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Will Sturgeon
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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 2 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 Tory election favours to be repaid to media owners who stand to... 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
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The Telegraph has sent a panicked email overnight to its entire marketing database urging recipients to vote Conservative. It looks as though editor Chris Evans may have worried that he hasn't quite done enough to protect the papers' proprietors readers... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Journalist Camilla Long offended UKIP by suggesting she had been to South Thanet more than Nigel Farage in the course of researching an article. In 2013, Nigel Farage described freedom of speech as one of "the absolute fundamentals of free... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Of all the reasons to criticise Ed Miliband, doing an interview with a popular online publisher, focused on politics and current affairs seems an odd one. Sure, the online publisher in question is Russell Brand. Yes, Brand is ridiculous. Yes,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Earlier in the election campaign the Conservatives and the Telegraph worked up a story suggesting business leaders from across Britain had grouped together and thrown their weight behind the Conservatives in the form of a letter to the Telegraph. Of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at The Media Blog
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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