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MEDIA NEWS

Twitter takeover

40 per cent more people are using Twitter daily than three years ago, according to the brand’s Q1 2019 figures. Separate research from the Pew Research Center finds that Twitter activity is dominated by a small percentage of prolific tweeters – around 10 per cent of users are responsible for 80 per cent of tweets. Though based on US users, the findings likely ring true for the UK too. The research also notes that the US has the most Twitter users in the world, taking the top spot with 49 million. Japan comes in second (38 million) and the UK is third (14 million), meaning that 21 per cent of the UK population appears to ‘use’ Twitter. It’s worth remembering, however, that almost half of Twitter accounts have never tweeted, so the extent to which these numbers represent the general population is questionable.

Morning!

The Telegraph has announced a new morning briefing via WhatsApp by the publication’s Commuter Editions Editor Danny Boyle (who also pens the twice-daily Front Page newsletter). Listeners can sign up to receive ‘an essential summary’ to understand ‘what you need to know every weekday morning’. The first one ran this morning and if you’re interested in receiving it you can find out how to sign up here. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first morning briefing delivered on WhatsApp in the UK.

What’s in a name?

Chairman of the press regulator IPSO has said it would be ‘very dangerous’ to prevent newspapers from publishing pictures of terrorists. Speaking at the IPSO annual lecture last week, his comments came after several French publications decided to stop publishing pictures of those responsible for terrorist killings to avoid ‘posthumous glorification’. The French decision, which was taken in 2016, was echoed recently by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after she said the Christchurch attacker should be kept nameless. But the Guardian disagreed with Ardern, and editor in chief Katharine Viner said in a statement that news organisations had a ‘responsibility’ to report the facts, adding that ‘not reporting the terrorist’s name would undermine those efforts’.  The Guardian later published an article explaining and analysing its coverage of the Christchurch attacks.

Content wars

Facebook’s top video publishers generated 10.6 billion views between them in March alone. LADbible reclaimed the top spot, which it last held in June 2018, closely followed by its subsidiary UNILAD. LADbible Group held the two most-watched Facebook pages in the world in March so it’s no surprise that Channel 4 and others have been announcing partnerships with LADbible to publish content on social media.

INTERVIEW OF THE WEEK

MEDIA MOVES

Jeremy Paxman is now a columnist at Saga Magazine.

David Hughes has been appointed political editor at Press Association.

Daily Mail health correspondent Kate Pickles is going on maternity leave. Ellie Hayward will be covering her.

Joe Watts has left his role as political editor at The Independent and is now working at the Department for International Trade.

The BBC is appointing its first controllers for on-demand services iPlayer and Sounds. Dan McGolpin has been appointed controller for BBC iPlayer and the Sounds position is currently being advertised.
Matt Reynolds is now science editor at Wired UK.

Deirdre Hipwell has joined Bloomberg as a retail correspondent. She was previously at The Times.

Phoebe Weston is now a science correspondent at The Independent.

Elaine McCahill has been appointed deputy news editor at the Daily Mirror.

Lanre Bakare is now an arts and culture reporter at the Guardian.

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