In January we covered how the BBC spent £8m attempting to improve “local democracy” reporting. These efforts will likely do little to improve actual local journalism but will manage to enrich large and un-localized corporations, such as Johnstone Press, Newsquest, and Trinity Mirror.
Paul Dacre will move on as editor of The Daily Mail this autumn after more than a quarter of a century in the role. It’s a chance to reflect on the current influence and narratives of right-wing establishment media in which he has played such a key role.
Media Fund partner, Open Democracy reported last week that The London Evening Standard has struck a £3m deal to provide positive news coverage for 6 major corporations.
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Coverage of this week’s massacre of 60+ Palestinians has been predictably mixed.
While the right-wing press was fairly quick to go along with pushing an Israeli narrative, The Daily Mail did at least splash a large “bloodbath” headline on the front page.
Hopes for a further government inquiry into press misconduct were dashed this week as a Labour attempt to bring it back to life was narrowly defeated in The Commons.
The Windrush scandal only blew up after 6 months of The Guardian covering cases of British citizens being detained, deported, denied work, housing, and benefits, or charged cast amount for NHS treatment, which they were fully entitled to.
Before and after the recent attacks on Syria by the US, UK, and France, a predictable spectrum emerged. At one end it was argued that the attacks would risk stepping up a conflagration leading to World War 3.
The news cycle moves so quickly nowadays. While the row about Labour and anti-semitism continues to rumble on in the background, it may be time to consider the broader context of that furor.