A weekly roundup of talking points, sans effort
Thought for the week
“If anyone still believes he was not doping, then they believe in Santa Claus.” Professor Jordan Kobritz, chair of the Sports Management Department at SUNY Cortland, on Lance Armstrong’s drug scandal.
Worth the paper it’s printed on?
Light news success stories in the papers this week included…
…X Factor, with 280 articles focused on something to do with the hit show, in contrast the funerals of Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes, the two murdered police officers, only featured in 55…
…Strictly Come Dancing, according to 104 headlines, whereas Abu Hamza, the radical Muslim cleric, was extradited to the U.S. and only made it into 85 …
…and, finally, The Only Was Is Essex, completing a trash T.V. triptych, which grabbed 39 stories, far more than the 5 focused on a Belfast bomb that was defused by army experts.
Call us suckers for babies, but this latest advert for Cow & Gate couldn’t help but make us smile. Ah, look at their tiny faces… and the track’s not the worst choice either.
Rumours abound that Burnley FC manager Eddie Howe will up sticks and leave for his old club, AFC Bournemouth, along with back room staff and potentially a player. It might not be true, but silence from the Lancashire club hasn’t helped dispel fan fears, leading to this week’s #fail.
Three things that may happen next week…
On Wednesday the former US Federal Reserve chairman will appear before the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards as a result of the libor rate rigging, Wayne Smith and Julie Anne Skelding, Britain’s most wanted couple, could be in jail following a trial today after their return to UK shores, and questions will be raised over German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s involvement in the failed merger between BEA EADS.
Dates for your diary
Thursday 18th October, Manchester- Some Comms Awards @ Radisson Blu Edwardian; Annual ceremony celebrating some of the best work in PR and marketing.
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