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The major media are facing profound disruption. Their business models are in disarray. A series of reporting failures and scandals has undermined their authority, while voices from outside the mainstream are gaining strength through new technology and challenging the old order.

OurKingdom will be hosting a debate about power and the media. How is information currently organized, and how should it be organized? What are the existing media good at, and what do they fail to deliver? What reforms are necessary if we are to have the information we need for democratic citizenship?

It is time to ask what we want from our media - and how to get it.

How will we pay for news we can trust? I hope to find out

The British government has ordered a review into the sustainability of high-quality journalism. Its chair explains the challenges she faces.

Is the BBC licence fee still up for grabs?

John Whittingdale says the July agreement did not settle the BBC licence fee: is this a Government U-turn?

A radical proposal to preserve the BBC’s independence

To safeguard the BBC’s independence decisions over the Licence Fee should be taken away from politicians and handed over to a new independent statutory body.

What can and should the BBC do about local news?  

The Government want BBC to provide for market failure, except in the one instance where there is a clear case for it, the delivery of local news.

Leveson is not an Establishment stich up

Leading left-of-centre columnists are wrong to denounce the Leveson proposals as being designed to protect the priviliged. There is a real need to regulate the corporate press and the way it abuses of its power.

The end of the Murdoch Archipelago

This week, the media mogul once unquestioningly known as 'the kingmaker' appears before the UK state inquiry into the British press - a day after his son and would-be heir. To mark this moment, we publish the new introduction to the defining account of the 113-year-old Murdoch dynasty, asking the question: how did we come to this?

Fallout of News Corp. Scandal in the US?

In the US, the deleterious effect of rampant commercialization is the real scandal. 

How do we reform Britain's media? Proposals and your responses

A new committee has drawn up media reform proposals in the light of the Leveson Inquiry. We publish the CCMR's proposals, alongside responses from media experts and practitioners, and invite our readers to join in the debate.

Mutualising the media: the answer to UK press ownership?

What would employee-owned or co-operative media models look like? Could they allow for genuine public interest journalism?

Great Britain in the Greek looking glass

Rather than offering any illumination into the causes of the Greek crisis, Channel 4's 'Go Greek for a Week' held the mirror up to British society's image of itself - but our delusions of fair play and national propriety are just that.

Still hacked off with the media? Come join the campaign for UK media reform

The hacking scandal exposed corruption, illegality and immorality at the heart of the British media. A new committee, formed to push for wide-ranging media reform in the wake of the scandal, holds its first public meeting this week.

Radical media, stop fighting the mainstream - instead, let's build the future

Radical media are wasting too much energy competing with the mainstream. They should return to their great strength: discovering new ways of 'doing' media in the service of progressive change.

Intellectuals against the public sphere: how to do debate better than Evgeny Morozov's tear-down

Evgeny Morozov, an engaging thinker whom we have enjoyed publishing on openDemocracy, produced an intemperate review of a peer's book. Here, that peer responds in an exemplary way. An attempt to shut down conversation has, in the best sort of Streisand effect, back-fired and opened it up.

Rebellious Media Conference: leading the way in the information age

Radical media are far behind the mainstream in terms of readership and revenue. But when it comes to understanding media's future, the 'alternative' press are ahead of the curve.

Cross-media power regulation could return Britain to the 17th century

How do we regulate for news plurality in the UK? Beginning with audience share is a farce, and would undermine our democracy. Ownership must be our starting point.

The BBC is, and always has been, part of the problem

The News International hacking scandal has led the UK to re-assess her media. While private corporations are in the spotlight, there is also a pressing need to probe whether the BBC is fulfilling its duty to the British public.

Press regulation: issues, ethics, options

What is the future of press regulation in the UK? A group of distinguished editors and parliamentarians met last week to discuss this most crucial of questions. David Elstein reports, and offers his own map for change.

Murdoch and Berlusconi: the fall of two media empires and the network multitudes

The simultaneous fall of the Murdoch and Berlusconi media empires – symbolic of an epoch – is not a coincidence but part of a deep global change in which the exponential growth of horizontal communication networks plays a central role. In this global epoch, despite the thin line between new democratic opportunities and the old threats of control, unforeseen democratic movements are demanding a new kind of democracy.

