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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.

Nov 12, 2012

BBC head says broadcaster must reform or die

LONDON, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Britain’s BBC could be doomed
unless it makes radical changes, the head of its governing trust
said, after its director general quit to take the blame for the
airing of false child sex abuse allegations against a former

BBC Trust chairman Chris Patten said on Sunday confidence
had to be restored if the publicly funded corporation was to
withstand pressure from rivals, especially Rupert Murdoch’s
media empire, which would try to take advantage of the turmoil.

Nov 11, 2012

BBC must reform or face uncertain future, says chairman

LONDON, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Britain’s BBC must undergo a
radical overhaul in the wake of “shoddy” journalism which led to
the resignation of its chief or its future will be in doubt, the
head of the state-funded broadcaster’s governing body said on

Chris Patten, chairman of the BBC Trust, said opponents of
the BBC, especially Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, would take
advantage of the turmoil to up the pressure on its long-term

Nov 11, 2012

Head of beleaguered BBC quits to try to restore trust

LONDON, Nov 11 (Reuters) – BBC director general George
Entwistle has resigned just two months into the job, after the
state-funded broadcaster aired mistaken allegations of child sex
abuse against a former leading politician.

The BBC was already reeling from revelations that a
long-time star presenter had been a paedophile, and the
conspicuous failure to apply normal journalistic standards was
the last thing it needed.

Nov 11, 2012

BBC chief quits after “shoddy journalism” failures

LONDON (Reuters) – BBC Director General George Entwistle resigned on Saturday, just two months into the job, after the state-funded broadcaster put out a program denounced by its chairman as shoddy journalism.

The BBC, reeling from revelations that a former star presenter was a paedophile, brought further problems on its head when a flagship news program, Newsnight, aired a mistaken allegation that a former top politician sexually abused children.