The Media in the Press 25.1.10

Today, second year Journalism student, Sian Lower, from Napier University, looks at the media stories in today’s press…

Following the death of the ‘Voice of Rugby’, Bill McLaren, the main news thread throughout each of today’s papers is the funeral of the late commentator. The Daily Record’s Ben Spencer (page 26) writes: “Thousands of people will line the streets today to pay their last respects to legendary rugby commentator Bill McLaren.” Michael MacLeod of the Scotsman (page 3) also writes: “Celebrated Scottish rugby commentator Bill McLaren will be laid to rest in his home town of Hawick today.” Likewise, in the Herald (page 3), Graeme Murray begins: “The Borders will host its biggest funeral in more than four decades when Bill McLaren – ‘the Voice of Rugby’ – is laid to rest today.”

In other news, calls have been made to privatise BBC Worldwide, to allow it to become a ‘major global brand’ (page 2 of The Herald). The Independent’s Andy McSmith also covers the story on page 18: “BBC Worldwide, the main commercial arm of the BBC, should be split from the corporation and turned into a global communications company brand to promote and sell British television programmes around the world, a committee of peers has recommended.”

Also, David Smith – the 16 year-old who was threatened with fines for putting video clips of his home football team, Buckie Thistle, on YouTube – has been back in the papers today. In the Daily Record (page 18 – under the headline, ‘Football Film Ban Teen Nets a Win’, the article begins: “David Smith, 16, faced action from league chiefs for putting footage of his local team, Buckie Thistle, on the web. Now, following talks, the teenager has been told he can carry on filming.” In The Scotsman’s coverage (page 12), north-east freelancer, Bob Dow, writes” “A schoolboy threatened with a £5000 fine for posting football match clips on YouTube will resume filming.”

In today’s Guardian media supplement, Sarah Hughes (page 2) writes about a TV advert that’s causing consternation. “An unholy row has broken out over the screening of an anti-abortion advert featuring a star player during the 2010 Super Bowl,” she writes. Also on advertising, Claire Beale of The Independent (page 51, media section) writes: “The advertising industry is shrinking. Literally. The number of employees in the sector decreased by nearly 2000 last year. Everything’s getting smaller, from the budgets to the fees to – inevitably – the teams producing the work.”

And finally – in international news – The Times’ Josephine McKenna writes on page 36: “The editor of the two top-selling Italian gossip magazines owned by Silvio Burlesconi may be summoned by Milan prosecutors who have started an investigation into an alleged extortion racket by paparazzi.” Also, The Independent’s Christopher Toothaker ( page 28) writes: “Venezuelan cable television providers stopped transmitting a channel critical of President Hugo Chavez yesterday, after the Government said it had failed to comply with new regulations requiring the socialist leader’s speeches to be televised on cable.”

Other stories making today’s headlines:

* Saved by Twitter – Quake survivor Wismond Jean-Pierre was rescued from the rubble after networking site Twitter spread word that he was alive. (page 8, The Scottish Sun).

* Eamonn Holmes has hinted that he could be tempted to return ‘home’ to GMTV, and is quoted telling bosses: “I’m a gun for hire.” (Daily Record, page 11).