Blagger's Blog 21st October 2011
A weekly roundup of talking points, sans effort
Worth the paper it’s printed on?
Last week’s light news success stories included…
… England rugby player Manu Tuilagi being fined for jumping off a ferry, which grabbed 71 headlines, considerably more than the 55 written about the Care Quality Commission report that has seen elderly care services slammed…
… Bruce Forsyth receiving a knighthood, which featured in 26 stories, whereas former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years hard time and only appeared in 25…
…. and finally, the Cambridgeshire couple that won a staggering £101million on the Euromillions and saw there faces splashed across 33 articles, yet the successful rescue operation staged by British and US naval forces after an Italian ship was seized by Somali pirates was only included in 25.
This little gem from French channel Canal+ certainly caught our attention. The brand wants everyone to understand how committed it is to cinema, and so now the following will be shown on big, small, and computer screens. You may disagree, but we think it has just about hit the nail bang on.
Yet more bad news for the press, as The Times and Sunday Times announce 150 job cuts, from a combined full and part time workforce of around 1,000. The worst hit will be casual staff, though compulsory redundancies haven’t been ruled out as the titles look to reduce editorial costs by 15 and 12% respectively.
Battle of the tweets: Manchester vs London vs Newcastle
Top Manchester #tags (seven days to 20/10/2011)
The usual #suspects are big talking points in Manchester, whether that’s City taking pole position in the Premier League from United, Big Brother or X Factor. Less predictable, given that members of the band have previously claimed not to want to ‘desecrate the grave’, was the sudden announcement that The Stone Roses would reunite to tour in 2012 after a 15 year hiatus, proving that while wonders never cease album sales dry up.
One to watch: kieronrichardson (Kieron Richardson- Actor, plays Ste in Hollyoaks, came 3rd in Dancing On Ice 2010; 65,864 followers / 2,654 updates)
Top London #tags (seven days to 20/10/2011)
Wales didn’t make it to the Rugby World Cup final, when hosts New Zealand will play France, but that’s not made much difference as #RWC has still got the capital buzzing, while in other sporting news Arsenal dragged themselves out of the Premiership’s bottom half, though for how long who knows. Elsewhere of course #occupylsx rightly trends highly, as protestors against the current capitalist modus operandi occupy the London Stock Exchange
One to watch: lilachbullock (Lilach Bullock– Social Media Expert, Internet Marketer, Mumpreneur, Consultant; 51,565 followers / 47,438 updates)
Top Newcastle #tags (seven days to 20/10/2011)
The last major urban outpost of England certainly has TV on the brain, as all but two of the hashtags relate to broadcast events. Like everywhere else Big Brother continues to prove popular, as does X Factor and the Rugby World Cup. Meanwhile Newcastle United supporters have plenty to be chipper about, as they ride respectably in the league, unbeaten in eight games. Oh, and as with the last two cities everyone seems keen to share experiences gained at 14.
One to watch: davidsedgwickne (David Sedgewick- Award winning reporter in North East England; 1,353 followers / 7,183 updates)
That was The Blagger’s Blog, a selection of statements, statistics and noteworthy newsies from across the media and social world, amalgamated, allowing the time-starved professional to start a conversation from thin air.
If there is a success story, blunder, or tweeting town you’d like to see included email [email protected] or tweet using #blaggersblog. Happy Friday!