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Solace for Rebekah, McSmith

Solace for Rebekah

It must have been a wrench for Rebekah Brooks when she had to leave her job as Chief Executive of News International with only a £11.8 million pay-off to soften the blow, but at least her social relationship with her old boss is intact. An informant on the Caribbean island of Antigua has emailed to [...]

By | McSmith | Tuesday, 8 January 2013 at 2:27 pm

Voewood: Sex, suburbia and the Leveson inquiry, Arts

Voewood: Sex, suburbia and the Leveson inquiry

From The Fall of the House of Murdoch to The Buddha of Suburbia in a day packed with literature and conversation

By | Arts | Sunday, 26 August 2012 at 7:28 pm

We have to address media monopoly, Notebook

We have to address media monopoly

Take a step into Westminster square and what surrounds you are the buildings at the root of the failings of British Society. Buildings stained with the sweat of corruption, seeped in lies, and burnt egos. It’s 7pm, on the Thursday 17 May, and the square is empty, apart from a few paparazzi that stand outside the Westminster Methodist Hall, waiting for the entry of Hugh Grant, who is booked to speak at the Rally for Media Reform.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 22 May 2012 at 12:28 pm

The Case for Hunt, Eagle Eye

The Case for Hunt

I don’t know whether Jeremy Hunt will survive. Like most of my colleagues asked for their broadcast opinion today, I said 50-50. But I know that he should survive.
His defence today of his conduct over the News Corporation bid for BSkyB was miserable, nervous and unconvincing. But he has a reasonable case. He “had expressed some [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 25 April 2012 at 9:46 pm

We mustn’t let Murdoch’s cronies change the subject, Eagle Eye

We mustn’t let Murdoch’s cronies change the subject

Is Richard Caseby making a sly joke? I only ask because it’s hard to explain his testimony to the Lords Communication Committee yesterday in any other way. I know the investigations there and in the Leveson inquiry into phone hacking is supposed to be deadly serious, and in the main it has been. But when Mr Caseby, managing editor of The Sun, used the phrase ‘sexing up’ to describe the Guardian’s reporting of the phone hacking affair, the resonance was so brazen that it couldn’t be explained any other way. He has to be kidding.

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 14 December 2011 at 12:01 pm

Leveson Inquiry: Could this be the end for The Sun?, Eagle Eye

Leveson Inquiry: Could this be the end for The Sun?

It’s hard to imagine Britain without its red top press but week by week such a prospect becomes increasingly realistic.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 14 November 2011 at 11:25 am

Daniel Finkelstein vs Ofcom, Eagle Eye

Daniel Finkelstein vs Ofcom

The Times man yesterday argued that the power of the Murdoch press is grossly exaggerated and that the BBC is the real dominant media power in the land. The communications regulator, Ofcom, takes a different view.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 21 July 2011 at 12:10 pm

Ed Miliband Poll Boost from Murdoch Crisis, Eagle Eye

Ed Miliband Poll Boost from Murdoch Crisis

The Labour leader’s personal rating has risen in our ComRes opinion poll for The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror.

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 16 July 2011 at 7:30 pm

Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have a ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror.

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 16 July 2011 at 10:35 am

Happy Christmas, Mr Cable!, Eagle Eye

Happy Christmas, Mr Cable!

Vince Cable was back in the news this week, after ‘declaring war’ on Rupert Murdoch. If we could declare war on anyone, Murdoch would be my number one choice, but it did raise a certain question in my mind – what kind of mind-set does it take to want to be a politician in the first place?

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 23 December 2010 at 9:48 am

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