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Belfast Telegraph unveils new editor

The former editor of the Scotsman, Mike Gilson, was today announced as the new editor of the Belfast Telegraph.

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"Senior leaders will inevitably incur expenses," BBC chief Caroline Thomson reveals colleagues made single claims of up to £3,213 for entertaining

The Sketch: Over in Parliament, The Guardian's editor explains what motivated <u>his</u> exposé

It was a sensation in Committee Room 8, the pens were flying, keyboards clattering, The Guardian had come to Westminster with sensational evidence. We had come to see the journalist Nick Davies who's been writing about blagging and phone tapping scandals in the Murdoch press. We got his editor too: Alan Rusbridger looks like a Harry Potter gone wrong. It must mean something, maybe we'll find out later.

Cameron aide in phone hacking row

Ex-Ministers call for Tory director of communications to be sacked after allegations

Matthew Norman: The happy union of Marx and Enoch

I am overjoyed to report not only that the neo-Cromwellian ambitions of Simon Heffer thrive, but that in pursuance of them he has formed potentially the most significant left-right axis Britain has known for more than 60 years.

Paper 'sloppy' over Peaches Geldof article

The press watchdog said today the Daily Star newspaper was guilty of "sloppy journalism" over an article which claimed Peaches Geldof received money for "showing up to parties".

The Sketch: Whatever you do, it's probably best not to overdo it

"There might be a perception I was over doing it," Max Mosley said, explaining his caution about taking the News of the World into court for a second time. He was keen not to overdo it. "My father overdid it," he explained and it hadn't worked out so well. True, fascists did overdo things in those days. As a matter of fact, I once saw film of Oswald Mosley overdoing it in front of 20,000 British fascists in Olympia in 1937. He made Barack Obama sound like Val Doonican. It was then I stopped listening to soaring rhetoric. I'd felt a prickle, you see. It was like listening to Lucifer.

Move to control costs in defamation cases

Plans to control defamation proceedings costs were announced by the Government today, as concerns were raised that not enough has been done to protect the media's freedom of expression.

Judge bans further reporting on story of 13-year-old father

A High Court judge yesterday banned any further reporting about a 13-year-old boy who allegedly fathered a baby with a 15-year-old.

Social workers fear media frenzy will damage Alfie's family

PCC to investigate if family was paid by two newspapers

Alfie Patten's mother facing truancy charge

The mother of "father at 13" Alfie Patten faces being prosecuted for letting one of her children play truant, the court service said today.

Matthew Norman: Press watchdog bites back at toothless claim

It is with some distress that we turn to the unseemly spat between the Media Standards Trust and Sir Christopher Meyer, chairman of the Press Complaints Commission. Sir Christopher took deepest umbrage, you may recall, at the report in which the Trust dismissed the PCC as a toothless old mutt (I translate "unaccountable and opaque" with a little licence) that nuzzles up to its master and rolls over for a tummy rub.

Letters: Rational approach to drugs

Rational approach to drugs is shouted down

Report warns over trust in press

Financial pressure and the introduction of fast-paced new technology could combine to increase the risk of press intrusion and inaccuracy, according to a new report.

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