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The Blagger's Blog 11th July 2014

A weekly roundup of media news and talking points, sans effort


Thought for the Week 

I thank the Mail for its apology… …Not that I would ever accept it, but because in doing so they’ve exposed themselves as the worst kind of tabloid. One that makes up its facts to the detriment of its readers and to all the publications that blindly reprint them.” George Clooney refusing to accept an apology published in the Daily Mail following a story about his engagement to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin.

Weekly High

Although not everyone from Yorkshire was completely enthralled at the sight of lycra-clad men hurtling through serene villages at breakneck speed last weekend, it’s safe to say that this stunt by direct marketing agency Soul, in which 150 White Rose sheep were painted yellow to celebrate Le Tour de France coming to northern England succeeded in turning heads. Better yet, the wool, once shawn, will be used to knit jumpers for charity.

Weekly Low

The BBC came unstuck again this week when commentator Steve Wilson incorrectly referred to the German national anthem as ‘Deutschland über alles’, a song that was abandoned following the fall of the Nazi party and the end of World War II. Worse still, he didn’t do it just once, but repeatedly, angering people in both Britain and Europe’s engine room.

Stories to keep an eye on

The Guardian is said to be ‘plotting’ an English-language title launch in India, according to a Media Week report. 
TV presenter John Snow has offered himself up as a guinea pig to try out a new Google Glass interface that uses brain waves to power the device. 
Following the introduction of increased security checks brought in after a U.S. issued terror alert, UK airports are buckling under pressure as the summer holiday season kicks in, meaning passengers should allow more time when arriving for their flights.

Just in case you missed it…

Twitter users are being given the opportunity to decide which World Cup finalist’s colours will illuminate Rio de Janeiro’s statue of Christ the Redeemer. 

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