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The PCC’s annual report 2008: visualised

The 2008 report from the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) released today suggests 4,698 complaints about British newspapers and magazines in total were received by the body last year – an increase of 8 per cent on 2007.

Other headline figures include: 1,420 rulings on different cases (+16 per cent on 2007); and 524 complaints for Matthew Parris’ Times comment piece on ‘smug cyclists’.

We’ve created some basic visualisations of the figures from last year’s report using IBM’s Many Eyes – some screengrabs are below, but click on the image to see the graphics in their full interactive glory:

Possible breaches by clause in 2008

Potential breaches of the PCC code by clause

Formal rulings made by the PCC 2007 vs 2008

Graph showing formal rulings made by the PCC in 2008 and 2007

BBC dominates list naming top political journalists

Total Politics, political blogger Iain Dale’s recently launched magazine, tomorrow publishes its list of top political journalists, as voted for by over 100 MPs, the magazine’s Facebook group of 500, and 130 lobby journalists. It can be viewed online, after registering, on the e-zine site.

Iain Dale told Journalism.co.uk that it’s “surprising that the BBC seems more loved by Conservative MPs and Labour MPs, but few will be surprised that Labour MPs rate Andrew Marr and James Naughtie highly.

“The surprise is that Andrew Neil doesn’t figure in the Top 20 of either party. Conservative MPs have shown a masochistic tendency by voting Jeremy Paxman at eight, but Labour MPs don’t include him in their Top 20 at all.”

Topping the overall list:
1. Evan Davis
2. Jeremy Paxman
3. Matthew Parris
4. Nick Robinson
5. John Humphrys

So who do the Tories like…?
1. Evan Davis
2. Jonathan Oliver
3. Jeremy Vine
4. Carolyn Quinn
5. Martha Kearney

And who do Labour like….?
1. Andrew Marr
2. Michael White
3. David Aaronovitch
4. Polly Toynbee
5. Evan Davis

And journalists themselves…?
1. Nick Robinson
2. Jeremy Paxman
3. Evan Davis
4. David Dimbleby
5. John Humphrys

And the top blog…? A certain Iain Dale’s Diary, followed by Tim Montgomerie (2) and Guido Fawkes (3).