Tag Archives: The Sun

The Sun continues to stoop as it publishes Prince Harry pics

The Sun has this morning printed the naked pictures of Prince Harry taken earlier this week in Las Vegas in defiance of a request from Palace lawyers to respect the prince’s privacy.

It has splashed the image on its front page this morning and again across pages four and five.

On the front pages the headline reads “Heir it is! Pic of naked Harry you’ve already seen on the internet”. Read more on The Sun continues to stoop as it publishes Prince Harry pics…

The Lara Croft newspaper rape story that never was

Last week a storm of controversy erupted in the press as stories began appearing that claimed Lara Croft was to face a rape ordeal in the forth coming reboot of the Tomb Raider game.

Except she wasn’t although this didn’t stop many headline writers and commentators unable to resist such a good story.

One culprit was the Associated Newspapers’ freesheet The Metro (above), which ran the headline  ’Outrage at Lara Croft game rape’, but it wasn’t alone.

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The Sun dominates chart of best newspaper TV ads with the Guardian second

Sun celebrates Page 3 with this ad - viewed 4.2 million times on YouTube.Unruly Media have put together chart of British newspaper TV ads from over the years based on social shares.

There are some classics here including the 1986 Guardian ad ‘Points of view’ created by BMP. It is consistently cited as a great ad and deserves its place here as does a more recent entrant from the same paper.

While the Guardian’s Three Little Pigs ad from earlier this year did very well, pulling in more than one million YouTube views, it is far behind the Sun and its ad from 2010 celebrating Page 3. The Sun’s ” the woman you’d love your woman to be like” racked up more than 4.2 million views. Read more on The Sun dominates chart of best newspaper TV ads with the Guardian second…

Sun heavily criticised for mocking Roy Hodgson’s speech impediment on its front page

On the day after Rupert Murdoch was declared “not fit” to have “stewardship of a major international company”, and he sent an email to staff, in which he said the report by the parliamentary committee affords us a unique opportunity to reflect upon the mistakes we have made” , the Sun is under fire for attacking new England manager Roy Hodgson on its front page. Hodgson was named England manager yesterday.

The paper pokes fun at Hodgson’s speech impediment and seems to be a particularly shoddy way for the paper, and the company at large, to reflect on its past misfortunes and will endear it to few. Read more on Sun heavily criticised for mocking Roy Hodgson’s speech impediment on its front page…

Murdoch tells staff Sun on Sunday will launch soon

Rupert Murdoch is understood to have told staff in an email, circulated before he addressed them (see below), that News Corporation is planning to launch the Sun on Sunday very soon.

He told staff: “We will build on The Sun’s proud heritage by launching The Sun on Sunday very soon”.

That puts paid to any talk fo Murdoch selling the Sun and it confirms what Murdoch said recently when  he denied the Sun on Sunday launch is on hold. Read more on Murdoch tells staff Sun on Sunday will launch soon…

Sun journalists consider human rights challenge to News Corp inquiry team

An extraordinary battle appears to be shaping up at News International as Sun journalists battle management and the committee formed to to take responsibility for all matters regarding phone hacking. At the weekend the Management Standards Committee was responsible for the arrest of several sun journalist and contacts at the Sun raising fears that it was revealing legitimate contacts to the police.

This sparked a robust defence by Trevor Kavanagh in the paper on Monday and on TV and radio and now the Guardian is reporting that senior journalists at the Sun are considering a legal challenge to block the MSC. Read more on Sun journalists consider human rights challenge to News Corp inquiry team…

Should Rupert Murdoch sell the Sun?

Another weekend another clutch of Sun journalists have been arrested. This time five were arrested and bailed “over allegations of inappropriate payments to police”.

The infection that quickly killed the News of the World appears to be sapping the Sun. The arrests were the second round at the Sun and over the weekend and led to some calling for Rupert Murdoch to sell the paper and be done with his rotten British tabloid business, which has tarnished his global media empire. Read more on Should Rupert Murdoch sell the Sun?…

Hacking scandal spreads to The Times as paper investigated

The Times is being investigated by the Metropolitan police over email hacking claims, according to a BBC report. There are few details available yet, but is another sign that News International can not shake-off hacking allegations.

News of the investigation comes after it emerged at the Leveson inquiry last month that a controversial 2009 Times article that outed an anonymous police blogger, known as Nightjack, was based on material obtained by hacking a Hotmail email account. Read more on Hacking scandal spreads to The Times as paper investigated…

Plans for Sun on Sunday on hold after arrests; News Corp loses second senior PR exec

Plans for the launch of the Sun on Sunday, which had been planned for April, have been put on hold following the arrests at the weekend of four current and former senior Sun journalist in connection with phone hacking, according to insiders quoted by the FT.

The plans to put the paper on hold come as News Corporation last night announced the loss of its second senior public relations executive in as many days as news broke that chief spokeswoman Teri Everett is leaving. She had most recently worked on shepherding the company’s PR efforts through a phone hacking scandal in London Read more on Plans for Sun on Sunday on hold after arrests; News Corp loses second senior PR exec…

‘Sun on Sunday’ moves closer as News International goes on hiring spree

I wrote back in the Summer at the height of the hacking frenzy that the Sun on Sunday if launched would be a success.  Over the summer News International has kept its head down as it continues to deal with the fallout from the hacking scandal, but now reports suggest it could be moving steadily ahead with its plans to launch a new sunday tabloid under the Sun banner.

The Indepdendent reports that News International has created a series of new senior jobs on The Sun giving more credence to the idea that that it will launch a Sunday edition early next year. Read more on ‘Sun on Sunday’ moves closer as News International goes on hiring spree…