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John Woodcock obituary

Long-serving cricket correspondent for the Times who also spent six years as editor of WisdenEvery time there is an on-field occurrence – wicket, goal, whatever – at a sporting event, the journalists present will huddle to make sure their interpretatio…

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John Bryant, journalist and key figure in London Marathon, dies aged 76

Bryant had senior jobs at Telegraph and Times and wrote several books about runningThe journalist and author John Bryant, who played a pivotal role in the success of the London Marathon, has died at the age of 76.He died peacefully at his home in Surre…

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Sam Allardyce loses case against Daily Telegraph for paper’s ‘sting’

• Press regulator rules against former England manager• Ipso says newspaper justified in subterfugeThe former England manager Sam Allardyce has lost his complaint that the Daily Telegraph broke journalism’s rules by sending an undercover reporter to pr…

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Sam Allardyce urges Daily Telegraph to release its secret tapes

Sacked England manager hopes to be exonerated by full record of meeting

Sam Allardyce is demanding that the Daily Telegraph release its tape recordings of his meeting with the newspaper’s undercover reporters, which led to his dismissal as England’s football manager.

Allardyce believes the full tape recordings might exonerate his behaviour – although the newspaper has been warned by City of London police not to give the tapes to any third party because of its ongoing investigations into allegations of bribery and corruption in British football management.

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Criminal investigation opened into suspected case of football bribery

• City of London police looking into a single case following Daily Telegraph’s investigation
• Former England manager Sam Allardyce not under examination as part of investigation

A criminal investigation has been opened into a single suspected case of bribery following the Daily Telegraph’s investigation into alleged corruption in football

City of London Police made the announcement on Friday and in a statement said no arrests had been made. They have also confirmed that former England manager Sam Allardyce is not under examination as part of the investigation.

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QPR’s Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink denies wrongdoing after £55,000 fee allegation

• QPR manager Hasselbaink filmed asking for ‘a nice figure’
• Leeds owner Massimo Cellino also implicated in separate interview

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, the Queens Park Rangers manager, has denied any wrongdoing after being named in the Daily Telegraph investigation into corruption in football. The Telegraph alleged the Dutchman requested a fee of £55,000 to work for a fake Far Eastern firm seeking to sell players to the club.

In video footage collected by the newspaper, Hasselbaink is seen asking his suitors to “come up with a nice figure” for a role, which the newspaper says he is told would involve a number of trips to meet with the firm in Singapore.

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QPR’s Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink denies wrongdoing after £55,000 fee allegation

• QPR manager Hasselbaink filmed asking for ‘a nice figure’
• Leeds owner Massimo Cellino also implicated in separate interview

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, the Queens Park Rangers manager, has denied any wrongdoing after being named in the Daily Telegraph investigation into corruption in football. The Telegraph alleged the Dutchman requested a fee of £55,000 to work for a fake Far Eastern firm seeking to sell players to the club.

In video footage collected by the newspaper, Hasselbaink is seen asking his suitors to “come up with a nice figure” for a role, which the newspaper says he is told would involve a number of trips to meet with the firm in Singapore.

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Fairytale newspaper coverage for Leicester City’s fairytale victory

National press revels in the chance to report good news by recording the remarkable Premier League success by the 5,000 to 1 outsiders

Leicester City’s Roy-of-the-Rovers-style achievement by winning the Premier League dominated the front and back pages of the national press on Tuesday.

Amidst the Brexit debate, the Labour party’s internal strife and the ongoing war against Isis, editors clearly revelled in the opportunity to report a good news story.

