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Pub regulars hardly a representative sample for EU referendum vox pops

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Seeking political opinions from drinkers in the local pub, or from shoppers in the town centre, is a popular device for television and radio journalists and has always had its limitations, but never more so than during the polarised campaign leading up to the European Referendum. Having spent many years myself collecting vox pops – a staple ingredient for any broadcaster out on the road – I know how unrepresentative these on-the-spot surveys can be.

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Justice Committee recommendation would ‘seriously undermine FOI Act'

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A Justice Committee report published today supports the abolition of the main right to appeal against the Information Commissioner’s decisions under the Freedom of Information Act. This would“seriously undermine the FOI Act”says the Campaign for Freedom of Information.

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Don't let them scrap the BBC News Channel

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The BBC management is making a decision next month which could be disastrous for UK news. The BBC News Channel has a weekly audience of 8 to 10 million, reaching more than a third of all households. But to cut costs, the BBC management is considering closing it and broadcasting the BBC World News TV in the UK instead. Or, closing both channels and creating a new one, with a foreign emphasis, which would air in Britain and globally.

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Government on back foot over Leveson Part 2

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Thank you to the 3000 of you who wrote to your MP over the weekend inresponseto Hillsborough families campaigner Margaret Aspinall’s request, asking them to supportthe cross-party amendment calling on the Government to begin a “Leveson 2" inquiry into the relationship between the press and the police.After your emails, a number ofMPs turned up to speak in favour of Leveson Part 2, in support ofAndy Burnham MP (who tabled the amendment).

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