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Media Quotes of the Week: Should press have splashed on killer's video of TV shootings? to Salmond and Robinson go to war over BBC

9 hours 50 min ago


Piers Morgan ‏@piersmorgan on Twitter: "So we're all agreed? Publishing photo of a woman being shot dead live on TV is MUCH WORSE than her being shot dead on live TV? Bulls**t...No, America, don't shirk from posting this image. It sums up your appalling, senseless gun culture. DO something."

David Banks ‏@DBanksy on Twitter: "Many examples of media showing person being shot dead - Viet Cong execution, Albert Dryden. Difference with #WDBJ is it was shooter's video."

Peter Jukes ‏@peterjukes on Twitter: "Doesn't anyone get it? Killers who film their atrocities crave the vindicating oxygen of publicity. Once again tabloid collude with terror."

Peter Sands on his blog: "So, would I have used the picture of Alison Parker's last seconds of life on my front page? I am not sure. I would have agonised over it, I would have consulted senior staff and done some inner soul-searching. I would, inevitably, have related it to my own family. And in the end I probably wouldn't have used it. But it would have been a very tough call."

Roy Greenslade on his MediaGuardian blog: "Widespread public disgust at the publication of the pictures and the footage was matched by widespread public accessing of the same images. Many hundreds of thousands of people bought the newspapers that published the photographs... and will do again tomorrow. There, in a nutshell, is the problem faced by all media organisations in dealing with controversial material. The public, the people they serve, do not think or act alike."


David Thomas in the Mail on Sunday imagines a Britain under Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn: "Meanwhile, the media reporting the growing opposition to the Government, and the whispers of a ‘no confidence’ vote in the House of Commons, were accused of treachery. The Far Left had always believed that their inability to win elections was due to the machinations of Right-wing press barons who poisoned the people’s minds against them. They needed little excuse to censor the press and broadcasters in the interest of ‘fair, honest and truthful reporting’. A blogger who wrote that Britain was descending to the level of Zimbabwe was prosecuted for libelling the memory of President Robert Mugabe."


Jeremy Corbyn in the Financial Times: "I think there is far too much concentration in the hands of too few and so I would look at that again. Diversity in media is something that is intrinsic to a democratic society. We do not want the whole media owned by one person."

Paul Holleran, NUJ national organiser, in a statement after Newsquest announced a new round of redundancies at its Scottish newspapers: “This treadmill of redundancies cannot continue. I have told Newsquest it is not sustainable to keep cutting jobs without putting a robust alternative structure in place. In response they said they will be coming back to us later in the year for a fundamental restructure in editorial areas and they wonder why people are so angry. They should just seek an interested buyer and sell the titles if their plan is to shrink the business to nothing.”


Tony Walford in The Drum"It’s often said that the future for newspapers, and local papers especially, is bleak, and the outlook is terminal. I’m not sure I agree. The success of a broad range of publications, from The Economist and The Week, through to Metro, the Evening Standard and Shortlist indicates that there are still possibilities in print. But the future for the locals, if there is to be one, will be very different. Advertising will need to focus on local business – SMEs, retailers, restaurants and services – both online and in print; editorial will need to be very relevant, up to date and provide opinion, not just reporting."


Emily Bell in the Guardian on the New York Times revelations about working for Amazon: "The modern newsroom is increasingly a place of measurement, and the more you measure (runs the theory), the better you will be as an organisation. Amazon, by the way, recorded $816,000 per employee in revenue last quarter, versus the New York Times’s $441,000 per employee. It is a matter of opinion as to whether this signals Amazon is a far worse or far better employer than the New York Times. Although this is certainly not what inspired the NYT reporting it is true to say that in most newsrooms there is particular curiosity about the quantified workplace as it becomes an ever closer threat (or amazing opportunity) for journalists themselves."

Les Hinton ‏@leshinton on Twitter: "Did #MailOnSunday actually keep the air show disaster off its front so it didn’t spoil their free flight promotion?"


Nick Robison on his row with Alex Salmond that led to protests against the BBC in Scotland, as reported by Press Gazette: "I don't think my offence was sufficient to justify 4,000 people marching on the BBC's headquarters, so that young men and women who are new to journalism have, like they do in Putin's Russia, to fight their way through crowds of protesters, frightened as to how they do their jobs. That, you may agree with me or disagree with me, is not how politics should operate either in the UK or in future independent Scotland if there is to be such a thing. We should not live with journalists who are intimidated, or bullied, or fearful in any way".


