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Behind the Headlines: Trinity Mirror pockets Northern & Shell portfolio

13th February 2018

Last week saw the long-awaited announcement that Trinity Mirror has agreed to acquire Richard Desmond’s premier press titles for around £200m. The landmark deal has raised eyebrows and generated debate over whether each paper will be able to maintain its editorial position at either end of the political spectrum.

State of the Union – Trump 2.0?

31st January 2018

Donald Trump proclaimed a “new American moment” as he delivered his maiden State of the Union speech to Congress last night. Liam Parker, Pagefield partner and Boris Johnson’s former director of political communications, analyses what the future holds for Trump, the Republican Party and a possible US-UK free trade agreement. Ted Cruz (formerly ‘Lyin Ted’) on his […]

Behind the Headlines: Maybot takes on Big Tech

26th January 2018

Amid a growing backlash against Silicon Valley tech giants , the Prime Minister offered her input this week at Davos, taking aim at social media platforms and rolling out her vision for the role of tech in the global economy. David Leslie asks what the future holds for ‘big tech’ at a time when the sector’s problems seem to be mounting.

Meet the Editor: 5 Things We Learned from Tim Montgomerie, Editor of UnHerd

19th January 2018

Editor of UnHerd, Tim Montgomerie, joined us at Pagefield this week for our ‘Meet the Editor’ breakfast. Paul Codd provides his take. Launching UnHerd in the summer of 2017, editor and founder, Tim Montgomerie set out to create a news site with a difference, challenging how we as readers approach the news – because in […]

New Year, no more New Labour

17th January 2018

An efficient, drama-free reshuffle and a successful slate in the Labour NEC elections – Corbyn and his team have taken yet another step in solidifying their hold of the internal structures of the Labour party – and all without a hiccup (so far). Peter Turay gives his take on Corbyn’s progress and what it could […]

New Year Reshuffle

10th January 2018

New Year, new Government. Feeling empowered at Number 10, the Prime Minister moved to radically alter the makeup of her Government and Party’s leadership structure. Ben Stetson examines the changes and asks what impact this could have.   Shambolic they say, visionary I hear, a pioneer at Central Office one whispers. Theresa May’s New Year […]

Behind the Headlines: Amazon Priming for Premier League promotion?

8th January 2018

Last week saw reports that Amazon is in conversation with the Premier League, with a view to securing broadcast rights for top tier football. The move has raised eyebrows, but it is far from unique. It follows a fragmentation of sports broadcasting rights and, more generally, television viewing habits.

PMQs 20/12/2017

20th December 2017

For the final time this year, Nancy Martin watches PMQs so you don’t have to.

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