trolls is a “testing new feature” of her job and a “personal safety issue” for journalists. Etchingham admitted she finds dealing with trolls “quite difficult to navigate” as she advised anyone facing similar vitriol not to “throw anything in there that … Continue reading “ITV News presenter Julie Etchingham says trolls present ‘personal safety issue’ for journalists”

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Ministerial boycott of Today was ‘welcomed by many’ listeners, says Nick Robinson

6 Mar

Today presenter Nick Robinson has claimed the recent “boycott” of the BBC Radio 4 news show by ministers had been welcomed by many listeners. Robinson said he was glad Health Secretary Matt Hancock had become the first minister to appear on Today since the general election, but that it was now time to look at … Continue reading “Ministerial boycott of Today was ‘welcomed by many’ listeners, says Nick Robinson”

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ITV boss says ‘we can never know’ why Love Island’s Caroline Flack took her life

6 Mar

The boss of ITV has described the death of Caroline Flack as “unbelievably tragic” and said that people can never know the reasons behind suicide. Dame Carolyn McCall spoke at a conference in London where she addressed the death of former Love Island host Flack, who took her own life last month aged 40. The … Continue reading “ITV boss says ‘we can never know’ why Love Island’s Caroline Flack took her life”

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