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Dec 3, 2012

Britain tells press to change ways to avoid new laws

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government on Monday threatened the press with new laws to curb its behavior if it failed to get its own house in order following a damning inquiry into reporting practices.

Lawmakers are divided on the issue of statutory regulation which has put Prime Minister David Cameron at odds with his coalition partner.

Dec 3, 2012

UK’s Prince William and Kate expecting a baby

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine are expecting a baby, destined to be the country’s future monarch, although the mother-to-be is in hospital with a type of very acute morning sickness that sometimes indicates twins.

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby,” the prince’s office said in a statement on Monday, adding that Queen Elizabeth and the royal family were delighted.

Nov 30, 2012

Gushing papers laud Cameron’s stance on press law

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron woke on Friday to find usually hostile newspapers gushing about his statesman-like qualities after he signalled his opposition to a new law governing the press.

After his party suffered a night of humiliation in three parliamentary elections, instead of facing questions over his leadership, he was cheered for rejecting the main plank of proposals from a public inquiry he set up in the wake of outrage at the excesses of tabloid newspapers.

Nov 30, 2012

Gushing UK papers laud PM Cameron’s stance on press law

LONDON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David
Cameron woke on Friday to find usually hostile newspapers
gushing about his statesman-like qualities after he signalled
his opposition to a new law governing the press.

After his party suffered a night of humiliation in three
parliamentary elections, instead of facing questions over his
leadership, he was cheered for rejecting the main plank of
proposals from a public inquiry he set up in the wake of outrage
at the excesses of tabloid newspapers.

Nov 29, 2012

Unruly British press may bow to regulation plans

LONDON (Reuters) – Lord Justice Brian Leveson produced plans for the toughest regulation of the British press in 300 years on Thursday after decades of misbehavior, final warnings and universal acceptance that the current system had failed.

Although rows lie ahead over whether a law will be required to underpin Leveson’s vision for a tough new regulator, the 63-year-old has shrewdly found a way forward which indicates that much of which he suggests is likely to be accepted by even his harshest critics.

Nov 29, 2012

PM Cameron opposes press law after hacking scandal

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday that he had serious concerns about legislation to regulate the media, risking a split in his coalition after a damning inquiry triggered by a phone-hacking scandal proposed a press watchdog backed in law.

Opposing a legal foundation to an independent press regulator will delight the British media ahead of the 2015 election but will deepen a divide in Cameron’s coalition government and within his own party.

Nov 29, 2012

UK inquiry calls for press law after hacking scandal

LONDON (Reuters) – A far-reaching inquiry into British newspapers called for a new independent watchdog enshrined in law to regulate the press, to prevent a repeat of the excesses which led to a phone hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid.

The recommendation on Thursday meant Prime Minister David Cameron faced angering either senior figures in his party and Britain’s newspapers or his coalition partners and the public.

Nov 28, 2012

Day of reckoning for Cameron and British press

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron faces a no-win dilemma on Thursday when a far-reaching inquiry into British newspapers delivers its verdict on how to curb the excesses of the country’s notoriously aggressive press.

Cameron, who was embarrassed when details of his personal links to Rupert Murdoch and his media empire emerged at the inquiry, will have to decide whether to accept its findings, which risk dividing his coalition government and angering an already hostile press.

Nov 27, 2012

BBC chief defends director general’s “hell of a” pay-off

LONDON, Nov 27 (Reuters) – The head of the BBC’s governing
body defended paying a “hell of a lot of money” to the
corporation’s ex-boss on Tuesday and said the cost of two
inquiries into the causes of his departure would have to come
from its publicly-funded coffers.

Director general George Entwistle came under fire for the
BBC’s slow and unconvincing response to revelations a former
star presenter, the late Jimmy Savile, was a serial paedophile,
and for a programme featuring false sex abuse allegations.

Nov 22, 2012

Cameron in crossfire when press inquiry reports

LONDON (Reuters) – After a year-long public inquiry exposed the worst excesses of Britain’s raucous newspapers, the press is battling to avoid any proposals for tougher regulation next week, and Prime Minister David Cameron will come under fire whatever he decides.

Senior judge Brian Leveson is set to announce by the end of November the findings of his dissection of the industry, which was prompted by a phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World Sunday, a News Corp tabloid the media tycoon then shut down.