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The BBC has announced Evan Davis will move from the Today programme on Radio 4 to become the permanent replacement for Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight. Davis will anchor BBC2's flagship current affairs programme three nights per week. The move surprised... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at The Media Blog
In the early hours of Sunday morning Sky News reported on growing concerns about the degree to which the crash scene of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was being tampered with and compomised. Hours later one of the broadcaster's own correspondents,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at The Media Blog
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The Daily Mail did a good job on Tuesday of pretending it was angry about all the hard-done-by white, middle-aged men being "culled" in David Cameron's reshuffle. But really it was already building itself up to get on with the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at The Media Blog
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As the World Cup Final went into extra time on Sunday night, newspaper editors were poised, waiting to put their papers to bed. Then Mario Götze scored, they all wrote the same headline and went to the pub. At least... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Updated: A number of media outlets and social media users around the world have been fooled by a spoof video which appeared to suggest North Korean state TV was claiming the country's football team had made it to the World... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at The Media Blog
A press release issued to broadcasters on behalf of flight booking website Skyscanner this week claimed there has been a "surge in Brits flying to Germany" to watch Sunday's World Cup final between Germany and Argentina. To make its case,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at The Media Blog
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One of the stranger stories this week saw the world's media obsessing on the watch worn by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Isis. Never mind the brutality and the killing the media all wanted to discuss the comparatively irrelevant... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at The Media Blog
The Daily Mail is regularly criticised for inaccurate reporting, making up stories, lifting them without credit from other outlets or putting such a spin on a story that any facts there may once have been are no longer recognisable. Less... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at The Media Blog
George Clooney has written a letter to USA Today criticising what he calls "a completely fabricated story" in the Daily Mail about his mother-in-law to be and her alleged opposition to him marrying her daughter. "It says Amal's mother has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at The Media Blog
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The Mail Online has published what looks at first glance to be the usual 'celebrity spotted wearing clothes and going for dinner' kind of filler that pads out its site on a daily basis. The headline declares that Nigella Lawson... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at The Media Blog
The Media Blog is five years old today. Below are the top 10 most-read posts from the past five years: 1. Newsnight strips "porn user" of her PhD... now you see it, now you don't. You admit on television to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at The Media Blog
A new member on an online muslim community message board this week has posted the below message. It was the new member's first message: "salam my sisters and brothers we should get out of this evil country and pledge our... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at The Media Blog
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A headline from the London Evening Standard today claims 'Garden Bridge across River Thames 'will bring eight million tourists a year to London''. To put that into perspective the Evening Standard is claiming this proposed new bridge will result in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Wednesday's first edition of the i newspaper appeared with an unfortunate combination of main photo and lead headline: Cue a quickly issued second edition... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at The Media Blog
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In recent weeks the Daily Star has become a little obsessed with tall tales of invincible giant rats - some the size of cows - who are threatening to kill us all. The paper has been dividing its time between... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at The Media Blog
It seems even in the darkest depths of despondency there is no gloom at the World Cup that cannot be lifted by football fans seeing themselves on the big screen. In a heartbeat, we have seen the faces of fans... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at The Media Blog
BBC football pundit Danny Mills discussing Newcastle manager Alan Pardew headbutting a player, March 2014: "People keep saying 'if this happened in the street he'd be arrested, he'd be locked up.' Football is not played in the street and it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at The Media Blog
IPSO, the newspaper industry's self-appointed regulator, designed to replace the toothless and ineffectual Press Complaints Commission, is not even fully up and running but already it is under fire. Gemma Dowler, the sister of murdered Milly Dowler whose phone was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at The Media Blog
The BBC's Question Time may not have been on this week due to the football but there have still been plenty of people making ill-informed comments about open borders, a deluge of foreigners and the dangers of uncontrolled immigration. Journalists,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at The Media Blog
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The Telegraph claims to have discovered the existence of a 1,000 page dossier on the World Cup prepared by the BBC. It reports: "There was a time when BBC commentators like John Motson were expected to do their own homework... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at The Media Blog
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A post on this blog yesterday shared a number of findings from a survey of 1,120 Media Blog readers into their thoughts on the quality of commentary and punditry at the World Cup. Today's findings reveal what those same 1,120... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at The Media Blog
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The Guardian and a predictably outraged Daily Mail are reporting that expenses released by the BBC have revealed that during the period of October to December 2013 a senior executive bought 48 cupcakes on expenses as a 'thank you' to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at The Media Blog
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There have been a lot of complaints about the poor quality of the commentators and pundits on both the BBC and ITV during the first few days of this World Cup. You may argue it has always been thus and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at The Media Blog
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If you were one of those England fans who jumped from your seat to celebrate Raheem Sterling's 30-yard shot into the side-netting during Saturday night's clash with Italy then you're in good company. Even the BBC's graphics team chalked up... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at The Media Blog
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It appears Ed Miliband is intent on stumbling from one PR disaster to the next, as if he is actually trying to torpedo Labour's chances at the 2015 general election. His latest PR disaster was the inexplicable decision to advertise... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at The Media Blog