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Will Sturgeon
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Remember when the media would get irate about the high price of petrol? This was The Telegraph on 10 March 2013: Well now the price of petrol is falling, so the media must all be happy right? Here's the Telegraph... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Media Blog
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Earlier this week the Daily Mail ran a story claiming four out of five new nurses are "FOREIGN". But it turns out the claim was bogus. The real figure is more like one in five, according to a correction issued... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Media Blog
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Business Insider has published an interesting review of how newspapers are fairing as they transition from the paper-based world they knew so well into a digital age which so clearly still flummoxes some of them. The Guardian and the Mail... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Media Blog
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The Mail on Sunday was displaying trademark outrage this weekend over BBC Radio 4's decision to pick Hilary Mantel's series of short stories, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, for Book At Bedtime. The paper described it as a "sick and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Media Blog
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Almost exactly 12 months ago the Express claimed experts had revealed that regular exercise, not smoking, keeping our weight down, cutting back on booze and having a healthy diet could cure dementia. (Hat tip Alex Parsons) Wind the clock forward... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Media Blog
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On Wednesday Channel 4 News ran a hatchet job on a so-called 'hipster' cafe in London's Shoreditch which is selling imported breakfast cereals at upwards of £2.50 per bowl. Now the business owner has taken to Facebook to hit back... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at The Media Blog
Mash-up maestro Cassetteboy has worked his magic once again on The Apprentice, splicing together clips from the annual BBC bozofest in the name of smutty humour. Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Of all the common tabloid journalese we are exposed to one of the oddest phrases, when you stop to think about it, is the one suggesting celebrities regularly embrace, kiss or go on dates with "strangers". Here's an example that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at The Media Blog
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It's not every day you see the Daily Mail run a story which makes a cast iron case for increased immigration. But Tuesday's front page (right) is pretty unambiguous, even if the language is still typically 'us and them' and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at The Media Blog
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The Sun continued its increasingly bitter spat with Russell Brand on Friday with a front page declaring that 64 per cent of Brits don’t find the comedian funny and 68 per cent think he is a hypocrite. The findings appear... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Manger danger? Has the nativity been killed off by killjoys and political correctness? Like a family bringing some tired Christmas decorations down from the loft, the media have this week dusted down a festive favourite with claims that the traditional... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at The Media Blog
David Dinsmore, editor of The Sun has apparently had a sit down with the Football Association this week to discuss the issue of Twitter and Vine users sharing goal clips, recorded straight from television. Those videos pose a clear threat... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at The Media Blog
There’s been a bit of a brouhaha brewing and occasionally haha-ing on Twitter over the fact BBC News hasn’t reported on a hashtag - #CameronMustGo - even though it was trending. The Twitter hashtag has proved hugely popular with people... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at The Media Blog
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I've been unable to keep up with events surrounding the Rochester and Strood by-election this week without imagining them as scenes from The Thick Of It (with apologies to the original writers). This contains language some readers may find offensive:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Polling organisation YouGov has launched a ‘Profiler’ service which slices and dices all the information it holds on its panel of survey respondents, such as what newspaper they read, to provide detailed consumer profiles. For example, YouGov has more than... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at The Media Blog
Spare a thought for ITV football commentator Clive Tyldesley. Not only did he have to stay behind after Tuesday night's Scotland v England match to re-record a crucial piece of commentary in time for the highlights package, he also had... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Jargon, gibberish, twaddle: Whatever you call it there's too much in PR, marketing and the media. I was recently speaking with a PR person who represented a large shopping centre. "We never refer to it as a shopping centre," I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at The Media Blog
Mazher Mahmood, the self-styled 'fake sheikh' behind a number of celebrity tabloid stings has accused the BBC of "irresponsible" journalism. Mahmood has criticised the BBC over plans to air an edition of Panorama which claims to expose his methods, saying... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Dapper Laughs: 'No longer available'. Oi! Oi! The death of Dapper Laughs has been confirmed by the BBC. As controversial as his TV career was shortlived and ill-conceived, Dapper lost his battle against decency and evolution on Tuesday, following a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at The Media Blog
Is there a more insidious word than "banter"? The words "it's only banter" are rarely used in connection with anything less than the demeaning or the offensive. The word is even wheeled out to excuse racism, sexism, homophobia and all... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Here's the Mail on Sunday throwing proof-reading and open-mindedness out of the window: Where to begin? Let's start with the howling typo in the headline. Clearly there is nothing "erotic" about this, so it seems they actually mean "exotic". That's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at The Media Blog
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25 July 2014, Daily Telegraph: "Ed Miliband has said he will turn his back on photo opportunities and other media gimmicks to focus on the issues..." 31 October 2014, Mail Online: In keeping with Halloween, Ed Miliband stages the kind... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Lots of companies are desperately trying to push out Halloween related stories and press releases. Many of these range from the boringly predictable, such as the dating website that has revealed people sometimes snog at Halloween parties, to the predictably... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at The Media Blog
As Benjamin Franklin famously wrote: "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes and the Daily Express predicting the coldest winter for 100 years." Or words to that effect. Daily Express, 2 December 2010: "The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at The Media Blog
In what some newspapers have ambitiously called "a major security breach" a jogger in Leeds nearly bumped into Prime Minister David Cameron today. "David Cameron attacked in street” cried the Daily Mail, calling it a "shocking security lapse”. There was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at The Media Blog