Tributes paid to ex-Standard night picture editor Stuart Goodman who died of Covid-19

3 Apr

Stuart Goodman, one of the best loved photographers on Fleet Street, has died aged 72 as a result of contracting Covid-19 after attending hospital with a cancer diagnosis. Goodman was both a photographer and a desk man working for agencies and national titles. He worked for titles as diverse as the Swansea Evening Post, The … Continue reading “Tributes paid to ex-Standard night picture editor Stuart Goodman who died of Covid-19”

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Archant furloughs ‘small number’ of staff as local publishers hit by pandemic

3 Apr

Archant is putting a “small number” of staff on furlough, following in the footsteps of rival publishers Newsquest and JPI Media, in a bid to cut costs during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The local news publisher said in an email to staff this week that furloughed staff would be those whose work had “disappeared” or … Continue reading “Archant furloughs ‘small number’ of staff as local publishers hit by pandemic”

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News diary 6-12 April: Easter arrives and UK enters peak period for coronavirus deaths

3 Apr

Foresight News provides a look-ahead to the key events that need to be in your news diary for next week… Monday As questions continue to be raised about the effectiveness of the government’s efforts to counter the economic effects of coronavirus, some of the initial measures announced at Budget begin to take effect this week: … Continue reading “News diary 6-12 April: Easter arrives and UK enters peak period for coronavirus deaths”

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Google puts up $6.5m to fund fight against coronavirus ‘fake news’ worldwide

3 Apr

Google has announced $6.5m (£5.2m) worth of grants to support fact-checking groups and non-profits worldwide battling misinformation on coronavirus (Covid-19). A proportion of the money will go towards UK fact-checking charity Full Fact and independent body First Draft, which offers guidance to journalists on verifying content on social media. Full Fact will share a grant … Continue reading “Google puts up $6.5m to fund fight against coronavirus ‘fake news’ worldwide”

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Press Awards reveal winners despite cancelling ceremony over Covid-19

3 Apr

The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday were named newspapers of the year by the Society of Editors today after the group’s annual awards ceremony was cancelled by the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. The Press Awards winners were due to be announced at a gala dinner in London yesterday but this was postponed last month and … Continue reading “Press Awards reveal winners despite cancelling ceremony over Covid-19”

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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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Coronavirus: Music mag Kerrang halts publication for three months as distribution ‘virtually impossible’

2 Apr

Rock music magazine Kerrang has suspended its print publication for three months because the coronavirus lockdown has made distribution “virtually impossible”. The magazine will return weekly on 8 July but until then will only continue publishing on its website and social media pages. The title has been hit by a drastic decline in footfall, the … Continue reading “Coronavirus: Music mag Kerrang halts publication for three months as distribution ‘virtually impossible'”

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Metropolis Group’s £12m ‘expansion’ loan comes as it furloughs staff and cuts hours

2 Apr

B2B publisher Metropolis has furloughed staff and cut working hours during the Covid-19 lockdown, but its chief executive has said the group could be one of the “winners” of this “terrible crisis”. The media and events business has also postponed almost 100 events until autumn and winter this year in the hope that restrictions on … Continue reading “Metropolis Group’s £12m ‘expansion’ loan comes as it furloughs staff and cuts hours”

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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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Court overturns murder conviction of British man who kidnapped US journalist Daniel Pearl

2 Apr

A Pakistani court has overturned the murder conviction of a British Pakistani man found guilty of the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street journalist Daniel Pearl. Instead, the court found Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh guilty of the lesser charge of kidnapping and sentenced him to seven years in jail. One of his lawyers, Khwaja Naveed, … Continue reading “Court overturns murder conviction of British man who kidnapped US journalist Daniel Pearl”

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Future to close six magazines and Kelsey Media shutters ‘best-selling’ boxing title

1 Apr

Future Publishing is planning to close six print titles, saying it has been “forced into making difficult decisions” as a drop in retail footfall impacts magazine sales. One of the titles has been confirmed as the Official Xbox Magazine, which launched 20 years ago and had a paid-for monthly circulation of 15,022 in 2019, according … Continue reading “Future to close six magazines and Kelsey Media shutters ‘best-selling’ boxing title”

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Standard furloughs staff, cuts salaries and suspends ES Magazine as ad revenue falls

1 Apr

The Evening Standard is putting a number of staff on furlough, cutting the salaries of those that keep working, and suspending publication of its weekly ES Magazine supplement. The measures are the latest to be taken by the free daily newspaper, owned by Russian billionaire Evgeny Lebedev, under the “very challenging circumstances” brought about by … Continue reading “Standard furloughs staff, cuts salaries and suspends ES Magazine as ad revenue falls”

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BBC regional news chief says social media no replacement for ‘rigorous journalism’

1 Apr

Head of BBC West and South West Stephanie Marshall writes about the importance of accurate and impartial news during the pandemic. This article first appeared in the Western Daily Press. It was a shocking video that brought home the scale of the crisis we are facing: tanks rumbling down a London street as the Army … Continue reading “BBC regional news chief says social media no replacement for ‘rigorous journalism'”

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JPI Media puts 350 staff on furlough to ‘control costs’ during pandemic

