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Communications Committee Inquiry on Media Plurality

Written evidence for the House of Lords Communications Committee Inquiry on Media Plurality must be submitted by 1 May.

It remains to be seen if the expected Communications Review White Paper will be published by then but it is clear that the Inquiry will be a useful forum for debate of the issues that the Government may be discussing – […]

Leveson Round Up: Are We Nearly There Yet?

It was not pretty. In fact the deal made on 18 March on implementing Leveson was a lesson in how not to do policy. It demonstrated with abundant clarity why Leveson himself singled out media policymaking as a special case, in which minsters face acute pressure from interested parties that are uniquely able to bring pressure to bear, and shape public opinion.

After […]

The Leveson Charter: what does ‘independent’ self-regulation mean?

With the Conservative Party’s proposed royal charter published, the debate is all about whether the body would be sufficiently independent from the press. This is part of a longer debate about wresting control of the PCC from the ink-stained hands of the editors.

Since it was set up following Calcutt in 1992, control of the PCC has been dragged slowly away from the industry […]

February 12th, 2013|Press Regulation|0 Comments|

Leveson and Media Policy: A Lost Opportunity?

Setting up a judge-led inquiry into press standards had a number of advantages when compared to previous government-appointed Royal Commissions on the press, government appointed reviews such as  Calcutt, and Parliamentary Committee Inquiries. Lord Justice Leveson’s Inquiry enjoyed genuine operational independence from both press and government, and legitimacy from all sides of the debate. This was hugely important at a […]

Is it Game over for Team Delaunay?

If Paul Dacre is the unchallengeable and dominant Alex Ferguson of British Newspaper Editors, Alan Rusbridger is probably Arsene Wenger:  flashes of brilliance and an attractive style, but underperformance in the premier league of UK print sales. This would make James Harding Jose Mourinho: a great leader, but swiftly replaced when there is a difference of opinion with the […]

Leveson: Bloggers vs the Press

Johannes Hillje, Helene de Chalambert and Matilde Beccatti

This week, the LSE Media Policy Project has presented an initial analysis of how national newspapers reacted to Leveson because it is interesting to ask if, and how, the Press used its power to shape public debate on its own future.

In a context of newspaper decline, and the rise of social media, […]

Credible Threats? Self-Regulation in the Shadow of the State

Leveson thinks that seven national convulsions over press regulation are enough. His proposal is for a ‘grand bargain’ with the press to ensure we never find ourselves in this situation again.  In order to understand Leveson’s plan to break the cycle, we need to ask exactly why the dance of threat and bluff between Parliament and the media recurs so cyclically, and why […]

Free Speech NGOs Divided on Leveson

There are three big, international NGOs based in London that specialise, full time, in campaigning for free speech around the world.

Interestingly, Article 19, arguably the biggest and best known, has come out in favour of the Leveson Report because, it argues, “Legislation to provide a statutory basis for self-regulation does not mean state control”. In fact Article 19 went so […]

November 30th, 2012|Press Regulation|2 Comments|

Leveson Report: Analysis

 Damian Tambini

The most radical proposal in the Leveson report is it’s response to the so-called  ‘Desmond Problem’ – namely that media owners such as Richard Desmond can decide simply to leave a voluntary system of self-regulation. It is Leveson’s proposal to solve this problem with legislation that has sent newspaper owners and the PCC into a tailspin, even though […]

Why Monitor the Press?

Lord Justice Leveson’s launch plans for his report make one thing clear: he wants to give the broadcasters a good go at reporting his views before the newspapers hit the stands. His press conference is timed for live coverage by lunchtime bulletins and he has opted to cram as many camera crews as possible into the QE2 Centre to report his speech. […]

November 28th, 2012|Press Regulation|0 Comments|