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MPs applaud Polly Toynbee for declaring £106,000 salary and urge journalists to follow her lead

At the time of writing, there are 33 signatures for this Early Day Motion, submitted by Gordon Prentice on May 5, 2009, which urges journalists, broadcasters, commentators and politicians to declare their own income before commenting on pay levels in the public sector:

“That this House applauds Polly Toynbee, the Guardian journalist and co-author of the book Unjust Rewards for volunteering details of her salary to the Public Administration Select Committee in its first evidence session on Executive Pay in the Public Sector; notes that she receives £106,000 per annum; and urges journalists, broadcasters, commentators, politicians and others to follow her example before pronouncing on pay levels in the public sector by first disclosing their own income, earned and unearned.”

(via PA MediaPoint at Press Gazette.co.uk)

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Holdthefrontpage.co.uk: No confidence motion for Trinity Mirror Regionals MD

April 29th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Job losses, Jobs, Newspapers

“A motion of no confidence has been passed in a senior Trinity Mirror executive by journalists in Newcastle,” reports HoldTheFrontPage.

“National Union of Journalists members at ncjmedia met yesterday to discuss last week’s departure of regional MD Steve Brown.

“The NUJ chapel passed a resolution saying it had no confidence in the ability of Trinity Mirror Regionals MD Georgina Harvey to lead the company.”

Full story at this link…

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Media Release: BBC Trust and Executive respond to Digital Britain report

March 25th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Broadcasting, Media releases

Partnership approach is best way to create new value for public service broadcasting in the UK, says Trust.

Full release at this link…

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Media Release: BBC Trust approves BBC budget for 2009/10

March 20th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Broadcasting, Media releases

BBC Trust approves BBC Executive’s budget plan, which includes steps towards saving £1.9 billion by 2012/3.

Yesterday BBC director-general Mark Thompson said the BBC must cut its budget by £400 million within three years to avoid going over its statutory borrowing limit.

Full release at this link…

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BBC could share more technology with S4C/Trinity Mirror in Wales, says Trust chairman

February 24th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Broadcasting

In a speech given to Cardiff’s Business Club last night, BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons added more weight to suggest more regional news partnerships between the BBC and competitors are in the pipeline:

  • More on partnerships: work is ongoing on partnerships in regional media with ITV; and between Channel 4 and BBC Worldwide.
  • Could BBC enter into an IT-sharing agreement with S4C and ITV in Wales to reduce operational costs?
  • Revamp of Broadcasting House in Wales could benefit local media with technology sharing arrangements.
  • “Perhaps even Trinty Mirror could have a role to play too [in partnering the BBC for regional news provision], given their journalistic presence in Wales and their significant online operation.”
  • And, just in case you doubted it: “The BBC local video project is dead. We have told BBC news that it must come up with a different solution.”

Here’s his comments as a Wordle:

Wordle of Michael Lyons' speech to Cardiff Business Club

But, a note of caution from Lyons on partnerships:

“What we’re not interested in are proposals that simply transfer value from the BBC to other players in the market (…) Let’s make sure that we don’t inadvertently turn the BBC into the Lloyds Bank of the media world.”

Yesterday the Beeb’s Executive announced plans to link out to external news providers from its network of BBC Local sites.

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Rebekah Wade’s first public speech in full

January 27th, 2009 | 2 Comments | Posted by in Events, Journalism, Newspapers

If the Wordle and other coverage isn’t enough, here’s the Hugh Cudlipp speech by the editor of the Sun, Rebekah Wade, in full [note: may have differed very slightly in actual delivery]:

The challenging future of national and regional newspapers is now the staple diet of media commentators.

If you have been reading the press writing about the press you’d all be forgiven for questioning your choice of career.

I’m not denying we’re in a tough place – we are.

But I don’t want to use this speech to make grand statements on the future of our industry.

I want to talk to you about journalism.

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French publishers vs Google: ‘You are becoming our worst enemy’

December 16th, 2008 | 5 Comments | Posted by in Magazines, Newspapers, Online Journalism, Search

The headline quote comes from a round-up up by Eric Scherer of a meeting involving French newspaper and magazine publishers and Google. The meeting suggests some heavy anti-Google feeling on the publishers’ part.

According to one executive at the event, magazine and newspaper publisher Lagadère is on the brink of reporting Google to the EU Commission for ‘predatory practices’.

Watch the video below (courtesy of Adrian Vanachter Damien Van Achter of Scherer’s tweeted coverage of the meeting and make your own mind up as to which party you agree with.

One quote that grabbed my attention, however, was newspapers reported remark: “You are accepting the end of news as we know it.”

Google, secrecy about its algorithms and dominance of the online ad market aside, is looking forward; newspapers are trying to protect and control what they perceive as news and the news business. The problems they are facing, some related to Google and others not, should show them that this self-interested attitude can’t be maintained and their perception of ‘news as we know it’ is out-dated.

Jeff Jarvis sums this up in a blog post reacting to Scherer’s report:

“This anti-Google attitude comes from an apparent sense of entitlement that we see clearly in France but also elsewhere: Google owes us (…) They – like other publishers and journalists – think a market should be built around what they need and that there is a fair share that belongs to them even though they did not innovate and change so those who did should rescue them. But as Scott Karp has said, no one guarantees them a business model.”

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UK FOI blog: Possible funding cut for FOI

Minutes from a recent meeting of the Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO) Executive Team suggest ‘possible reductions in grant in aid’, which would affect freedom of information.

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Editor&Publisher: Vivian Schiller to leave NYTimes.com

November 12th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted by in Broadcasting, Editors' pick

Online executive Schiller will take up position as CEO and president of National Public Radio (NPR) on January 5.

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MediaGuardian: Former Al Jazeera executive loses discrimination case

October 17th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick

An London employment tribunal has dismissed a compensation claim made by Jo Burgin, the former executive at Al Jazeera English. She was seeking substantial compensation from the television network on grounds of discrimination.

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