U.K. PRESS NEEDS TOUGHER REGS
The British press needs a tougher regulatory body to rein in abuses such as the hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, according to a highly anticipated report released Nov. 29 by a U.K. judicial watchdog.
Judge Brian Leveson did not call for a governmental body to monitor the media, rather an independent group empowered to fine wrongdoing. “Putting a policeman in every newsroom is no sort or answer,” he said.
Leveson is not out to muzzle the freedom of the press. The media serve the country “very well for the vast majority of the time,” according to the report.
He recognizes “most of what the press does is good journalism free from the sort of vices I have had to address at length.” He believes “it is essential that the need for a fresh start in press regulation is fully embraced and a new regime thereafter implemented.”
Of the current press code, Leveson said: “There have been too many times when, chasing the story, parts of the press has acted as if its own code, which it wrote, simply did not exist.” That has caused “real hardship, and on occasion, wreaked havoc with the lives of innocent people whose rights and liberties have been disdained.”
Leveson, which began in probe in July 2011, considers it the “most concentrated look at the press this country has ever seen.”
Prime Minister David Cameron, who called for the inquiry, said he welcomed Leveson’s findings, but has “serious concerns and misgivings” over the statutory regulation recommendation.
The report wants a body regulatory group with power to fine offending newspapers up to $1.6M. Members would not be from the media, legal or government community.
TRAVELERS TURN TO SOCIAL MEDIA, FRIENDS
Recommendations from friends and family are a key factor in vacation decisions worldwide as social media has taken a key role in planning, according to a study by Text 100.
In the U.S., 43% say friend recommendations are a main reason for choosing a travel location, second only to relaxation (57%) and well ahead of convenience (28%). Only 35% of Europeans, by contrast, rely on friend recommendations, while 47% rely on relaxation for vacation choice.
The main reason for choosing a destination remains value for money. When Americans search online for travel information, price/room rates are the most sought information (58%), followed by surrounding attractions (42%), quality of facilities (37%), cleanliness (36%), and service (30%).
Social media has taken a key role in travel planning