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Learning from history: “there was a chance to work things out in a different direction and it wasn’t taken…”

Wed 12 February 2014, 10:18am

Tweet Michael Portillo’s two part radio work on the first world war is well worth grabbing for a listen. Part two is fascinating not least because it looks at the effects of interwar propaganda the widespread acceptance of the idea that the second great war was a general rather than a particular failing: a view […] more »

“If you set so much store by symbols then don’t be surprised if…”

Tue 15 January 2013, 4:04pm

Tweet In the News Letter, Alex Kane has some sensible advice for the recently convened unionist forum.  From the News Letter article So can we stop falling over ourselves in a headlong rush to jump into every elephant trap set for us by Sinn Fein and Gerry Adams’ continuous loop guff about the inevitability of […] more »

From #aras97 to #aras11: has the media decommissioned?

Tue 27 September 2011, 9:22am
Áras an Uachtaráin - residence of the Irish President, and soon to be home to Northern Irish bees

Tweet Some more of the commentary on the 1997 Presidential campaign. While many new media tools are available for #aras11, the behind-the-scenes briefing and leaks are probably no different (the end products are summarised here by Mick). While politics inevitably includes a deep interrogation of individual candidate’s past utterances, the contribution of the media to the shape of past election campaigns tends to be kept […] more »

“resulted in it being promotional for the First and Deputy First Ministers and their respective political parties.”

Fri 27 May 2011, 5:06pm

Tweet As the News Letter reports, the UK’s communications regulator Ofcom has ruled that an OFMDFM radio advert – part of a £20,000 advertising campaign, in February 2010, promoting the Hillsborough Castle Agreement - was “political advertising” in breach of the Communications Act 2003.  The ruling upheld a complaint made about the advertisement by the leader of the TUV, […] more »

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