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Guardian to make ‘small number of voluntary redundancies’

Guardian to make ‘small number of voluntary redundancies’

Guardian News and Media headquarters at 90 York Way, London. Picture: Google Street View The Guardian is aiming to make “a small number of voluntary redundancies” among its journalists as it predicts pressures on costs and revenues will continue “into the next financial year, if not longer”. Editor-in-chief Katharine Viner emailed staff on Thursday saying that although the publisher is in “a much stronger position” than it was during “the last downturn”, management “have to make some difficult decisions across the business”. A Guardian News and Media spokesperson told Press Gazette: “We’re targeting cost savings of around 4-5% this year through a range of initiatives including both staff and non-staff costs. “As part of this we are seeking a limited number of voluntary redundancies in editorial, as we position the business for revenue growth in a rapidly changing digital environment.” The publisher informed staff in February that advertising revenue had declined by 16%, or £9m, year-on-year in the nine months to 31 December. Thanks for subscribing. Close Other revenues had also come in below budget, …

Guardian adds ‘reject all’ cookies option

Guardian adds ‘reject all’ cookies option

New Guardian cookie consent banner The Guardian has changed its website messaging around persuading readers to accept tracking cookies in the light of recent ICO guidance. It has also sent an open letter to the advertising industry explaining why it believes its cookie-less solution Guardian Light can result in higher viewability scores and click-through rates even if fewer people agree to be targeted by third-party cookies. Users of The Guardian’s website are now asked if they will accept the use of optional cookies which “support the Guardian and your experience”. The two options on the first screen are: “Yes, I’m happy” and “No, thank you” alongside a manage cookies button that will give them further information. Users will see advertising either way, but if they click the option to reject then they will only be served ads that are not “reliant on first or third party cookies, tracking or programmatic auction technology”. Previously users could tell The Guardian “Yes, I’m happy” but would have to click through to the manage cookies page to reject all. …

Pippa Crerar: Newspapers will still set election political agenda

Pippa Crerar: Newspapers will still set election political agenda

Women in Journalism panel in London on 18 April 2024, from left to right: ITN CEO Rachel Corp, 5 News editor Debbie Ramsay, Guardian political editor Pippa Crerar, Channel 4 news editor for Fact Check and data Georgina Lee, and Sky News political editor Beth Rigby. Picture: Press Gazette Newspaper front pages will still set the UK agenda in this year’s expected general election despite the waning influence of print, according to Guardian political editor Pippa Crerar. Crerar, who was named Journalist of the Year at the British Journalism Awards 2022 for her Partygate reporting while at the Mirror, said it is “definitely the case with the decline in print sales that a newspaper’s editorial position doesn’t have the impact maybe it did when Labour were last knocking on the door of Downing Street in 1997”. Crerar was speaking at Women in Journalism’s How Women Shape The News event in London on Thursday. She referred to Tony Blair flying to Australia in July 1995 to meet Rupert Murdoch, a strategy of wooing that eventually won …

UK media gender pay gap down and women in top roles up

UK media gender pay gap down and women in top roles up

Picture: Pixabay Three-quarters of the UK’s biggest media organisations increased the percentage of women in their top teams in the past year. Of 34 media organisations big enough to be required to report gender pay data to the Government, 26 (or 76%) increased the proportion of women in their top pay quarter between 2022 and 2023. As of the latest snapshot date of 5 April 2023, there were more men than women within the top 25% paid employees at 79% of the companies in our analysis. This is down from 91% a year earlier. Bloomberg (21.7% women), Sun publisher News Group Newspapers (27.5%) and Mirror Group Newspapers (28%) are at the bottom of the table for percentage of women in their top pay band. Two publishers have 50/50 balance in their top teams: Scottish broadcaster STV Television and Newsquest Community Media, the arm of Newsquest that used to be Archant before its 2022 acquisition. Thanks for subscribing. Close Five publishers have a majority of women in their top quartiles, led by Hearst on 66% and …

The Guardian names five new correspondents to cover underreported communities

The Guardian names five new correspondents to cover underreported communities

The five new Guardian correspondents The Guardian has appointed five new correspondents in the Caribbean, South America, Africa and UK with the aim of boosting coverage of underreported communities. The new roles are part of Guardian owner Scott Trust’s programme of restorative justice addressing the newspaper’s historical connections with transatlantic slavery, first revealed in July. Natricia Duncan, who has written for national media in her native St Vincent and the Grenadines and for The Guardian in the UK on immigration and race equality issues, has been named the title’s first Caribbean correspondent, based in Jamaica. She said: “Coming from a small island in the Caribbean, I understand the importance of giving voice to those who feel marginalised and invisible.   “Despite its rich cultural tapestry, dynamic leaders and complex environmental and socio-economic challenges, the region is often misunderstood, misrepresented, or ignored by global media.”  Thanks for subscribing. Close Tiago Rogero joins as South America correspondent based in Brazil, where he created the award-winning narrative podcast Projeto Querino. Content from our partners Eromo Egbejule has been …

