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Nothing to say, Prime Minister?

Journalists were reportedly barred from questioning Boris Johnson on camera during his visit to Wales last week. Reporters from Welsh outlets – ITV Wales, BBC Wales and Wales Online – were invited to a huddle with the Prime Minister but were told upon arrival that they would not be able to film the questions they asked nor the answers he gave. A pool camera was organised – an arrangement which sees one network allowed to film on the condition they share the footage with other channels – in this instance, ITV was selected. ITV Wales political editor Adrian Master expressed his frustration on Twitter that he was forced to use the shared pool clip in his package for the evening news and was not allowed to hold Johnson to account on camera.

Early morning Marr

The Andrew Marr Show is returning to its previous 9am slot on BBC One on Sunday morning after a year-long ‘experiment’ in the 10am slot. The BBC would not comment on whether the decision was linked to ratings but viewing figures in January demonstrate that the programme had shed 200,000 viewers, taking it to 1.46 million. The new time, which will commence from 1 September, will put Marr in direct competition with Sky News’ Sophie Ridge on Sunday.

No more plastic

Hearst UK, publisher of magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan and Men’s Health, has pledged to replace plastic magazine bags with paper wraps on subscriber copies by January 2020. It seems the media industry is playing its part in helping to reduce plastic waste with Hearst UK’s decision following similar measures announced by the Guardian, the Financial Times and News UK, which publishes The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun.



Kate Proctor is joining the Guardian as a political correspondent, covering Jessica Elgot.

Sophie Morris is joining PA Media (Press Association) as Westminster correspondent.

Martin Bagot has been appointed health and science editor at the Daily Mirror.

Ross Kempsell is leaving his position as political editor of talkRADIO to joining Downing Street as a policy advisor covering public sector reform.

Ailbhe Rea has joined the New Statesman as a political correspondent.

Lord Edward Faulks QC has been appointed chairman of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO).


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