• Manifesto for Media Reform launched

    What we're calling on politicians to do in the next parliament

  • 'Would Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs have been much more energetic in its own recent investigations into wide-scale tax avoidance, had the Telegraph continued to hold HSBC to account after its 2012 investigation?
    There are great issues here. They go to the heart of our democracy, and can no longer be ignored.'

    Peter Oborne, former Chief Political Commentator of the Daily Telegraph

  • Our media isn't like the weather, something we can't change and have to learn to accept.

    It's like it is because of conscious political and economic choices made by politicians and media owners.

    Different choices can be made, which would give us a different and better media, and we want your help to bring them about

  • 'All Murdoch editors, what they do is this: they go on a journey where they end up agreeing with everything Rupert says. But you don't admit to yourself that you're being influenced.
    Most Murdoch editors wake up in the morning, switch on the radio, hear that something has happened and think, What would Rupert think about this?' It's like a mantra inside your head.
    It's like a prism. You look at the world through Rupert's eyes.'

    David Yelland, former editor of The Sun

  • 'Forgot to tell #Leveson it's unreasonable to expect individuals to spend £millions on newspapers and not have access to politicians'

    Evgeny Lebedev, Owner of The Independent

  • 'Bored one evening, I counted up all the number of times I had met Tony Blair. And the result was astonishing really, or slightly shocking – according to your viewpoint.
    I had 22 lunches, six dinners, six interviews, 24 further chats over tea and biscuits and numerous telephone calls with him...’

    Piers Morgan, former editor of The Daily Mirror



Britain has one of the most concentrated media environments in the world.

The hacking scandal and its aftermath demonstrated how that power has been used nationally, whilst at local level community after community is losing the means to publicly hold power to account.


Far from being something we have to live with, the media system we have today is a result of deliberate political choices.

We can make other choices, and do other things to get the kind of media our democracy needs.


We can start that reform by telling our politicians that we care about our media and that we want something better.

We believe a truly democracy society needs a media that reflects the diversity of opinion in our society, not the narrow spectrum of views that constitute official public debate.

We believe that at national and local level, the powerful in public and corporate life need a media which holds them to account – and so does the media itself.



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A Manifesto for Media Reform

The Media Reform Coalition, together with the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting  Freedom, have just published their ‘Manifesto for Media Reform’ ahead of May’s General Election. Launched at a meeting in Parliament on 18 March […]

A new media plurality law should be in all parties’ 2015 election manifestos

Letter to the Guardian, 4 March 2015

If democracy is to flourish, we will need diverse and independent voices in the media. Yet media concentration in Britain remains at worrying levels and, despite what we have learned […]

Submission to the Lords Select Committee on Communications, May 2013

Submission to Lords Select Committee on Communications, May 2013

Lessons from Oborne: clickbait, commerce and newsroom culture

by Angela Phillips

When Peter Oborne resigned from the Telegraph earlier this week, his parting outpouring of rage at the paper’s ‘fraud upon its readers’ for failing to properly report the HSBC scandal was wrong in […]

US Campaigners Set to Win Net Neutrality Battle

by Candace Clement and Matt Wood

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has confirmed that he will base new Net Neutrality rules on Title II of the Communications Act. He described those rules as “the strongest open Internet protections ever […]

Banning Pictures of Children is Wrong

by Angela Phillips

Hannah Weller, wife of musician Paul Weller, is campaigning to make it illegal for the media to publish pictures that identify any child without their parents’ consent.  Of course this has had resounding […]

Make media ownership an election issue: MRC Organising Meeting on Weds 21 January

Media Reform wishes you a very happy new year – a year that will be marked by more misreporting, more misrepresenting, more marginalising and more monopolising by corporate media. We heard during the Christmas break […]