Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Armistice anniversary plus poppy row tops news

Coverage of the Armistice commemorations led the news agenda in the week ending November 13, according to Journalisted.

The 93rd anniversary of the November 11 Armistice generated 567 articles (including FIFA row over allowing the England football team to wear poppies, 133 articles versus allowing the Welsh football team to wear poppies, 19 articles).

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi resigns after a week in which he lost his parliamentary majority in a budget vote, 521 articles (including coverage of his successor, Mario Monti, 188 articles); James Murdoch appears for a second time before the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, 136 articles (including references to 'Mafia', 64 articles); Theresa May is engulfed in a row over lax UK borders, as Border Agency boss Brodie Clarke denies wrongdoing and resigns, 122 articles; Dr Conrad Murray is found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of singer Michael Jackson, 101 articles.

Covered little, according to journalisted, 179 members of the English Defence League are arrested after threats to attack St Paul's protesters, 17 articles; cricketer Sachin Tendulkar becomes the first player to reach 15,000 test runs, 10 articles; a second student dies as a result of the crush in a Northampton nightclub, 9 articles; Welsh Assembly in deadlock as opposition parties unite to block budget, 5 articles.

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