Monthly Archives: June 2016

Will 24 survive?

In case you missed it, a new daily newspaper was born this week. Titled “24”, the 40 page tabloid is retailing at 40p a copy and circulates in the North West of England, from the Scottish Borders down to Preston. The idea is to produce a paper that looks at news and sport from a […]

To Die For

The coverage which the media gave to the death of Muhammad Ali made me think about how the media, and society as a whole, reacts to the death of a famous person. For a celebrity death to lead a TV news bulletin and appear on the front page of all the national newspapers is actually […]

A Summer of Sport (or beer and betting)

The current issue of the CIPR’s Influence magazine has an interesting article by Mihir Bose on the reputation of sports stars. One case study mentioned is that of Victoria Pendleton, the Olympic cyclist who rode as a jockey at the Cheltenham Festival. As Bose points out, the whole exercise was a PR stunt funded by […]

The Boss

On Wednesday I, and some 50,000 others, went along to Hampden Park to see Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band in concert. It probably says something about the current state of Scottish football that a musician from the USA attracts bigger crowds to the National Stadium than the Scotland team, but that’s another story. […]