Thursday, 8 May 2014

Media Quotes of the Week: From Jeremy Clarkson in the Last Chance Saloon to Sun in halal pizza row

Jeremy Clarkson in the Sun [£]: "I've been told by the BBC that if I make one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time, I will be sacked."

Simon Hattenstone in the Guardian on Max Clifford: "By 18, he was a trainee reporter and writing a music column for the Merton & Morden News. He loved the music industry – the celebs, the glamour, being at the hub of happening London. He also loved journalism: he keeps his NUJ life membership certificate on the mantelpiece, awarded for 40 years' continuous service in the trade union."

Grey Cardigan on TheSpinAlley: "IT’S TREBLES all round at Johnston Press, where chief executive Ashley Highfield and finance director David King are have been declared eligible for bumper bonuses. Highfield will be able to earn up to 180% of his £400,000 salary while King could get 150% of his £250,000 pay cheque. The bonus opportunity is dependent on meeting targets for digital revenue, audience growth, advertiser and staff satisfaction and profit targets – i.e. sacking staff, slashing resources and shutting down offices...Time and time again we’ve seen this across every group in the country. In comes a new boss, the business is butchered, board bonuses are pocketed, and then they all fuck off to their foreign villas while the poor bastards left behind lose their jobs, their homes and their marriages. It really does make me want to puke."

Mick Hume on Press Gazette: "No, whatever impression the new culture secretary might give about taking his tanks off the industry’s lawn, the war for press freedom is far from over. It is a war that has been fought for more than 500 years, since the first printing press appeared in England, and which has continually to be refought against new adversaries. Indeed, like that other historic conflict we are all commemorating this year, the struggle for real press freedom might well be thought of as a war without end.

Peter Preston in the Observer: "Ipso is now the only viable show in town, an industry-wide response. It will certainly need some modest form of monitoring regime to match promises with reality. But watch this negotiating space. And come back again, for re-validation purposes, around 2016. Thank you, and goodnight."

Survey of US journalists conducted by the Indiana University School of Journalism, as reported by "The reporters, editors and producers who put out the news every day are less satisfied with their work, say they have less autonomy in their work and tend to believe that journalism is headed in the wrong direction."

Peter Oborne in the Telegraph on the search for a replacement for Lord Patten as chair of the BBC Trust: "I only wish, however, that I could feel confident in the selection process. This is in the hands of Mr Javid, who knows nothing about broadcasting or (as far as I can tell) anything much about music, literature or the arts. It is hard to think of anyone less qualified for the post. It is important to understand, however, that Mr Javid is in the Cabinet because, and only because, he has been placed there by George Osborne. So while it is Mr Cameron who will nominally make the decision as to Lord Patten’s successor, everybody at Westminster knows (but does not say) that it is Mr Osborne who will actually decide the identity of the next chairman of the BBC Trust."

anne mcelvoy ‏@annemcelvoy on Twitter:"Le Monde staff have resigned over management's "failure to communicate" . On these grounds, most of Fleet Street wd have walked out by now."

The Media Blog ‏@TheMediaTweets on Twitter: "All the people getting hot and bothered about foreign influences upon their pizza seem to be overlooking a key fact about pizza."

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