Friday, 4 September 2015

Media Quotes of the Week: From has UK lost the war against Rupert Murdoch? to Guardian's profile contains a surprise for Danny Baker

News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson on the return of Rebekah Brooks as chief executive officer of News UK: “Rebekah will lead a great team at News UK into the digital future, while maximising the influence and reach of our newspapers, which remain the most informative and successful in Britain and beyond. Her expertise, excellence and leadership will be crucial as we work to extend our relationship with readers and advertisers, and develop our digital platforms to take full advantage of our brilliant journalism.”

News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson on the new editor of the Sun: “Tony Gallagher is one of the most respected journalists and editors in the UK, with a long and honorable history with the Daily Telegraph group and the Daily Mail. His integrity and his ingenuity are splendid assets for The Sun across the week."

Michael Wolff‏@MichaelWolffNYC on Twitter: "Reasonable assessment 4 years later: the U.K. went to war against Rupert Murdoch and the U.K. lost."

Neil Wallis ‏@neilwallis1 on Twitter: "Terrific for News UK that a real journo is back in charge - but Rebekah's reincarnation will drive @guardian @BBCr4today etc nuts

Hayley Barlow ‏@Hayley_Barlow on Twitter: "Number of former News of the World staff turning down interview requests on Rebekah Brooks reappointment: 'Sorry no, I'd have to be honest!'"

Joint executive director of the Hacked Off Campaign, Dr Evan Harris: "This could only happen in a dynastic company where normal rules of corporate governance simply do not apply. Mrs Brooks’ successful defence at trial was that she was such an incompetent executive that she was unaware of industrial-scale criminal wrongdoing in intercepting voicemails and bribing public officials, and unaware of the vast conspiracy to cover it up, despite her admitting to destroying millions of emails and putting the company’s reputation before co-operation with the police. Her failure has so far cost the company £300 million, hundreds of jobs and then there is the £16m pay off she received while scores of her newspapers’ confidential sources have gone to jail."

Les Hinton on Rupert Murdoch in the British Journalism Review: "As a boss, he can be hands-off or autocratic, charming or irascible, forgiving or fierce, and sometimes just a comprehensive pain. And yet – although his record on this is not perfect – the majority of people he employs love working for him. He imbues his companies with a fantastic sense of possibility and gets big results. He has overthrown giants on three continents to become the biggest giant of all. Warts and all, Murdoch is an authentic colossus and his own kind of revolutionary. One day, when his enemies have gone and taken away their wounds and blind fury, a new generation of chroniclers will come along to rethink his history. Perhaps they’ll give him a break."

amol rajan ‏@amolrajan  on Twitter: "We knew this would offend and shock. But Aylan Kurdi's horrific death can spur the action thousands desperately need."

Roy Greenslade on his MediaGuardian blog: "It may be naive to suggest that the image of his body on a beach will change minds, but I like to think that it will."

Lindsey Hilsum ‏@lindseyhilsum on Twitter: "Sometimes a photo & reporters' words make a difference: Cameron bows to pressure to accept more Syrian refugees."

Katrine Marçal ‏@katrinemarcal on Twitter: "Imagine if British tabloids were like German tabloids when it came to refugees... Bild Zeitung: 'Why we must all help'."

News Media Association chairman Mike Darcey: “News brands are successfully making the transition to a sustainable digital world despite undoubted challenges and risks along the way. The BBC must not be given free rein to jeopardise that transition by expanding its local or international news services under the guise of providing a universal solution for a market failure which doesn’t exist.”

The Times [£] in a leader: "Through its website, the BBC operates as a state- funded publisher, for which its generous financial arrangements give it an unfair advantage. Where local and national newspapers have to survive by selling advertisements and through their cover price, the BBC is a protected but still self- interested party. That is bad for news organisations, not least local newspapers, which are in an unequal struggle with the BBC’s 58 local news websites."

Raymond Snoddy ‏@RaymondSnoddy on Twitter: "The BBC should collaborate with local newspapers but false to blame Beeb for decline - that's down to internet, greed and poor management."

Fraser Nelson in the Telegraph:"In fact the Prime Minister admits, in private, that he’s quite happy with the BBC and is baffled by colleagues who loathe it. He grumbles about Nick Robinson having kept him awake by filming reports outside his bedroom in No 10, but his animus doesn’t run much deeper. His wife, Samantha, has been his personal BBC monitor. She is an avid fan of 6 Music, its digital-only radio station, and alerts the Prime Minister if she hears a story going badly for his government in its morning news bulletin. He then scrambles his spin team and if the story is fixed in time for 6 Music’s lunchtime bulletin, he’s happy."

Ian Burrell ‏@iburrell on Twitter: "Thanks Freddie Forsyth of the @Daily_Express for feeding the idea -held in many dangerous countries - that journalism is a cover for spying."

Danny Baker‏@prodnose on Twitter: "There is a profile of me in @theguardian today that says at one time I 'liked to dress as a woman'. This is research hitherto unknown to me."


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