Weekend roundup: BBC vs. ITV, DC Thomson results, and Asbos in Camden

In the Observer, Peter Preston wondered why the press got the story of the New Hampshire primary so badly wrong. (The segment about this story on US National Public Radio’s On the Media programme is also worth listening to)

The Observer also reported that Merril Lynch is looking to offload its £5bn stake in Bloomberg and has another preview of the impending battle between the BBC and ITV over the 10pm news slot.

More on the return of the bongs in the Mail on Sunday, as Julia Etchingham tells the paper about
the final week ahead of her debut on the revived News at Ten.

Global Radio “will undoubtedly make another attempt at buying GCap Media“, the Sunday Times expects.

The Aberdeen Journals group, acquired in 2006, buoyed DC Thomson in 2007, the Scotsman reported on Saturday. The group, which includes the Press & Journal, offset “difficult conditions” elsewhere in the company, where pre-tax profits dipped to £65m despite revenue that increased to £244.4m in the financial year year that ended last March.

FOI campaigner Heather Brooke is astonished by the Information Tribunal’s ruling that prevented the Guardian’s David Leigh from obtaining records of Asbo recipients in Camden under the Freedom of Information Act.

“The fact is that every ASBO is made in public in the sense that any adult can supposedly attend court proceedings. But of course no one does anymore and as a citizen has no rights to use the information he witnesses in court, effectively courts are now becoming the secret cloisters of legal professionals.”

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