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Madeleine Mcann: Express Newspapers Win, Robert Murat’s Tabloid Trial And Money

by | 20th, March 2008

maccann-inflatable.jpg MADDYWATCH Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

What irony in the McCanns winning £550,000 damages from the tabloid press, to whom they turned to keep their missing daughter Madeleine in the public eye. Thanks to the tabloids, Madeleine is big news once more. And with the money notably the Star’s get this donation going to the Find Madeleine Fund, Express Newspapers have helped the search for the missing girl.

Meanwhile, the News of the World’s reward remains unclaimed. So is this a victory for Express Newspapers? Is the Express the tabloid that cares most?

FINANCIAL TIMES : “McCann libel payout cues media debate”

Lawyers and newspaper executives agreed on Wednesday that a £550,000 ($1.1m) payout by Express Newspapers to the parents of missing Madeleine McCann would temper tabloid behaviour. But not for long.

Not for long:

“WHY was Shannon laughing,” Sunday Express

Broadcaster Andrew Neil, former editor of The Sunday Times, said: “The Express got its come-uppance and I believe the editor should resign. But it is only the worst example…Whether that lesson will be heeded for long, I’m not so sure.”

Hunting Madeleine McCann And Robert Murat

A former tabloid editor, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, added: “It’s a disaster for them from a PR point of view, but I don’t think it will affect their circulation, certainly not the Star. It might make everyone more cautious, but I doubt that will last.”

DAILY MIRROR: “SHANNON STEPDAD HITS BACK – I NEVER LAID A FINGER ON HER.”

THAT “Express apology – By Robert Shrimsley”

We now acknowledge there is no evidence whatsoever to support our theory that repeating this rubbish every day on our front page did in fact bring us any extra readers. We furthermore recognise that we should have stuck to the Diana inquest, given that she is dead and can’t sue.

Sun: “TWO British sisters have revealed they saw oddball Robert Murat lurking by the Portuguese holiday apartment from which Madeleine McCann vanished”

As an expression of our regret we are going to spend the next few weeks hounding Heather Mills in the hope this does the trick.

She’s blonde. So she’ll do.

Express front pages to look out for:

DIANA IS SHE DEAD?
KATE McCANN WE CANNOT APOLOGISE ENOUGH (every day)
ANTHEA TURNER MY BLONDE HELL

THE GUARDIAN : “No more Maddy, no more Diana what now for the Express?

In one week, the two main sources for Daily Express stories have dried up. If it can’t implicate the McCanns or trumpet wild theories about Diana’s death (DID PHILIP ORDER DIANA’S MURDER?, et al), what will the Express front page of the future look like? Here are some possible new directions:

HEATHER HATH NO FURY. If the Express is in the market for a confirmed fantasist with conspiracy theories to flog, it need look no further than Heather Mills, whose newfound independent wealth doesn’t appear to come with any preconditions about not speaking to the press.

MARK LAWSON : This apology underlines the true value of false reporting

But the paradox is that this apparent capitulation by the paper may be strangely lucrative. Yesterday morning was the first time in my memory that it has been impossible to buy the Express at newsagents and railway stations at 8am. So either the usual print-run was reduced through shame or, more likely, a craven apology for false claims, trailed in morning news bulletins, actually increases sales a depressing lesson in the state of journalism…
So, although the climbdown looks like a bad business for journalism, it may actually prove to have been a good

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