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Will Sturgeon
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The images in today's papers are almost impossible to bear. But it shouldn't have needed a dead child to force some people to rediscover their humanity and it shouldn't have needed a dead child to force people to stop demonising... Continue reading
Posted 26 minutes ago at The Media Blog
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"Who shall we give this story to? I know..." Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Yesterday this blog declared we had hit peak silly season and right on cue the media duly obliged with that timeless silly season staple: some shark-related holiday horror. Not in Cornwall this time (for a change) but Benidorm. The Sun... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at The Media Blog
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It's finally happened. It's been coming for a while, but I am calling it - we are now at peak silly season with news (because I don't really know what else to call it) that David Cameron ate some crisps... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at The Media Blog
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The Daily Express is demanding to know: So I looked into it and it turns out the answer is no, not really. According to the BBC's annual report, the Corporation broadcasts more than 98,000 hours of radio and television content... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at The Media Blog
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So all Popes are Catholic? Who knew. Thanks to The Times for clarifying... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Never underestimate the Daily Mail's ability to see 'political correctness gone mad!' in almost anything. Today it is the turn of Bob The Builder who is returning in a new series that will include a black character. "Not even Bob... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Three things struck me when I read that the BBC's Songs of Praise would be filmed in the refugee camp known as 'The Jungle' in Calais. 1) Songs of Praise is still going. Really? I had no idea. 2) If... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Meanwhile, over at The Guardian's live blog, the trendiness of the baked goods available in the image bank appears to have taken its toll on one weary caption writer... (Hat tip @PoppyBullard) Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at The Media Blog
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The Times has really turned the irony up to 11 with this little gem: (Hat tip: Ian Rankin) Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Just a selection of the week's seagull headlines. In the past week the UK national media have run over 150 news stories and comment pieces about seagulls. The seagull has well and truly unseated the false widow spider of recent... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2015 at The Media Blog
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According to an outraged headline on The Mirror’s website: "British parents should be JAILED for smacking their children says United Nations report". The Express wades in with "British parents should be JAILED for smacking their kids, warn UN human rights... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at The Media Blog
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When the Conservatives won a majority at the general election it was clear the BBC was in for a tough time, with charter renewal on the horizon and election favours to be repaid. The government has made no secret of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at The Media Blog
The Media Blog is now six years old. Below are the top 10 posts from the first six years... 1. Newsnight strips "porn user" of her PhD 2. The Daily Mail turns the creepiness up a notch 3. They didn't...?... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Monday's Daily Star reliably reported: "Telly hit Top Gear smashed ratings records as millions tuned in last night to see axed host Jeremy Clarkson's final appearance... Last night's final episode starring Jezza, James May and Richard Hammond clocked up huge... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Only the Daily Express could celebrate the potential of extending the life expectancy of Britain's ageing population while also bemoaning the swelling of the working-age population - all on the same front page. The Express makes no secret of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Chris Evans on 7 September 2014 saying he'll never present Top Gear: Chris Evans on 11 March 2015 saying he'll never present Top Gear: Chris Evans on 16 June 2015 after confirming he'll be the new presenter on Top Gear: Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Another week, another slightly over-reaching attack on the BBC from the Daily Mail, the most bizarre element of which is the headline criticism of the BBC's tea budget. The paper reports the BBC spends around £230,000 per year on tea... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Over at the Express the desperate push to sell some copies of Richard Desmond's book continues with the newspaper putting his book launch on the front page as well as making it the top news story on the website. Inside... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at The Media Blog
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What do you know, the Sunday Express has managed to secure "exclusive" rights to the autobiography of its owner, Richard Desmond: You won't be surprised to hear that the "wildy entertaining" book gets a gushing five star review inside the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at The Media Blog
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"It's like a scene from BBC comedy W1A" ...actually, hang on, this really is a scene from W1A. There has been a lot of criticism of the BBC in the papers this week and it seems when doing so it... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at The Media Blog
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The Daily Mail and The Sun have this week ramped up their attacks on the BBC, perhaps sensing blood following the General Election and the appointment of BBC critic John Whittingdale as culture secretary. The most desperate of the Mail's... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at The Media Blog
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It must almost be summer because the first SHARK! has been spotted on the front of a UK newspaper. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in to the water... a harmless shark is caught four miles... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at The Media Blog
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The controversy surrounding FIFA’s decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar has taken its latest sinister twist with news the Qatari authorities arrested and imprisoned a team of BBC reporters who were investigating the bleak conditions reportedly suffered... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Keen to preserve their sales momentum and convince readers the drama of the general election has not yet ended, the papers appear to have developed a taste for "WAR". Everything is war as the headline writers blow up the significance... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at The Media Blog