City AM sets sights on return to print in September after six-month Covid-19 hiatus

29 May

Free daily business newspaper City AM will return to print in September, nearly six months after suspending distribution due to the Covid-19 crisis. City AM’s print edition has been on hold since 20 March – it later also suspended its digital edition and magazine – and was forced to cut salaries and furlough staff to … Continue reading “City AM sets sights on return to print in September after six-month Covid-19 hiatus”

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Guardian’s head of investigations: ‘In times of crisis you need more accountability journalism, not less’

27 May

Fierce rebuttals to stories about the Government’s handling of the pandemic are a new challenge for journalists that verges on “trolling via government press offices”, the Guardian’s head of investigations has said. Paul Lewis said he saw echoes of Donald Trump’s relationship with the media in the UK government’s communications operation during the Covid-19 outbreak, … Continue reading “Guardian’s head of investigations: ‘In times of crisis you need more accountability journalism, not less'”

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Society of Editors writes to Number 10 over ‘concerning’ refusal to answer questions from ‘campaigning newspapers’

26 May

The Society of Editors has written to Number 10 to raise concerns the Government “appears to be deciding when it wishes to engage with a free media”. The letter follows a statement by Downing Street on Saturday in response to further claims in the Mirror and Guardian newspapers about special adviser Dominic Cummings’ movements during … Continue reading “Society of Editors writes to Number 10 over ‘concerning’ refusal to answer questions from ‘campaigning newspapers'”

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Guardian reporter behind Cummings’ Durham journey scoop ‘riled’ by aide’s attack on media

26 May

One of the journalists who broke the story that Dominic Cummings had travelled to Durham during the lockdown has said he was “riled” when the special adviser tried to blame the media for public anger at his actions. Members of the media were also angered at the weekend by Downing Street’s refusal to shed light … Continue reading “Guardian reporter behind Cummings’ Durham journey scoop ‘riled’ by aide’s attack on media”

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Phone hacking ‘habitual and widespread’ at Sun and NotW as early as 1994, court hears

21 May

Phone hacking and other unlawful information gathering was “habitual and widespread from at least as early as 1994 onwards at both The Sun and The News of the World”, the High Court has heard. Dozens of claimants suing News Group Newspapers say unlawful information gathering at the newspapers was “well-known to and approved of” by senior employees, … Continue reading “Phone hacking ‘habitual and widespread’ at Sun and NotW as early as 1994, court hears”

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National newsbrand ABCs: Sales slump during UK lockdown

21 May

The latest national newspaper circulation figures show print sales took a hit during the lockdown imposed by the UK Government, but the impact is not as severe as it might have been. The Financial Times and the i paper saw the biggest decline from March (pre-lockdown) to April, although this might partly be explained by … Continue reading “National newsbrand ABCs: Sales slump during UK lockdown”

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End of the ABCs? UK news publishers to keep circulation data private as Covid-19 crisis hits

21 May

UK national newspapers no longer have to make their print circulations public through auditors ABC from today, which means we may never get the full picture of the impact of coronavirus on newspaper sales. News UK, publisher of the Sun and Times titles, has opted to make its circulation figures private, meaning only agencies who … Continue reading “End of the ABCs? UK news publishers to keep circulation data private as Covid-19 crisis hits”

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IPSO backs convicted stalker in Daily Record complaint after reporting allegations as fact

20 May

The Daily Record has published a front page correction Monday after press regulator IPSO upheld a complaint made against it by a convicted stalker. Jill Sharp claimed that two articles published by the Scottish daily in February 2017 reporting she “silently stalked” a man over the internet for four years were false and that she … Continue reading “IPSO backs convicted stalker in Daily Record complaint after reporting allegations as fact”

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Love Actually actor Kris Marshall settles News of the World phone-hacking claim

20 May

Actor Kris Marshall has settled a damages action over phone hacking, the High Court has heard. The actor, best known for his roles in Love Actually and in the BBC television series My Family and Death In Paradise, received “substantial damages” from News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun and the now-defunct News Of The World. … Continue reading “Love Actually actor Kris Marshall settles News of the World phone-hacking claim”

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Lockdown murder threats against Northern Ireland journalists prompt Stand up for Journalism campaign

20 May

Three rival Belfast-based newspapers have joined together in solidarity against threats from paramilitaries against journalists. A public statement declaring support for press freedom in Northern Ireland, signed by members of the UK government and the devolved Northern Ireland government as been published in the Belfast Telegraph, Irish News and News Letter. It comes amid a … Continue reading “Lockdown murder threats against Northern Ireland journalists prompt Stand up for Journalism campaign”

