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BBC Tabloid Mentality Coming Of Age?


jondf 8 2.7k
5 Mar 2013 11:14AM
Some recent headlines.....note how one of the most important news items (imo) 'UK lagging in Euro health league' comes near the bottom of the pile -

Batman brings in suspect to police
Robot warriors: Lethal machines coming of age
Boos as Bieber goes on stage late
Long-lost ring 'found on carrot'
Girl 'woke up naked with two men in bed'
Bieber manager: Grammys 'blew it'
UK 'lagging in Europe health league'
Pom-poms 'help reduce fear of crime'

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Dave_Collier 8 236 2 England
5 Mar 2013 11:25AM
The listing you have given is the popularity of the stories with the site readers and not that of the importance put on them by the BBC. The Lost ring on a carrot story is also an old one dating back to December 2011.
NaturesHaven e2
3 260 5 England
5 Mar 2013 11:39AM
The most important or the most positive news item (IMHO) is the jobs being created at Jaguar..........................health news is a daily negative occurrence...........it is designed to keep people on edge..........the media drive this country down daily...........SadSadSadSad
mikehit e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2013 11:53AM

Quote:The Lost ring on a carrot story is also an old one dating back to December 2011.

I noticed that. Although I thought the same as you regards popularity, I find it hard to envisage an old article like that resurfacing.
strawman 11 22.0k 16 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2013 12:06PM
Re the Media driving the country down, on that particular story I would disagree, it is a factual comparison of us against the rest of Europe and by comparison we on average eat too much junk food, smoke and drink too much, do not exercise enough and are overweight. So no surprise we have a higher rate of early life death. Perhaps a change in how we focus our resources might help. Perhaps in 20 years time the Olympic legacy may help, or it may not.

As a recovering couch potatoes I am amazed at how much difference getting more exercise in has made to me.

As for the priority of the popular stories, that tells you something about the typical reader of the web site and their interests.
digicammad 11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2013 12:10PM

Quote:it is a factual comparison of us against the rest of Europe


That may be so, but as with so many statistics it is being deliberately looked at from the wrong viewpoint in order to provide sensationalist (negative) stories.

Living in the UK does not make you more prone to an early death, abusing junk food, drink and drugs do. It just so happens that we currently have more people who do that than the per capita count in the rest of Europe.

I am sure if you look at the average ages across Europe, amongst those with a balanced lifestyle, you will find they are pretty similar and more likely to be seasonally effected by weather.

Ian
digicammad 11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2013 12:12PM
On the Beeb in general, they pretty much hit rock bottom years ago when the top story on News at 10 was whether Lady Di's nipple was showing, an item which took about 5 minutes of the half hour. Since then they have been bouncing along the bottom, stirring up the mud as they go.
thewilliam 6 4.8k
5 Mar 2013 12:22PM
Now that the most popular newspapapers require a reading age of 7 or 8, the BBC needs to sink to that level if it wants to appeal to the majority.
digicammad 11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2013 12:56PM
Maybe they would get a pleasant surprise if they stopped trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator. Sad
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
5 Mar 2013 12:59PM

Quote:Batman brings in suspect to police
Robot warriors: Lethal machines coming of age
Boos as Bieber goes on stage late
Long-lost ring 'found on carrot'
Girl 'woke up naked with two men in bed'
Bieber manager: Grammys 'blew it'
UK 'lagging in Europe health league'
Pom-poms 'help reduce fear of crime'



OMG they booed Justin Bieber! shocking-dark.jpg

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spaceman 10 5.2k 3 Wales
5 Mar 2013 6:18PM
And for two consecutive days their main story concerned an old lady with an upset stomach.
Gaucho e2
12 2.4k 2 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2013 6:56PM
As I said to my wife, "So she's got the squits, so what! I'm sure she's delighted the rest of the world knows!"
5 Mar 2013 10:31PM
HM - "One's arse is the colour of a cherry and one wears one's wartime respirator to go to the lavatory."

PP - "I've been calling her Cabbage for years, but now she smells like an off one."

BBC - Are they still going? I haven't watched TV for ages (except DVD box sets of great US drama when on holiday)
jondf 8 2.7k
6 Mar 2013 2:44PM

Quote:As for the priority of the popular stories, that tells you something about the typical reader of the web site and their interests.


Well yes but they can only popularize what's fed to them. I despair of the general mentality surrounding news production which seems to be on the basis of easy, casual reading with little or no intellectual content.
gcarth e2
10 2.3k 1 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2013 1:18PM

Quote:Well yes but they can only popularize what's fed to them. I despair of the general mentality surrounding news production which seems to be on the basis of easy, casual reading with little or no intellectual content.
I agree. The BBC disgust me: Apparently, if you complain to the BBC Trust (in some cases at least) your complaints are censored by an intermediate committee which may well prevent your complaint from even reaching the Trust. Even if your complaint receives a reply your are likely to receive an explanation that isn't enough to satsify a 6 year old child: For example, presenter Kirsty Wark asked an ideologically-loaded question about the West 'exporting democracy': when someone complained, Helen Boaden, then BBC News director, sent e-mails to the complainer with six pages of attached quotes from Bush and Blair supposedly proving their benign intentions behind invading Iraq!
So, are the over-paid top elite in the BBC extremely naive, unprincipled and contemptuous of the masses...or just plain stupid...?

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