Melanie Phillips sets up her own media empire

By Jennifer Lipman, May 17, 2013

Journalist and political commentator Melanie Phillips has launched her own media company publishing high-brow books as well as selling branded tote bags and mobile phone covers.

Ms Phillips, a high-profile columnist for the Daily Mail and the JC, and a prolific author, has set up EM (short for Electric Media) in an effort, she said, to stand up for the little guy.


Radio show goes back on air

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 13, 2013

Manchester’s only regular Jewish radio programme, which was axed by BBC Radio Manchester after 20 years, is to resume broadcasting on Salford City Radio.The show’s team of volunteers say they will continue to provide a mix of local Jewish news, interviews and coverage of Israel on the community station which reaches most Jewish homes in the north of the city.


Canadian Jewish News to fold

By Zoe Winograd, April 24, 2013

The Canadian Jewish News has announced it will cease publishing from June 20.

The independent newspaper has been in print for 42 years with a regular circulation of 40,000 copies a week.


Danny Cohen to be BBC's director of television

By Jennifer Lipman, April 23, 2013

BBC executive Danny Cohen is to be the corporation's next director of television.

Mr Cohen, who is currently the controller of BBC One, has been asked to take on the role by director-general Lord Hall as part of a shake-up in senior management roles. Last week former editor of The Times, James Harding, was named director of news.


Recession? What recession? Billionaires getting richer

By Jennifer Lipman, April 19, 2013

Britain’s Jewish billionaires, including Sir Philip Green and Sir Martin Sorrell, have seen their wealth rise this year despite continued economic gloom, according to the findings of the annual Sunday Times Rich List.


Harding’s battle for balance

By Alex Brummer, April 18, 2013

The re-emergence of James Harding, former editor of The Times, as the BBC's director of news, will be watched with interest in the Jewish community. He inherits a news culture that remains under siege and needs to re-establish the integrity that was badly damaged by the Jimmy Savile affair.


We think BBC news is biased against Israel — but watch it anyway

By Simon Rocker, April 18, 2013

Almost four out of every five Jews in the UK believe the BBC is biased against Israel in its news coverage, according to a report out this week.


Press watchdog still considering Scarfe cartoon

By Jennifer Lipman, April 16, 2013

The Press Complaints Commission is still considering what, if any, action it will take over Gerald Scarfe's cartoon about Israel, nearly three months after it appeared in the Sunday Times.

The watchdog has resolved three complaints about the publication of a drawing depicting the Israeli Prime Minister wielding a bloodied knife over a wall dripping with blood on Holocaust Memorial Day.


Strictly Kosher nominated for broadcasting award

By Jennifer Lipman, April 16, 2013

A reality series that shed light on the lives of religious and secular Jews in Manchester has been nominated for a religious broadcasting award.

Strictly Kosher, which was broadcast on ITV last summer to mixed reviews, is in the running for a Sandford St Martin Trust TV award.


Former Times editor takes the role of BBC news director

By Zoe Winograd, April 16, 2013

James Harding, former editor of the Times, has been confirmed as the new director of news and current affairs at BBC.

Mr Harding, who has previously expressed his views on the pressures of being a Jewish editor, is due to commence his new role in August.