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Jun 20 How the News: Distorts the economy

How the News: Distorts the economy

Simon Pitt | Saturday 20th June 2015

The news has created a narrative around austerity and the national debt. But how true is any of this? And why has everyone bought into it?


Feb 16 Bias and Impartiality

Bias and Impartiality

Simon Pitt | Sunday 16th February 2014

This is an article about my views, which are my views and not the views of the BBC. The views expressed in this article are mine, and wholly mine. And even though I work for the BBC, if I say I think something that does not mean the BBC as a whole thinks that same thing. So, if you're wondering to yourself: the views in this article, whose are they? Are they the BBC's? The answer is no; they're not the BBC's views, they are mine.


Nov 11 Cognitive Bias and the News

Cognitive Bias and the News

Simon Pitt | Sunday 11th November 2012

George Entwistle resigns as the BBC Director General surrounded by bluster, noise and allegations. Do the events surrounding his departure herald an era of spin and cautiousness at the top? And is success down to ability or chance, politics and the press?


May 23 Tomorrow's News Today

Tomorrow's News Today

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 23rd May 2012

The BBC released their latest expense report today. It's like a dream come true for tabloid journalists. A sort of quarterly present, where they get to put up their feet and print numbers and angry faces in the newspaper for a day.


Sep 19 How the News: Defines Itself

How the News: Defines Itself

Simon Pitt | Sunday 19th September 2010

Simon considers exactly what the news was and what it has become


Jun 22 How the News: Gets Away With Lying

How the News: Gets Away With Lying

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 22nd June 2010

They say you can't trust anything you read in the news these days. But why? And how do they get away with it? Simon, a nine foot tall Australian currently living in Tibet, examines lies in the news.


Jun 17 Modern Cliches: Critical Suggestions

Modern Cliches: Critical Suggestions

Simon Pitt | Thursday 17th June 2010

Simon examines another modern cliche - this time with a look at some of the tricks of the trade of the TV and Film critic.


Jun 16 Twinstant opinion

Twinstant opinion

Robert Weedon | Wednesday 16th June 2010

When a news story breaks these days, Twitter seems to be journalists' first port of call. Robert dissects why.


May 18 Review: Election 2010

Review: Election 2010

Robert Weedon | Tuesday 18th May 2010

After 5 months of intense speculation, hype, and more speculation, the 2010 General Election came and went. But what did the media make of it?


Mar 19 How the News: Killed 17 Million Numbers

How the News: Killed 17 Million Numbers

Simon Pitt | Friday 19th March 2010

In the news today: a look at how journalists use numbers and why the news has destroyed all of the numbers except for two.


Mar 13 How the News: Conquered the World

How the News: Conquered the World

Simon Pitt | Saturday 13th March 2010

Simon discusses how the news has gone from a dry suited man reading out the events, to being a daily fix that we have to get. Just what is it about the news that makes it so appealing to broadcasters?


Feb 23 Modern Cliches: The Facebook Eye

Modern Cliches: The Facebook Eye

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 23rd February 2010

Simon highlights the rise of a modern cliche; the facebook eye: the best friend of the lazy technology journalist.


Feb 4 Month Roundup: January 2010

Month Roundup: January 2010

Simon Pitt | Thursday 4th February 2010

A brief overview of everything that happened in the media in January 2010, the month in which the set of Coronation Street was demolished, some fat people were banned from BeautifulPeople.com and scientists prove we can't have any more than 150 friends.


Jan 1 Month Roundup: December 2009

Month Roundup: December 2009

Simon Pitt | Friday 1st January 2010

A brief overview of everything that happened in the media in Decemer 2009. The month in which the newspapers gave up publishing anything except lists of what happened in the 'noughties', the Tories demanded music videos should have age rating, and a Japanese man married a computer game character.


Dec 1 Month Roundup: November 2009

Month Roundup: November 2009

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 1st December 2009

A brief overview of everything that happened in the media in November 2009. The month in which the Gruffalo became the nation's favourite children's book, Judy Dench went to the dentist in period costume and the town of Darlington appointed someone as village Tweeter.


Nov 21 How the News: Works

How the News: Works

Simon Pitt | Saturday 21st November 2009

An examination of the way news and journalists work. Where do news stories come from and where do they go when they're not on the front page anymore? An Image Dissectors exclusive scoop!


Nov 19 Month Roundup: October 2009

Month Roundup: October 2009

Simon Pitt | Thursday 19th November 2009

A brief overview of everything that happened in the media in October 2009. The month in which a racist appeared on Question Time, TS Eliot became the nation's favourite poet and laugh-a-minute swear-fest The Thick Of It returned to BBC Two.


Nov 12 Who's Who at the BBC

Who's Who at the BBC

Simon Pitt | Thursday 12th November 2009

With the BBC releasing salary information for their top 107 decision makers, Simon takes the opportunity to examine who some of the key figures are, and how they got there.


Nov 4 ITV Still Reunited

ITV Still Reunited

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 4th November 2009

ITV's sale of Friends Reunited is to be investigated by the competition committee. In the mean time, ITV is left holding the costly, and very rubbish, baby that is FriendsReunited.co.uk.


Aug 18 The Beano buys Friends Reunited

The Beano buys Friends Reunited

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 18th August 2009

Brightsolid, a subsidary to DC Thomson, publisher of the Beano, has bought Friends Reunited from ITV.


Aug 7 Pay-Per-View Online News

Pay-Per-View Online News

Robert Weedon | Friday 7th August 2009

News Corporation to charge for online newspaper access.


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