Category: News

Newsquest closes Epsom Guardian to relaunch as new edition in ‘iconic and historic’ Surrey Comet series

The final edition of the Epsom Guardian in Surrey was published today as Newsquest announced plans to relaunch the weekly title as part of its “iconic and historic” Surrey Comet series. The Epsom Comet will launch on 27 September as the Epsom Guardian website will also become part of the Surrey Comet online. Newsquest will … Continue reading “Newsquest closes Epsom Guardian to relaunch as new edition in ‘iconic and historic’ Surrey Comet series”

Press Association to rebrand as PA Media to coincide with move to new London headquarters next year

The Press Association plans to rebrand to reflect its evolution into a “modern, dynamic” business alongside its move into new London headquarters next year. The news agency will become PA Media by next May, while parent PA Group will become PA Media Group. PA staff were also told this week the company has secured new London … Continue reading “Press Association to rebrand as PA Media to coincide with move to new London headquarters next year”

Fox and Comcast bidding war for Sky to be settled in weekend auction

The long-running bidding battle for Sky will be decided in a quick-fire auction finishing on Saturday night, Britain’s Takeover Panel has announced. The panel said Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox and US media giant Comcast have agreed to settle the takeover tussle with a three-round auction that is due to kick off at 5pm tomorrow. … Continue reading “Fox and Comcast bidding war for Sky to be settled in weekend auction”

Evan Davis to leave Newsnight and replace Eddie Mair as presenter of BBC Radio 4’s PM

Evan Davis is set to leave Newsnight by the end of October after being appointed presenter of BBC Radio 4 current affairs programme PM. Davis, who has been the lead presenter on Newsnight since 2014, will replace Eddie Mair, who left PM last month to host a new drivetime show on commercial radio station LBC. … Continue reading “Evan Davis to leave Newsnight and replace Eddie Mair as presenter of BBC Radio 4’s PM”

French Closer magazine loses appeal against damages over topless photos of Duchess of Cambridge

France’s Closer magazine has been told it will have to pay damages of €90,000 for publishing topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge after an appeals court upheld an earlier ruling. The celebrity publication, which is separate from the UK’s Closer magazine, had been ordered to pay the large sum to the Cambridges during a … Continue reading “French Closer magazine loses appeal against damages over topless photos of Duchess of Cambridge”

Oldham Times editor says successful first year in print shows ‘just how important having a local paper fighting for its community still is’

The editor of a Newsquest weekly celebrating its first anniversary has said its successful first year showed “just how important having a local paper fighting for its community still is”. The newspaper launched three weeks after 160-year-old daily title The Oldham Chronicle closed down in August last year as owners Hirst, Kidd and Rennie fell into … Continue reading “Oldham Times editor says successful first year in print shows ‘just how important having a local paper fighting for its community still is'”

Businessman ruled personally liable for thousands owed to former employees of closed View From newspaper series

A Dorset-based businessman has been found personally responsible for thousands of pounds owed to almost 30 former employees of a series of West Country newspapers which closed down in January. View From newspapers, which was based in Lyme Regis, Dorset, was closed down on 4 January with all staff made redundant due to “falling revenues”, … Continue reading “Businessman ruled personally liable for thousands owed to former employees of closed View From newspaper series”

Culture Secretary refuses to rule out levy on tech giants to fund public interest journalism

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright has said he will not rule out a levy on tech giants to fund responsible journalism. Wright has said it would be “unwise” to limit his options when considering how to raise a war chest in the battle against fake news. Wright enjoined networks to help combat disinformation in online media … Continue reading “Culture Secretary refuses to rule out levy on tech giants to fund public interest journalism”

Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday readers agree on second Brexit referendum despite disparity in editorial stance, Yougov poll shows

Almost the same proportion of Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday readers would vote Leave in a second referendum despite the papers’ differing and outspoken editorial stances on Brexit, according to a new Yougov poll. Paul Dacre, who edited the Daily Mail until last month, was a staunch Brexiteer in contrast with Remain-supporting Geordie Greig, who … Continue reading “Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday readers agree on second Brexit referendum despite disparity in editorial stance, Yougov poll shows”

Red Box political newsletter goes behind paywall as Times says ‘quality journalism should be paid for’

The Times’s popular Red Box political newsletter has been put behind the website’s paywall for the first time, as the title repeats its doctrine that “quality journalism should be paid for”. The Red Box morning newsletter was launched in August and was available for anyone who signed up via email. It now has more than … Continue reading “Red Box political newsletter goes behind paywall as Times says ‘quality journalism should be paid for'”