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President of Ghana FA to sue Daily Telegraph over match-fixing allegations video

Kwesi Nyantakyi, the president of the Ghana Football Association, says he will take legal action over claims in the Daily Telegraph that he was involved in match-fixing deals. The Telegraph reported that Nyantakyi agreed Ghana would play in a game rigg…

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President of Ghana FA to sue Daily Telegraph over match-fixing allegations video

Kwesi Nyantakyi, the president of the Ghana Football Association, says he will take legal action over claims in the Daily Telegraph that he was involved in match-fixing deals. The Telegraph reported that Nyantakyi agreed Ghana would play in a game rigg…

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Match-fixing allegations involving Fifa cast shadow over football World Cup

A Fifa agent and a manager of the Ghana under-20 team have been filmed allegedly promising to rig international friendlies Continue reading…

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Match-fixing claims involving Ghana cast shadow over World Cup

A registered agent and manager of the Ghana under-20 team have been filmed allegedly promising to rig international friendliesFresh match-fixing claims are set to cast a shadow over the World Cup in the wake of allegations that officials connected to t…

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Newspapers gnash their teeth in reporting England’s World Cup defeat

The picture on today’s front pages of The Times and The Independent of Luis Suarez consoling Steven Gerrard at the end of the World Cup match summed up the game’s emotional drama.

“Don’t cry, Kai. If Italy beat Costa Rica today… then Suarez & Co lose to Italy.. and Daddy scores a couple (or maybe more) against Costa Rica…”

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Media Talk podcast: Tony Gallagher exits Telegraph

On this week’s Media Talk, John Plunkett and guests discuss Tony Gallagher’s abrupt departure as editor of the Daily Telegraph, how the Mail on Sunday is closing in on the Sun on Sunday, and what exactly the BBC is up to with its Instagram video news p…

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Now Paul Dacre is the story as Miliband emerges with enhanced image

The controversy over the Daily Mail’s claim that Ed Miliband’s father hated Britain continues in today’s press.

There is a page lead in The Times, “Heseltine turns on Mail over article about Miliband father” (plus a T2 feature based on the row). The Daily Telegraph carries a page 2 story, “Miliband: Attack on father drags politics into gutter”. The Guardian has a full page, “Mail attack may derail press regulation talks” (plus an op-ed commentary). The Independent’s page lead is headlined “Miliband-Mail row: ‘the next election can’t be fought in gutter.”

And the Mail itself can’t leave it alone. Columnist Stephen Glover seeks to put the knife in once more by excusing Saturday’s headline, “The man who hated Britain”, as an “interpretation of the facts.”

He went on to make a tortuous argument about “Red Ed” being a hypocrite because some Labour MPs were rude about Margaret Thatcher after her death. So why the “calculated hysteria” of Miliband about the Mail’s treatment of his father?

It is clear that the Mail’s editor, Paul Dacre, has forgotten the first rule of those who find themselves in an untenable position: when in a hole, stop digging.

When Miliband complained on Saturday about the Mail’s article on his father, Ralph, Dacre could not accept that he had done wrong.

From that moment on, he made a series of extremely poor decisions because he could not bring himself to apologise.

The headline was both inaccurate and offensive. It was disrespectful to the memory of a man who fought for Britain. If it had said “the man who hated democracy”, I doubt there would have been any fuss at all.

The defence of “the man who hated Britain” headline by Dacre’s deputy, Jon Steafel, on Newsnight was a wonder to behold.

He sought to justify the headline by suggesting that Ralph Miliband’s writings “conveyed an impression of what he thought about Britain, which was antipathetic to the views and values of a lot of British people.”

That doesn’t imply hate. However hard Steafel tried, however often he repeated the same pathetic argument, he just couldn’t justify the headline. There was not a scintilla of proof of hatred.

His second line of defence was a claim that it is some kind of journalistic convention to read “the headline and the piece… in conjunction with each other.”

Really? What was that meant to suggest? That people are to discover the meaning of a headline by reading between the lines of the copy? That’s a new one.

Anyway, even if that is so, reading this specific piece only served to confirm that the headline was not justified by the content. A 16-year-old refugee’s diary entry and the cobbling together of some quotes from Miliband senior’s mature political works did not add up to a hatred of the country that gave him sanctuary.

But Dacre did not have the grace to admit that the assertion in the headline was wholly wrong. So he compounded the error by going on the attack.

Now he finds himself and the Daily Mail being traduced by an increasing number of people, including several Tories who found the piece objectionable. They include David Cameron, Lord Heseltine, Lord Moore, Francis Maude, George Eustice and Margot James.

