Thursday, 8 October 2015

Media Quotes of the Week: From Peston poached, praised and criticised to PM on what Twitter isn't

Robert Peston on his BBC blog: "So you may have noticed that I am off to another place. I don't think this is my last blog post here, but I did want to say something a bit more personal than normal on this occasion - which is that working for BBC News has been the high point of my working life. Its unrivalled commitment to objectivity, seriousness and relevance is a beacon. And its journalists, editors, producers and cameramen are world class."

Piers Morgan@piersmorgan on Twitter: "The more BBC stars queue up to mock & brief against @Peston, more obvious it is a) how good he is and b) what a coup ITV have pulled off..."

Andew Marr, on Steve Wright in the Afternoon on BBC Radio 2: It is rumoured that Robert Peston, a man crippled by a sense of his own lack of self-worth and insecurity, is going to be up against me doing an ITV 9am politics show. I think all competition is good, I think we all do better if we're competed against, head to head. Fine. Bring it on."

Peter Oborne in the Daily Mail: "Perhaps I am old-fashioned, but I believe that we journalists should be personally respectful when we ask questions of politicians. They are elected; we are not.I don’t mean that the questions should be deferential or soft, but they should be asked in a civil manner.  For that reason, I don’t believe I was the only BBC viewer shocked to witness Robert Peston, the BBC economics editor, asking questions of the Chancellor on his recent trip to China in a casual shirt, unbuttoned, reclining in his chair."

Michael Crick ‏@MichaelLCrick on Twitter: "Anarchists shout 'Tory scum' at us as we enter Conservative conference, and I was spat at."

suzanne moore ‏@suzanne_moore on Twitter: "I do get that a lot of people hate journalists. An elite from very narrow pool. That pool has narrowed since I started. Its a problem."

Stig Abell ‏@StigAbell on Twitter: "The Guardian: writing incomprehensible headlines for awful hipsters since 1834."

Mr Justice Saunders refusing to lift an order banning the media naming the 15-year-old Blackburn boy who plotted an Anzac Day terror attack in Australia, as reported by PA/Press Gazette: "I am satisfied that in this case there will only be a limited deterrent effect in naming and shaming, and that there is a risk that in some parts of our society he will be glorified for what he has done. That glorification is more likely to be effective if (the defendant) is identified and more likely to encourage others to do what he has done."

Committee to Protect Journalists' executive director Joel Simon in a statement on Turkish journalist, Ahmet Hakan, who was assaulted by four men in Istanbul: "Turkish journalists have been jailed, harassed, insulted, and sued, but this physical attack makes clear that press freedom is being further undermined in Turkey. Authorities must take immediate action to ensure that all those responsible for this attack are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The right of Ahmet Hakan to express himself is guaranteed under Turkish law and must be protected."

Raymond Snoddy ‏@RaymondSnoddy on Twitter: "Former FT editor Andrew Gowers is nothing if not courageous - PR director for Leahman Brothers, BP during great oil spill and now Glencore."

The News Media Association in a submission to the Government: "The NMA believes that business rates relief should apply to all properties which are involved in the production of local newspapers, irrespective of the type of property occupied or the size of publisher. Some of our members still have properties in town centres and it is important that they continue, where possible, to have a presence on the high street so they remain central to the communities they serve."

David Cameron told the Conservative party conference the reason polls were wrong in the run-up to the General Election was because: "Britain and Twitter are not the same thing."

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