The BBC is entangled in parliamentary investigations into payoffs for former executives, and now there are signs the government wants to disband the BBC Trust, the body that establishes and guides the standards of the public broadcaster's journalism. Cabinet ministers have indicated they do not believe the Trust can be a watchdog and standard-bearer at the same time. There are reports that duties will be handed to the communications regulator, Ofcom.
A conference on journalism in Africa has heard how journalists operate in a climate of political instability and a lack of transparency and accountability. Peter Horrocks, director of BBC News, indicated the debate on standards and ethics has improved journalistic quality. More particularly, the conference heard, cell phones are being used as watchdog tools to minimize voter fraud.
Bill Adair, writing for Poynter, looks at how news organizations can learn from enhanced e-books in their quest for digital success. Adair writes that many book publishers have simply migrated text to digital and failed to offer more that would take advantage of technology, such as animation and video. He says editors have to think beyond ink on paper.