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MEDIA NEWS

Politwoops

Politicians delete one in 38 tweets, reveals political tracking website Politiwoops, which maintains an archive of deleted tweets from politicians. Covering the misdemeanors of politicians from over 50 countries, including the Vatican City State, the website makes public any attempts to edit previously expressed public opinions or cover up gaffes. This month, data revealed men delete tweets more often than women, and Wednesday is the day for deleted tweets. The most rescinded terms over the last month include Hayes, Funding Bill, and HS2. Top of the worst offenders list is Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, the Labour MP for Slough, who deleted 93 tweets in the past month.

News magazine highs and lows

Boris Johnson’s old editorial stomping ground, The Spectator, has reported rising sales figures in the second half of 2019. The market for news and current affairs magazines was down four per cent overall, with the total average actively purchased circulation of the top 50 titles falling to 9.3 million in July-December 2019 from 9.6 million in the first half of the year.

The Economist, which narrowly missed out on reaching the top 20, was down five per cent, but The Spectator has seen a staggering nine per cent rise with paid for sales hitting a historic high of 83,000. Chairman of the magazine, Andrew Neil, commented that this year the magazine will pass 100,000. Private Eye has also bucked the general gloomy trend in news and current affairs magazines in a period that covered the UK’s parliamentary upheaval and the December general election, reporting figures up by three per cent, with an extra 6,500 copies taking its actively purchased circulation to 227,000.

2020 Vision

Labour should print its own free “tabloid-style” newspaper to hand out to commuters, says deputy leadership hopeful Richard Burgon this week. The Shadow Justice Secretary argued it would be a way to get around having to use traditional media to push the Party’s message out. The news comes amid a series of statements from Labour leadership contestants about the relationship between politics and media this weekend, that also saw Rebecca Long Bailey call for a “People’s BBC” free of political interference and instead run “by staff and the public”.

This comes as political parties across the spectrum are using social media to bypass traditional media. The December election coverage saw CCHQ deploy a “fact check” twitter account, Tory ministers boycott BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme and the Lib Dems print a series of propaganda pamphlets disguised as local newspapers.

TWEET OF THE WEEK

PR Week covered news that Lexington Communications is opening a new office in Cambridge this month. The new office, which will be Lexington’s third, will support a growing number of companies in the region with communications and stakeholder engagement activities, particularly in the life-sciences and technology space.

MEDIA MOVES

John Pineaar is leaving the BBC after nearly three decades to join the soon-to-be-launched Times Radio as Drive Time presenter.

Michael Pooler has returned to the companies desk at the Financial Times in London. He will be covering industries including manufacturing, engineering and paper and packaging.

Matthew Vincent will be covering regulation and professional services for the Financial Times. He will also edit the City Insider column.

Andrew Naughtie has joined The Independent as a Reporter, focusing on politics (especially US and UK) and international affairs.

Zoe Drewett has been appointed Deputy News Editor at Metro UK.

Lauren Moss is now Political Editor for BBC South East.

Claire Toureille is now a Femail Reporter at Mail Online.

Kadish Morris has joined The Observer as a Commissioning Editor for The New Review supplement.

Imogen Braddick joins PA Media this week as a Reporter, writing real life features.

 

 

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