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Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox group has withdrawn its bid for Time Warner

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Aside from questions over the news value of such a story, there are child protection issues to consider

Palestinian and pro-Palestinian demonstrators assemble outside the BBC TV Centre in central London to protest against its reporting of the conflict in Gaza.

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He grew up in a God-fearing home. He was popular with his teachers. He even spent his spare time as a boy working with children more underprivileged than he himself was. So how did Glenn Mulcaire, the man convicted twice of phone hacking, become one of the most reviled men in Britain? James Hanning tells the backstory in this exclusive extract from The News Machine, his new book based on unprecedented access to the investigator

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An influx of money from 'good causes' is exerting a malign influence on the modern documentary

With Farage on the loose, broadcasters and newspapers must realise they are no longer king-makers

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The Only Way is Ethics: Colourful reporting from the Pistorius trial, but don’t expect to see similar here

It has become common to hear people say of British newspapers (the tabloid ones, anyway) that they more or less do as they please, unconstrained by legal or regulatory obligations. This is not necessarily accurate, but as it is reflective of the type of hyperbole tabloid papers themselves indulge in, perhaps they only have themselves to blame.

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The Media Column: People want to work for BuzzFeed. They see the way it’s growing

Maria Miller quit the Cabinet to prevent her situation in “any way detracting from the achievements of the Government”

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Culture Secretary Maria Miller was brought down by a media “witch hunt” because of her involvement in Lord Justice Leveson’s reforms of the press, according to a warped theory adopted by her few political supporters.

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