Rally for Media Reform – democracy in Britain corrupted by illegal and unethical press practices

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VisiononTV at the Rebellious Media Conference: What’s wrong with the tradtional media?

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Two meetings on reclaiming the media

Update: Following these two successful meetings – and also raising the issue at tonight’s NUJ Claudia Jones lecture, I’ve set up a new mailing list and will discuss setting up a follow-up discussion and planning meeting with NUJ colleagues. Stay tuned for further details.

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Unasked questions about Murdoch’s influence

The Labour Party got a lot of mileage from David Cameron’s refusal to give a straight answer in Parliament on Wednesday. Watching minister after minister ask him whether he had discussed the BSkyB during any of his meetings with representatives of News International, I was struck by the unasked question.

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My piece in the Guardian on News International and the NUJ

I’ve written a new piece for the Guardian, which you can read here: The NUJ could have saved the News of the World

I’ve also done a playlist of trade union songs if you want to listen to some radical tunes, which you can watch on Youtube.

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The UK media in crisis (Corporatism in crisis)

Beyond the banks and the retailers, there are two very live and interconnected issues in the UK at the moment where people are clashing with the damaging effects of corporatism.

The first is in the media. Corporatism came late to the media in the UK, the media was a tool of corporations, so, for a long time, it was fairly protected. At least until the ’80s, most UK newspapers generally had a proprietor, broadcasting was divided between the public-funded sector (the BBC) and an atomised private sector (independent television used to be owned regionally and feed into a central broadcasting channel – ITV).

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