Which journalist heart does not beat a little faster at the prospect of a new kid on the block? The television channel GB News has reached that exciting moment in any launch when anything seems possible, tantalising us with a Freeview channel number, a roster of...
Editorial – Hello, good evening and welcome 3
Not finally . . .
Andrew Gimson says voters don’t care 5
Ivor Gaber hates all the lying 7
Rebecca Whittington seeks local news 9
Donald Macintyre misses Labour reporters 11
Kim Fletcher watches a playground fight 14
James Hanning supports football writers 16
Mark Damazer The future of the BBC 19
Juliet Rix – Reporting Covid science 27
Ben Monro Davies – TV news changes forever 33
Clive Myrie – Regulation is good for us 39
Catherine Pepinster – Our godless media 45
Joanne Butcher – A plea for diversity 52
Lynne O’Donnell – Afghanistan press misery 57
James Rodgers – Russian revolution goes on 63
Rod Liddle half agrees with Peter Oborne 69
John Naughton investigates Bellingcat 72
Julian Petley wants close scrutiny 74
Brian Winston suspects Stuart Hood 76
Phil Harding follows Jon Sopel in the US 79
Alex Brummer admires Hella Pick 81
Quotes of the Quarter 38
The way we were 84
Andrew Gimson There is often a gulf between what the media think matters about Boris Johnson, and what the public think matters. For the political journalist, any sign that things are not quite as they should be in Downing Street – that war is raging between different...
Catherine Pepinster Given the role it plays in the lives of many readers, viewers and listeners, shouldn’t we do more to understand religion? In 1968, the most influential TV interviewer of his day, David Frost, sat down with Cardinal John Heenan on his Friday night...
Lynne O'Donnell Journalism was helping to bring democracy to Afghanistan. Now they are killing journalists and the future looks bleak again Afghan journalists are not just covering the front line of their country’s existential war with the Taliban – they are the front...
James Rodgers The first draft of history takes us only so far, says a journalist who watched the Soviet Union collapse Sensing that change was coming – although perhaps not exactly in the way it very soon happened – the Soviet and international news media were out in...