Editorial/Blog

The rest is politics

Given we are already knee-deep in stories about elections, how shall we cope when the prime minister gets round to calling one? Journalists pride themselves on knowing what their readers, listeners and viewers want: in believing they share their excitement about...

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The price is too high

The UK has not always been blessed in its newspaper proprietors: we’ve had the Canadian sent to jail in America for defrauding his shareholders, the British national who bought a famous title with the proceeds of porn, the Czech-born naturalised Briton who ran off...

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Breaking news

The veteran BBC correspondent Martin Bell, appearing recently on a panel to discuss the future of journalism, recalled wars in Israel in 1967 and 1973, when he and his crew had been free to go wherever they dared. He made the point to show how hard it is to achieve...

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Vintage property

We are about to learn what a national newspaper is worth these days, some 30 years after the print industry wondered how to respond to the arrival of its potential nemesis, the internet. An auction for The Daily Telegraph and its Sunday sibling will shortly be under...

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The inhuman touch

Did those stable lads who ran into the road to gawp at the arrival of the internal combustion engine have any inkling that their world was about to change? After the wonder (it moves on its own!), the laughter (it’s broken down!) and the complacency (it’ll never...

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Rein in the press

The UK newspaper industry has been subject to numerous scandals over the years, with phone hacking and other unethical behaviour being just the tip of the iceberg. The lack of regulation in the industry has allowed newspapers to engage in illegal and unethical...

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Hands off us

The debate surrounding press regulation in the UK is a contentious one, with many arguing that greater regulation is necessary to hold journalists and media organizations accountable for their actions. However, the reality is that freedom of the press is a fundamental...

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Crowning Glory

Why didn’t they listen? Almost two years ago, when our newspapers threatened to explode with impotent fury every time Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, said anything, we suggested the press should simply ignore them. They are doing it to get attention,...

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Not so fast

If we ever thought the newspaper industry was tough in its treatment of employees, the behaviour of digital companies demonstrates how relative these things are. We suspected there was a price for those playrooms and cool workstations and organic cafes in Silicon...

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Do grow up

How time flies. Is it really three years since we discussed on these pages the generosity shown by journalists to an incoming prime minister who had been plucked from their own ranks? Normally something dies in journalists when figures alongside them succeed. Peers...

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