The Media in the Press 19.5.10

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…

BBC presenter, Gary Lineker, has quit his weekly column in the Mail on Sunday (MoS), several of today’s newspapers report.

As Media in the Press yesterday alluded to, the MoS has faced mounting criticism for its decision to print an expose of Lord Triesman which led to his resignation as chairman of the Football Association and England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

And Lineker, an ex-England captain and official ambassador for the nation’s bid, has now parted ways with the paper, accusing the title of being complicit in “entrapment”.

Writes the Match of the Day presenter in this morning’s Independent (page 9): “It was clearly a case of entrapment. Whatever you think about Lord Triesman and whatever you feel about what he said, his comments were obviously meant for one person’s ears and one person’s ears only.

“And however ridiculous these comments might appear, they are very damaging. I think it’s a real shame the newspaper made the judgment that they did for short-term gain in sales of newspapers because it’s hard to see that there was any other positive from it.”

Reads the headline on page nine of today’s Indy, ‘Gary Lineker Gives up his Mail on Sunday Column over Paper’s Triesman Expose’. The Guardian (page 5) features the news also, with both papers containing a statement from the MoS in which it insists there is “no question of entrapment”.

Nevertheless, Roy Greenslade urges the Daily Mail’s sister paper to apologise over its decision to go to print. Says the media pundit in a blog entry published online this morning: “The MoS would do well to own up to its mistaken editorial judgment. Its readers, and England’s football fans, deserve an apology.”

Elsewhere, millions of newspaper pages will be digitised and made available online, it has been announced.

Says the Daily Telegraph (page 12): “The British Library is to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from its archive over the next decade and put them online.”

The archive spans 300 years and contains 52,000 local, regional, national and international newspaper titles, adds the broadsheet.

Meanwhile, Lynne Brindley, the library chief executive, is quoted in The Guardian (page 10), saying: “Mass digitisation unlocks the riches of our newspaper collections by making them available online to users across the UK and around the world.” The Herald (page 26) and The Independent (page 7) report the 10-year project as well.

Also featuring in today’s Guardian (page 2) is a defense of the Press Complaints Commission by its chair, Lady Buscombe.

Under the headline, ‘Press Watchdog Is Not Toothless, Insists Chair’, Buscombe dismisses claims that the PCC is lacking in authority, and is quoted saying: “An upheld complaint is a serious outcome for any editor and puts down a marker for future press behaviour… The fact that breaches of the code can lead to public criticism means that editors have to consider the key ethical issues before publishing.”

And finally, as reported yesterday on, a new series of Rab C Nesbitt has been commissioned to be broadcast on BBC Two next year, report several of today’s papers.

“Govan philosopher Rab C Nesbitt has been given the green light for a landmark tenth series,” says the Daily Record (page 3), while the Scottish Daily Mail reads: “Wit and wisdom of Rab C Nesbitt is back for a tenth series, by the way.”

Producer Colin Gilbert is quoted widely, saying: “It is great to know that in these days of hung parliaments, economic turmoil and volcanic ash that Rab’s voice will still be heard above the din.”

Other media stories:

* The finalists in The Herald’s 14th annual Scottish Student Press Awards have been announced – The Herald (page 8).

* ITV has been rapped by the Advertising Standards Authority for broadcasting a film trailer for a horror movie during an online screening of the X Factor final – The Scotsman (page 20).

* A scrappage scheme for radios, aimed to persuade owners of analogue sets to go digital, will be unveiled today – The Scottish Daily Mail (page 7).

* The iPhone has been voted among the top ten inventions – ahead of the washing machine, car, camera and flushing toilet – Daily Record (page 22), The Scottish Sun (page 35).

* Obituary: Michael Samuel Organ, television producer, who died of cancer aged 52 – The Guardian (page 32).

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