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November 18, 2011 / Sabine Kurjo McNeill

First Public Meeting of the Media Reform Committee

The magic of net-working allowed me to be there: at the British Academy in Carlton Terrace, for the first public meeting of the Media Reform Committee that presented us three fascinating panels of exposes – well recognising the four areas: newspapers, radio, TV and ONLINE.

The core of this Committee comes from Goldsmiths University, where three key areas were defined in the context of the Leveson Inquiry and Communications Review – in the attempt to tackle the phone hacking scandal:

  1. Plurality and the Public Interest
  2. Ethics
  3. Funding

A Public Interest “test” is being considered by the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom. Interestingly, the criteria are, so far, only based on shareholder and ownership statistics.

In our experience, however, the TOPICS are that matter, for they have been ignored by the mainstream media. When looking at the full spectrum of human endeavours that can be reported upon, it is these extremes that have been missing:

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