Friday, July 18, 2014

Russia Today Journalist Sensationally Resigns Over Putin “Lies”

Sara Firth, a British journalist at Russia Today, has confirmed to MediaGuido that she today resigned in protest at the channel’s coverage of the Ukraine plane crash.

RT is funded by the Kremlin…

UPDATE: Press Gazette has these quotes from Firth:

“Yesterday when the story broke you get the kick in your stomach when you’re going to get the facts and it’s this huge story. And I walked into the newsroom and they were running an eye-witness account of God-knows who the person was blaming the Ukrainian government, and it is such a volatile situation. I said [in a previous interview], if I was asked to burn the facts and not tell the truth I’d be a goner, and so I’m gone… it’s the level of disrespect for the facts that really bugs me. And so I made my decision yesterday when we started covering the story and this morning woke up and I just knew that I can’t go back in any more. The thing is once I made the decision, you have to be honest with yourself and it’s so difficult…. Once you start telling the truth it’s brutal.”

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sunday Mirror and People to Merge

The People’s Nigel Nelson is the longest serving political editor on Fleet Street. Where does this leave him?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Guardian Workers Revolt Over £2 Million Boss
NUJ Condemns Widening Bosses’ Pay Gap

Guardian writers are unhappy that their pay is falling in real terms whilst their bosses’ pay tops £2 million.

guardian-logoFollowing today’s chapel meeting at 2pm, the following motion was passed unanimously:

The chapel believes that GMG’s continued payment of grossly inflated boardroom bonuses and remuneration packages is a violation of the Guardian’s values and represents a failure of corporate governance and accountability by the Trust.

The fact that one package of over £2m has been agreed after five years of large-scale company losses and falling real terms staff pay and numbers demonstrates that City-scale boardroom pay at GMG remains out of control and that genuine independent oversight is not taking place.

The chapel, which represents the overwhelming majority of Guardian and Observer editorial staff, believes the decisions of the board and trust on boardroom pay do not reflect the views of the staff, readership or the ethics of the Guardian that the Trust is obliged to uphold.

The chapel has no confidence in the existing system of executive remuneration, and calls on the company to publish details of all existing long-term incentive and boardroom bonus schemes, as well as the total executive bonus pool paid out annually.

The chapel believes that reform of governance at the Guardian is now essential, and calls on the Trust to respond to chapel representations for reform made over the past five years. The chapel reiterates its opposition to executive performance bonuses and calls on the trust to accept elected staff representation on the remuneration committee and to expand elected staff representation on the Trust itself.

The chapel instructs the officers to prepare a pay claim for this October’s settlement that takes account of GMG boardroom excess, narrows the widening gap between the lowest and highest paid in the company and aims to recoup the real terms cuts in pay and freelance rates sustained by NUJ members over the past five years.

Where was that tribune of the workers and Guardian columnist when the union was meeting?

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Owen Jones was having a cappucino breakfast tea in Bar Italia, Soho…

UPDATE:

Monday, July 14, 2014

Yet Another Pol Ed at the Telegraph
Peter Dominiczak Gets a Crack at the Whip

More changes at the Telegraph:

  • James Kirkup goes upstairs as Executive Editor (Politics)
  • Peter “Domintrix” Dominiczak becomes Pol Ed.
  • Deputy Pol Ed is still being advertised.

The Telegraph lobby team in Westminster remains relatively sheltered from the bloodbath up the road…

Quote of the Day

Rupert Murdoch contemplates the extinction of printed news…

“There could be a time – I’m not saying there will – when it won’t be economical to print.”

The Editor Who Went Into The Cold

A Guido co-conspirator emailed on Friday:

Hi Just got off the BA flight (BA 232) from Moscow. Fellow passenger in the back of the plane was none other than Alan R. No mistake, definitely him.

Wonder if he was visiting Ed. Snowden?

Ou sont les Neigedens d’antan?

Sure enough the Editor who had his patriotism questioned in parliament by Keith Vaz met Ed Snowden on Saturday at an undisclosed “city centre” location. Civil libertarians will hope Rusbridger didn’t lead MI6 and the CIA to the whistleblower. Alan did leave his mobile phone at the hotel right? His spy tradecraft is clearly less than brilliant. Rusbridger gave Snowden a piece of the government mandated destroyed computer:

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Our secret agent gives the game away with the story’s photo credit

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

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Pick up your copy of the Sun on Sunday today to read all about Blair’s bank JP Morgan backing the IPPR think tank to the tune of millions of pounds. The full story on Blair, the bankers and Labour’s favourite charity think tank is online here.

Also in Guido’s column today:

  • Super-cool Sajid Javid rubs shoulders with pop stars
  • Simon Danczuk replaces napping Tom Watson as Paedo Finder General
  • Find out which MPs claim on expenses for calligraphy pens, breakdown call outs and footrests
  • Labour looking for B’stard to fight David Davis

Save yourself a trip to the newsagents by subscribing and reading online here

Friday, July 11, 2014

BBC’s Chris Mason Goes on a Stag Do

Lad.

Galloway Doubles Salary on Pro-Assad and Iran TV Channels

George Galloway made £65,000 in the first four months of this year through media appearances on controversial TV channels accused of supporting Assad, Putin and Iran. Press Gazette report that Gorgeous George earned £21,450 for work on LBP TV, which is broadcast out of the offices of Iranian state television channel Press TV. He trousered another £18,000 from Al-Mayadeen TV, which reportedly “represents the latest expansion of Iran, Syria and Hezbollah in the field of media”, and has defended the Syrian government’s attacks on its own people. He also made a cool £25,600 from his work on Russia Today, which is consistently pro-Putin and is funded by the Kremlin. With friends like these…

UPDATE: Here is Press Gazette’s handy table recording MPs’ earnings from the media in full:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Lord Works in Mysterious Ways

For the first time ever, Chris Patten has acknowledged that there is an earthly being higher even than him. Fat Pang has taken a job as a spinner for the Pope, where among other things he will advise His Holiness on how to make his Twitter account a bit less… Pope-y. Good thing he has plenty of experience working for an organisation with an impressive record at covering up child abuse…


Media Reader

No Charges After Two Years On Bail | Patrick Foster
Tabloids’ Reporting of Robin Williams Not Excessive | David Banks
Beeb’s Purnell Still Spinning Hard | David Keighley
BBC Protection Racket Should Be Shut Down | Dan Hodges
JC Donates Tricycle Cash to Israel Charity | JC
BBC Tries to Interview ISIS About Jumanji | Breitbart
BBC Blows £35,000 on PR Firms | Asa Bennett
Buzzfeed Lands $50 Million Investment | Reuters
More Rot in the Independent | Chris McGovern
Twitter is the Medium of the Political Establishment | Staggers
Damian Thompson New Speccie Associate Editor | Speccie


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Damian McBride offers some more of his helpful advice:

‘Mr Miliband will not survive the televised leaders’ debates trying to have it both ways on every policy from Syria to an EU referendum. The prime minister may be entirely wrong on issues such as HS2, but at least his position is clear.The Labour leader’s attempt to keep his options open is all very well, but to what end? If he thinks he can avoid taking any big decisions until he’s securely installed in Downing Street, Mr Miliband unfortunately hasn’t a prayer.’



Owen Jones says:

We also need Zil lanes.


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