Alex Salmond in the Courier: "The BBC’s coverage of the Scottish referendum was a disgrace. It can be shown to be so, as was Nick’s own reporting of which he should be both embarrassed and ashamed. To compare, as Nick did last week, 4,000 Scots peacefully protesting outside BBC Scotland as something akin to Putin’s Russia is as ludicrous as it is insulting. It is also heavily ironic, given that the most commonly used comparison with the BBC London treatment of the Scottish referendum story was with Pravda, the propaganda news agency in the old Soviet Union.”

The Guardian in a leader"Scotland, like the rest of the UK, is a far healthier place when governments take a generally hands-off approach towards the press and media."

Media Quotes of the Week: From Corbyn on 'scurrilous' tabloid attacks to why The Times' Anthony Loyd had to return to Syria after kidnap

20 August 2015 - 1:54pm


Jeremy Corbyn in the New Statesman"The scurrilous nature of some of the tabloid-style attacks on me and other candidates, as well as on our families, has been painful. It is easy to sympathise with Chuka Umunna’s reconsideration of whether to stand when he faced this onslaught in the days after announcing his leadership bid."

Roy Greenslade on his MediaGuardian blog: "It would appear that media reports of speeches denouncing Corbyn’s political and economic stance plus every newspaper leading article warning of Corbyn’s unsuitability for the job are having the reverse effect. So much for 'the power of the press' eh?"

The Daily Record in a leader"THE Daily Record believes Corbyn's core Labour values provide the platform required to build a fairer country and improve the lives of ordinary Scots."
Cathy Newman ‏@cathynewman on Twitter after her Jeremy Corbyn interview: "Back from holiday 24 hours ago, now deluged with tweets calling for me to be sacked...for doing my job. Nice to be back Twitter #Corbyn"
Rupert Murdoch ‏@rupertmurdoch on Twitter"Corbyn increasingly likely Labor winner. Seems only candidate who believes anything, right or wrong."


BBC Trust chair Rona Fairhead in the Independent: "We want to see whether the BBC can partner more with local media who in some cases may no longer have the resources to adequately cover areas like local government and court reporting. The trust would encourage the BBC to help plug the democratic deficit here."


Dominic Lawson in the Sunday Times [£]: "When I edited a newspaper I would occasionally complain to the man in charge of the sports section that at every opportunity he would put football on the front of it, even when it seemed to me that there were other sporting events of greater significance going on that day. 'Boss,' he would invariably reply, 'there are only three big sports in this country: football, football and football'."




Jason Knauf, communications secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in a letter to  leaders of media industry bodies and standards organisations: "Paparazzi photographers are going to increasingly extreme lengths to observe and monitor Prince George's movements and covertly capture images of him to sell to the handful of international media titles still willing to pay for them."


John Toner, NUJ freelance organiser, urges journalists not to accept terms to cover Notting Hill Carnival: “It is not acceptable that the media are expected to pay a fee to cover what is a genuine news event. It is equally unacceptable that the organisers expect pictures and video to be supplied free for their commercial purposes. For an individual freelance, this could mean working at a loss. We see no reason why freelances should be expected to subsidise the Carnival.We would urge all members to reject these conditions, and to cover the event from public spaces.”

Loyd: After his kidnap last yearAnthony Loyd in The Times [£] on why he returned to Syria: "Just over a year after being kidnapped and shot there in my own walk-on, carry-off part in someone else’s nightmare, I went back to Syria because I wanted to. Foremost, I was curious to see what was happening in the time since I was last there, having felt artificially divorced from the country after so many previous assignments covering the conflict. I was still angry enough, too, in the wake of the betrayal and my abduction 15 months earlier, to want to spit on the memory of being beaten and shot, to be able to stand by the leering abyss and whisper, 'I’m still here, alive, reporting. So f*** you.'...There was, of course, one other reason I went back. It is the hardest to explain, but perhaps the most valid of all: I went back because war sucks. It sucks you back in.”
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