Paxman recumbant. Photo: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for Advertising Week
Paxman and other traps: how should the media tackle the election?
By Roger Mosey - 16 April 15:46

It's easy to get swept up in the thrill of the media and the shiny lights of the debates - but broadcasteres have a serious role to play in the election, too.

The Greens' party political boyband broadcast is OK, but about two minutes too long
By Media Mole - 08 April 14:38

It's about two minutes too long, this Green party political broadcast.

Nicky Morgan. Photo: Getty
Nicky Morgan appears to agree that non-doms should pay tax. What?
By Media Mole - 08 April 12:44

But she’s a Conservative minister! This mole is confused.

The BBC drops Jeremy Clarkson as Top Gear host
By New Statesman - 25 March 14:13

The Top Gear presenter's contract will not be renewed, following an incident with a producer.

"That will spelt out in our manifesto". Photo: Getty
Natalie Bennett's incredibly awkward interview with LBC
By Media Mole - 24 February 10:50

“Right, what – what we’re looking at, in terms of the figures here um – what we need to do is actually [silence] er… we’re looking at a total spend of 2. 7 [pause] billion…”

 Cathy Newman attends The UK Film Premiere of Shadow Dancer at Cineworld Haymarket on August 13, 2012 in London, England. Photo: Getty Images
Cathy Newman makes half-hearted apology over “inappropriate” mosque claims
By Media Mole - 12 February 11:18

Apologises for tweets sent “in haste” about being “ushered” out of mosque, contrary to CCTV footage.

Grayson Perry's cover art for his guest-edited issue of the NS.
The BBC uses Grayson Perry's New Statesman guest edit to advertise the Today Programme
By Media Mole - 06 February 13:06

The Great White Male rears his head again.

There are different rules for women and men, both in front of and behind the camera. Photo: Getty
House of Lords wakes up to sexism in the newsroom
By Karen Ross - 19 January 12:07

Yet this report stops short of recognising the endemic sexism that means only one in every four expert contributors to flagship news programmes are women.

Rupert Murdoch had a thought about "Moslems" following Charlie Hebdo shooting
By Media Mole - 10 January 9:31

The media mogul says the world's 1.4 billion Muslims are "responsible" for the massacre of Charlie Hebdo's staff because they have not rooted out the "jihadist cancer".

John Simpson: “The BBC faces an existential crisis”
By John Simpson - 12 December 15:25

Under attack yet again from the government, the corporation must make savage cuts. But knee-jerk decisions could do it – and our national life – irreparable damage.

David Cameron is evil, says Channel 4 (almost)
By Media Mole - 01 October 12:36

It’s an easy mistake to make. . .

Get ready to see this face surrounded by some snazzy purple graphics. Photo: Getty
“This should be fun”: Jeremy Paxman to front Channel 4’s election night coverage
By Media Mole - 24 September 10:32

The former Newsnight host will be in the chair for Channel 4 on election night 2015.

 Jeremy Paxman’s ability to create a sense of theatre even on a dull night is missed. Photo: BBC/Jeff Overs
Gee up, Newsnight: is it time to stop flogging the dying horse?
By Roger Mosey - 29 August 10:54

Twenty-four-hour news channels and all the commentary online make it ever harder to offer a definitive take on the day.

Floella Benjamin is one of the stars who has given the issue more prominence of late. Photo: Getty
Making a permanent change to the representation of ethnicity on our screens
By Stuart Murphy - 21 August 11:29

Sky’s Stuart Murphy explains why the broadcaster has introduced targets to combat the absence of real change in BAME representation.

Kellie Maloney being interviewed on ITV's Good Morning Britain, 13 August
Kellie Maloney, Newsnight and the debate the transgender community refused to have
By Miranda Yardley - 18 August 10:19

On 11 August, I was asked to appear on the BBC’s Newsnight with two other transgender journalists. Hours later, they pulled out - amid a welter of accusations that I was a "violent transphobe" who does not believe in trans people's "right to exist". As a trans woman myself, is what I have to say really so unsayable?

Lisa Hammond, who has just been cast in Eastenders. Photo: BBC
The BBC’s plans to show more disabled people on TV are good – but they should be better
By Scott Jordan Harris - 13 August 16:33

The UK is ready to see far more people on TV who do not conform to the able-bodied ideal of what people on TV should look like.