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Fresh spending and pay cuts at FT despite 50,000 new sign-ups during Covid-19 crisis

14 May

The Financial Times is cutting its spending on non-staff contributors and implementing further cuts to pay and working hours as it continues to “navigate through” the coronavirus downturn. The newspaper has seen 50,000 new digital subscribers sign up as the Covid-19 crisis developed over the past two months, with “historic highs” coming nearly every week … Continue reading “Fresh spending and pay cuts at FT despite 50,000 new sign-ups during Covid-19 crisis”

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Harry Cole named new Sun political editor as Tom Newton Dunn leaves for Times Radio

14 May

Harry Cole will replace Sun political editor Tom Newton Dunn who is leaving the paper after 16 years to join Times Radio. Newton Dunn (pictured) will be a presenter and chief political commentator at the station, owned by Sun and Times parent company News UK, which is due to launch this summer. He will host … Continue reading “Harry Cole named new Sun political editor as Tom Newton Dunn leaves for Times Radio”

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Tabloids win High Court harassment battle with family who sought publicity for bigger council house

12 May

A family of ten who sought publicity through their local newspaper in their bid for a bigger council house have lost a High Court harassment case against three national titles that picked up the story. Arnold and Jeanne Sube sued Express Newspapers, publisher of the Express and Star titles, and News Group Newspapers, publisher of … Continue reading “Tabloids win High Court harassment battle with family who sought publicity for bigger council house”

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Peers ‘unlikely’ to take up offer from rugby star Gareth Thomas to testify on tabloid behaviour

11 May

A House of Lords committee looking into the future of journalism has turned down an offer from Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas to testify on the “horrific experience” he has faced at the hands of the tabloid press. Thomas said in September that a journalist revealed his HIV positive status to his parents before he … Continue reading “Peers ‘unlikely’ to take up offer from rugby star Gareth Thomas to testify on tabloid behaviour”

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Mail, Metro and i titles offer £3m of free ads to help Covid-19’s struggling small businesses

11 May

The Mail, Metro and i titles will between them offer £3m worth of free advertising to small businesses who are struggling to stay afloat because of the coronavirus crisis. The Daily Mail and General Trust is offering £3,000 worth of advertising each to 1,000 companies. The adverts will appear across DMGT’s four print titles, including … Continue reading “Mail, Metro and i titles offer £3m of free ads to help Covid-19’s struggling small businesses”

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Reach accelerates digital drive as revenue fell 30% in April under Covid-19 crisis

7 May

Mirror, Express and Star publisher Reach is “accelerating plans” to drive digital engagement and capture customer data after group revenue fell by nearly a third in April as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. In line with other news publishers, Reach said the Covid-19 crisis began impacting its business from mid-March, leading to a drop … Continue reading “Reach accelerates digital drive as revenue fell 30% in April under Covid-19 crisis”

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VE Day: How front pages marked the end of World War Two in 1945

7 May

Friday marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day – or VE Day – when the Allies formally accepted Germany’s surrender, bringing an end to the Second World War. Readers of the Times first read about the news of “victory in Europe to be declared today” on page six, as the first part of … Continue reading “VE Day: How front pages marked the end of World War Two in 1945”

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‘Obvious public interest’ in Telegraph’s top scientist lockdown love affair scoop, says media law expert

6 May

The Telegraph scoop, revealing a scientist who advised on the UK lockdown had been secretly visited by his married lover during the pandemic, was in the public interest, a media law expert has said. The exclusive story exposed Professor Neil Ferguson’s actions, which flouted restrictions on movement imposed, on his advice, by the UK Government … Continue reading “‘Obvious public interest’ in Telegraph’s top scientist lockdown love affair scoop, says media law expert”

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Shining a light: Best investigative journalism of the coronavirus crisis revealed

1 May

Investigations have shed light on the impact of coronavirus on the most vulnerable in our societies and helped push for action from officials. Some of the best investigations are shown below as part of Press Gazette’s Journalism Matters: Excellence in Reporting Coronavirus survey. Press Gazette received more than 600 nominations after asking people to highlight … Continue reading “Shining a light: Best investigative journalism of the coronavirus crisis revealed”

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Judge strikes out ‘irrelevant’ parts of Meghan Markle’s case against Mail on Sunday

1 May

The publisher of the Mail on Sunday has won the first High Court skirmish in the Duchess of Sussex’s claim against it over publication of a “private and confidential” letter to her estranged father. Meghan is suing Associated Newspapers over five articles, two in the Mail on Sunday and three on Mail Online, which were … Continue reading “Judge strikes out ‘irrelevant’ parts of Meghan Markle’s case against Mail on Sunday”

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News publishers raise £7m to help fight coronavirus

