Hull Daily Mail breached Editors’ Code with photo of paedophile clown

11 May

A regional newspaper has been reprimanded after publishing a picture of a convicted paedophile with two children unrelated to his crimes. The Hull Daily Mail published an article online on 9 December last year headlined “Kids entertainer ‘Bobby Bubbles’ raped child who ‘thought she was in love’ with him”. It reported that the man was … Continue reading “Hull Daily Mail breached Editors’ Code with photo of paedophile clown”

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ITN calls for ‘strong sanctions’ for tech giants who break fake news rules

4 May

ITV News, Channel 4 News and 5 News producer ITN wants the UK government to impose “strong sanctions” on social platforms that do not take stringent measures to remove fake news. In its submission to an inquiry on the future of journalism run by the House of Lords Committee on Communications and Digital, ITN also … Continue reading “ITN calls for ‘strong sanctions’ for tech giants who break fake news rules”

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Ofcom sanctions London Live over ‘potentially harmful’ David Icke interview on coronavirus

20 Apr

Ofcom has sanctioned London Live, the TV channel of Evening Standard and Independent owner Evgeny Lebedev, after an interview with conspiracy theorist David Icke that “risked causing significant harm to viewers”. The broadcast regulator said that Icke’s controversial views on the causes of coronavirus and the responses of governments were not challenged enough during the … Continue reading “Ofcom sanctions London Live over ‘potentially harmful’ David Icke interview on coronavirus”

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Woman ‘in relationship with chandelier’ loses complaint against ‘discriminatory’ Sun column

14 Apr

A woman who claimed that an article in the Sun referring to her having “married a chandelier-style light fitting” discriminated against her sexual orientation has had her complaint dismissed by the industry regulator. Amanda Liberty said her sexual orientation is an attraction to inanimate objects, which has been described in one academic paper as “objectum sexual”. … Continue reading “Woman ‘in relationship with chandelier’ loses complaint against ‘discriminatory’ Sun column”

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Ofcom assessing Eamonn Holmes’ comments on 5G coronavirus conspiracy after 419 complaints

14 Apr

Ofcom is assessing yesterday’s edition of This Morning after presenter Eamonn Holmes commented on conspiracy theories linking the rollout of 5G mobile technology with the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. The broadcast regulator has received 419 complaints about Holmes’ comments and said it is assessing the programme as a priority. Holmes was responding to comments from fellow … Continue reading “Ofcom assessing Eamonn Holmes’ comments on 5G coronavirus conspiracy after 419 complaints”

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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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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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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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Judge rejects appeal for judicial review into alleged BBC ‘Brexit bias’

2 Mar

Appeal judges have dismissed a former BBC journalist’s crowdfunded case for a judicial review against the corporation and the way it measures impartiality in news and current affairs programming. David Keighley claims there is “systemic bias” in the BBC’s reporting of EU affairs, with it “vigorously pushing the case for Remain”, and that things had … Continue reading “Judge rejects appeal for judicial review into alleged BBC ‘Brexit bias'”

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Sheikh loses complaints against three UK newspapers over coverage of son’s death

27 Feb

The ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah has lost complaints about coverage of his son’s death in the Sun, Mail and Metro newspapers, having deemed the timing of their articles to be “insensitive”. Prince Khalid Al Qasimi, founder and creative director of fashion brand Qasimi, died aged 39 at his London penthouse on 1 July … Continue reading “Sheikh loses complaints against three UK newspapers over coverage of son’s death”

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Ofcom says it would not seek to ‘curtail’ news websites’ editorial freedom if made online regulator

27 Feb

Ofcom has said it would not seek to “curtail the editorial freedom of news sites” if it is given powers to regulate online content. Kevin Bakurst (pictured), Ofcom’s group content director, said that concerns the watchdog would “police” the internet by shutting down websites or censoring content were “unfounded”. The Government has said it is “minded” … Continue reading “Ofcom says it would not seek to ‘curtail’ news websites’ editorial freedom if made online regulator”

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Press regulator backs campaigner Gina Miller over Brexit article that led to online abuse

25 Feb

Businesswoman and campaigner Gina Miller was subjected to online abuse after a right-leaning news website wrongly claimed she tried again to stop the UK leaving the EU following the general election. Alternative press regulator Impress ordered Unity News Network to publish an apology over the 14 December article, titled: “Gina Miller accused of new secret … Continue reading “Press regulator backs campaigner Gina Miller over Brexit article that led to online abuse”

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Ex-Culture Committee chairman slams Facebook regulation proposals as ‘too little too late’

20 Feb

Former Culture Committee chairman Damian Collins MP has slammed Facebook’s proposals for online content regulation as “too little, too late”. The social network’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg suggested online platforms should be incentivised to be more responsible by placing more accountability on them to moderate content. Under Facebook’s plan, a model agreed by regulators around … Continue reading “Ex-Culture Committee chairman slams Facebook regulation proposals as ‘too little too late'”

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Talkradio fined £75,000 over Broadcasting Code breaches by ex-host George Galloway

17 Feb

Broadcast regulator Ofcom has ordered Talkradio to pay a £75,000 fine after it found George Galloway broke impartiality rules in three programmes in the space of five months in 2018. Two of the breaches were over Galloway’s comments on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, while the third came after he shared “biased and unbalanced” views … Continue reading “Talkradio fined £75,000 over Broadcasting Code breaches by ex-host George Galloway”

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Gina Miller loses discrimination complaint over ‘monkeys’ line in Rod Liddle Sunday Times column

14 Feb

Businesswoman Gina Miller has lost a discrimination complaint over a column by Rod Liddle in The Sunday Times in which he referred to a group of people, which included her, as “monkeys”. In the piece, published on 20 October last year, Liddle said he wished Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal a “swift passage through the chamber”. … Continue reading “Gina Miller loses discrimination complaint over ‘monkeys’ line in Rod Liddle Sunday Times column”

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