This week’s media round up

By Daniel Saunders on December 8, 2011 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments

Economic concerns led this week’s news agenda, initially with chancellor George Osbourne downgrading the UK’s growth prospects for 2012 to 0.7 per cent in his autumn budget statement as well as admitting the deficit will take longer to eradicate. In addition to these concerns, Wednesday played host to the largest public sector strikes for over 35 years as staff walked out over a dispute relating to pension reforms.

A fascinating side-effect of the strikes was a media storm relating to comments made by the controversial broadcaster Jeremy Clarkson who asserted that the individuals involved should be “lined up and shot”. In a completely unrelated story, sales of this year’s Top Gear book and Mr Clarkson’s own DVD have skyrocked.

Despite these widely covered topics, the most frequent articles of the week were tributes of the former professional footballer and Wales manager Gary Speed, who tragically took his own life on Sunday. Read more …

This week’s media round up

By Daniel Saunders on November 23, 2011 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments

Pressure continued to mount on Sepp Blatter after his comments on the extent of racism in football. Combined with last week’s poppy row, this story ensured that the FIFA president retained its place at the top of the week’s coverage. Meanwhile at the Royal Courts of Justice, the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press began and is likely to remain in the headlines in weeks to come.

In other news, youth unemployment continued to rise, breaking the one million mark for the first time. Government-owned Northern Rock is sold to Virgin Money for £747 million and protesters are forcibly removed from the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York.

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