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Volume 26, Number 3, 2015


Editorial - The future of the BBC 3

Not finally...
Jane Fae sees a change in transgender stories 5
Tim Minogue urges local papers to investigate 8
Barry Turner explains why police send letters 10
Peter Oborne says the truth lies in cartoons 13
Bill Hagerty is an incurable romantic 15

Les Hinton - The truth about Murdoch 18

Chris Boffey - When journalists enter politics 26

Daniel Tudor - An alternative way to fund news 31

John Illman - When balance is wrong 37

James Rodgers - Palestine: it’s religious not political 43

Barbara Trionfi - A fight for journalists’ safety 49

Paul Donovan - Catholic press counts its blessings 55

Paul Lashmar - Spies at The Observer 60

Jon Swain admires a foreign correspondent 65
Brian Winston explores Waterloo headlines 67
Ivor Gaber analyses personality politics 69
Ann Leslie remembers what reporting was 71
Julian Petley takes newspapers to task 73
Bill Hagerty wonders why no one listened 76

Quotes of the Quarter - BBC funding 24
Ten Years Ago - The way we were 42
Twitterwatch - The Sun and Lord Sewel 48
News - BJR/The Drum Online Media Award 79
News - The Charles Wheeler Award 80
Obituary - David Bradbury - Inside back cover


Editorial: Get the BBC
It’s not surprising the newspaper industry is sensitive about the BBC. This is the organisation that might have killed off newsprint with radio news in the 1920s, had another go a decade later with television and now, as papers try to find revenue in digital distribution, gives away some of the world’s most compelling editorial material to anyone with an internet connection.

Life with Murdoch
Les Hinton
Rupert Murdoch’s longest-serving lieutenant staggers under the weight of books written about his old boss.

In search of power behind the throne
Chris Boffey
The new Conservative government has been bringing in journalists to help it rule. A former ministerial adviser discusses his own Whitehall journey.

Now the pipers can pick their own tune
Daniel Tudor
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if journalists could write without a thought for the feelings of advertisers. If a new publishing venture works, they can.

Shooting the messengers
Barbara Trionfi
It’s going to be hard, but we must keep fighting the gangsters and governments that attack journalists, says a seasoned campaigner.