The week in journalism: 7-13 February 2008

Johnston Press


House of Lords

Alan Rusbridger

Consumer magazines

Roy Greenslade

9 February: Johnston Press: Selling UK newspapers is unlikely
A senior Johnston source says it is unlikely its 290 British papers will attract serious offers
• Read Peter Kirwan’s media business blog

9 February: PCC criticises ‘careless and shoddy’ report on self-regulation
PCC describes report about its failings as ‘a cuttings job masquerading as a serious inquiry’

10 February: BBC urged to act as Newsround slumps 40% in a year
BBC Trust expresses concern as young viewers desert corporation’s flagship children’s news programme

10 February: John Ryley: ‘Mobile phones are future of TV news’
Professional journalists and professional news organisations have a bright future, according to the head of Sky News

11 February: Lords rule Balen report was wrongly blocked under FoI
Case now returns to High Court for more arguments about whether 20,000-word internal BBC report should be made public
• Full coverage of the BBC FoI battle

11 February:
News International cuts 60 jobs – but not editorial budgets
Savings resulting from an efficiency review will be reinvested in journalism and training, publisher says

11 February: Media law: No sign of Tesco value in Guardian libel bill
Journalists use Press Gazette’s media law conference to highlight the threat to freedom of expression posed by huge legal costs
• More reports from the Press Gazette media law conference

11 February: Substantial cuts planned at Northcliffe titles
DMGT warns of more job losses and newspaper closures as advertising revenues tumble in the regional press
• More stories on Northcliffe

12 February: Magazine ABCs: How the big consumer publishers fared
None of the major consumer magazine groups circulated more titles in the second half of 2008 than the same period in 2007
• All our reports on the consumer magazine ABCs

13 February: Roy Greenslade: ‘No reason why we need sub-editors’
Journalism lecturer and media commentator says sub-editors are ‘a layer that can be eliminated’

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