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Telegraph app fails to please readers

All is not well among readers of the Daily Telegraph iPad app. After being rated 962 times by readers it is currently running at just two stars out of five. Here’s a flavour of the latest comments:

Linskin: “Worked for a few editions, convinced me to subscribe monthly, now it just won’t open. iPad 3rd Gen 64GB no excuses, just poor coding. Follow the link from the store to “app support” and it just takes you to an online article about the app.”

Andy_UK: “Virtually every time I try to launch this app it crashes, which is very frustrating, especially having paid for a subscription. Beware!”

Pitville: “When an update works properly first time, I will rate it higher.”

The Guardian and Times iPad apps are faring a little better with three stars out of five each.

George good not sense making at?

George Entwistle

Axegrinder was left scratching his head over what exactly new BBC director general George Entwistle was going on about after his address to staff  last week.

Apparently everyone needs to be 20 per cent more creative. I hope news reporters don’t take this too literally.

And here’s what he had to say about news and sport in general:

The progress news and sport have made in testing the boundaries of our existing content forms suggest to me that genre structures pool expertise and challenge conventional thinking to the right degree.

Translation anyone?

Thomson unmoved by Ofcom guidelines

Channel 4 News correspondent Alex Thomson’s doorstepping of Kelvin MacKenzie was great fun last Tuesday.

Thomson placed himself in front of MacKenzie’s car door, whilst standing in his driveway, and peppered him with questions  refusing to move.

Print journalists will know that such actions are a clear breach of the Editors’ Code which states “Journalists must not persist in questioning, telephoning, pursuing or photographing individuals once asked to desist”.

Broadcasters watchdog Ofcom says on its website: “Unless there is a public interest for doing so, journalists should not follow or persistently question people once they have been asked to desist.”

But will Kelvin complain?

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