Thursday, 12 March 2015

Media Quotes of the Week: Clarkson story goes into overdrive to invasion of the front page promos

fleetstreetfox ‏@fleetstreetfox on Twitter: "Jeremy Clarkson in a fracas. No-one has ever seen a fracas outside a tabloid newspaper before, so intrigued by the Beeb's definition of it."

Piers Morgan ‏@piersmorgan on Twitter: "My scarred right temple is open to lucrative exclusive offers to tell its story of a 'fracas' with @JeremyClarkson."

Stig Abell ‏@StigAbell on Twitter: "I think I got into a Fracas once. Not much leg room, and pretty poor fuel consumption. Still nice to see Top Gear taking an interest."

The Grey Cardigan on The Spin Alley: "I’M IRRITATED by the Twitterati’s glee at the imminent ‘downfall’ of Jeremy Clarkson. The man is an accomplished journalist who has columns in two of our best-selling newspapers, is the author of many chart-topping books and is a very clever broadcaster who knows his audience and delivers exactly what they want."

Jeremy Clarkson ‏@JeremyClarkson on Twitter: "Sorry Ed. It seems I knocked your "I'm a human" piece down the news agenda."

David Cameron on BBC Midlands Today: "All I would say - because he is a talent and he does amuse and entertain so many people, including my children who'll be heartbroken if Top Gear is taken off air - I hope this can be sorted out because it is a great programme and he is a great talent."

Richard Littlejohn in the Daily Mail: "Funny how the Lefties at the BBC were quick to proclaim ‘Je Suis Charlie’ after a French magazine offended Muslims, but never declare themselves ‘Je Suis Jeremy’ whenever he upsets someone."

The Sun[£] in a leader on Clarkson: "He may occasionally be a kn*b. But he is our kn*b. He is the People's kn*b."

The Times [£] in a leader on Clarkson: "He may have run out of road at the BBC but this is surely a life with a second act."

The Guardian in a leader on Clarkson: "Violent ogres are only entertaining in fairy tales. They don’t belong in public service broadcasting."

Dominic Ponsford ‏@Domponsford on Twitter: "Story about Jeremy Clarkson on The Guardian asks why people are writing so many stories about Jeremy Clarkson."

Johnston Press chief executive Ashley Highfield Highfield at the Digital Media Strategies conference, as quoted by the Guardian: “The economics of this business means we will end up with fewer full-time journalists on our books. What you end up with is a much more fluid model with contributors producing a larger percentage of the newspaper."

The Observer: "A future Labour government would take legal steps to ensure that live television debates become permanent features of general election campaigns, in a move to prevent politicians blocking them for their own self-interest."

Tim Walker ‏@ThatTimWalker On Twitter: "The most compelling argument against TV election debates is that the last ones gave us Nick Clegg."

Meirion Jones quoted by Nick Cohen in The Observer: “There is a small group of powerful people at the BBC who think it would have been better if the truth about Savile had never come out. And they aim to punish the reporters who revealed it.”

Alan Yentob on being hacked by Mirror journalists, as reported by the Guardian: “The cynical and systematic nature of this invasion of my privacy is staggering. Even now, some time after the Metropolitan police initially informed me I was a victim, I still find it hard to digest the sheer scale of what took place.”

Alan Rusbridger on Comment Is Free after being cautioned by police over the use of a tripod on Hampstead Heath: "What could I do? We’d been caught bang to rights. Like our colleagues defending charges at the Old Bailey I found myself mumbling that I didn’t know that what we’d done was illegal. But, as any schoolboy knows, ignorance is no defence."

Roy Greenslade on his Media Guardian blog: "In February, the first full month without Page 3, the Sun recorded its lowest sale since early 1971, less than two years after Rupert Murdoch acquired the title."

"You won't need that here": What Jeremy Wilson was told when he turned up on his first day on the Guido Fawkes website with a copy of Essential Law for Journalists, as reported by Press Gazette.

The Media Blog ‏@TheMediaTweets on Twitter:  "It's in there somewhere: Has a newspaper ever had less space dedicated to its front page lead?"

[£] = paywall

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