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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 a moment ago 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 6 days ago 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
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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