The Week now has a “companion site” to its weekly magazine, which carries a round-up of news, comment and analysis, with the re-branding of the First Post, a news site already owned by the the magazine’s publisher, Dennis Publishing Ltd.
The re-branded site has a “golden rule” that copy published in the print edition will not appear on the Week’s website, Nigel Horne, editor of the First Post and now of the Week online told Journalism.co.uk
We provide a daily news service that is not unlike the stuff we used to do at the First Post but nuanced and massaged into the Week daily.
The re-branded site, which launched yesterday (26 October), plans to publish around 25 stories a day and aims to provide readers of the weekly title a chance to “dip in during the week” to read their style of content and “original reporting”.
The First Post has published an article from ‘Newspeak in the 21st Century’ by David Edwards and David Cromwell (editors of the UK-based website Media Lens). The BBC is not impartial, independent, nor even particularly truthful, they argue. An extract from the extract:
“[B]y what right does the BBC airbrush from reality the swath of informed public opinion that sees the invasion as a crime, rather than as a mistake? By what right does it declare this framing of the topic ‘impartial’, ‘balanced’, ‘objective’ reporting?
“While working as the BBC’s political editor, Andrew Marr, declared: “When I joined the BBC, my Organs of Opinion were formally removed.”
“And yet, as Baghdad fell to American tanks, Marr, reporting on the News at Ten on April 9, 2003, said of Tony Blair: “He said that they would be able to take Baghdad without a bloodbath, and that in the end the Iraqis would be celebrating. And on both of those points he has been proved conclusively right. And it would be entirely ungracious, even for his critics, not to acknowledge that tonight he stands as a larger man and a stronger prime minister as a result.””
News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch announced yesterday that within a year the Times, the Sun, and the New York Post will all be charging for access to their websites.
“”Quality journalism is not cheap, and an industry that gives away its content is simply cannibalising its ability to produce good journalism,” he said yesterday as he announced a $3.4bn loss for News Corp, which owns 20th Century Fox, Fox News and Sky TV as well as newspapers.”
“You get the day off work. You feel entitled to go to the pub at opening time and stay there. And people, for the first time in ages, seem actively interested in what you’re up to,” says Leith, who was made redundant from his role as the Telegraph’s literary editor on Tuesday.