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"Who guards the Guardian?" went the headline in last week's edition of political magazine, New Statesman, who asked if the Guardian was abusing its status to damage commercial rivals.

The New Statesman referred to the Guardian as "influential" "imposing" and "corporate" and suggested that the MediaGuardian, in particular, was being used by owner Guardian Media Group as an editorial battleaxe to discredit competitors.

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Soraya Kishtwari

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2009-05-25 17:03

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Yesterday, the recently founded Media140 held its first Twitter and microblogging conference. Held at London's Southbank Centre - a venue in the heart of the UK capital synonymous with innovation - the event largely focussed on the effects that Twitter and micoblogging are having on the news gathering process and was attended by journalists from Guardian.co.uk, TimesOnline, TechCrunch, BBC, Aljazeera, Reuters and Sky News.

Kicking off discussions, associate editor of the Sunday Herald and author of 'The Play ethic', Pat Kane, opened up the conference with a keynote presentation on the way breaking news services were dramatically changing the face of journalism: "Reading a newspaper on a street corner might be seen as banal. What's becoming just as banal is producing news on that street corner," said Kane. You can access his slideshow from the presentation here.

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Soraya Kishtwari

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2009-05-22 10:30

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75% of newspaper editors surveyed by the Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) said "their ability to inform readers has diminished with their steadily shrinking staffs," according to an article which appeared on both the APME and San Francisco Chronicle website.

Responses from 351 editors were collected for the 20-question survey, where some newspapers had more than one editor participate. 66% of editors worked for newspapers with a daily circulation of less than 50,000; 27.5% had 50,000 to 250,000; and 6.5% had a distribution of more than 250,000 copies.

The Associated Press' business writer, Michael Liedtke who penned the article, made the following observation: "APME surveys typically elicit a smattering of responses to very specific questions about a topic in the news. But this one clearly touched a nerve as it sought to find out how newspaper management is coping with a downturn that has wiped out $11.6 billion, or nearly one-fourth, of the industry's annual advertising revenue since 2005."

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Soraya Kishtwari

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2009-05-15 10:52

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The BBC's in-house magazine, Ariel, earlier this week disclosed that BBC News would be cutting its Paris envoy, as well as making similar cutbacks to its offices in Moscow and Brussels, a Guardian article reveals.

The reductions within the news arm of the BBC is part of a savings strategy that should see the corporation save about £155 million, although "the BBC is planning to plough £70m over the same period back into BBC News for new investments in areas such as foreign coverage, online and on-demand news." Included in the plans is a reshuffle of the news teams in the UK. By next April, 88.5 jobs are expected to have gone.

"In changes to its newsgathering operation, the Paris staff correspondent role is to be replaced by a stringer, or "sponsored reporter", while the Moscow and Brussels bureaux will also lose journalists," says the Guardian.

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Soraya Kishtwari

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2009-05-14 14:32

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The BBC is to unveil proposals tomorrow for a deal with local news providers that would see the national broadcaster share resources with newspapers, TV and radio stations. The suggestions will be outlined at an industry summit hosted by UK culture secretary Andy Burnham on Tuesday, which had been arranged to discuss ways to assist local papers, which have been heavily hit by the fall in advertising revenue.

BBC proposals include giving local papers free access to video content for their websites, allowing them access to its college of journalism, sharing audio content with community and local radio reporters, and making its iPlayer technology available to rivals so that they can build their own video-rich websites, reported the Guardian.

Talks have been taking place for months, and a deal between the BBC and commercial television network ITV has already been struck, which sees the two sharing studio space and production facilities in a move that should help to deliver cost savings of millions of pounds for regional news on ITV1. The new deal will extend this sharing to rival news providers such as the Press Association. National newspapers could also benefit.

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Emma Goodman

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2009-04-27 11:53

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Last Friday the BBC Trust gave the go-ahead to increase the corporation's online budget spend to £145m per year - equivalent to a 27% increase - a decision which has been attacked by rivals.

Also, whilst the BBC Online budget increases over the next three years, the Trust also agreed to £400m worth of cutbacks which will see the salaries of some of the corporation's biggest stars slashed by up to 10%.

