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Magazine of the Chartered Institute of Journalists

Summer 2015

  • Editor’s comment – Summer 2015‏

    In the wake of our “summer of discontent”, a season of strikes bringing widespread disruption to transport networks and other public services, it is easy to forget the good (and vital) work that most trade unions do on a day-to-day basis. Indeed, proposals by Government ministers for tougher legislation on unions are finding an increasing…

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  • The Institute: meeting new challenges all the time

    The Institute has been around for over 130 years and in that time succeeding generations of journalists have faced up to the myriad challenges posed by events, governments and changing technology – not least the shadow cast by two world wars. For our generation the threat may be more pernicious, if less personally dangerous. In…

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  • Independent review on TV licence enforcement published

    An independent review looking at the current sanctions in place for failure to hold a TV licence has found that the current system of criminal enforcement should be maintained, at least under the present system of licence fee collection. It concludes that the current system is “appropriate and fair” and that it represents value for…

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  • Hughes focuses on future of BBC

    A journalism lecturer from Brunel University, London, has been appointed to advise the House of Lords on the future of the BBC. Jacquie Hughes, who produced a report earlier this year calling for a major shake-up of the way the corporation is funded, has been appointed as a specialist adviser to the House of Lords…

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  • BBC agrees to fund provision of free television licences for over-75s

    The Government has reached agreement with the BBC that it will take on the cost of providing free television licences for over-75s. This will be phased in from 2018/19 with the BBC taking on the full costs from 2020/21. A Government spokesman said: “Having inherited a challenging fiscal position, the Government is pleased that BBC…

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  • TV studio complex saved

    A television studio complex in West London has been rescued from the administrators after a leading entertainment company stepped in at the eleventh-hour to keep it as a “centre of creativity”. Media company Lean Forward, which produces interactive gaming shows, has bought the 22,000 sq ft site in Acton from the administrators. Marketing Director Andy…

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  • Drones help 300,000 watch Henley Regatta live

    TV production company Sunset+Vine has revealed astonishing viewing results from its first online production of Henley Royal Regatta. The world’s pre-eminent river rowing event, now in its 177th year, was streamed live on YouTube from July 1-5 and on the BBC Red Button on Finals Day. Employing new technology and new camera positions into its…

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  • New FOI commission heralds “crackdown on the right to know”

    A major attack on the public’s right to information is likely following the Government’s announcement of a new Commission to review the Freedom of Information Act, according to the Campaign for Freedom of Information. The Commission has been asked to consider whether new measures are needed to protect the Government’s internal discussions from disclosure and…

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  • Indian reporter honoured for courage

    The International Women’s Media Foundation has selected Meera Srinivasan, Assistant Editor at The Hindu, as the Foundation’s Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow for 2015/16. Now in its eleventh year, the Fellowship provides a unique academic and professional opportunity for women journalists focusing on human rights and social justice reporting. Beginning in August, Srinivasan will spend the seven-month…

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  • MEMORY LANE

    Here is a photograph that should spark some fond memories of Institute events in the 1980s. Pictured at a meeting in the basement bar of the Cheshire Cheese in Fleet Street – a regular haunt for Institute members before the exodus to Docklands – are (left to right): Harold Evans (then Editor of The Times),…

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