This week’s media round up

By Daniel Saunders on December 16, 2011 | Category: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments

The winds of change swept through this week’s media agenda in a number of ways. After a number of media storms it was a meteorological one which made the headlines with gales peaking at 165 mph causing substantial amount damage and destruction in Scotland.

In Russia, widespread demonstrations broke out over concerns about the transparency of the 4th December legislative elections, with many commentators branding the protests as the beginning of a ‘Russian Spring’… in the winter.

A post-dinner discussion in Belgium was the unlikely setting for this week’s leading story with prime minister David Cameron opposing EU treaty changes that were tabled in a response to the eurozone crisis. Despite its timing at the end of the week the sheer scale of coverage guaranteed the issue wasn’t caught short in its attempts to reach the top spot.

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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 …