British culture versus corrupt companies: the battle for media plurality (guest blog)

The major threat to the quality of media today isn’t the economy or trust – it’s plurality. That’s the view of top analyst Claire Enders, given in her Polis Media Agenda Talk. Polis intern Gideon Reid reports. Claire Enders began by describing the huge changes in media consumption. Over the last 15 years. Television audiences are down 15%, Radio has […]


Murdoch and the Media Committee: a political battle

The Media Select Committee report on its phone-hacking investigation is tougher than I expected and very pointed. It is difficult to see why anyone would think well of the Murdochs as media proprietors after reading it.  Tom Watson’s typically determined bid to push his colleagues into agreeing the ‘not fit’ line may be more than a piece of rhetoric. It was clear more […]


New Media’s Mid-Life Crisis (thoughts from four sessions at the Perugia International Journalism Festival #IFJ12

New media is entering middle age. We’ve all dropped the ‘new’ bit and instead talk about ‘social’ and ‘semantic’ as Web 3.0 becomes reality. Yet while digital communications are triumphing and networked journalism blossoms in this media mid-life, we are also worried about who pays for it and what it’s all for. It’s a ‘crisis,’ in the true sense of […]


Sun On Sunday: what price success?

There has been a paradoxical series of responses to the Sun on Sunday’s highly successful launch, especially from more liberal commentators. These seem to break down into: 1. It’s too bland (it’s not the News of the World) 2. It hasn’t got much hard news in it (It’s not the Sunday Times) 3. It’s too successful (Murdoch is taking over […]

February 27th, 2012|Journalism, Media|0 Comments|

WikiLeaks: Making Life Difficult (Summer School Guest Blog)

This report is by Polis Summer School student Felicia Oschmann. Apart from several photographs of Julian Assange entering the Royal Court of Justice in London during the course of the last weeks, the media’s attention seems to have slipped away from the enfant terrible of the political media world. The title of journalism bete noir, it seems, has been passed […]

July 24th, 2011|Journalism|2 Comments|

Rupert Murdoch at Polis, LSE – New Event July 28th

OK, I lied in that headline. But at least I didn’t listen in on your voicemail. It’s not Rupert himself. Though I would be more than happy to give him or any member of his family or anyone from Newscorp a platform. Instead we have his biographer, Michael Wolff who wrote The Man Who Owns The News.

Michael spent a […]

July 22nd, 2011|Journalism|0 Comments|

Why does Britain have such a popular, political and aggressive tabloid press?

During the phonehacking scandal I have been doing a lot of international media interviews. That’s because the LSE is a very global brand and, well, I do run an international media think-tank. One question that keeps being repeated in various delightful accents goes along the lines of “Why do you English have such a horrible down-market tabloid media that hacks […]


James and Rupert Murdoch: humbled but not defeated (so far)

[This was my instant response to the hearings - a good analysis is provided by the man who has done most to pursue the phonehacking scandal - Nick Davies of the Guardian] It was clear that Newscorp were looking for headlines that said ‘humbled’. That is why they put the ‘most humble day’ line in for Rupert to read out […]

July 19th, 2011|Journalism, Media|1 Comment|

Phonehacking and Press Reforms: Beware Dangerous Dogs

Back in 1991 a Conservative government rushed out legislation in response to a sudden spate of Pit Bull attacks on people. 20 years on and there are more dodgy canines than ever and regular incidents of children mauled by these  ‘pets’. Are we about to make the same mistake with the press watchdogs? Few people doubt that British newspapers have […]


Phone hacking: is it time to get tough on the press? (guest blog on POLIS debate)

Polis’s public debate on the phone-hacking scandal “Is it time to get tough on the press?” – highlighted a central tension for British journalists going forward in the days since News of the World shut down, Trisha Audette reports. At the end of the day, is meeting a higher standard of ethical reporting an internal or external matter? “I don’t […]