Tuesday, 23 November 2010

News of the royal wedding engages the press

News of the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton swamped the main and celebrity news for the week ending Sunday 21 November, according to journalisted.

The announcement of the engagement of Prince William and Kate after 8 years of courtship, generated 411 articles; Ireland's debt crisis, with the country reluctantly accepting an EU bailout, 285 articles; the Nato summit in Lisbon, where members discussed Afghanistan, Russia, arms control, and the Turkey (Nato) Cyprus (EU) veto problem, 119 articles.

Covered little, according to journalisted, were: Riots in Haiti against UN peacekeepers, accused by locals of bringing cholera to the country, the subject of 16 articles; North and South Korea on the brink of conflict, 15 articles; first human case of bird flu in seven years, diagnosed in Hong Kong last week, 6 articles.

Celebrity versus serious news: Nutritionist Gillian McKeith on TV show 'I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here', 67 articles vs. Britons Paul and Rachel Chandler freed after being held for 13 months by Somali pirates, 50 articles. X Factor contestant Wagner Carrilho, 44 articles vs. flooding in Cornwall, 42 articles.

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