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News, gossip and insight from PoliticsHome Editor Paul Waugh

Who's Caught. And Who's Not

The new Royal Charter clauses tabled by the Government today caught a few people out with their inclusion of the internet.

No.10 at first seemed unclear on the detail of exactly which websites would be affected, save to say that Guido would not (the rationale was that he's more gossip than news-related content and doesn't have any staff). 

When I asked if Twitter would be affected, Downing Street seemed uncertain.

Well, now No.10 has got back and has offered some broad guidance. It stresses that DCMS have the granular legal rationale and detail, but says that today's legislation is not 'designed' to incorporate bloggers and that social networking sites should not be subject to it.

Here's its first stab at who would be affected - and who wouldn't:

"Examples of who would be in:

National newspapers and their online editions - Guardian, Times, Mail, Sun et al Local and regional newspapers and their online editions - Dorset Echo, Somerset Standard, Yorkshire Post etc Online only edited 'press-like' content providers - e.g. Huffington Post, Holy Moly Gossip and lifestyle magazines - e.g. Heat, Closer, Marie Claire

Examples of who would be out:

Bloggers, tweeters, news aggregators and social networking sites - eg Facebook, Twitter, Stephen Fry, Ricky Gervais Small publishers of special interest, hobby and trade titles - e.g. Waitrose magazine, Decanter, Retail Week Student and not for profit community newspapers - e.g. Varsity, Leeds Student, parish magazines Scientific journals and periodicals - e.g. British Medical Journal, Modern Language Review, BMC Neuroscience Online presence of book publishers - e.g. Collins, Macmillan Broadcasters' websites - the BBC, Sky News"

 

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