This week’s media round up

This week’s media round up

As 2011 trudged away into the annals of time, 2012, and the entire pyrotechnic stocks of western Europe, burst onto the scene.

Much of the excitement surrounding this transition highlighted that some individuals seem unable to mention 2012 without linking it to a small sporting event scheduled to take place this summer (549 articles) or eschatological fears about the world ending in December (54 articles).

This can of course be attributed to the fact that this week marked an extreme case of national news dormancy which was described by some as being invented solely for the purpose of giving people time to “break in” their new slippers.

Despite this there were some signs to indicate the world had totally switched its attention away from footwear with the news of Kim Jong-un acquiring further positions of power over the secretive state of North Korea leading the way ahead of the customary announcement of New Year honours.

For the week ending Sunday 1st January, the following number of articles were written in mainstream media according to

  • In North Korea, Kim Jong-un continues to consolidate his power over North Korea after being named Supreme Commander of the military, 118 articles
  • Ronnie Corbett, Lorraine Kelly, Helena Bonham Carter and Alex Crawford among those who were awarded New Year Honours, 114 articles
  • Arab League observers monitor Syrian regime, 99 articles
  • Police investigate the murder of 23 year Anuj Bidve in Salford on Boxing Day, 97 articles
  • The Duke of Edinburgh returned to festive celebrations after undergoing surgery to fit a coronary stent, 94 articles.


Elsewhere we look at the celebrity news that has over shadowed more “serious” stories.

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