The big Freeview re-tune — more digital dregs?

This is an accompanying article to my contribution on this week’s episode of The Pod Delusion. You can listen below. This week, Freeview has had one of its occasional retuning events. As new channels come and old channels go, the channel list becomes increasingly messy until the point where the powers-that-be decide enough is enough […]

Are newspapers ready to charge for online content?

Rupert Murdoch’s decision to experiment with charging for content has ruffled a few feathers. Fair play to Murdoch for being brave enough to put his head above the parapet. If anyone can take the risk, it’s Murdoch — and the rest of the media will have him to thank if the gamble pays off and […]

Iain Macwhirter inadvertently criticised the media

There was much hand-wringing among bloggers a couple of weeks ago in the wake of an article about blogging written by Iain Macwhirter. I didn’t take much notice of it at the time. After all, it is not exactly surprising that an established media figure would take a swipe at blogging. And if there is […]

How UGC on the MSM should and shouldn’t be done

Sorry about the jargonistic TLAs there, but that would have been one mammoth post title unless I used them. I’ve just been watching news coverage of that train derailment in Cumbria. Incidentally, Sky News’ coverage was awful. They had somebody from Virgin Trains on the phone and the questions were unforgivably banal. Presenter: So, can […]

Foxy Sky

FoxNews.com has had a redesign. I assume the channel itself has had a makeover aswell, but I haven’t got Sky Digital so I don’t know. But what I find interesting is that the new looks seems to be very similar in style to Sky News. Is the next step for Sky News to go more […]

Fox News discovers the flower bomb

This political teenager notes Fox News’ new policy of using the term ‘homicide bomber’ in place of ‘suicide bomber’. But surely the term ‘homicide bomber’ is a tautology, unlike ‘suicide bomber’. How many bombers out there are not intending to commit homicide? The term ‘suicide bomber’ actually adds more depth to the description, not that […]

And we interrupt this report to bring you a sneeze

I wouldn’t like to criticise newsreaders too harshly. I imagine their job is pretty difficult, particularly on the rolling news channels where there must be a lot to keep on top of. Lots of people seem to bemoan the fact that newsreaders supposedly have an easy job because it consists merely of “reading the autocue”. […]