About
MediaNorth

MediaNorth is the quarterly publication of the Campaign for Press & Broadcasting Freedom (North) which covers the North West, Yorks & Humber and North East of England. We also have supporters in Scotland.

CPBF (North) highlights threats to regional media such as the assaults on jobs and conditions in local and regional newspapers, and campaigns for strong regional media. We also strongly support alternative media, both print and online.

Nationally we want diverse, democratically accountable media.

CPBF (North) publishes books and pamphlets, and holds public meetings. If you want to support CPBF(North) you can do three things:

– Contact us at cpbfnorth@outlook.com to join our email list to receive future issues of MediaNorth, details of public meetings and other news

Become a friend of CPBF(North) on Facebook at Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom North

Make a donation or take out a standing order to support our work. Contact us at cpbfnorth@outlook.com
and we’ll give you the details on how to pay.

The Winter 2020 issue of MediaNorth is now online

Read it here or at our Newsletters Page here


The Year in Focus: Special issues of MediaNorth, a book,
a conference and a new Zoom meeting for you to watch

2020 has been a busy year for us. Apart from the regular quarterly issues we also produced a special MediaNorth issue for the very successful conference on the Media and the General Election held in Leeds in February and the book It’s the Media, Stupid!. As the pandemic struck we also produced three special issues on COVID 19 and the Media. As attacks on the BBC mounted we produced a special issue on this topic and held a Zoom meeting with the keynote speaker Patrick Barwise, co-author with Peter York of The War Against the BBC (Penguin)
 
You can watch the event here: https://youtu.be/Z82heTh9UMQ


MediaNorth Special Issue: The Fight for the BBC

The consultation on decrimininalisation of the BBC licence fee ended six months ago but there is still no sign of the report. We planned a BBC MediaNorth special around the report but in the end thought we should put an issue out anyway. There's more than enough material. Read all about it in our latest MediaNorth Special Issue.

CLICK HERE to go to our newsletter download page and read all issues of MediaNorth and ElectionWatch


Fix The Media launch is now online on YouTube

The Zoom launch for Fix the Media took place on Thursday 3 September. The launch is now available for viewing on YouTube HERE


Autumn 2020 MediaNorth is now online

The Autumn issue of MediaNorth comes out at a time of great upheaval in UK politics and media and we report on some of these topics in our latest issue. If this is the first time you have seen MediaNorth and like it please spread the word and get people to support our work. We need to get organised.

Read it here or at our Newsletters Page here


Fix The Media – New from MediaNorth

Fix the Media has been written by a group of academics and journalists to kick-start debate and action on media reform. (Download a pdf by clicking here or on the cover above)
 
Granville Williams, editor of MediaNorth, said, ‘All of the contributors to Fix the Mediaare aware that the prospect for substantial media reform is frozen in the current political situation, but we wanted to highlight the concerns we have with the UK media.’
 
Fix the Media argues that there is still scope to promote awareness of what’s wrong with our media and how we can begin to build broad-based support for key policies to repair these faults.
 
You can join a Zoom launch meeting for Fix the Media on Thursday 3 September, 6.30.30-7.30pm (GMT). Contact cpbfnorth@outlook.com for details.

You can buy a print version of Fix the Media directly from CPBF(North). Here’s how you can do it:

• Send a cheque for £4.00 inc P&P, with your name and address, to: 
CPBF(North) 24 Tower Avenue, Upton, near Pontefract, West Yorkshire 
WF9 1EE

• Or you can use BACS to transfer £4.00 to:
CPBF (North) Sort code 08-92-99 
a/c No 65796090.

Please remember to email cpbfnorth@outlook.com with your name and address.


 

UNITE reviews It's The Media, Stupid!

Read Peta Steel's 2-part review of It's The Media, Stupid!,Granville Williams' collection of comments on ‘The media, the 2019 election and the aftermath,’ at the UNITElive website here and here.

You can buy the book directly from CPBF(North). Here’s how you can do it:

• Send a cheque for £11.50 inc P&P, with your name and address, to
CPBF(North) 24 Tower Avenue, Upton, near Pontefract, West Yorkshire
WF9 1EE

• Or you can use BACS to transfer £11.50 to CPBF (North) Sort code 08-92-99
a/c No 65796090.

Please remember to email cpbfnorth@outlook.com with your name and address.


Summer 2020 MediaNorth is now online

The summer issue of MediaNorth is now online. This issue focuses on trade unions, the media and the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Please feel free to share, especially if you’re a member of a trade union. Read it here or at our Newsletters Page here


DON'T HATE THE MEDIA. CHANGE THE MEDIA

If you missed the live Zoom meeting on 3 June, you can watch the four speakers on the following YouTube links:
 
1. James Curran & Tom Mills
https://youtu.be/BoZJLQ_CVnY
 
2. Nick Jones
https://youtu.be/SCGuU-6xGaQ
 
3. Louisa Bull
https://youtu.be/EkGbDU3lh_Q
 
4. Granville Williams
https://youtu.be/vreYK56kKNM
 
The followingPlaylist plays them one after the other.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtG5vhWduQGXgogq2fYo7tS9QuU6rsvyJ


IT'S THE MEDIA - STUPID! IS NOW ON SALE

It’s the Media, Stupid! The Media, the 2019 Election and the Aftermath is now on sale.  Sincere thanks to Steve Bell, The Guardian cartoonist, for the pungent cover cartoon.

You can buy the book directly from CPBF(North). Here’s how you can do it:

• Send a cheque for £11.50 inc P&P, with your name and address, to
CPBF(North) 24 Tower Avenue, Upton, near Pontefract, West Yorkshire
WF9 1EE

• Or you can use BACS to transfer £11.50 to CPBF (North) Sort code 08-92-99
a/c No 65796090.

Please remember to email cpbfnorth@outlook.com with your name and address.


WAPPING FILM

We had planned to show the film Wapping: The Workers’ Story on 7 May. We hope to be able to show it later in the year. Ann Field who played a key role in the making of the new film has a chapter on Wapping in Big Media, ‘The Strike That Made the Modern Media.

John Bailey was a print worker strongly associated with the right of reply during the 1984-84 miners’ strike and one of the 6,000 printworkers sacked when Murdoch moved to Wapping. His chapter, From Orgreave to Wapping: the real enemy within is in Settling Scores.

If you would like to read more on Wapping we are offering the two books for £10.00 (inc P&P).  Payment details as for It’s the Media, Stupid!


COVID-19 AND THE MEDIA –
A SPECIAL ISSUE OF MEDIANORTH

Our second special issue on the Media and COVID-19 went online on 18 April. Please spread the word about it.


WATCH THE SESSIONS FROM OUR
IT'S THE MEDIA, STUPID! CONFERENCE

The well-attended conference It’s The Media, Stupid! Post-Election Policies for Media Reform was an outstanding success. We commissioned Route Publishing to record the sessions on the day and they are now available to view, here

If, after you have watched the session recordings, you want to get involved in the media reform work we discussed in the final conference session contact
cpbfnorth@outlook.com

CLICK HERE to visit our READINGS pages with articles on media conduct during the 2019 General Election

CLICK HERE to read our newsletters, MediaNorth and ElectionWatch

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