Jon Snow on the children of Gaza.
Jon Snow on the children of Gaza: “We share some responsibility for those deaths”
By Media Mole - 27 July 20:14

The Channel 4 presenter has recorded an emotional speech to camera following his reporting trip to Gaza, which has been under heavy bombardment from Israel. 

Victoria Derbyshire is among those leaving Radio 5 live for “new ventures”. Photo: BBC
New Radio 5 live line-up will have only an hour a week fronted by a woman
By Media Mole - 01 July 13:39

High profile presenters Victoria Derbyshire and Shelagh Fogarty are departing, to be replaced by the likes of Adrian Chiles, Peter Allen, and Tony Livesey.

Scandi rouge: Norway's Got Talent
Imperial gogglebox: TV is one of Britain’s most successful exports
By James Medd - 26 June 10:00

China is obsessed with Sherlock, Iran loves Top Gear and Azerbaijan has its own Anne Robinson. But these shows are worth much more than money, writes James Medd.

Even if you do add in Russell Brand, it doesn't necessarily make your march newsworthy. Photo: Getty
No, the media didn’t ignore your anti-austerity march – it just wasn’t that interesting
By Willard Foxton - 23 June 13:12

There’s no organised “media blackout” on reporting protest marches. More often than not, they just aren’t that much of a story.

"Edinburgh's disgrace", Calton Hill: the lack of a national 6 o'clock news is a big problem for Scotland. Photo: Getty
The lack of a Scottish Six O’Clock News is a major democratic flaw
By Angus Roxburgh - 17 June 12:34

Viewers in Scotland have to sit through half-hour bulletins that may have no domestic news relevant to their lives, before Scottish news is broadcast as a budget regional news programme. 

Claire Shipman and Katty Kay, authors of The Confidence Code. Photo: Stephen Voss/Redux/Eyevine
Talking about women’s lack of confidence may be counterproductive
By Alice Robb - 05 June 10:00

A new book by newscasters Katty Kay and Clare Shipman argues women’s timidity is holding them back at work – but does it perpetuate the idea that confidence is a masculine trait.

Jeremy Clarkson mumbled the rhyme in footage not broadcast by the BBC. Photo: Getty
The N-word: Jeremy Clarkson has finally urinated on the live rail of racism
By Musa Okwonga - 03 May 15:42

Jeremy Clarkson said the word "nigger" in a manner that was meant to be mischievously offensive - and I, for one, am fed up with being expected to serve up elegant, dignified and dispassionate responses each time one of his jibes against a racial group emerges into the airwaves.

Oscar Pistorius in court. Photo: Getty
After Pistorius, South African media won't be the same again
By Anton Harber - 17 April 11:15

With cameras in court, new 24/7 news channels and no-holds-barred commentary on social media, the trial of Oscar Pistorius has shaken up the South African media.

Ukip election broadcast warns of alien invasion of Bradford
By Media Mole - 13 March 11:02

Alien holograms from the EU are coming to get your money, apparently.

Little Britain, starring David Walliams and Matt Lucas, got its start on BBC3.
Should it really be BBC3 that gets the chop?
By Caroline Crampton - 05 March 15:12

If approved by the BBC Trust, the decision would see BBC3 lose its on-air slot and become online-only. Does it deserve the axe?

In the hot seat: Bazalgette's focus is now on persuading business to invest
Peter Bazalgette: “Subsidy? It’s a wet, tedious , passive word. I don’t use it”
By Michael Prodger - 13 February 7:22

A year ago, Peter Bazalgette, the TV entrepreneur responsible for <em>Big Brother</em>, was put in charge of the £400m-a-year Arts Council England. Is he spending the funds wisely?

The plight of Thailand’s save fishermen on the BBC World Service
By Antonia Quirke - 06 February 8:36

As part of the World Service's Freedom 2014 series they are communicating in that pragmatic, low-temperature World Service way the call of workers' rights abuses in Thailand.

Acts of Union and Disunion: everybody needs good neighbours
By Antonia Quirke - 30 January 11:02

Linda Colley’s brilliantly perplexing essay on British politics and Ireland.

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