Wrong Laura Trott, Standard…
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Today’s rumours that ITV could be set to go rogue in the election debates will be given extra credence by news that the broadcaster has their debate studio ready to go and will be hosting a ‘shadow’ debate next Friday.
Media Guido has seen the plans:
“The run through will take place on Friday March 13th at ITV, Southbank from 11am through until 2pm and will be led by ITV News Presenter Julie Etchingham, who will host the live debate.”
Everyone involved in this secret debate has been “required to sign a confidentiality agreement which would prevent them from discussing anything that happens on the day/s of the run through/s.” This agreement lasts “for a number of years AFTER broadcast.”
The broadcaster will be ready to host a seven-way debate next week: long before the official 2 April date. Intriguing…
“UKIP candidate gets date of General Election wrong on campaign poster” claimed the Telegraph this morning, publishing a leaflet from soon to be red-faced candidate John Tennant, who had embarrassingly told voters to turn out on May 6 instead of May 7.
Just one problem with the story: the leaflet was from 2010, when polling day was May 6. Whoops!
UPDATE: The Telegraph have now pulled the story.
“If democracy is to flourish, we will need diverse and independent voices in the media. Yet media concentration in Britain remains at worrying levels.” That’s according to John Cleese, Frankie Boyle, a host of Guardian journalists and the NUJ, who today demand a new media plurality law in a letter to the Guardian. For once, Guido agrees with the bien-pensant self-appointed watchers of the free press. There is a media organisation standing in the way of press plurality: the BBC.
This Guardian-produced chart shows that the BBC controls 39.3% of our news consumption, dominating far more of the market than any competitor. As this analysis from 2011 shows, TV accounts for 73% of news consumed by the public, and the BBC accounts for 70% of TV news coverage. The Beeb is also dominant online and on radio. Its threat to press plurality is even greater when one considers that it is protected from fair competition by a state subsidy via taxation.
As the media luvvies tell the Guardian today, “media concentration in Britain remains at worrying levels”. They are absolutely right when they say “If democracy is to flourish, we will need diverse and independent voices in the media”. No doubt they will follow up their letter with a call for the BBC to be broken up…
Today the High Court was told:
“The evidence demonstrates that voicemail interception, as well as the unlawful obtaining of personal information by blagging or use of private investigators, was in widespread and habitual use by a large number of journalists across all three MGN titles.”
The Guardian reports:
“Between June 2002 and mid-2006, Sherborne said MGN journalists made nearly 10,000 phone hacking calls to Orange’s voicemail platform.
There are reporting restrictions in place.
Guido suspects he got the same tip off as the Mail’s “stilleto sharp and terrifyingly well-informed” diarist Sebastian Shakespeare last week. It claimed that Labour’s pink van was on the road illegally, having failed to be correctly registered with the […]