Friday 18 December 2009

Quotes of the Week

George Eaton of the New Statesman on the Tiger Wood's injunction in London's High Court: "Woods would not have dared to seek an injunction in the United States where the first amendment guarantees free speech. But in Britain, where Mr Justice Eady's one man war on free expression continues, he predictably succeeded."

Tim Crook, senior lecturer in Media Law & Ethics at Goldsmiths, University of London: "Amongst the political, media, legal and higher educational elites in the UK (spheres of influence and sub-cultures I know only too well) there is no respect and utter contempt for the sex scandal exposé genre of journalism pursued by ‘tabloid’ media publications such as the Sun and News of the World, and I frequently notice an intense negativity in body language and facial countenance whenever I mention the title Daily Mail."

Editor & Publisher editor Greg Mitchell on the magazine's planned closure: "It took 125 years to build Editor & Publisher, and only 10 minutes to kill it."

Guardian Media Group statement: “Since the publication of the Digital Britain report we have been considering the potential for further consolidation within the regional press sector, and as part of this there have been some exploratory talks regarding our regional media business."

Intro of the week:

Martin Wainwright in the Guardian: "The world pie-eating championships proved once again to be a controversy-strewn battleground today as the sole woman competitor stormed out and officials banned gravy after rumours of doping with cough mixture."