Guardian to defend Noel Clarke stories as true and in public interest

Guardian to defend Noel Clarke stories as true and in public interest

Noel Clarke leaves the Royal Courts of Justice, central London, after attending a preliminary hearing in his libel claim against the publisher of The Guardian on Thursday 26 October 2023. Picture: Lucy North/PA Wire Women who have accused actor Noel Clarke of sexual misconduct could give evidence at a libel trial in an attempt to “vindicate” The Guardian’s journalism, the High Court has heard. The 48-year-old is suing Guardian News and Media (GNM) over eight articles, including one from April 2021 which said 20 women who knew Clarke in a professional capacity had come forward with the allegations. In a statement at the time he “vehemently” denied “any sexual misconduct or criminal wrongdoing”. The Doctor Who actor is bringing a libel and data protection claim against the publisher and is seeking £10m in special damages. Adam Speker KC, for Clarke, said in written submissions: “The claimant has not worked since the defendant published these articles, they have entirely destroyed his career and his personal life. Thanks for subscribing. Close “Yet the police did not consider that there …

Analysis of left-wing versus right-wing media reach

Analysis of left-wing versus right-wing media reach

UK media bias 2024: Keir Starmer should have an easier election than Neil Kinnock After the 1992 UK general election, the UK’s top-selling newspaper claimed on its front page: “It was The Sun what won it.” John Major’s Conservative Party achieved an unlikely and narrow 21-seat majority helped by an election day front page from The Sun intended to panic voters away from voting Labour after 13 years of Tory rule. It said: “If Kinnock wins today will the last person in Britain please turn out the lights?” Conservative peer Lord McAlpine said at the time that editors Sir David English (of the Daily Mail), Sir Nicholas Lloyd (of the Daily Express) and Kelvin MacKenzie of The Sun were the “heroes of this campaign” for their strong support of the Conservatives and comprehensive attacks on Labour. At the time, their titles boasted a combined circulation of seven million versus three million for the Daily Mirror, the only left-wing tabloid. Bearing in mind readership will have been at least double the circulation figure, it is possible …

UK has a narrow commentariat instead of effective media

UK has a narrow commentariat instead of effective media

Former Guardian editor-at-large Gary Younge appears in a lecture hall at City University in February 2024 to deliver the inaugural Rosemary Hollis memorial lecture. Picture: Press Gazette Journalist Gary Younge has warned that the narrow range of most British journalists’ backgrounds means it takes “a seismic event” for journalists to take an interest in problems that are for many people everyday realities. Delivering the inaugural Rosemary Hollis Memorial lecture at City University he said “now more than ever we need reporters and commentators who can engage with the sources of discontent and alienation which fuel the assaults on our democratic space. “But instead we have a commentariat, overwhelmingly from the same social class both as each other and the politicians they cover. Their reference points are limited, their comfort zone is narrow. “Much as they may mock millennials for seeking safe spaces, that is entirely where they operate.” Younge argued that when this commentariat witnesses an event “that they cannot understand, they think the problem is with the event, not with them. When political figures …

Who are the UK national newspaper editors? Full list for 2024

Who are the UK national newspaper editors? Full list for 2024

Tony Gallagher, Roula Khalaf, Victoria Newton and Gary Jones The Daily Mirror was the latest UK national newspaper to get a new editor after Alison Phillips stepped down at the end of January after almost six years. Phillips was succeeded by Caroline Waterston, at least on an interim basis, who now leads the Mirror in addition to her existing responsibility over Reach’s magazines and supplements. The other most recent changes at the UK’s national newspaper editor line-up include, in 2022 and 2023, at the Evening Standard, The Sunday Times, The Times, The Independent and the Sunday Express in the past 12 months. Former GQ editor of 22 years Dylan Jones was named editor-in-chief of the Evening Standard in May 2023. Sunday Times deputy editor Ben Taylor was promoted to editor in January 2023 following the news that Emma Tucker was leaving to lead the Wall Street Journal. Thanks for subscribing. Close Before that The Independent appointed Geordie Greig, formerly editor of the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and Evening Standard, and Tony Gallagher took over at The Times …

Guardian Dan Wootton apology and payout after privacy complaint

Guardian Dan Wootton apology and payout after privacy complaint

The Guardian has apologised and agreed to make a payment to suspended GB News presenter Dan Wootton after reporting that he was under police investigation. It is one of a number of publications and individuals facing the threat of legal action from Wootton for invasion of privacy, and the first to opt for a settlement. Wootton complained over an article headlined “Police investigating allegations Dan Wootton solicited explicit images” which was published on 2 October 2023 and removed from The Guardian website the following day after complaints from his lawyers. His lawyer Donal Blaney argued that it is now well established in UK law that people who are the subject of a police investigation have a right to privacy unless they are charged with a criminal offence. The Guardian said in a published apology: “We apologise to Mr Wootton for the article. Last week, the Metropolitan Police and Police Scotland said they had concluded their investigations and are taking no further action. Mr Wootton has restated that the police inquiries have exonerated him of any …