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A front page headline on the Sunday Express reports "Hollywood film to claim Diana was murdered" - a conspiracy theory the Express has happily promoted at every opportunity. The truth is slightly different. The "Hollywood film" in question has no... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at The Media Blog
A Guardian piece by Mark Lawson has discussed "the difficulty of launching a new comedy in an age of immediate viewer reaction - thanks to social media". Lawson suggests it was Twitter that killed off the Ben Elton sitcom 'The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2013 at The Media Blog
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BBC Question Time this week introduced its @BBCextraguest Twitter feed. The idea is straightforward enough - each week a guest tweeter will comment alongside the broadcast of the show. First up was The Spectator's Toby Young, who found the temptation... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2012 at The Media Blog
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Today's Daily Mail has gone big on quotes from the royal family, in order to put the boot in to French gossip mag Closer. It brands the publishing of topless picture of Kate Middleton "GROTESQUE!" and carries a plea not... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2012 at The Media Blog
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On this day, 15 years ago, many of us were waking up to the news that Princess Diana was dead. Some people, it's been well-documented, took a little while to get over it. But nobody mourned Diana in the way... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2012 at The Media Blog
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On Friday Rupert Murdoch's The Sun newspaper published naked pictures of Prince Harry. According to the Independent on Sunday, the order to do so came directly from Murdoch himself. Murdoch meanwhile has been tweeting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2012 at The Media Blog
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John Scrivens, we salute you... (Hat tip JonHill). Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2012 at The Media Blog
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The Express today has decided to celebrate Team GB's continuing gold rush with a front page showing gold medallists Chris Hoy, Alistair Brownlee, Laura Trott and... er... the Dutch equestrian team (complete with bronze medals): And here it is close... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2012 at The Media Blog
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Despite another strong effort from The Times and a very fine front page indeed from the Independent, the Guardian takes the honours for best opening ceremony front page: Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2012 at The Media Blog
The Telegraph asked us a question yesterday: "Do you want to know a secret? It is a question that expects the answer Yes. But for once we’d rather not, because on Monday evening thousands of people witnessed a technical dress... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2012 at The Media Blog
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One enterprising website called ThatBigEventInLondon.co.uk seems to think it has found a way around the strict commercial guidelines of an unnamed Big Event in London and is offering a range of 'reality check souvenir bags'... If you buy all three... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2012 at The Media Blog
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"I've cut your arm off!" "No you haven't! You've merely tightened up my shoulder!" When is a cut not a cut? Here's an explanation from LOCOG's director of communications today after it was suggested the opening ceremony of the London... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2012 at The Media Blog
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Only last week this blog highlighted The Telegraph's typo problem but this one, in the standfirst, really is a classic of the genre given the subject matter: Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2012 at The Media Blog
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Roy Hodgson's time in the England hotseat has already seen him effectively force one big star into international retirement. Now according to the BBC website, England midfielder Scott Parker has been warned he may not be playing when he's 121... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2012 at The Media Blog
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It seems nobody on the Evening Standard spotted their picture of Meatloaf in tonight's paper is actually Barry from Eastenders, performing on a celebrity edition of Stars In Their Eyes: This isn't the first time in recent weeks Meatloaf has... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2012 at The Media Blog
Back in September 2011 the tabloids told us... Nick Berry to return to EastEnders (The Sun, 12 September 2011) Nick Berry will return to EastEnders (The Daily Mail, 12 September 2011) Nick Berry returning to EastEnders (The Metro, 12 September... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2012 at The Media Blog
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The Daily Star Sunday is possibly trying a little too hard to dish some timely dirt on the family of 20-year-old X Factor semi-finalist Jesy Nelson from girl group Little Mix. It's had to go back to an incident which... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2011 at The Media Blog
The ill-wind of blustering mindfarts that cloud the writing of Liz Jones, village-idiot-in-chief among the Daily Mail's stunningly competitive stable of columnists vying for that title, has taken a bizarre twist today with a tale of her desire to get... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2011 at The Media Blog
The Daily Mail has raised the stakes in its increasingly desperate attempts to smear the BBC, this time exploiting the death of a 57-year-old family man. The Mail's headline states: Husband 'kills himself' just hours after BBC claimed wife's shop... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2011 at The Media Blog
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The Daily Mail brings us news today of reality TV star Chantelle Houghton hitting back at cruel jibes about her weight: The Mail's article tells us: ...the star, who has previously suffered from bulimia, has taken to Twitter to address... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2011 at The Media Blog
Here's an extract from a news release on the website of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics: A thousand years ago, a brilliant beacon of light blazed in the sky, shining brightly enough to be seen even in daytime for almost... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2011 at The Media Blog
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An article which has appeared in the Journal of Sex Research has attracted some media coverage today. Entitled Women's Autonomy and Timing of Most Recent Sexual Intercourse in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Multi-Country Analysis it details research conducted in Ghana, Mali,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2011 at The Media Blog
They may have lost out to multi-billionaire Mark Zuckerberg in the battle over Facebook, but at least the Winkelvoss Twins have landed a gig advertising nuts... who's laughing now Zuckerberg!?! (Hat tip The Guardian). Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2011 at The Media Blog
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Following news today that Google had splashed $12.5bn to buy handset manufacturer Motorola Mobility the search giant issued four quotes for the media on behalf of its other handset partners, HTC, LG, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. They couldn't have been... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2011 at The Media Blog
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A number of papers, including The Sun and The Telegraph, have picked up the curious tale of magician Paul Daniels being "hospitalised" by a piece of pizza thrown at him by puppet and aspiring magician Sooty. Daniels himself has been... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2011 at The Media Blog