Sun’s Dan Wootton takes over Talkradio drivetime slot from Eamonn Holmes

27 Jan

The Sun’s Dan Wootton is taking over the drivetime show on Talkradio from Eamonn Holmes. It comes weeks after he broke the story that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were planning to move to Canada and step away from royal duties. Wootton will host the afternoon show on Mondays to Thursdays, starting later this month. … Continue reading “Sun’s Dan Wootton takes over Talkradio drivetime slot from Eamonn Holmes”

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BBC sorry for ‘human error’ in report on basketball legend Kobe Bryant’s death that showed wrong player

27 Jan

The BBC has apologised after it wrongly used images of basketball star LeBron James in a report on the death of giant of the game Kobe Bryant. Bryant, 41, was killed in a helicopter crash just outside Los Angeles, California, yesterday which also claimed the lives of his teenage daughter Gianna and several others. The … Continue reading “BBC sorry for ‘human error’ in report on basketball legend Kobe Bryant’s death that showed wrong player”

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Times titles launch daily news podcast with BBC journalist brought in to present

27 Jan

The Times and Sunday Times have become the latest titles to launch a daily news podcast, with a BBC News journalist hired to present it. Stories of our Times will be available from March, going live every weekday at 6am and running to roughly 25 minutes. It promises to take listeners inside an agenda-setting story … Continue reading “Times titles launch daily news podcast with BBC journalist brought in to present”

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BBC teams up with Angelina Jolie on news show for younger audiences

24 Jan

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie is working with the BBC on a show for younger audiences that will explain “the stories behind the news” and give teenagers the tools to spot so-called “fake news”. BBC My World aims to “fill a global gap in reliable and trusted information” for teenagers aged 13 and up who rely … Continue reading “BBC teams up with Angelina Jolie on news show for younger audiences”

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BBC’s Fergal Keane steps back as Africa editor due to PTSD from war reporting

24 Jan

Fergal Keane is stepping back as the BBC’s Africa editor after revealing he is suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder. Keane was said to have been “dealing privately with the effects of PTSD” for several years in a message informing BBC staff of his decision today. His diagnosis is the result of “several decades of work … Continue reading “BBC’s Fergal Keane steps back as Africa editor due to PTSD from war reporting”

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News diary 27 January-2 February: UK leaves the EU and Manchester terror attack suspect trial starts

24 Jan

Foresight News provides a look-ahead to the key events that need to be in your news diary for next week…  Hashem Abedi goes on trial at the Old Bailey on Monday charged with the murders of all 22 victims of the 2017 Manchester Arena terror attack. Abedi is the brother of the attack’s perpetrator Salman, … Continue reading “News diary 27 January-2 February: UK leaves the EU and Manchester terror attack suspect trial starts”

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Vegan magazine closes after three years despite growing interest in plant-based diet

24 Jan

A glossy monthly magazine aimed at the UK’s vegans and others interested in learning about a plant-based diet has closed after three years in print, despite the current vegan “boom”. Vegan Living was launched by Select Publisher Services in October 2016, but it closed last month after 37 issues. The magazine said it “promotes a … Continue reading “Vegan magazine closes after three years despite growing interest in plant-based diet”

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News websites will have to ask readers to declare age or comply with new code, watchdog confirms

24 Jan

News websites will have to ask readers to verify their age or comply with a new 15-point code from the Information Commissioner’s Office designed to protect children’s online data, the watchdog has confirmed. Press campaign groups were hoping news websites would be exempt from the new Age Appropriate Design Code, which was published in its … Continue reading “News websites will have to ask readers to declare age or comply with new code, watchdog confirms”

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Culture Secretary intervenes in Mail publisher DMGT’s purchase of the i paper

24 Jan

Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan has formally intervened in Mail and Metro owner Daily Mail and General Trust’s £49.6m purchase of the i paper from JPI Media. Morgan (pictured) issued a Public Interest Intervention Notice on Wednesday after she decided there should an investigation into whether the deal adversely affects the plurality of views in the … Continue reading “Culture Secretary intervenes in Mail publisher DMGT’s purchase of the i paper”

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Emma Tucker takes reins at Sunday Times as Martin Ivens steps down to join board

24 Jan

Sunday Times editor Martin Ivens is leaving after seven years in charge at the title, with Times deputy editor Emma Tucker appointed to replace him. Tucker (pictured) becomes the title’s first female editor of the Sunday Times in more than a century and begins her new role on Tuesday. Ivens will take up a role … Continue reading “Emma Tucker takes reins at Sunday Times as Martin Ivens steps down to join board”

