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CPBF says that draft Charter opens the way to privatisation of public service broadcasting by stealth

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The Draft Royal Charter announced today (15 September) in Parliament, will diminish the role of the BBC as a public service broadcaster, undermine its production base and weaken its position as the provider of diverse, challenging, and high quality programming.

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News International dispute: Wapping & Kinning Park re-visited

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In January 1986, a momentous year-long industrial dispute began when Rupert Murdoch, owner of four of Britain’s leading newspapersThe Sun, News of the World, The TimesandThe Sunday Times, moved production from Fleet Street to a secretly equipped and heavily guarded plant at Wapping, in east London. At the same time a new plant was secretly developed at Kinning Park, in Glasgow, where theNews of the World was printed for the first time on 25th January. On the same dayThe Sunday Timeswas printed at Wapping, followed byThe TimesandThe Sunon the following day.

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Orgreave Campaign demands independent inquiry

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Today's Times carried a front-page report saying that an official inquiry into the Battle at Orgreave is set to be announced. The report went on to say that the eventual format of the report “may disappoint campaigners who have called for a full public inquiry.” The detailed information in the Times report, citing “Whitehall sources”, suggests it was based on an anonymous briefing.

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Hall calls off merger of news services but BBC Monitoring face big cuts

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After a campaign run by the media unions and others, the BBC has announced that its News Channel and World News will remain as separate channels. The news was welcomed by the NUJ who had argued that the two offered very different services and were important and popular in their own right.

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