The Media in the Press 7.12.09

If you are curious as to the typefaces used in the mastheads of newspapers as diverse as the Cape Argus, The Irish Times, la Repubblica and de Volkskrant, then catch today's Guardian newspaper.

Some 56 newspapers in 45 countries are – says the Guardian's front page – taking “the unprecedented step of speaking with one voice through a common editorial”. And it's the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit that has brought such unanimity. Continues the opening par: “We [speak with one voice] because humanity faces a profound emergency.”

It's a pretty busy day, as far as the media in the press is concerned, but it does feel rather like 'small beer' compared to humanity facing a profound emergency.

There's the hardly profound emergency of the Royal family urging/warning newspapers it doesn't want its privacy to be invaded, courtesy of paparazzi pics – among others, The Daily Record page 2, The Herald page 9, and The Scotsman page 8.

Nor is the world teetering on the brink because of high earners in the public sector, who are being told by Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, that they will soon need to justify to their relevant secretary of state why they need to be paid so much; for instance, the BBC's director-general, Mark Thompson, who is reported – by the Scottish Daily Mail, page 4 – to be on £816,000 a year. 

Talking of the earth's fragile eco-system, Ant & Dec, presenters of the Reality TV jungle survival series, I'm a Celebrity – Get me Out of Here!, have found themselves in the 'top people's directory', Who's Who – also the Scottish Daily Mail, page 11. And if you 'smell a rat', it'll probably be the one reported to have become the principal ingredient in a meat stew on the show, and now exercising the investigative powers of animal welfare charity, the RSPCA – The Herald, page 4, and elsewhere.

Doing her 'bit for the world' is former GMTV presenter, Fiona Phillips – the subject of a warm feature in the Scottish Daily Express, page 31 – who is an ambassador for the eye care aid organisation, Vision Aid Overseas.

One can only imagine the carbon footprint of golf superstar, Tiger Woods – if you total up all these tournaments he plays around the world. But he's had other things on his mind these last few days, what with speculation about alleged extra-marital affairs. Writes Jacqui Goddard, from Miami, in The Scotsman (page 9), it is possible we might have heard of his alleged sexual trysts two years ago. But it is now being claimed he 'bought off journalists', to prevent the appearance of embarrassing headlines.

Of course, The Independent is probably the newspaper most closely associated with reporting environment issues, and among the tales carried in its media section, columnist, Stephen Glover, asks: Would the Press have Reported Tiger’s Sex Life if he Were British?.

And finally, back to where it all began: the Guardian, which also boasts a substantial media section on a Monday. It has already been reported on that STV's head of content, Alan Clements, is the subject of the section's main interview. Meanwhile, gracing the section's front page is a picture of Express Newspapers' proprietor, Richard Desmond, accompanying an article about libel.