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Rona Fairhead, the former chief executive of the Financial Times Group and a non-executive director at HSBC and Pepsi has been named the new head of the BBC Trust. So how did the Sunday Telegraph report the appointment of such... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at The Media Blog
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Hold the front page (yes, seriously), some people on a programme about making cakes have fallen out over a baked Alaska sending the media into a silly season induced frenzy. If you missed the incident, what appears to have happened... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Media Blog
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Another summer, another spate of media outrage about the Prime Minister taking his family on holiday. The Daily Mail explains the anger: "Opponents have accused the Prime Minister of complacency...and have publicly demanded that he return to Number 10 to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at The Media Blog
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For about three months of the year, the Daily Star is given over to promoting Big Brother on behalf of Channel 5. But it seems ever the Daily Star is struggling with the latest intake of housemates into the confusingly... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Publicity shots for the new series of ITV costume drama Downton Abbey were circulating today, but see if you can spot the item that isn't meant to be in shot... If you haven't spotted it yet, it's on the mantelpiece.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at The Media Blog
Yesterday the world was coming to terms with the shock news that Robin Williams was dead. Today we must come to terms with the many unwelcome reminders that no matter how fondly people are regarded and no matter how much... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Picture the scene around the newsdesk of the Lincolnshire Echo: "We need a local angle on the ebola story." "But there really isn't one." "Well just write that then..." (hat tip @Calum_Fuller) The first line of the story confirms the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at The Media Blog
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If you are reading this, then the world has not ended, despite predictions in the Daily Express that this weekend would witness the 'END OF DAYS'... And to think they're usually so reliable: The Express predicts the END OF DAYS Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at The Media Blog
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The Daily Express is predicting the 'END OF DAYS' this weekend. But fear not. There are plenty of reasons to doubt the veracity of this story, not least because it is from the Express and it's clearly utter nonsense. If... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at The Media Blog
Here's one for fans of the #NotNews hashtag. The BBC has reported: "Chancellor George Osborne's family cat, Freya, is being treated by vets after being "clipped" by a car near Downing Street. The tabby's injuries are not serious." A report... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Remember swine flu? Remember avian flu? Remember SARS? In recent years and in the hands of the media each of these health scares became the latest thing that was going to wipe us all out. Now we are being urged... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at The Media Blog
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The Mail on Sunday has run a headline claiming the NHS is funding a sperm bank for "LESBIANS". Of course, the headline is deeply and deliberately misleading, written to feed the irrational fears and prejudices of Mail readers. The Mail... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at The Media Blog
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"The ebola crisis hit the Commonwealth Games," reports Friday's Mirror beneath a headline declaring "Commonwealth Games Ebola Terror". Next to the headline is a picture of a body being carried on a stretcher. The Mirror goes on to clarify that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at The Media Blog
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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