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Will Sturgeon
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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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
The Telegraph has responded to allegations of bias towards major advertisers - most notably HSBC - saying in a remarkable leader article that it "makes no apology for the way in which it has covered the HSBC group". The paper... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at The Media Blog
Peter Oborne, until today chief political commentator at the Telegraph, has left the paper claiming it has become too beholden to advertisers and too dumbed down. It seems perceived bias in the paper's coverage of the HSBC scandal was the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at The Media Blog
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(Credit: Hayley Barlow via Twitter.) Three things you can count on during the General Election campaign are PR gaffes, silly news stories and journalists travelling around the country using various modes of transport. This week, those three collided as Channel... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at The Media Blog
Newsquest's controversial plan to charge students to produce free content for their websites "devalues everything professional journalists do," according to one journalism lecturer. Jo Wiltshire, who teaches journalism students at the University of Hertfordshire, told The Media Blog: "Asking for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at The Media Blog
Newsquest, publisher of local papers around the UK, has hit upon a bit of a wheeze. It wants to charge students £120 to produce content for its newspaper websites, without pay. The Guardian reports that colleges with journalism courses were... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at The Media Blog
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It’s going to be a very long election campaign. There are 90 days to go and I'm already tiring of the meaningless soundbites and shameless photo opportunities. By about lunchtime on Monday I fully anticipate most of us will be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at The Media Blog
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The Labour Party has declared the general election should be fought "on issues rather than personalities" and said it will lead the way by not using any pictures of David Cameron in its campaign posters. In a memo to party... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at The Media Blog
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On 31 January we started a new game of Express Bingo. The rules were simple: when one of the following appeared on the front page of the Daily Express (Monday to Saturday), it was crossed off until the card was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker announced on Twitter that he is taking legal action against The Sun after the newspaper claimed he had been using a tax avoidance scheme and owes HMRC £1.3m in back taxes. In a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Kim Sears (aka "Andy Murray's girlfriend"), was caught on camera apparently muttering a few choice words at the tennis. "Hold the front page" I joked on Twitter as media outlets rushed to cover this breaking news, armed with lip-readers and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at The Media Blog
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Last week we saw the Daily Express base a very misleading front page story on a ludicrously flawed piece of research conducted by some eurosceptic politicians. And in the run up to the election we're likely to hear lots of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at The Media Blog
What a mess. One day page 3 was no more. Then it was back again. Then some who said it was no more said it was back again and apologised for saying it was no more while others who said... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2015 at The Media Blog
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The headline on the front of Wednesday's Express screams: But the headline is based on a poll conducted in just one small corner of middle-England. Despite this, the Express makes a great play of this being "the biggest vote on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at The Media Blog
After 44 years it has been reported The Sun has quietly dropped its traditional page 3 featuring daily pictures of topless women. However, it should be pointed out The Sun maintains that reports in The Guardian and even its own... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at The Media Blog