Brian Cathcart

Brian Cathcart


Brian Cathcart is professor of journalism at Kingston University London and was a founder of the Hacked Off campaign. He served as specialist adviser to the commons media select committee in 2008-10. Irish by background, he was a journalist at Reuters, the Independent papers and the New Statesman, and has written books about the murders of Stephen Lawrence and Jill Dando, as well as on the history of nuclear science.

Brian’s book, Everybody’s Hacked Off: Why We Don’t Have the Press We Deserve and What to Do About It, with an introduction by Hugh Grant, was published as a Penguin Special in September 2012. His latest book, The News From Waterloo, was published by Faber in Spring 2015.

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When school budgets are cut, it’s ‘tough decisions’ but when Eton is forced to pay VAT, ‘class war.’

That Muslim invasion in full (from today's census).

Not that this will stop the usual scaremongering/bigotry from Spectator/Douglas Murray/Melanie Phillips etc.

This is by no means complete and possibly not in order. I present to you our Chancellor Jeremy Hunt a 🧵

STATISTICS: Here's an article that exists for no other reason than to enrage the racists.

A very very happy 80th birthday to my wonderful friend, colleague and comrade, @opendemocracy co-founder @AnthonyBarnett - as insightful and revolutionary now as he was when he built barricades in 1968.

Excuse me while I drop dead and actually die a death

Grant Shapps on Sky very much sounding like the government is about to back down over the Simon Clarke amendment on allowing new onshore wind projects in England. Ludicrously, he is trying to dress this up as what was government policy anyway.

Another children’s home judged inadequate by Ofsted: this home in Swindon is for five children with learning disabilities and is run by the private company John-Edwards Care Homes Ltd.

Predictable as ever. 3:15pm today.

@SouthWestWater & @SouthernWater, from the Bristol Channel to the Thames Estuary, it rains, they dump sh*t into the environment.

New issue of the @rivernewspaper. So proud of the team❤️. Make sure to grab a copy at your campus.

Have I mentioned that only 2% of journalists have a parent in the lowest two occupational groups? And that 80% come from upper-class backgrounds? HAVE I? (Yes)


I see @thetimes is floating the idea of charging £50 for a GP appointment. This would not solve the shortage of GPs and it would mean my poorer constituents would only present very late - and would consequently die earlier. I’m against.

I’m retired now and health issues prevent me from joining former colleagues on the picket line. But best wishes and solidarity with #UCURising

Just after I went into a coma in ICU with Covid in spring 2020 an Isle of Man couple got a grant from the govt to make PPE. By the time I came home on crutches that autumn they'd paid themselves £28.8 million. My income in the same period (from royalties) had been £1,014.39.

Last month, I was offered a TA job at a Russell Group uni, teaching 5 seminars a week. The pay was £15.76 weighted to £23 per seminar. I.e. £1.5k per term/£3k per year to retain the services of a qualified, experienced academic to teach students paying £9k+. #ucuRISING #UCUstrike

This is an absolute must-read piece by @WritesBright superbly unpacking the anatomy of the widely discussed PPE Procurement Scandal! @BylineTimes @peterjukes @allthecitizens @CentralBylines @carolecadwalla @FiveByFiveTimes @GoodLawProject @BylineTimesPod

Interested in investigative journalism? @TheDetailTV is looking for a talented and enthusiastic reporter to join our team (salary dependent on experience). Send a short cover letter and your CV to

Deadline today (November 25) 5pm #journojobs #journorequest


Firstly - I have to say well done to every single member and representative of the UCU.

I saw your tweets and messages from 05000 and we are still going now.

I’m on Newsnight at 2230.


UK🇬🇧 shares dismay of like-minded missions that Israeli forces demolished the Isfey al-Fouqa school in #MasaferYatta just one day after UK and other partners visited. The donor-funded school provided education to Palestinian🇵🇸 children from three vulnerable communities. (1/2)