The BBC is not part of the problem raised by Hackgate

A strong, constructive response to Dan Hind's call yesterday for a democratic media policy and not a defense of the BBC - as the debate over Britain's inquiry into the future of its media get's hotter.

The Guardian, the Public Interest, Official Secrets and the scandal of British power

In an extraordinary attack on the Guardian for breaking the Murdoch hacking scandal, the police are demanding the paper reveals its sources, threatening it with the Official Secrets Act as if it has committed treason. The Act itself forbids appeal to the public interest, a long-term outrage that must now be corrected for the sake of democracy in Britain.

The Hunt Trap: the UK's minister of culture wants to disable democratic debate of the media

The Levenson Inquiry has been created to look at the media in Britain. Many want to seize the opportunity to limit the influence of those like Murdoch. Now the Tory minister has brought the BBC into play. Democrats should beware of resisting this, if so they will be trapped and destroyed. The BBC is indeed a monopoly provider even if its publicly own and regulated in 'the public interest'. Now, the public should have a say in what this interest is.

Who owns the news?

In response to the Murdoch 'Hackgate' scandal Westminster has created the Levenson inquiry to look at how the media in Britain should be governed. A Co-ordinating Committee for media reform has been created to give evidence and argue for a democratic outcome. One of its leading organisers sets out her approach.

Media Reform: The time is now, and a new group are seizing the opportunity

The News of the World hacking scandal has given Britain an opportunity to reform its media. openDemocracy has joined a broad group of organisations and individuals who have come together to help develop a democratic media with the public interest at its heart

The media's wilful ignorance over England's riots

A brave speech from the football editor of The Times attacks journalists' collective failure to get to the truth behind the riots that erupted across England earlier this month.

Britain's PR culture breeds corruption, just look at Hackgate

The UK phone hacking sandal has shown how the growth of the PR industry has facilitated the corruption of British society

The flaws in Ed Miliband’s media policy are no cause for rejoicing

The route to practical improvements in our newspapers lies with changing the way editors and journalists behave, not in overly worrying about who owns the media.

The need for greater plurality of British media ownership

We should embrace plurality in our debates about media reform and create a new system of inquiry responsive to the wishes of a commissioning public

The future of newspaper ownership in Britain

After the phone-hacking scandal, questions have been raised about the ownership of the UK's newspapers. But we need to make sure that any new rules are effective and not counter-productive.

Media reform in the UK

In the wake of the phone hacking scandal, ourKingdom launches a joint initiative to debate the critical issues surrounding the future of the British media.

The Press Complaints Commission: from 'Last Chance Saloon' to 'Toothless Poodle'

The phone hacking scandal has put the spotlight on the British media industry's self-regulatory body, revealing a history of weakness and failure. So what is the future of the PCC and press regulation in the UK?

UK journalists have spoken on 'Hackgate' - now give your views

One of the central hubs for British journalism has asked its members for their views on the News of the World hacking scandal. Read their responses here, and give your own opinions as a member of the public

Will press reform strangle British investigative journalism?

Strident calls for tighter media regulation have followed the News of the World hacking scandal, many from the Commons. But reform must not restrict genuine investigate journalism in the public interest

In a Lobster's Eye: truth, power and print

The role of the writer in politics is to speak truth to power. But the relationship of politicians to the truth has shifted over the last generation, due in part to the perceived power of the media. So how do the writers who would be speakers of the truth respond?

News International: Britain's Mafia

Murdoch's hold over Britain over the last three decades has been nothing short of mafia-like. Much can be learned through a comparison between the Italian mafia the Comorra, and the media mogul's empire

The Reactionary Imagination

An elite-dominated public realm does not allow people to understand their true conditions, creating a vacuum filled by reactionary, and often racist, ideas. The corruption of the media system is now under the spotlight, but the problems run much deeper and are shared also by liberal institutions
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