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Leveson inquiry into phone hacking →  October 6, 2011

9.39am: Good morning from the Queen Elizabeth conference centre where the first two of three Leveson inquiry seminars is taking place. This morning the inquiry is looking at the pressures facing journalists in a competitive environment and among the speakers are Phil Hall, a former News of the World editor and a former Daily Star […]

BBC cuts: nearly 2,000 jobs to go →  October 6, 2011

The BBC will axe nearly 2,000 jobs as it looks to save £670m a year in long-awaited cost-cutting plans announced on Thursday morning. The changes will see more repeats on BBC2, fewer entertainment shows, less money spent on sports rights and a shrunken BBC3 and BBC4. BBC3 will be moved to the BBC’s new northern […]

Clarke ‘regrets’ accusing May of laughable attack on Human Rights Act →  October 6, 2011

Kenneth Clarke has expressed regret for using “colourful language” when he accused the home secretary, Theresa May, of giving a “laughable, child-like” example to criticise the Human Rights Act. On the direct orders of Downing Street, which had asked him to explain himself, the justice secretary issued a statement on Thursday saying he regretted his […]