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Will Sturgeon
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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 18 hours ago 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 2 days ago at The Media Blog
Spare a thought for ITV footballer 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 3 days ago 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
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Earlier this month the Daily Mail was putting the boot in to the BBC over the Corporation providing iPhone training to staff. At the time the Mail carried comment from right wing pressure group the Tax Payers Alliance - often... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Parents across Britain (at least three) have been angered (or at least mildy amused) by a T-shirt which appears to show Elsa from Disney movie Frozen swearing (if you sort of squint a bit and ignore some of the fingers... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2014 at The Media Blog
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"Twitter's new star"? Let's wait until we've seen her X Factor tweets, John Terry jokes and cat videos before we get too carried away. Hold the front page, the Queen has apparently sent a tweet, giving the media the opportunity... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at The Media Blog
BBC radio presenter Mike Read has defended his bizarre anti-immigration 'UKIP Calypso', claiming it is "old-fashioned political satire". He's half right. It's certainly old-fashioned. So are the black and white minstrels and comedians blacking up. Perhaps in UKIP, where party... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Last week the Daily Star claimed 100 terror attacks are being thwarted in the UK each week. It also told us there was a 50 foot crab off the Kent coast and a ghost in the X Factor house. In... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at The Media Blog
Writing in her column for The Sun, former Tory MP Louise Mensch has trotted out one of the laziest non-sequiturs aired in the heated debate around press regulation. Under the headline "8 kids by 5 women – it’s no wonder... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at The Media Blog
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As if the very real dangers of ebola weren't scary enough, it seems some media outlets are intent on talking it up as much as possible. Take Tuesday's front page of The Times, which claimed: However, the quotes in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at The Media Blog
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The Daily Star has fallen in love with some 'black-eyed ghost children' from Cannock Chase in the Midlands. Last week the paper ran three front page stories about them: Attack of the black-eyed ghost children! It makes a change from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at The Media Blog
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The Sun has called on all faiths in the UK to show a united front in the face of a growing "extremist" threat. Its striking front page features a woman in a union jack hijab. The problem The Sun may... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at The Media Blog
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A number of newspapers, including the Daily Mail, were this week celebrating David Cameron's promise to axe the Human Rights Act. But while the Mail seems happy to see others' human rights ignored and left unprotected it is not above... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at The Media Blog
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A number of papers have seized upon David Cameron's promise to axe the Human Rights Act if the Conservative party win at the next general election. The Human Rights Act of course safeguards everything from the freedom of the press... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at The Media Blog
The Mirror has provided the new press regulator IPSO with its first test after the paper's sting which forced Tory minister Brooks Newmark to resign, started to backfire badly almost the second it hit the news stands. Many critics claimed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at The Media Blog
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The Mirror has sparked debate about media ethics with a story based on a sting by a freelance journalist who pretended to be a young woman online to flirt with a number of MPs. The Mirror reports: "A Tory minister...... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at The Media Blog