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MEDIA NEWS

The Sun goes down

The Mail is now the UK’s most read news brand across print and online. According to Pamco figures, the Mail brand which includes the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and Mail Online, has overtaken The Sun with a combined UK monthly reach of 31.1 million compared with 28.7 million respectively. The Guardian remains the most-read news website on desktop, with 6.9 million readers, but the MailOnline has grown to reach 6.7 million readers.

The race is on

Sky News has announced plans to hold a leadership debate, hosted by Kay Burley, between Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson but has yet to set a date. Hunt and Johnson will also appear on a special episode of BBC Question Time, hosted by Fiona Bruce, where the pair will be ‘invited to put their case to an audience’. The BBC’s Andrew Neil will later hold one-on-one interviews with the candidates during the voting period for Tory members.

Ofcom has received 31 complaints about the BBC’s Conservative leadership debate that took place last Tuesday. Complaints about the debate, which was watched by more than five million viewers, were mainly about the overall programme as opposed to the selection of guests.

Fake news!

A propaganda effort to disseminate false information about an anti-Brexit plot to murder Boris Johnson has been uncovered. The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) has launched an investigation into Russian disinformation after Facebook removed a group of ‘inauthentic’ accounts in May. Among a series of false rumours designed to create tension in Europe, was the story that Spanish intelligence services had uncovered a plot by ‘radical opponents of Brexit’ to assassinate Boris Johnson. A forged letter was shared on social media with the official seal and signature of Spain’s foreign minister, however his name was spelled incorrectly.

 CONVERSATION OF THE WEEK

MEDIA MOVES

Olesya Dmitracova has joined The Independent as economics editor.

Hugo Gye is leaving his position as The Sun’s digital political editor to join the i paper as deputy political editor.

Tim Burke will be joining Estates Gazette (EG) as deputy editor.

Katerina Vittozzi has been appointed north of England correspondent at Sky News.

The Financial Times has launched its Moral Money weekly newsletter, to cover environmental, social and impact investing and corporate purpose.

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