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airborne_artist
10th Dec 2007, 17:10
How soon will it be before the BBC have spent more money covering the story than Mr and Mrs Darwin fleeced from the insurance company?

Am I the only one who thinks this is only a story because the BBC have made it so?

tony draper
10th Dec 2007, 17:32
It's what they call a slow news period, 24 hour news channels dread these so they have to fill in somehow.
Interesting snippet on QI last night, posted of it elsewhere, one day in april 1930 there apparently was no news at all, nothing happened anywhere in the world worth comment ,so the main BBC radio news played ten minutes of piano music instead.
Nowadays of course they would just invent summat to fill the time, along the lines of, 99 year old Aberdeen man dies of natural causes police not involved.
:rolleyes:

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!
10th Dec 2007, 21:37
Having seen Aberdeen, it was probably because he wanted to.

The SSK
10th Dec 2007, 21:46
They 'just happened' to have a reporter in situ in Panama - how lucky is that?

They had an entire news team which 'just happened' to be passing through Hartlepool when the story broke.

Hang on - Hartlepool is on the road to nowhere.

G-CPTN
10th Dec 2007, 21:49
If only the media coverage of the Nimrod BOI was as intense as the interest in this misguided canoeist . . .

Flypuppy
10th Dec 2007, 22:50
Am I the only one who thinks this is only a story because the BBC have made it so?
You obviously haven't seen the Sky News coverage. It was The Sun that was "working" this Breaking Story, and have apparently had a team on it for the past 3 months. The BBC have been following Sky.

Having seen Aberdeen, it was probably because he wanted to.
At this time of year Aberdeen can suck the life and soul out of even the heartiest of people.

If only the media coverage of the Nimrod BOI was as intense as the interest in this misguided canoeist . . .
Give the masses bread and games. It worked for the Romans, and that Orwell chap described a similar concept in one of his novels. Don't question authority, sleep walk into oblivion with eyes wide open. Oddball "human interest" stories keep the boring political stories away from scrutiny.

Life's a Beech
11th Dec 2007, 11:43
Obviously need something to fill the news, otherwise they would have to inform us that the Labour Party had lost their appeal against the judgement that they had discriminated against a potential candidate on racial grounds. Obviously that is trivial, that the party in power is racist, compared to a man who wasn't in a canoe!

frostbite
11th Dec 2007, 11:59
You can rest assured that HMG are up to some skullduggery while the meeja looks the other way.

Life's a Beech
11th Dec 2007, 12:19
Yes. Another day, another funding/conflict of interests scandal (Ed Balls, nearly 100,000 being all the detail required). Any sign of it on the news?