In the last few days the NUJ has held a number of events across the UK to mark their Local News Matters week of action. As I have said before in these posts, our local newspapers seem to be in a vicious circle of decline. Low circulation figures cause a loss of advertising revenue, which […]

In case you hadn’t noticed, and it seems that few people have, the way in which much of the population of England are governed will radically change on 4 May. With all the hullaballoo about Brexit and Indy Ref 2 it’s all too easy to forget about the upcoming elections for Metro Mayors. The elections […]

Referenda are a bit like buses. You wait decades for one and then three or four come along one after the other. Since 2010 we’ve already had referenda on electoral reform (I suspect that most people, except Nick Clegg, have forgotten that one), Scottish Independence and European Union membership. Now it looks like we will […]

Earlier this week BT proudly announced that they had paid an eye watering £1.18 billion for exclusive rights to Champions League and Europa League football from 2018 to 2021, a 32 per cent increase on what they are currently paying. The new deal gives BT complete exclusivity to the two UEFA competitions, meaning that free […]

This week ITV launched The Nightly Show, an attempt to replicate the success of late night topical chat shows in the USA. By giving the show the 10pm slot ITV have controversially moved their flagship news bulletin back half an hour, with a consequent ratings slump. The success of the US shows is based largely […]

Everybody seems to be talking about Fake News nowadays. The latest example came just last weekend when President Trump talked about a terrorist attack in Sweden. This came as a bit of a shock to the people of Sweden given that no such attack had actually taken place. (Maybe Trump can’t tell the difference between […]

It’s all too easy to think that the media, PR and marketing industries in the UK are centred on London and that nothing of much interest or significance ever happens outside of the M25. However, anyone who has that mindset is mistaken. Earlier this week I was one of around 3,800 delegates who attended the […]