Media News and Media Moves – 26th February
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- The BBC is biased when it comes to Brexit. At least, that’s what 45 per cent of Leave voters believe, according to a YouGov poll. The survey of 1,676 adults found that, in comparison, just 14 per cent of Remain voters think that BBC News has an anti-Brexit bias. When it comes to national newspapers, the i paper was found to have the highest neutral score, with the Daily Mail, Sun and Express labelled the most pro-Brexit and the Guardian and Independent the most anti-Brexit. For the full results, see here.
30 years of Matt
- Matt, the Daily Telegraph’s cartoonist, celebrated his 30th anniversary over the weekend, with a congratulatory letter from the Duke of Edinburgh and a special edition of the paper’s Saturday magazine. In an interview on the Andrew Marr Show, he revealed he draws six options a day. ‘Time flies when you’re panicking about tomorrow’s cartoon,’ he said. Here’s to the next 30 years.
- Trinity Mirror is expanding plans to create a series of ‘standalone’ digital businesses after a successful trial with Birmingham Live. The new teams – in Bristol, Stoke on Trent, Coventry, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire – will focus solely on digital content. Nearly 50 editorial roles have reportedly been put at risk of redundancy under the new model. Press Gazette has the full story here.
The end of hyperlocal?
- Hyperlocal websites were heralded as the future of journalism. But Talk About Local – a company that has helped train those in deprived or isolated areas to create media through online communities for nearly a decade – has announced it is closing.
Automatic posting banned
- Twitter has clamped down on automation and multi-posting in a bid to stamp out bot networks, which amplify content by posting the same material from multiple accounts. This is mainly important for developers, who will no longer able to get apps to do various things with the platform, but it’s worth knowing if you’re running multiple accounts.
FCK, we’re sorry
- KFC won fans this week over its handling of the chicken crisis that left hundreds of stores closed. The fast-food chain appeased customers with a full-page ad in the Sun and Metro newspapers in which it cheekily re-labelled itself FCK. ‘A chicken restaurant without any chicken. It’s not ideal,’ the ad stated. ‘Huge apologies to our customers… it’s been a hell of a week but we’re making progress. Thank you for bearing with us.’
Conversation of the week
- Editor Natasha Pealman has stepped down from her role at Grazia after nearly three years. She has left the magazine to pursue new projects, including launching a new business. Her successor has not been announced.
- BBC Scotland director Donalda MacKinnon has been tasked with making the corporation the ‘best place for women to work’ in the UK. A spokesman said MacKinnon will produce initial recommendations for Lord Hall by the end of June, with staff encouraged to contribute ideas. For the full report, see here.
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