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Daily Express owner Richard Desmond has donated a further £1m - on top of £300,000 already donated - towards UKIP. The Daily Express, with its shared dislike of foreigners and mutual distrust of the EU, has made no secret of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at The Media Blog
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You might want to be sitting down for this. The Telegraph has revealed that a group of rich business people, including a number of Tory peers, would prefer a Tory government. Shocking stuff. The paper claims a co-signed letter from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at The Media Blog
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The starting pistol was officially fired for the general election campaign on Monday and the photo opportunities began in earnest. A very self-aware Nick Clegg rushed straight off to get himself photographed next to a sign that said 'Danger Deep... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at The Media Blog
Jeremy Clarkson was already on a "final warning", then he thumped a colleague, so he got sacked. Which bit of that do people think is unreasonable? The official investigation found: "[Producer] Oisin Tymon was subject to an unprovoked physical and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at The Media Blog
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As publications compete for clicks on social media, far too many are congregating around the hackneyed way of writing tweets and headlines that relies heavily on over-promising - "You'll never guess" (you probably could), "You won't believe" (you almost certainly... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Cameron announces he doesn't plan to be Prime Minister beyond 2020. It puts me in mind of the time Andy Cole announced his retirement from international football. David Cameron has told the BBC's James Lansdale he doesn't fancy another two... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at The Media Blog
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The first edition of Saturday's Times appeared with a picture of "children in Wales" using welding masks to look at the eclipse "yesterday". The photo was credited to "Twitter". But it's not the first time we've met these eclipse-watching kids... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at The Media Blog
The saga of Jeremy Clarkson seems to have been rumbling on for months and now it has rumbled onto the forecourt of the BBC as a tank, carrying a petition and a low-budget Stig impersonator arrived at New Broadcasting House... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at The Media Blog
A video has emerged of Jeremy Clarkson referring to the BBC as "fucking bastards". Speaking at a charity event about the test track used on motoring programme Top Gear, Clarkson said: "I'll go down to Surrey and I'll do one... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at The Media Blog
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It seems Danny Alexander may have been feeling a little overlooked by the Budget coverage. There was a moment during the news broadcasts on Wednesday when he definitely seemed to be coveting George Osborne's red briefcase: "Oh go on, let... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Wednesday saw George Osborne deliver his latest budget. It must also have been National Get Drunk And Then Do Some Photoshopping Day. The picture editor at the Daily Mail seems to have obliged, staggering back to their desk and staying... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at The Media Blog
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The 'over-firm denial' must surely be added to the political euphemism hall of fame, following Grant Shapps' admission that he did flog get-rich-quick schemes using a pseudonym while working as a serving MP - a fact he had previously denied.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at The Media Blog
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So now we know. Ed Miliband has more kitchens than Nigel Farage has testicles. And people say political journalism is dumbing down. Yes, it turns out Farage has only got one ball which will do nothing to end some unwelcome... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at The Media Blog
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In 2010 the UK got its first taste of televised leaders' debates. The format was rigid, the sound bites over-rehearsed and the anecdotes tiresome and unconvincing. Nick Clegg was generally judged to be the 'winner' though his party lost five... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at The Media Blog
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I don't know this Ben Wyvis chap but I'm pretty sure I don't want to swap places with him... To be fair to the Press & Journal they took it well after the mistake was pointed out. Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Ed Miliband seems to have mistaken the leaders debates for a soon-to-be-bitterly-contested boxing match. Treating an interview on Sky News like a pre-fight press conference, Miliband sent a message to David Cameron, saying he'll take him on "any time, any... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Today saw the end of the latest game of #ExpressBingo. It took 29 days for the Express to cycle through its 12 most popular subjects on its front page. The rules of the game stated each story could only be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Tony Hall: "If we didn't have a BBC funded by a licence fee, we'd have to invent it" Tony Hall, director general of the BBC, addressed colleagues on Monday, and presented a picture of a national broadcaster at a "cross-roads"... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at The Media Blog
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This week, viewers of BBC2's Meet The Ukippers saw Nigel Farage claim it's all the fault of "tabloid newspapers" that people think UKIP is a racist party. Such a claim is disingenuous at best because it ignores the racism within... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at The Media Blog
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When we come to look back on the general election campaign, this week may be remembered as the week the wheels came off for two of the parties hoping to break into the political mainstream in 2015. Green Party leader... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at The Media Blog
The Daily Mail and Sunday Times are trying hard to be appalled about the chocolate consumption of MPs. The Mail reports: "MPs and ministers are preaching the public about the need to eat healthily while helping to chomp through 100,000... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at The Media Blog
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The Express managed to come up with not one, but two different cosmic doomsday scenarios on Saturday. First there was an alignment of the planets which promised "DOOM": And then an "ASTEROID" threatened to rain down space plague on humanity:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at The Media Blog
It seems the Telegraph is intent on ignoring the widely accepted best practice advice on what to do when in a hole. Following an attack on the Guardian on Friday, the paper has now launched a shocking attack on News... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at The Media Blog
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The Telegraph has responded to claims its editorial coverage was influenced by advertisers by seeking some dirt to dish on its competitors. It appears rather than focus on its own reputation the Telegraph has taken the unusual decision to try... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at The Media Blog
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This week, Ed Miliband has mainly been watching the scene in Byker Grove where PJ got shot in the face with a paintball. "Jeff, Jeff! He cannae see! He cannae see, man!" Ed cracks a half-smile and mutters something about... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at The Media Blog