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Former Time Out Paris editor and Telegraph travel expert Natasha Edwards dies aged 57

23 Jan

Natasha Edwards, a travel and arts journalist with a “marvellous legacy” who wrote the first Time Out guide to Paris, has died aged 57. Edwards, who was the Telegraph’s longstanding Paris expert, died on 30 December from complications following surgery for a brain tumour. Born in London, Natasha graduated in history from Cambridge and cut … Continue reading “Former Time Out Paris editor and Telegraph travel expert Natasha Edwards dies aged 57”

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Arron Banks drops part of libel case against Observer’s Carole Cadwalladr

23 Jan

Prominent Brexiteer Arron Banks has dropped half of his libel case against Observer journalist Carole Cadwalladr, who is now appealing for help with her legal costs to continue fighting the claim. Leave.EU campaign donor Banks is suing Cadwalladr after she accused him of telling lies about his relationship with Russia during a Ted Talk she … Continue reading “Arron Banks drops part of libel case against Observer’s Carole Cadwalladr”

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Victoria Derbyshire speaks out over BBC decision to take show off air

23 Jan

Victoria Derbyshire has spoken out for the first time about BBC plans to take her eponymous show off the air, saying she is “devastated” by the news which she first learned about through press reports. The BBC has now confirmed it intends to end the Victoria Derbyshire Show’s television run after five years in fresh … Continue reading “Victoria Derbyshire speaks out over BBC decision to take show off air”

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Lobby allows live reporting from Government briefing after Guido Fawkes tweets

23 Jan

Guido Fawkes editor Paul Staines has said the Lobby’s control over Government press briefings is “finished” after a U-turn on rules banning live reporting prompted by the political blogging site. Reporters from Guido began live tweeting the contents of morning briefings with the Government’s official spokesperson this week in contravention of Lobby rules which stated … Continue reading “Lobby allows live reporting from Government briefing after Guido Fawkes tweets”

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Sky and NBC team up for new global news channel under owner Comcast

23 Jan

Sky and NBC News are teaming up under joint owner Comcast to launch an international news service with a base in the UK, senior executives have revealed. The English-speaking channel will be called NBC Sky World News and is set to go live this summer, creating a rival to the BBC World Service and CNN … Continue reading “Sky and NBC team up for new global news channel under owner Comcast”

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Victoria Derbyshire Show journalists say BBC decision to take it off air is ‘gutting’ and ‘devastating’

23 Jan

Journalists working for the Victoria Derbyshire Show have said the BBC’s decision to take the award-winning news programme off the air is “gutting” and “devastating”. The morning show, which has won a Bafta and two Royal Television Society awards for its star, faces the axe in fresh cuts to news services at the BBC. The … Continue reading “Victoria Derbyshire Show journalists say BBC decision to take it off air is ‘gutting’ and ‘devastating'”

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Janine Gibson to head up FT’s digital platforms in latest editorial reshuffle

22 Jan

Roula Khalaf, the new editor of the Financial Times, has made more senior editorial appointments to focus on digital leadership and City commentary. Khalaf took over from Lionel Barber last week when he was “banged out” of the FT newsroom after 34 years at the paper and 14 as editor. Janine Gibson (pictured), who joined … Continue reading “Janine Gibson to head up FT’s digital platforms in latest editorial reshuffle”

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Police ‘putting journalists at risk’ in Northern Ireland by refusing to share details of ‘immediate threats’

22 Jan

Police in Northern Ireland are failing to share enough details about immediate threats to journalists from terrorists and criminals that would help them take extra safety precautions, editors have said. The Police Service of Northern Ireland warns journalists when members of a paramilitary group or criminal gang – often one in the same – have … Continue reading “Police ‘putting journalists at risk’ in Northern Ireland by refusing to share details of ‘immediate threats'”

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Reach unites regional titles for first time to highlight climate crisis

22 Jan

Dozens of regional brands owned by Reach, including the Manchester Evening News and Newcastle Chronicle, have joined forces for the first time today to highlight the climate emergency. The #Do1Thing campaign has launched across 25 regional daily print titles and 37 of Reach’s regional Live websites, taking over mastheads and front pages with stories about … Continue reading “Reach unites regional titles for first time to highlight climate crisis”

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Jewish Chronicle wrongly identified Labour member as Jewish, IPSO rules