The approved £30.7m increase is significantly less than the £52.7m the BBC had originally requested in December. Nevertheless, this has not helped to minimise criticism from other broadcasters who remain dependent on private investment and advertising revenue, in turn, making them more exposed to the current economic downturn.

When the BBC Trust announced last week that it had approved the new web budget, it claimed that it was "mindful" of the knock-on effects to competitors, saying: "In the current economic climate, it is more important than ever that the BBC does not push up costs for other broadcasters." However, the Trust justified its decision to proceed with the spend increase by saying it would add "public value" to online markets as a result of its investment.

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Soraya Kishtwari

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2009-03-23 11:54

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The Guardian owner today denounced government plans for the BBC Worldwide to merge with state-owned Channel 4 - a move seen as likely to damage commercial media groups, including online news outlets.

The Guardian Media Group believes that many of the proposals set forth in the Digital Britain report have not been sufficiently considered, saying: "We are concerned that, by focusing solely on maintaining Channel 4 as the primary counterbalance to the BBC, the Government may be jeopardising the ability of the commercial sector to develop its own public service content."

Worried about the effects that such a partnership may have on online news businesses, GMG said this would all but obliterate the competition, which is reluctant - at the best of times - to go up against the BBC online.

GMG is owned by the Scott Trust, which is primarily tasked with ensuring the safeguard of the Guardian newspaper.

Other concerns raised included the increasing online dominance of search engines, as well as news aggregators, noting that the "most successful online business models effectively involve searching and aggregating content, rather than creating content."

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Soraya Kishtwari

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2009-03-17 12:50

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In 2008, the BBC World Service launched the "Your Story" project - taking citizen journalism to another level. Since its launch in June last year, anyone with access to the internet can upload a story, with the possibility that it may be heard or seen by large audiences if used by the BBC World Service.

On the Your Story homepage on the BBC website, readers are encouraged to make contributions, whether in the form of news ideas or actual news bulletins. In an interview with Journalism.co.uk site, Nina Robinson, a senior broadcast reporter, explained that the corporation worked closely with individuals to nurture interesting story ideas, providing equipment where necessary, as well as general training and advice, before Robinson personally edits the finished reports.

Stories have come from all over the world, although Ricardo's 2007 personal story of life in Brazil's favelas is often seen as a precursor. Currently dominating the homepage were stories from an Afghan acid attack victim, Jamaican inmates talking on life behind bars as well as a look at the way the economic crisis has affected the US state of Michigan.

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Soraya Kishtwari

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2009-03-16 14:46

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The BBC today launched its new updated mobile homepage, which has been redesigned to now include the customisation which has been available on its main site since late 2007. Jemima Kiss writes on her PDA blog for the Guardian that users on the mobile platform can now "shrink or expand sections according to relevance and interest across the BBC's news, sport, entertainment and business coverage, and iPlayer for radio and TV, schedule information and weather forecasts also accessible".

The new homepage has apparently been optimised for the most popular mobile handsets and smartphones, and been designed to run as seamlessly as possible regardless of network speed. On the main BBC website, users can choose which modules appear on the page, can have a say in the amount of information that appears in each section, and can drag and drop them to their desired spot. The possibility for Internet users to choose only to read articles which interest them, and to customise pages to this end, is one of the greatest advantages of reading the news online.

Source: Guardian

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Helena Deards

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2009-03-11 11:49

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In a review of the BBC site released last year, the Trust assessed the risk of the BBC becoming a "dominant gateway service." The Trust critiqued the site's web accessibility and effectiveness, claiming the site was too much a "destination site" and not providing enough web navigation.

This morning the Trust officially confirmed its rejection of the BBC Local £68 million plan to expand local video online, recognizing potential negative impact on already pressured competitors. The Trust maintained that the BBC should concentrate on improving existing services.

As a publicly funded broadcaster, the possibility of a BBC monopoly is particularly worrying, and the prospective changes are the beginning of BBC reforms to allow for more competition and to ensure the continued existence of local media. At a time when local media are under threat, this issue is particularly relevant.
The BBC intends to create more links to local media websites from its news websites in response to criticism and call for reform from the BBC Trust. The BBC also proposes in-video links to other local video providers and possibly video syndication partnerships and training collaborations with local media. Formal proposals for these changes and more will be submitted for consideration by the Trust later this year.

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Caroline Huber

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2009-02-24 12:16

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