Month: January 2007

The PCC continues to contradict its Chairman

Paragraph 1 of the Press Complaints Commission Code (“Accuracy”) places two vital obligations on the press: The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, including pictures. A significant inaccuracy misleading statement or distortion … must be corrected … with due prominence.” Paragraph (i) of the Code clearly has no force whatsoever unless …   Read more

Daily Mail tops Information Commissioner’s list of newspapers that use confidential material

A report by the Information Commissioner (What Price Privacy Now?) states that the Information Commissioner’s investigation into the organised trade in confidential information (Operation Motorman) has revealed that 31 publications dealt with a firm of private investigators based in Hampshire. This report comes at the time when the former royal editor of the News of …   Read more

Value of television formats continues to grow despite legal uncertainty

American Idol is already conservatively valued at $2.5 billion in its incarnation as a television franchise. It already brings in $500 million a year in TV advertising, plus another $30 – $50 million in sponsorship packages, music sales, live tours etc. The US magazine “Advertising Age” has reported that the owner of the already hugely …   Read more