1 Apr

JPI Media, owner of the Yorkshire Post and Scotsman titles, is putting 350 employees on furlough and cutting the salaries of those who continue working by up to 15 per cent. Employees of the regional publisher were told this morning of plans to safeguard jobs by reducing staff costs as the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic continues. … Continue reading “JPI Media puts 350 staff on furlough to ‘control costs’ during pandemic”

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Media and events firm Metropolis Group secures £12m funding from bank

1 Apr

B2B publisher Metropolis Group has secured a £12m funding package that it said will “strengthen” its balance sheet during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The refinancing deal with Lloyds Bank will also give the group, which runs events such as the World Architecture Festival, the “firepower” to make new acquisitions to “drive growth”, it said. Metropolis … Continue reading “Media and events firm Metropolis Group secures £12m funding from bank”

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US publishers face collapse ‘within weeks’ as Covid-19 adds to ‘duopoly’ woes

1 Apr

US news publishers are demanding help from the president and tech companies as many fear being wiped out “within weeks” by the effects of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. While many American news websites are reporting record online readership, advertising revenues are said to have fallen by as much as 50 per cent since Covid-19 shut … Continue reading “US publishers face collapse ‘within weeks’ as Covid-19 adds to ‘duopoly’ woes”

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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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PA to furlough sports journalists to ‘mitigate financial impact’ of Covid-19

31 Mar

PA has confirmed 44 of its journalists covering sport and racing will be furloughed in action to “mitigate the financial impact of Covid-19”. A total of 39 sports journalists and five racing journalists will be put on paid leave under the Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme, which covers 80 per cent of their salaries up … Continue reading “PA to furlough sports journalists to ‘mitigate financial impact’ of Covid-19”

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City AM staff put on furlough and digital edition suspended during Covid-19 pandemic

31 Mar

A majority of City AM staff will be put on furlough (paid leave) and the digital edition suspended in the latest measures to protect the newsbrand during the coronavirus pandemic. Staff who continue to work will be paid 80 per cent of their salary, the same as the Government scheme for furloughed workers which caps … Continue reading “City AM staff put on furlough and digital edition suspended during Covid-19 pandemic”

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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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Going viral: Twitter and Facebook failing to contain Covid-19 misinformation

31 Mar

Vladimir Putin has released hundreds of lions and tigers on to the streets of Russia to enforce self-isolation.  Hollywood celebrities are not being diagnosed with coronavirus – they are actually being arrested for paedophilia offences. The US was threatening Iraq with coronavirus 30 years ago, as proven by an archived Associated Press video of Saddam … Continue reading “Going viral: Twitter and Facebook failing to contain Covid-19 misinformation”

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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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Education Secretary says local papers playing ‘vital’ role in outbreak and home deliveries should continue

30 Mar

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has said local newspapers are “absolutely vital” in reporting key messages to help save lives during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. He also called for clarity and guidance to be issued “to make sure it is understood that newspaper deliveries can – and should – still take place”. The Tory MP said: … Continue reading “Education Secretary says local papers playing ‘vital’ role in outbreak and home deliveries should continue”

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Former NatMags chief exec Terry Hearst dies aged 81 after contracting coronavirus

30 Mar

Former president and chief executive of the National Magazine Company (now Hearst UK) Terry Hearst has died aged 81 after contracting coronavirus (Covid-19). Mansfield, who died on Saturday, was awarded the CBE in 2002 for his service to the magazine industry and was the first non-American to serve on Hearst’s board of directors. Hearst chief … Continue reading “Former NatMags chief exec Terry Hearst dies aged 81 after contracting coronavirus”

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Archant to ask readers to contribute towards cost of local journalism

30 Mar

Archant is preparing to ask its readers for donations to sustain its local titles, in a model similar to that used by the Guardian. The regional publisher has told staff the new model is “something we need to do to stay in the game” in the event its print titles stop being profitable. Chief content … Continue reading “Archant to ask readers to contribute towards cost of local journalism”

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The i sees newsletter growth by opening up dialogue with readers during coronavirus lockdown

30 Mar

The i paper has adapted its daily round-up newsletter to build a more personal dialogue with readers during the coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown – and has seen subscriber growth as a result. Where before the briefing would go straight into the news headlines, since 18 March it has taken on a community feel, talking directly to … Continue reading “The i sees newsletter growth by opening up dialogue with readers during coronavirus lockdown”

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Google ‘inadvertently funding’ coronavirus conspiracy websites

27 Mar

Google has been accused of helping to fund fake news about coronavirus by placing adverts on websites that promote unproven conspiracy theories. A new study found that out of 50 websites carrying coronavirus conspiracy stories, 43 (86 per cent) appeared to be the recipients of Google ad services. Supplementary research by Press Gazette found Google-powered … Continue reading “Google ‘inadvertently funding’ coronavirus conspiracy websites”

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Coronavirus crisis could force closure of ‘most’ hyperlocal news publishers within weeks

27 Mar

Three-quarters of independent news providers in the UK fear they are at risk of temporary or permanent closure because of the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, a survey has shown. Fifty-three publishers responded this week to the survey co-ordinated by the Public Interest News Foundation with the Independent Community News Network, Bureau Local and regulator Impress. Ninety-four … Continue reading “Coronavirus crisis could force closure of ‘most’ hyperlocal news publishers within weeks”

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