A former federal Pakistan minister has suggested the country needs a press ombudsman to deal with standards and practices of the country's media. Javed Jabbar, a former minister of information, is a member of a commission examining media in the country. He argues that standards of fairness and balance have not been high and that a form of oversight is needed for media in his country.
Mathew Ingram, writing for paidContent, examines a recent presentation in Italy by Google's chief economist on what ails the newspaper business. Hal Varian argued that the Internet isn't responsible for the decline of newspapers (television news was much more significant) and that the Internet remains a much better way to deliver content. He notes that newspapers have made money from certain of their sections, but that it is much more difficult to profit from a "pure" news story.
A new British study suggests television remains the prime news source in the country, more than double that of newspapers, with radio and the Internet only slightly behind print. Press Gazette reports the Ofcom study found the BBC was the largest and most important source of news in the country. Of the 3,000 surveyed, 78 per cent used television, 40 per cent used papers, 35 per cent used radio and 32 per cent the Internet for news.