22 Jan

The Jewish Chronicle has been rapped by press regulator the Independent Press Standards Organisation after wrongly reporting that a prominent Labour member was Jewish. It is the second time in under two months that the weekly paper has been found in breach of editorial guidelines set by the regulator. The Chronicle reported in March last … Continue reading “Jewish Chronicle wrongly identified Labour member as Jewish, IPSO rules”

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Newsquest donates £140,000 to good causes with £30,000 for news industry charities

22 Jan

Newsquest has donated more than £140,000 to 40 UK community organisations, including special grants to charities connected with the news industry, through the charitable arm of its US owner. The Gannett Foundation gave the £10,000 each to the Journalists’ Charity and the Newstraid Benevolent Fund, which respectively support current and former journalists and retailers and … Continue reading “Newsquest donates £140,000 to good causes with £30,000 for news industry charities”

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Competition watchdog launches investigation into mag publisher Future’s buyout of TI Media

21 Jan

The UK’s competition watchdog has launched an investigation into the merger of two major UK magazine publishers. Future announced in October that it planned to acquire TI Media for £140m. The deal would add lifestyle and women’s interest titles to Future’s roster for the first time and give it new sports, home, technology and entertainment … Continue reading “Competition watchdog launches investigation into mag publisher Future’s buyout of TI Media”

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Belfast Telegraph editor steps down after five years with return to reporting

21 Jan

The editor of the Belfast Telegraph is stepping down after five years to return to reporting as editor-at-large for Belfast. Gail Walker took the helm at the daily newspaper in 2015, becoming its first ever female editor. The paper marks its 150th anniversary this year and was named daily/Sunday title of the year at the Regional … Continue reading “Belfast Telegraph editor steps down after five years with return to reporting”

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Haymarket returns to double-figure profit as digital and non-UK revenues grow

21 Jan

Pre-tax profits at specialist publisher Haymarket Group have doubled year-on-year, with the business said to be in “sound financial shape”. The company has reported profit before tax of £15.2m for the year to 30 June 2019, returning to pre-2018 levels when numbers fell sharply. It reported pre-tax profit of £8m in 2018 and £15.9m in … Continue reading “Haymarket returns to double-figure profit as digital and non-UK revenues grow”

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Guido Fawkes takes on Lobby ‘cartel’ with live tweets in defiance of ‘quaint rules’ on briefings

21 Jan

Guido Fawkes is facing off against the Lobby, the cohort of political journalists based in Westminster, by reporting live from Government briefings in defiance of the group’s code. Tweets marked with the hashtag #No10Briefing sent yesterday from Guido’s official Twitter account revealed the content of the morning briefing with the Government’s spokesperson as it happened. … Continue reading “Guido Fawkes takes on Lobby ‘cartel’ with live tweets in defiance of ‘quaint rules’ on briefings”

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Midlands TV reporting stalwart Reg Harcourt dies aged 88

21 Jan

Midlands reporter Reg Harcourt, who was the only TV journalist present for Enoch Powell’s infamous “rivers of blood” speech, has died aged 88. Harcourt started his TV career in the late 1950s with ATV Midlands – the forerunner of today’s ITV News Central – after spending time at the Nottingham Evening Post, the now-defunct Evening … Continue reading “Midlands TV reporting stalwart Reg Harcourt dies aged 88”

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Is shorthand still an essential skill for journalists? Regional daily and news agency editors give their views

20 Jan

The editor-in-chief of the UK’s biggest news agency has said job applications he receives without shorthand go “straight in the bin” as the skill’s necessity for journalists was the subject of industry debate. PA Media’s Pete Clifton told Press Gazette that a shorthand speed of 100 words per minute is an “absolute requirement” for his … Continue reading “Is shorthand still an essential skill for journalists? Regional daily and news agency editors give their views”

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Politics, equal pay and licence fee cuts: Tony Hall leaves BBC at testing time for broadcaster

20 Jan

Tony Hall’s time as director-general of the BBC has not been mired in media scandal as his predecessor’s tenure was, but the corporation is not without turmoil as he prepares to leave in six months. It is of course a far cry from when Lord Hall took over as director-general in 2013 from George Entwhistle, … Continue reading “Politics, equal pay and licence fee cuts: Tony Hall leaves BBC at testing time for broadcaster”

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PA managing director Tony Watson retiring after 17 years with news agency

20 Jan

PA managing director Tony Watson is to retire after 17 years with the UK’s leading news agency. Watson leaves in March, bringing to an end a 42-year career in media during which edited the Yorkshire Post for 13 years and also worked in TV. Watson joined PA in 2003 and was made managing director in … Continue reading “PA managing director Tony Watson retiring after 17 years with news agency”

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