The United States, the United Kingdom and Canada have each declined to sign a United Nations treaty on telecommunications and the Internet. The US Ambassador to the conference, Terry Kramer, stated that ‘we candidly cannot support an ITU treaty that is inconsistent with a multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance.’
Recent research by the UK regulator Ofcom suggests that Internet users ‘already rely more on the network than newspapers and magazines for their national news’ and the Internet is likely to overtake TV also.
The online culture and current affairs magazine Slate is the latest in a long line of news organizations to consider a pay model – in its own words, a ‘subscription-based premium membership program’.
22 victims of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal have reached court settlements, including the radio DJ Jamie Theakston and Robbie Williams’s ex-girlfriend, Lisa Brash.
The Huffington Post has struck a deal with the Japanese media corporation Asahi Shimbun to launch a website in the country. Arianna Huffington said: ‘as our first edition in Asia, HuffPost Japan is […] a reflection of our commitment to inviting ever more voices to join our growing global conversation’.
The Guardian today lists some of those in contention to be the new editor of the Times, following the resignation of James Harding. Possible names include Martin Ivens, Camilla Cavendish and the current Sunday Times editor John Witherow.
Warren Buffett, the famous billionaire investor and 'sage of Omaha', is the latest tycoon – according to Bloomberg – to attempt to rescue the newspaper business from seemingly terminal decline.
The Guardian has withdrawn its ‘social reading’ app from Facebook, after the network changed the way in which they operated. The newspaper will instead push readers from the social network to its own website.