Friday, 13 July 2012

Quotes of the Week: From why the News of the World had to close to MacKenzie quits the Mail

Jules Stenson, ex-assistant editor of the News of the World, on the Huffington Post: "So what went wrong at the News of the World? We'll leave that to the courts, but to me the humbling of Rupert Murdoch and his cohorts came about because of their arrogance. They really did think they ruled Britain, and, frankly, who could blame them when the prime minister was writing text messages to the chief executive that he thought were ending 'Lots of Love'. I have never wavered from the view that the decision to close the NOTW was right. Whatever pain we have suffered as journalists is nothing compared to that of the Dowlers. A terrible, terrible wrong needed to be put right. Not just to them but all the victims of hacking."

Grey Cardigan on Press Gazette: "No doubt if it was happening in Mexico or Guatemala, the systematic persecution of a national newspaper’s journalists by the police and State would be all over Professor Greenslade’s Guardian blog. But it’s not. It’s happening here and now, and nobody seems to give a shit. It seems that not a week goes by without another group of Sun journos having their collars felt by the Old Bill after being grassed up by their own employer for making ‘inappropriate payments’ to public officials, alleged ‘evidence’ seemingly based on nothing more than ancient expenses claims "

Nick Cohen in The Observer:  "Coulson and Brooks were once leaders of the tabloid wing of the British right's alliance between snob and mob. Politicians bowed before them. Celebrities feared them. I doubt that they will accept their fall from power without a fight. Coulson and Brooks never managed to create a memorable sentence when they were reporters. But as the saying goes: 'Everybody's got a book inside them.' Their account of how Cameron entwined himself with News International will be the one piece they write that will be worth reading."

Peter Preston in The Observer: "Print has lost 5,000 news gatherers over the last five years. That's only the beginning, unless a new revenue wheeze emerges. BBC TV and radio has lost 800 in the last few months, thanks to the licence fee freeze, and has many more cuts left to make. ITV cut a swathe through its London newsroom last week. Meanwhile, online's contribution is puny – and, given the lack of a potent ad revenue model, seems doomed to remain so. It's instructive enough to talk about citizen journalism and the rest, but these are still only adjuncts to the core professional news service we rely on day by day. And the money to provide that, at home or abroad, is draining away."

Lord Black at the Leveson Inquiry: "We don't want the chilling impact which flows from state intervention to have an impact on how our newspapers scrutinise those who are in positions of power."

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet at Leveson on Lord Black's proposals to reform self-regulation:  “The proposals amount to more of the same. An attempt by owners and editors to continue the staus quo. It is important not to waste a golden opportunity for change.”

Roy Greenslade at Leveson on Lord Black's plan: "A bureaucratic spider's web. The industry still at the centre of the web."

Lord Justice Leveson: “I 've no truck with anything that would lead to censorship.”

Jon Excel the editor of the Engineer magazine on plans to go online only: "It’s hard to know what our Victorian forbears would make of the proposal to close the magazine. Some would certainly be horrified. Others might well be astonished to know that a publication launched more than a century and half ago is still in existence. But none would have anticipated the rise of the internet — a technological development every bit as disruptive as the invention of the automobile or the aircraft."

Kelvin MacKenzie bids farewell to readers of his Daily Mail column: "Due to my increasing commercial workload, I have decided to give up the column after today to concentrate on my businesses. Thank you for your time over the past year. It has been lovely to know you."

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