'They have all got books to sell, we in contrast have got a country to run'

Feb
21

That was the rebuttal issued by Peter Mandelson on the Andrew Marr show this morning in response to allegations in the new-look Observer.

The paper is serialising a book by its chief political commentator Andrew Rawnsley - The End of the Partywhich charts the fortunes of the Labour party under both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

Chief among the allegations is that Sir Gus O'Donnell, the cabinet secretary, became so concerned by reports of Brown's explosive temper that he looked into the matter and told the PM: 'This is no way to get things done'.

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Observer relaunch/redesign

Feb
21

Thought I'd pick this enjoyable advert the Observer's made for its relaunch today - it's funny but it has a point too. Hope it works

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Student Radio-ish Project

Feb
19

Calling all people at the CFJ:

The collective minds of Averill, May and myself have decided that the Medway Campus needs some form of audible representation...

There is a long term plan, eventually becoming the greatest radio station in all of Mordor Medway, however for the minute we are going to be doing a twice monthly Podcast.

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Not the editor of the Independent

Feb
19

Following a campaign of villification on Facebook and in rival newspapers, my old friend Rod Liddle, former editor of the Today Programme, has been told that he will not be replacing Roger Alton as editor of the Independent. I think Rod has been trashed by bigots who fail to understand the meaning of the liberalism they profess. I wrote about it for the Guardian.

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BBC attacked over smartphone application expansion

Feb
18

The National Publishers Association has launched a scathing attack toward the BBC, just hours after it announced that it would be launching three mobile applications. 

At a time when mobile platforms are being explored for commercial news models, this announcement  deals a crucial blow to advocates of paid content. 

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Work placement opportunity at BBC Radio

Feb
18

The BBC's Audio and Music Factual department launched a new scheme last year offering three 4-week work placements a year. Successful candidates get to spend a month on the Radio 4 daily consumer affairs magazine "You and Yours" with the aim of making one feature for broadcast and producing at least one live item for broadcast. This is a golden opportunity to work in network radio and impress a potential future employer. 

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Year One news day broadcasts now on site

Feb
17

The 30-minute radio programmes produced by Year One undergraduates are now uploaded to the site.

You'll find the show produced by Ella's team here

And the show produced by Jon's Team here.

Note that you'll have to be logged in to listen. I don't think the wider world is quite ready for these broadcasts just yet.

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End of Democracy?

Feb
14

At the end of the cold war Francis Fukuyama wrote a ground breaking book about the triumph of liberal democracy and asking if we had reached the end of history. Twenty years later he has changed his views and in this piece in the Spectator he surveys the current fragility of democratic principles in so many states and asks if we are now witnessing the end of democracy?

 

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Bankrupt banks, Bjork and guaranteed freedom of speech

Feb
12

Known until recently for its banks, cod, Bjork and little else, Iceland is planning to remake itself as a safe haven for investigative journalists. Julian Assange, editor of WikilLeaks, explains the move's significance in this piece for Media Guardian.

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Is Britain broken?

Feb
11

The Economist says no. Teenage pregnancies, violent crime, and excessive drinking and smoking are all down - so what's Cameron's beef?

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