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BBC bloops again as it uses Halo image instead of UN logo

The BBC has been having a bit of an image crises this week. First we had an almost ten year old picture of dead bodies in Iraq being used to illustrate the massacre of 100 plus people in the Syrian town of Houla.

The BBC has followed that up by using a logo from the best selling first person shooter Xbox game to illustrate a story about the United Nation’s Security council. Read more on BBC bloops again as it uses Halo image instead of UN logo…

Welcome to the face of the new smaller BBC #dqf

Doubly sad news today as the BBC has announced that it will cut 2000 jobs by 2017 and still isn’t closing BBC Three. That channel has friends in high places.

But more seriously, these are very large cuts championed by Rupert Murdoch, his executives and his newspapers, and implemented by David Cameron who has managed to put even more people out of work. With the economy going so well that really does cap an excellent year in office. Read more on Welcome to the face of the new smaller BBC #dqf…

Steven Moffat talks about the new series of Doctor Who

This looks like it will be very good.  Who hasn’t wanted to kill Hitler? It is a great idea for a story. New show kicks off on August 27.

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Latest on the News of the World #liveblog 5

17:30 – As the NotW story becomes a much wider News International story it seems worth revisiting the post earlier today from (14:05) that this scandal could lead to the sell-off or break up of News International.

US media commentator Michael Wolff tweets that Murdoch selling all of News International is being discussed. It would be the nuclear option.

“@MichaelWolffNYC #MURDOCHGATE Get out of Dodge strategy being discussed at News Corp: Sell all of News Int,” Wolff tweets.

A sell-off of News International in UK would see the Murdoch empire say good-bye to newspapers in the UK and focus on BSkyB. That would mean new owners for The Sun, The Times and the Sunday Times. Also for any new Sun on Sunday launch. Read more on Latest on the News of the World #liveblog 5…

The Paxman Newsnight interview with Hitchens

If you missed Monday’s airing of the BBC interview of journalist and writer Christopher Hitchens by Jeremy Paxman on BBC Two’s Newsnight you can still catch it. It is on BBC iPlayer or you can watching it on the BBC Newsnight website.
But as the videos have also gone live on YouTube it would be rude not to share them here.

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How Cameron and the Standard tackle growing row over Coulson and phone hacking

Well he doesn’t, but this story splashed on the front page of the
Evening Standard today of David Cameron, wife Sam and new family
addition probably encapsulates his attitude, and that of parts of the
media (is there an unofficial blackout?), to the growing calls for a
government inquiry into the swirl of allegations surrounding his
director of comms, Andy Coulson, and the News of the World’s phone
hacking.

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Crises at Al-Jazeera as five female presenters quit

Al-Jazeera has shot itself in the foot and is it seems attempting to blow its efforts to establish itself as a channel that can easily appeal to non Muslims after five of its female presenters resigned after religious inspired harassment about their appearance.

Writing in the Evening Standard Roy Greenslade has an excellent piece on the turbulence at the Qatar-based international TV news network and how this is completely undoing any in-roads it may have made with viewers outside of the Arab-world.

He makes it clear from the start that he has been a supporter and defender of the channel as it pushed in the west to find a footing with its English language channel.

Building an audience beyond the Arab world has been a major struggle for Al-Jazeera as it has laboured to shrug off the pro-terror label it acquired in the days after 9/11. If you cast your mind back you will remember how it was accused by the US and Britain of aiding Islamic terrorists and of being the unofficial mouthpiece of Osama bin Laden and the Al-Qaeda network due to its penchant to airing statements and videos from terrorists. CNN famously ended a relationship it had with Al-Jazeera after a taped interview that the Arab network did with Bin Laden. And some US companies refused to do business with it.

Al Jazeera also earned the fury of Washington and London after it broadcast pictures showing dead and captured coalition troops during the war in Iraq including two British soldiers who may have been executed.

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BBC news chief Sambrook joins Edelman to head global content

Very interesting news with PR firm Edelman hiring Richard Sambrook, the BBC’s director of global news, as global chief content officer.

What a coup for Edelman to get such a big hitting news journalist. They’ve clearly come up with a new big role for him that will see him work with clients including Bechtel, Coca-Cola, Hoffman LaRoche, Heineken, Nike and Unilever.

It highlights the change in what PR firms and the brands they work for are doing in creating ever more content. Money that might have previously been spent on advertising or other types of marketing is being spent on creating blogs, social media and video.

Sambrook will report to EMEA President and CEO David Brain and will be based in London and Global CEO and President Richard Edelman stressed Sambrooks’s “long-term and personal commitment to social media” and said he understood well how the audience was now “on the pitch (creating content)” and how content and news must be shaped by the needs of the consumer, and the new opportunities provided by social technologies”.

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Is Murdoch really plannng a Google free future?

Rupert Murdoch has taken time out to tell Sky News Australia why he might ban his content from Google and why he’d rather have fewer visitors coming to his (paid for) websites (not to mention a quick bash at the thieving BBC).

In an interview with Sky News Australia News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch has been explaining why (but not how) people will be paying to read The Times and his other newspapers in the future.

He also said that News Corp might remove its content from Google searches. The implications of that are quite serious and far reaching and I really can’t see it happening. Even for paid content isn’t Google a marketing opportunity that showcases content?

Anyway, Murdoch raised an interesting point about the role of Google and other aggregators. Asked if it wasn’t a two way street when Google sends traffic to a News Corp websites Murdoch disagreed arguing that the value of someone coming from Google was not the same as a loyal reader.

“No[ it's not a two way street with Google sending traffic] What’s the point of someone coming occasionally who likes a headline they see on Google? Sure we go out and say we have so many millions of visitors. The fact is that there is not enough advertising in the world to go around to make all the websites profitable. We’d rather have fewer people coming to our websites but paying. They don’t suddenly become loyal readers of our websites.”

Two things: loyal readers might come via Google on occasion and secondly how do you become a loyal reader in the digital age?

Murdoch earlier in the interview said that it was difficult to get people under 30 to buy newspapers. If that’s true and these readers surf pages on Google instead of thumb pages then how do you win them over and make them pay? Where do you get these loyal readers from? And as I said earlier doesn’t search have a role to pay in that process?

I think it does. Granted many people clicking on a news headline might only be after that single story and that alone, but others might be after more. Or more of the same.

He went on in the interview to raise, but not answer one of the biggest hurdles that News Corp and others face in the introduction of paid content. If you can’t get people under 30 to read newspapers (although clearly that is not entirely true) then how do you get them to pay online and become loyal readers?

He also again failed to mention any specific system of paid content that News Corp was looking at although he did dismiss the freemium model and said that like the Wall Street Journal (although do you think he’ll get some to finally fix that WSJ.com glitch where you put a headline in quotes into Google and get to read the story for free?) everything was likely to go behind a pay wall.

He also took time to accuse the BBC and its Australian counter part ABC (which described Murdoch’s paid content plan as the “classic play of an empire in decline) of stealing his content.

“We’re better and any rate if you look at their stuff (the BBC and the ABC) most of their stuff is stolen from the newspapers now and we’ll be suing them for copyright and they’ll have to spend a lot more money on reporters covering the world.”

As if The Times or the Sun never picked up on a BBC story.

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BBC readies social media make-over

A couple of reports around today on the BBC’s social media plans saying that as soon as this weekend it will begin adding applications to support its most popular shows.

Broadband TV News says that the likes of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ will get the social media treatment first and that the BBC is working on bringing in third party partners (such as buzz tracker), which cold extend to Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.

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