The Media in the Press 18.5.10

Second year Journalism student, Alan Robertson, of Strathclyde University, takes a look at the media stories making it into the pages of today’s papers.

The death of Deirdre Romanes, chief executive of the Dunfermline Press group, who has passed away at the age of 60, occupies the main media focus.

As allmediascotland reported yesterday, Ms Romanes – who represented the fifth generation of her family to run the company – died following what the regional newspaper publisher described as a “long illness courageously borne”.

Says Ann Galbraith, a former editor of the Ayr Advertiser, in today’s Scotsman (page 22): “Deirdre took a great interest in her newspapers, and was a very dynamic businesswoman who was not afraid of taking tough decisions.

“Her staff always spoke highly of her. Whenever someone had a problem, she would make it her job to help them.”

Meanwhile, radio is trusted more than television for news, reports the Daily Telegraph (page 10).

According to a study carried out by broadcast regulator Ofcom – again reported yesterday on – two-thirds of UK adults believe what they hear, compared to 58 per cent who trust the internet and 54 per cent who put their faith in TV.

Staying with broadcasting, and a radio DJ has been censured after joking live on air that the Queen had died.

Danny Kelly, who works for BBC WM in the West Midlands, made the announcement while playing the national anthem, later claiming he was referring to a Facebook page with the same name as the monarch.

Under the headline, ‘Fury at DJ’s “Sick” Queen Stunt’, the Scottish Daily Express (page 27) quotes Vivienne Pattison, chairman of Mediawatch UK. Says Pattison: “I think it is incredibly ill-conceived, I think it’s a bit sick, actually.”

The Independent (page 16-17), meanwhile, discusses the repercussions of the recent scandal surrounding former Labour minister and chairman of the Football Association, Lord Triesman.

Triesman was covertly recorded claiming Spain and Russia were suspected of corruptly colluding with one another to secure a successful bid for the 2018 World Cup.

Reads the Indy: “The Mail on Sunday newspaper was yesterday facing a public backlash for printing damaging comments by the former Football Association chairman Lord Triesman which have jeopardised England’s chances of staging the 2018 World Cup.”

The Press Complaints Commission has so far received 55 complaints regarding the front-page story, while the Mail’s website has been “bombarded” by angry fans, adds the Independent.

Finally, several of today’s tabloids refer to BBC Scotland’s new documentary, due to air tonight, which follows six families living on the Onthank housing estate in Kilmarnock.

Write Brian McIver and Gayle Ritchie in a Daily Record (page 10-11) double-page spread: “The programme, which features violence and apparent drug taking in the opening credits, lifts the lid on life on the estate in four episodes.”

Adds The Scottish Sun’s Scottish TV Editor, Georgina Reid (page 26-27): “Scotland’s real-life version of hit drama Shameless arrives on TV tonight.”

Other media stories:

* Jonathan Ross wants Russell Brand to appear on his final Friday night chat show – a move reported by the Scottish Daily Mail (page 25) under the headline ‘Ross’s Farewell Insult’. The Scottish Sun (page 3) also reports.

* Lovefilm, the DVD rental company, has launched a direct-to-TV service, allowing Samsung TV owners to watch the latest movies straight from their sets – The Independent (page 46).

* Google will launch the HTC Wildfire in the UK this July in an effort to wrestle the “lion’s share of the smartphone market” off of Apple and the iPhone – The Guardian (page 22).

* Obituary: former BBC executive, Stephen Hearst, who died aged 90 – The Independent (Viewspaper, page 9).

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