The Blagger's Blog 16th November 2012

A weekly roundup of talking points, sans effort

Thought for the week

“In live television, all sorts of things can happen. That doesn’t mean they should happen.” ITV Director of Television Peter Fincher after Phillip Schofield handed David Cameron a list of supposed sex offending Tory politicians live on This Morning.

Worth the paper it’s printed on

Light news success stories in the papers this week included…
… Bikini clad celebs in showers on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, as reported in 10 articles, one more than the 9 looking at ex-MP margaret Moran, who forged £53,000 of expenses according to court evidence…
…Kirsten Stewart, this time after she was questioned regarding her on-off relationship with Robert Pattinson, in contrast fathers being given the legal right to see children after divorce only made it into 3…
… and finally, Kim Kardashian visiting London, which was the crux of 10 stories, whereas only 7 ran on the fact climate change could threaten the future of coffee production.
(Source: Journalisted)

Weekly high

World Toilet Day might not be the most glamorous global event, but nevertheless it’s a worthwhile cause- highlighting the emotional, psychological, and health implications which arise from not having access to a private, clean toilet. For this year’s instalment, Londoners are being invited to defecate on Boris Johnson’s doorstep, sort of.

Weekly low


Another bleak week for journalism this time sees one of the most respected investigative institutions on TV take a nose-dive from grace as Newsnight wrongly accused a leading Tory peer of involvement in a child sex ring. We responded to the story on our blog- read our thoughts by clicking here- but on the whole the point is people need to check facts. Twice.

Things that might happen this week…

Scepticism over the recent police commissioner elections will hit the roof as the first results came in this morning, with Wiltshire’s winner gaining a seat in office with just 15.8% of voters turning out, a final deal could be struck to set Greece on a real road to economic recovery, Lord McAlpine will continue filing law suits against media titles and Twitter accounts that connected him to child molestation rumours.

Dates for your diary

Thursday 22nd November, Liverpool – BLABMini 4 at Designival @ Leaf Liverpool; the regular Manchester creative meet heads down the M62 for the annual Designival.
Thursday 22nd November, Liverpool – D&AD at Designival @ Leaf Liverpool; Regional creative brief in events.
Thursday 22nd November, Manchester- Note To Self Creative Consortium @ Cornerhouse; Speakers from leading creative agencies offer insights to professionals, students and graduates.
If there is a success story, blunder, or news event you’d like to see included email helloATsmokinggun.co.uk or tweet using #blaggersblog. Happy Friday!