1 May

UK news publishers have helped raise some £7m to aid the fight against coronavirus, alongside reporting the impact of the pandemic and holding those in power to account. The Daily Mail has set up a £4m fund to provide protective equipment for NHS staff through its new charity Mail Force. It flew a plane full of … Continue reading “News publishers raise £7m to help fight coronavirus”

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Liverpool Echo issues contributions plea as Guardian voluntary payments grow by fifth

29 Apr

The Guardian’s reader revenues have grown at record rates since the coronavirus crisis began and one of the UK’s biggest regional dailies follows in its footsteps in asking for contributions. Recurring payments are up by almost a quarter (23 per cent) on last year at the Guardian, which reached 821,000 recurring monthly supporters last month. … Continue reading “Liverpool Echo issues contributions plea as Guardian voluntary payments grow by fifth”

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Daily Mail flies £1m worth of PPE supplies from China to Heathrow as it launches Mail Force charity push

29 Apr

The Daily Mail last night dramatically intervened in the UK PPE supplies crisis and flew a Dreamliner 787 loaded with £1m worth of equipment into Heathrow airport. It contained 20 tons of coveralls and masks sourced from China and was paid for by a new charity called Mail Force. More deliveries are planned. Health Secretary … Continue reading “Daily Mail flies £1m worth of PPE supplies from China to Heathrow as it launches Mail Force charity push”

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Hacked Off founders share false claims Daily Express front page was faked

28 Apr

Hacked Off founders Hugh Grant and Brian Cathcart were among thousands retweeting posts accusing the Daily Express of faking a front-page picture showing crowds on Brighton seafront in breach of Covid-19 lockdown rules. The agency behind the photo, South West News, has since gone public with irrefutable evidence that the photo – which featured on … Continue reading “Hacked Off founders share false claims Daily Express front page was faked”

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Evening Standard chief executive Mike Soutar steps down during pandemic after six months in role

28 Apr

Evening Standard chief executive Mike Soutar will step down at the end of May after six months in the role, which he is the first to have held. Soutar has spent most of his career working in magazines and is co-founder of Shortlist Media, which rebranded as Stylist Media after free men’s magazine Shortlist closed … Continue reading “Evening Standard chief executive Mike Soutar steps down during pandemic after six months in role”

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Sports journalists share fears Covid-19 cuts could be permanent as industry weakened

28 Apr

Among journalists, those covering sport have been some of the hardest hit by the coronavirus as matches and tournaments have been cancelled under measures to slow the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). The Olympic Games and the Wimbledon tennis championship, due to take place in summer, have both been suspended. Ten Formula 1 races have been … Continue reading “Sports journalists share fears Covid-19 cuts could be permanent as industry weakened”

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FT reporter ‘eavesdropped on Independent Zoom call’ informing staff of cutbacks

27 Apr

The FT has declined to comment on a report that its media correspondent listened to a “confidential and sensitive” in-house video call during which staff at The Independent were informed about Covid-19-related cutbacks. Press Gazette understands that no legal action is being planned by Independent Digital News and Media, which owns the Independent. However, the … Continue reading “FT reporter ‘eavesdropped on Independent Zoom call’ informing staff of cutbacks”

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FT reporter resigns after eavesdropping on Zoom conference calls at Independent and Standard

27 Apr

The FT’s  media correspondent Mark Di Stefano has resigned after listening to a “confidential and sensitive” in-house video call during which staff at The Independent were informed about Covid-19-related cutbacks. Di Stefano is understood to have been suspended after the matter came to light earlier this week. The FT said: “Last week, the FT received … Continue reading “FT reporter resigns after eavesdropping on Zoom conference calls at Independent and Standard”

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BBC’s Aasmah Mir and Channel 4 News’ Cathy Newman among latest Times Radio signings

27 Apr

Journalist and presenter Aasmah Mir has left the BBC after almost 20 years to join News UK’s Times Radio, which will launch this summer. Channel 4 News’ Cathy Newman is also joining the station, saying she looks forward to “quizzing politicians, chewing over the week’s news and attempting to set the world to rights every … Continue reading “BBC’s Aasmah Mir and Channel 4 News’ Cathy Newman among latest Times Radio signings”

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Irish Daily Star’s Eoin Brannigan named editor-in-chief of Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life

24 Apr

Eoin Brannigan has been appointed as the new editor-in-chief of the Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life. Brannigan, who has edited the Irish Daily Star since 2017 and worked at the paper for 23 years, said his new job is a “huge honour”. The Belfast Telegraph – known as the “Bel Tel” – turns 150 this … Continue reading “Irish Daily Star’s Eoin Brannigan named editor-in-chief of Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life”

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