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July 31 2011

20:28

Peter Preston: Murdoch could let the News of the World rise again

Guardian :: The Sunday circulation market before closure of News of the World averaged around 9m national paper copies sold. The market last week, without the Screws, seems to be almost the same; say 8.9m. Who's gained? - The Sunday Mirror most all, up some 900,000 to just over 2m, but the Mail on Sunday has netted 400,000-plus, and the People and Star perhaps 450,000 each. Add in a boost for the Sunday Express and modest ripples of gain for virtually every other title and two conclusions seem inescapable.

[Peter Preston:] Rupert Murdoch, on his record and to his credit, hates closing papers. He'd rather sell them than fold them. So why – having gained nothing but pain from this shutdown – doesn't he put the News of the World up for sale?

Continue to read Peter Preston, www.guardian.co.uk

March 24 2010

09:36

Heather Brooke: ‘Transparency keeps those in power honest’

In case you missed reading an extract of Heather Brooke’s new book, ‘The Silent State’, in the Mail on Sunday, here’s a link…

A second excerpt will be published next Sunday. Last weekend’s extract focused on expenses.

An early reporting experience in America taught her ” that transparency keeps those in power honest: more than any regulator, any bureaucracy or set of rules,” she writes.

On being scooped, she says:

The Telegraph did a phenomenal job presenting the data, and I don’t begrudge them anything, even if they did take away my scoop.

Brooke collected the judge’s award at last night’s British Press Awards for her campaigning over MPs’ expenses.

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