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gilsta531 posts since 8 Apr 2006
Apologies I couldn't find the previous thread, but to continue from the point I made in that, the police this morning said he is no longer a suspect. But the media, having already villianised him after the discovery of his fiancee's body are hardly reporting it. The BBC News website has the story as 4th in the Entertainment News section, when the poor guy was bailed the story was billed third on the whole website! I haven't got access to News 24 but I dare say the story is but more than news in brief and is therefore far more likely to be missed by the general public and no doubt we won't see Smart or Speight on the BBC again.

Its enough to drive you mad.
Moz5,420 posts since 4 Jan 2003
gilsta posted:
Apologies I couldn't find the previous thread, but to continue from the point I made in that, the police this morning said he is no longer a suspect. But the media, having already villianised him after the discovery of his fiancee's body are hardly reporting it. The BBC News website has the story as 4th in the Entertainment News section, when the poor guy was bailed the story was billed third on the whole website! I haven't got access to News 24 but I dare say the story is but more than news in brief and is therefore far more likely to be missed by the general public and no doubt we won't see Smart or Speight on the BBC again.

Its enough to drive you mad.

It's been on Radio 1 Newsbeat quite a lot.
gilsta531 posts since 8 Apr 2006
Tom0 posted:
This isn't a news forum as you might think. We discuss news presentation, not the stories.


Thank you. I'm discussing the disparity between the amount of coverage for his arrest and bailing compared to him being declared not a suspect, ala John Leslie, Michael Barrymore etc.
Brekkie31,402 posts since 4 Jan 2003
It's a very valid discussion topic in general - even in relation to 24 hour news and the terrestrial budgets which are increasingly taking a more tabloid attitude to such issues and convicting the celeb before the story has even broken.


More a TV issue than news issue, but do you think the BBC are justified in withdrawing his programmes for the next couples of weeks even though he's no longer under investigation?
itsrobert6,278 posts since 23 Mar 2001
Sorry, this does not fall within TV Forum's remit. News coverage/content is not central to TV pres. We're primarily concerned with idents, graphics, music etc. We allow some discussion of news content if it is absolutely essential (such as it was on September 11th 2001) but even then we tend to discuss presentational changes brought about by the news. In this case, the news story will have no impact on TV pres, so I'm afraid it is thread closed.
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