At the same time, by delving back into Ed Miliband’s history, he has reopened the controversy over the Nazi sympathies (and anti-Semitic prejudice – see here) of his proprietor’s ancestor.

I have previously written that we should not damn the Mail, and the current Lord Rothermere, for his great-grandfather’s support for fascism.

But I concede that, in these circumstances, the regurgitation of the Harmsworth family’s dark past is valid. It is hardly surprising that it is now back on the agenda.

Similarly, Dacre’s own family history has also become the subject of some fascination. Why, people are asking, didn’t his own father fight for Britain in the second world war, as Ralph Miliband did?

Then there is Dacre’s own background as a leftish student. He is now likely to be held up to ridicule for what he wrote while at Leeds university.

In truth, the whole affair has blown up in Dacre’s face because of his intransigence. The Mail editor has become the centre of a story that has legs.

In the process, he has achieved the reverse of his intentions. A dignified Ed Miliband has emerged with an enhanced image. As for press regulation, he has made it infinitely more difficult for the matter to be resolved in favour of the system he favours.

I detect that there are similarities now between Dacre’s position and that of former Sun editor Kelvin “The Truth” MacKenzie who cannot escape the embarrassment of the Hillsborough controversy.

There will not be a boycott of the Mail as there was, and is, of The Sun in Liverpool. But there is no doubt that this episode has undermined the paper’s standing and may have negative effects in future.

Dacre’s insult to Ralph and Ed Miliband will haunt him for the rest of his editorship. He should reflect on the fact that, after 21 years in the job, he has been brought low by his arrogance.

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Can investigative journalism survive? – the London Press Club debate

A major debate about the future of investigative journalism is being staged next month by the London Press Club in partnership with the polling company YouGov.

The four panellists will be Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger and four journalists with admirable records as investigative reporters – Tom Bower, Heather Brooke, Andrew Gilligan and Tom Harper. Broadcaster, and former Sunday Times editor, Andrew Neil will be in the chair.

YouGov is carrying out a poll ahead of the debate, which is entitled “Can investigative journalism survive?”

There will be plenty for the speakers to talk about, given the attacks on whistleblowers, attempts by the authorities to reveal the identities of confidential sources, the slashing of editorial budgets and the requirement to feed the 24-hours news cycle.

Rusbridger is likely to address The Guardian’s use of material from the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the arrest of David Miranda, the Wikileaks revelations and, possibly, the phone-hacking scandal.

Bower, whose in-depth investigations inevitably lead to revelatory biographies, such as those on Conrad Black and Bernie Ecclestone, may well explain why his Richard Desmond book remains unpublished.

Gilligan, the Telegraph’s senior reporter, will forever be associated with his Today programme claim that Tony Blair’s government had “sexed up” an Iraq dossier.

Brooke, the freedom of information campaigner, is best known for her role in exposing the parliamentary expenses scandal that culminated in numerous resignations and prosecutions.

And Harper, The Independent’s investigations reporter, has a series of scoops to his name, including the Soca cover-up of the use of private investigators by blue-chip firms.

The debate will take place at the Stationers and Newspapermakers’ Hall on 22 October from 6.45pm. Entry is by ticket only, and places are limited. Priority among London Press Club’s allocation will be given to members. To apply for a place, email events@yougov.com

Ahead of the debate, members of the London Press Club, the Society of Editors and Women in Journalism are taking part in the YouGov poll. You can also take part in the survey, which closes in a week’s time, by going here.

The revival of the London Press Club

The investigative journalism debate is the opening to a series of autumn events organised by the London Press Club.

Its committee, led by chairman Doug Wills, managing editor of the Independent titles and London Evening Standard, is bent on reviving the club.

Two events already planned are a breakfast with The Sun’s editor David Dinsmore on 5 November (fireworks optional, I would guess) and a women-in-media forum in partnership with the Huffington Post and the Standard on 19 November.

All are free to London Press Club members. If you wish to join, or to renew your membership, go to www.londonpressclub.co.uk or email info@londonpressclub.co.uk.

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