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Jon Snow described it as "the headline you won’t see": 'Gordon Brown saves the union'. You won’t see it of course because it patently isn’t true, even if Snow’s colleague Krishnan Guru-Murthy and ITV's Tom Bradby also took to Twitter... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at The Media Blog
The referendum has happened. Scotland is staying part of the UK. We can now confirm that clouds and pieces of chicken are not reliable political pundits. We can also confirm that bookmakers are more reliable than polling organisations if you... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Media Blog
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With the all-important vote looming on Scottish Independence, it seems most meetings to decide Thursday's front pages started and ended with somebody saying "what about doing something with flags?": After weeks of often very negative and generally divisive headlines, the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Media Blog
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Could a cloud photographed over Sardinia that looks like a rough approximation of the UK without Scotland on top be an omen as to how the Scottish referendum will turn out? Or what about a piece of fried chicken? Of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Media Blog
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The Telegraph is walking something of a fine line, trying to balance two causes it feels strongly about: supporting the 'No' campaign in the Scottish referendum and doing the BBC down at every opportunity. The problem is, these two causes... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Media Blog
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According to the Telegraph, the Queen has "broken her silence" and made a "hugely significant intervention" in the Scottish independence debate. So what did she do? According to the Telegraph the "hugely significant" moment happened while the Queen was making... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Media Blog
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The golden rule - or Sod's law - of subbing or editing an article about poor levels of literacy and spelling is that you are almost guaranteed to miss a typo. Sure enough, a Daily Mail article on Wednesday blaming... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Given the advancing years of the Daily Express's readership you might think the paper would be in favour of some sensible measures to help readers reduce their energy bills - especially with winter on the way. Yet the EU's attempt... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at The Media Blog
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It would be very wrong to assume everybody knows - or even cares - what cloud computing is but I'm pretty sure even the Daily Mail's readers knew that it didn't involve an actual cloud. After all, what if it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at The Media Blog
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The purpose of awards ceremonies is very rarely to recognise the deserving. Normally they are laid on to create publicity and revenue for the organisers. And it seems nobody knows this better than GQ magazine. In recent years the magazine... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Monday was football's transfer deadline day, a big day in the calendar for Sky Sports News and its team of reporters. Picture the scene, the producer calls up and says: "We need you to go and stand at the gates... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Rona Fairhead, the former chief executive of the Financial Times Group and a non-executive director at HSBC and Pepsi has been named the new head of the BBC Trust. So how did the Sunday Telegraph report the appointment of such... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Hold the front page (yes, seriously), some people on a programme about making cakes have fallen out over a baked Alaska sending the media into a silly season induced frenzy. If you missed the incident, what appears to have happened... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Another summer, another spate of media outrage about the Prime Minister taking his family on holiday. The Daily Mail explains the anger: "Opponents have accused the Prime Minister of complacency...and have publicly demanded that he return to Number 10 to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at The Media Blog
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For about three months of the year, the Daily Star is given over to promoting Big Brother on behalf of Channel 5. But it seems ever the Daily Star is struggling with the latest intake of housemates into the confusingly... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Publicity shots for the new series of ITV costume drama Downton Abbey were circulating today, but see if you can spot the item that isn't meant to be in shot... If you haven't spotted it yet, it's on the mantelpiece.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at The Media Blog
Yesterday the world was coming to terms with the shock news that Robin Williams was dead. Today we must come to terms with the many unwelcome reminders that no matter how fondly people are regarded and no matter how much... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Picture the scene around the newsdesk of the Lincolnshire Echo: "We need a local angle on the ebola story." "But there really isn't one." "Well just write that then..." (hat tip @Calum_Fuller) The first line of the story confirms the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at The Media Blog
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If you are reading this, then the world has not ended, despite predictions in the Daily Express that this weekend would witness the 'END OF DAYS'... And to think they're usually so reliable: The Express predicts the END OF DAYS Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at The Media Blog
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The Daily Express is predicting the 'END OF DAYS' this weekend. But fear not. There are plenty of reasons to doubt the veracity of this story, not least because it is from the Express and it's clearly utter nonsense. If... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at The Media Blog
Here's one for fans of the #NotNews hashtag. The BBC has reported: "Chancellor George Osborne's family cat, Freya, is being treated by vets after being "clipped" by a car near Downing Street. The tabby's injuries are not serious." A report... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at The Media Blog
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Remember swine flu? Remember avian flu? Remember SARS? In recent years and in the hands of the media each of these health scares became the latest thing that was going to wipe us all out. Now we are being urged... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at The Media Blog
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The Mail on Sunday has run a headline claiming the NHS is funding a sperm bank for "LESBIANS". Of course, the headline is deeply and deliberately misleading, written to feed the irrational fears and prejudices of Mail readers. The Mail... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at The Media Blog
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"The ebola crisis hit the Commonwealth Games," reports Friday's Mirror beneath a headline declaring "Commonwealth Games Ebola Terror". Next to the headline is a picture of a body being carried on a stretcher. The Mirror goes on to clarify that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at The Media Blog
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The BBC has announced Evan Davis will move from the Today programme on Radio 4 to become the permanent replacement for Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight. Davis will anchor BBC2's flagship current affairs programme three nights per week. The move surprised... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at The Media Blog