Tag Archives: ETC

Keep It Legal: BBC’s £1m libel bill

The discovery that the BBC has paid out almost £1 million in costs and damages for libel from current affairs programmes in two years has shocked the Sunday Express, but not Richard Sharpe, writing on ETC’s Keep It Legal Blog.

“The BBC received 71 complaints about libel since January 2008 and spent £121,000 on lawyers to defend itself, says the Sunday Express.

“Consider just one fact about the output of the BBC: over 78,000 radio hours in its past financial year over 10 radio networks. And it has 8 TV networks also pumping out hours of viewing.

“Current affairs is a central part of the BBC. The BBC spends £4.5 billion on operating expenditure, putting out those radio and TV hours, putting up the websites and all the support needed to do that.”

Full post at this link…

‘It’s info porn that’s customizable’: USAspending.gov database

…well, at least that’s how Journalism 2.0 describes the recently launched fully-searchable database of US government spending.

According to USAspending.gov:

“The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (Transparency Act) requires a single searchable website, accessible by the public for free that includes for each Federal award:

1. The name of the entity receiving the award;
2. The amount of the award;
3. Information on the award including transaction type, funding agency, etc;
4. The location of the entity receiving the award;
5. A unique identifier of the entity receiving the award.”

Great for research, mash-ups and story leads.

An On The Media interview with Glen Elin, from The Sunlight Foundation, is at this link explaining the benefits of the site (hat tip Journalism 2.0).