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The Crisis in British Journalism

Byline Times investigates media monopolies, their proximity to politicians, and how the punditocracy doesn't hold power to account

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The Lopsided Centre: Why is the Media's Unbalanced Scrutiny Giving the Tories a Free Ride?

, 4 December 2019
Musa Okwonga examines why the myth of the Conservative Party's competence persists and how those meant to be holding Boris Johnson to account are complicit in its belief.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to appear on the BBC's Andrew Marr show at Media City in Salford before opening the Conservative party annual conference at the Manchester Convention Centre.

The Future of Journalism is at the Heart of this General Election

, 3 December 2019
Brian Cathcart, Professor of Journalism at Kingston University, argues that the cosy relationship between Boris Johnson and most of the press means there will be no check on his power if he is elected with a majority.

Yes, there is a Crisis in British Journalism and Journalists are in Denial

, 19 November 2019
The editor-in-chief of Press Gazette, Dominic Ponsford, insists all is well with British journalism. Here, Brian Cathcart, Professor of Journalism at Kingston University, responds.

Where has the BBC's Quest to Inform through Uncovering Truth Gone?

, 11 November 2019
In the weeks before the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the BBC’s news team went out of its way to show the world the factual reality of East Germans protesting for a better life. Does it have the same desire now?

Rod Liddle and Fraser Nelson Pervert Press Freedom to Publish Vile Racism

, 1 November 2019
The stones thrown by the likes of the Spectator hit people and freedom of expression cannot be used to justify this

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Standing Up to the British Media Protects Us All from Press Abuse

, 2 October 2019
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Ben Stokes and Gareth Thomas are fighting for us all when they speak out against the appalling behaviour of our tabloid media.

David Cameron was in Bed with the Press – Why is he Airbrushing Out his History as a Media Puppet?

, 26 September 2019
Brian Cathcart reviews former prime minister David Cameron's autobiography and the crucial omissions about phone hacking and the Leveson Inquiry.

Weaponising News: With a Disgraced Journalist in Number 10, the Fourth Estate is now the Fifth Battlespace

, 23 July 2019
Peter Jukes looks back over three years of information warfare around the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit referendum and asks: how do we distinguish real journalism from disinformation?

Why the Breakdown of the BBC is a Microcosm of British Politics

, 10 May 2019
Peter Jukes argues that the public broadcaster is easily gamed by bad actors and vested interests who can break the rules with impunity - just like so many other key British institutions.

EXCLUSIVE The BBC 'Facilitates Fascism' says Corporation's Former Reporter

, 15 April 2019
Patrick Howse spent decades reporting news for the BBC, risking life and limb. He believed in Auntie's credo. But the former producer says the corporation's unquestioning Brexit coverage has now crossed the line.

BREAKING A PHONE HACKING HIT? How Jill Dando was Tracked to her Doorstep

, 29 March 2019
While the detective leading the inquiry into the television presenter's murder says the case will never be solved, Byline Times reveals a crucial clue the police missed.

Phone Hacking: Time the Police Stepped In

, 5 February 2019
Evidence against executives and editors is piling up in the civil courts, but newspapers are just buying their way out of trouble. The right place for this is the criminal courts, which means the Met must act

The BBC on the Edge of the Abyss 2: THE ARGUMENT

, 3 January 2019
The BBC has failed the license fee-payer in its core duty to inform when it comes to three of the biggest stories of recent years. Peter Jukes explores why should this concern each and every one of us.

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