Some highlights from this month’s edition of Press Gazette magazine (as put out in our new monthly press release) :
Press Gazette’s Editor Dominic Ponsford speaks to Alastair Stewart on anchoring the first ever televised leadership debate, ITV’s election coverage, and how the BBC got it wrong.
“It was just the wrong time to approach a results programme with a blank cheque. I don’t think people watching expected thatâ€¦In that cacophony of expensive graphics and that army of stars they just didn’t actually get the story right.”
Following his re-instatement as editor of The Independent, Simon Kelner tells Press Gazette why he’s positive about the paper’s future, and its new Russian owners, the father and son team Alexander and Evgeny Lebedev. And he rebuts criticism from The Guardian about the Lebedevs’ ownership saying:
“The Lebedevs are fiercely committed to maintain the independence of the Independent. The Guardian can say what it likes but we are free from proprietorial influence today as we have ever been. Would they prefer the only other liberal newspaper in Britain to close down and put 200 journalists out of work?”
Staying with the Independent, in this month’s Axegrinder we reveal the secret runners for the paper’s editorship.
In The Knowledge, we ask the UK’s leading media analysts whether Rupert Murdoch’s plans to charge users for access to online content will work?
There are in-depth reports from last month’s Local Heroes conference at Kingston University on the future of local news, with analysis from Media Money expert Peter Kirwan on why the future of journalism really could be local.
There’s also a free 16-page journalists’ guide to the South Africa World Cup with:
- Top tips from leading sports reporters including Paul Hayward from the Observer and Mark Pougatch from BBC Five Live.
- Andrew Moger from the New Media Coalition on how to stay on side of the complex FIFA accreditation rules
- South African journalist Joe Latakgomo on why football is important to his country, and insight into stories reporters may find away from the football pitch.
Press Gazette magazine is only available to subscribers: full price £90 (plus a 2gb USB stick), £40 a year for students.Your sub also includes big discounts to attend Press Gazette events, such as the Local Heroes future of local news conference which we organised with Kingston University last month.
For more details on any of these stories, or to line up interviews with Press Gazette editor Dominic Ponsford or Media Money expert Peter KIrwan, call Press Gazette publicist Laya Sasikumar on 0207 936671.