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

Cameron and Rebekah Brooks – “not a big deal”, McSmith

Cameron and Rebekah Brooks – “not a big deal”

David Cameron has owned up that the story about him being seen deep in conversation with Rebekah Brooks at a Christmas Party is true, though he thinks that it is of no importance.

By | McSmith | Friday, 4 January 2013 at 3:52 pm

Ellie Simmonds, Grant Shapps, Olympic Park, Rebekah Brooks, Notebook

Ellie Simmonds, Grant Shapps, Olympic Park, Rebekah Brooks

What’s trending and why?

By | Notebook | Monday, 3 September 2012 at 11:21 am

Leveson, Politics and the Press, Notebook

Leveson, Politics and the Press

As the often theatrical spectacle of the Leveson hearings – with its mix of posturing, jousting, inquisition and exposé – draws to a close, the big question is what Leveson will recommend this autumn. Will we see proposals that defend press freedom and promote high professional standards, or do we risk facing proposals that limit press freedom and serious investigative journalism?

By | Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 10 July 2012 at 3:00 am

Taming the tabloid beast: reining in the press after Hackgate?, Battle of Ideas

Taming the tabloid beast: reining in the press after Hackgate?

Sometimes the public gets what it deserves; other times it gets things like the Levenson Inquiry into phone-hacking. Many people may see the inquiry as a positive step toward cleaning up the practices of newspapers that they don’t read, but the whole process, although carried out in public and in the name of the public, is re-purposing itself toward a backward scrutiny of journalism.

By | Battle of Ideas | Saturday, 8 October 2011 at 6:00 am

Anonymous releases Rebekah Brooks’ email address and password, Digital Digest

Anonymous releases Rebekah Brooks’ email address and password

Online activism group Anonymous has released an email address and password combination it claims belongs to embattled former News International chief Rebekah Brooks. The hackers said that they also have a collection of emails stolen from News International servers, which they say they are “sitting on”.

By | Digital Digest, Notebook | Monday, 18 July 2011 at 10:40 pm

Twitter, trust and a silly tune…, The Foreign Desk

Twitter, trust and a silly tune…

Twitter made for interesting reading on Tuesday night. The News of the World phone hacking scandal, which lurched from grubby to sinister in one afternoon, dominated the trending with Rebekah Brooks and News International both high on the UK list.

By | The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 7 July 2011 at 1:18 pm

The Times Paywall: The Verdict?, Notebook

The Times Paywall: The Verdict?

The verdict, according to industry feedback I’m receiving this morning, is a thumbs down. News International has revealed today that 105,000 people have paid up for access to the Times website since it went behind a paywall with its newly-established Sunday Times sister site.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 2 November 2010 at 1:53 pm

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