Blagger's Blog- Will Young smokes, Note7 explodes onto GTA

A weekly roundup of media news, sans effort

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Quote of the week

“Smoking is strictly prohibited on Shell forecourts.”

A spokesperson for the petroleum giant, commenting on when- as the Mirror put it- ‘Will Young lights CIGARETTE in petrol station just days after quitting Strictly Come Dancing’.

Rebel without a cause?

Weekly high

Over one million views in four days is pretty good by any standard of viral. Don’t say anything else… just listen, it’s amazing.

Weekly low

Samsung reduced production volume on its Note 7 smartphone following reports of devices catching fire, now it has decided to cease production altogether due to the risk of fire. We don’t even want to think about how much money has been lost in R&D and marketing here, and it’s also pretty damaging in terms of reputation. Still, at least someone thought to mod Grand Theft Auto and film themselves walking around the game blowing stuff up with the now-shelved mobiles.

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Stories to keep an eye on

Major UK newspaper publisher Tinity Mirror is merging Scottish titles the Sunday Mail and Daily Record to ‘establish a seven day operation across print and digital’; 22 jobs are at risk.

Someone is going to lose the pricing argument between Unilever and Tesco.

Oakley and Intel have developed sunglasses that act as a personal trainer by linking up to your smartphone. What will they think of next?

Just in case you missed us

This week we have been thinking on the lines of food and drink PR stunts with real bite, and how weird things got on Facebook Marketplace before Zuckerberg’s team intervened.