BBC upholds complaint against Today presenter Justin Webb for saying trans women are males
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by Charlotte Tobitt
7h ago
The BBC has upheld a complaint against Today presenter Justin Webb after he said “trans women, in other words males”. Webb made the comment during a discussion about new International Chess Federation (FIDE) guidelines on 22 August last year regarding whether being biologically male can give players an advantage in the game. A listener complained that the comment amounted to Webb giving his personal view on a controversial matter in breach of the BBC’s requirements on impartiality. The BBC‘s executive complaints unit said, in a ruling published on Thursday, that it was not in a position to det ..read more
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Sun cleared by IPSO over report of claim Hamas ‘beheaded babies’ on 7 October
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by Charlotte Tobitt
7h ago
UK press regulator IPSO has ruled for the first time on a newspaper repeating the claim that Hamas “beheaded babies” in Israel during the 7 October massacre. IPSO said The Sun had presented the information as a claim rather than stating it as fact and therefore did not breach the accuracy rules in the Editors’ Code of Practice. The Sun reported on its front page on 11 October that “savages ‘beheaded babies’ in massacre” and “terrorists from Hamas also reportedly beheaded babies in a barbaric rampage through a nearby Israeli village which left 40 youngsters dead”. A complaint made to IPSO said ..read more
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Podcast 66: Online advertising – how publishers can survive a tsunami of change
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by Press Gazette
13h ago
Online advertising used to support investigative journalism at digital-native brands such as Buzzfeed News and Vice. In the space of just a few years everything has changed, and thousands of journalists have lost their jobs as a result. Press Gazette editor-in-chief Dominic Ponsford talks to former Business Insider editor-in-chief Jim Edwards about what is going on and how publishers should adapt to an online publishing ecosystem which is being rocked by a tsunami of disruptive change. How to subscribe to Press Gazette’s Future of Media Explained podcast 1. In your browser You can use the play ..read more
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Paying for local news online: Paywalled US local news titles ranked
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by Aisha Majid
13h ago
“The local news crisis in the US is deepening,” according to the latest edition of the State of Local News in 2023, published by Northwestern University’s Medill School. Half of counties in America have either one news outlet or none at all, finds the 2023 report, as many publishers are still struggling to find a model for local news in the digital era. Some local publishers have hit upon a model, however, bucking the decline and finding success through digital subscriptions. This second and updated list of paid digital subscriber counts at local news publishers reveals that there is a small b ..read more
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Guardian makes apology and payment to Dan Wootton after privacy complaint
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by Dominic Ponsford
1d ago
The Guardian has apologised and agreed to make a payment to suspended GB News presenter Dan Wootton after reporting that he was under police investigation. It is one of a number of publications and individuals facing the threat of legal action from Wootton for invasion of privacy, and the first to opt for a settlement. Wootton complained over an article headlined “Police investigating allegations Dan Wootton solicited explicit images” which was published on 2 October 2023 and removed from The Guardian website the following day after complaints from his lawyers. His lawyer Donal Blaney argued t ..read more
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Police ‘mounted surveillance op’ after journalists’ arrest in bid to find source
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by PA Media
1d ago
Police mounted a covert surveillance operation following the arrest of journalists Barry McCaffrey and Trevor Birney in a bid to unmask one of their sources, a tribunal has heard. The Investigatory Powers Tribunal was told that the arrest of Birney and McCaffrey in 2018 was a “disruptive” tactic to see if the reporters would reach out to the source after their release from custody. The tribunal is examining allegations that the award-winning journalists were subject to unlawful covert surveillance by UK authorities. It heard a series of new revelations as the case opened on Wednesday, includin ..read more
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Non graduates are breaking through ‘paper ceiling’ to secure media jobs
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by Aoibhinn McBride
1d ago
As any seasoned media professional knows only too well, often the best and most career-defining lessons have been learned in the field (be that newsroom, TV studio or boardroom) and not in a university library. But thanks to the advent of blogs and social media, and the subsequent changing face of digital media, those starting out have been able to side-step conventional routes and take control of their own career paths without going down the well-trodden path of undertaking a university degree, followed by work experience or an internship, before securing their first job. And it seems employe ..read more
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Newsquest and Reach bosses respond to questions over local news quality
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by Charlotte Tobitt
1d ago
Bosses at Reach and Newsquest have responded to a claim from the founder of the Manchester Mill newsletter start-up that quality “obviously hasn’t” been maintained in UK local media. However Reach chief digital publisher David Higgerson and Newsquest chief executive Henry Faure Walker left Lords Communications and Digital Committee chair Baroness Tina Stowell “a bit baffled by the picture that you’re painting about the success of your businesses, when the challenge seems to be around the quality of content”. Joshi Herrmann, who founded the Manchester Mill on newsletter platform Substack in 202 ..read more
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UK publishers tell Parliament: Stop AI using our content without permission
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by Bron Maher
1d ago
Executives from leading national news publishers have called on the Government to take immediate action to protect the industry from copyright infringement by AI companies. Two of the four business leaders called on the government to “make it impossible” to train a large language model without brokering content licensing agreements. Speaking before the House of Lords’ Communications and Digital committee on Tuesday, executives from The Guardian, News UK, Financial Times and DMG Media said action must be put at “the top of the agenda” for lawmakers. FT calls for AI transparency and safeguards T ..read more
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As subscriber growth flattens ‘all you can read’ magazine app Readly moves into profit
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by Charlotte Tobitt
1d ago
The chief executive of “all you can read” magazine and newspaper app Readly has set out a two-year plan for reaching long-term “robust” profitability. Philip Lindqvist told Press Gazette that despite the UK’s apparent low willingness to pay for online news, he believes there is still plenty of room to grow there and in Readly’s other European markets. Readly, which launched in its home country of Sweden in 2013 and in the UK a year later, has 7,370 magazines and 324 newspapers as part of its package, which costs £9.99 in the UK or SEK 149 in Sweden (£11.38) and €14.99 (£12.80) in other Europea ..read more
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