News digests and reviews of the missing child in the news. Madeleine McCann vanished on Thursday, 3 May 2007 from a rented holiday flat in Praia da Luz, Portugal. Madeleine, on holiday with her twin siblings and parents Kate and Gerry McCann,became the biggest news story of the past decade. We’ve followed it closely ever since the story broke.
This is an artist’s impression of how Our Maddie might look aged 6.
The same picture is on the covers of the Daily Star, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror – “image of how she looks now” – and the Sun.
FOR two years Anorak has brought you news of Madeleine McCann.
Or, rather, we have brought you no news other than one single thread: she is missing.
Well, no. After much chatter, lives ruined and censure in the courtroom the single-thread story that spun out of control is once more invites us to watch the parents and speculate.
Sky News: “Madeleine: ‘Major Flaws In Police Probe’”
Madeleine McCann may never be found due to major flaws in the police investigation into her disappearance, according to a leading child protection expert.
Oprah is global
* Kate and Gerry McCann’s interview on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is to be screened in the UK, a day after airing in America, NBC Universal Global Networks announced today.
Diva TV, which transmits “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in the UK, will broadcast the McCann’s first US interview on Tuesday 5th May at 8pm. Viewers will see a digitally created photo that shows how Madeleine might look today, aged six.
“Kate: I still talk to Maddie.”
The media reacts to the news surge in the hunt for Our Maddie:
The Sun: “Kate McCann breaks down on Oprah”
KATE McCann wept last night as she told TV’s Oprah Winfrey she did not recognise photos of how missing daughter Maddie would look now.
Pictures of Our Maddie as she looks, er, now here...
Madeleine McCann – two years of views…
On Monday, May 4, Oprah will talk to Kate and Gerry McCann in their first interview in America since the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine.
Since May 3, 2007, when then-4-year-old Madeleine disappeared from the family’s vacation apartment in Portugal, there have been alleged sightings of the missing child, but none have been confirmed. For the first time, Oprah Show viewers will see a remarkable age progression that reveals what Madeleine might look like today.
THE search for Madeleine McCann:
In “KATE McCANN’S AGONY AT LEAVING TWINS FOR OPRAH”
The People’s Tracey Kandohla tells readers:
Kate McCann is in torment as she prepares to fly to America for a TV show – without her twins.
In a story that has hinged on “there but for the grace of god” and “every parent’s worst nightmare”, with readers and hacks empathising with the stricken McCanns, what do we make of this latest “torment”?
ReadMADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of missing Madeleine McCann…
The image appears on the front page of the Daily Express. Yeah, Our Maddie’s back selling “The World’s Greatest Newspaper”.
More FBI pictures of what Madeleine McCann might look like:
Madeleine McCann is to appear on the Oprah Winfrey show, that tribute to being average. The Irish Independent reports:
A small banner has appeared on the homepage of the official Madeleine McCann website. It reads: Coming soon, new ‘Never Give Up‘ t-shirts. Two years on from the disappearance of the three-year-old girl from her family’s holiday apartment in Portugal, it has become her parents’ mantra.
AS predicted a summer of Madeleine McCann news awaits. Can the desired result be achieved? Will Madeleine McCann be found?
The Daily Record has more news: “McCANNS TO SHOW ‘AGED’ MADDIE PICS ON OPRAH SHOW.”
Pictures of what Madeleine McCann looks like now are to be revealed on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show.
DAILY EXPRESS: “MADELEINE: £1M WAR FOR MCCANN INTERVIEW”
“AMERICA’S top chat show hosts are locked in a bidding war for an exclusive interview with the parents of Madeleine McCann. Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters have each pledged £1million in an attempt to get them in front of the TV cameras, it emerged yesterday”
DAILY MAIL: “Kate and Gerry McCann in £1million deal to tell all to Oprah Winfrey”
Her parents Kate and Gerry will appear on the US programme, which will be broadcast on the weekend of the second anniversary of her disappearance on May 3.
MORE on Madeleine McCann now. And we seem to be brewing up for a summer of Maddie.
Summer is a slow and lazy time for news hacks – it’s why no wars are declared in the summer and our boys in Iraq and Afghanistan spend the balmy season playing cricket and singing Agadoo.
The Irish Independent yells: “Sacked police chief points finger at McCanns”
THE former police officer thrown off the Madeleine McCann case is set to attack her parents again in a TV documentary.
The Archbishop writes his sermons with Google key words in mind:
“Football has come a long way since members of the Aston Villa Church Bible Class formed a football team in 1874 and the members of St Domingo’s Bible Class started playing football at Stanley Park in 1884.
“But when Villa take on Everton this afternoon for the riches of European glory, they would do well to recall the faith of their founders and to abandon the amnesia of their heritage.”
Only a loon would not think it good news that missing persons were found, preferably alive and well. But why these two? Does the Bishop write his sermon on Google News in mind?
Sky: Dr John Sentamu said he could not imagine the pain and suffering endured by the families of the missing. But he said the Easter celebration of the triumph of life over death should inspire people never to give up hoping they will be found.
The Daily Star bring the world the news : “THE TWINS NOW KNOW MADDIE WAS TAKEN.”
THE twin brother and sister of Madeleine McCann now know that she was taken away from them. And they still talk about her every day, says their dad Gerry.
THE news of Madeleine McCann is – as ever – not about the missing child: it’s about her parents. Gerry and Kate McCann are innocent but still we stare.
The latest flurry of news is that posters of the missing child have been ripped down in Praia da Luz.
Irish Herald: Letters.
I find it astonishing that posters of missing child Madeleine McCann have been torn down in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz. All he’s doing is trying to keep the memory of his daughter alive, in the hope that one day she will be found.
ANGRY locals barracked Gerry McCann as he filmed a reconstruction in the resort where daughter Maddeleine vanished. One sacked worker raged at Gerry: “Go home, leave us alone” while others ripped down posters put up for a fresh appeal…
The competition is – as ever – Tabloid Bingo – the writer’s challenge to link Madeleine McCann with any major news event. Your caller toay is MIRIAM O’CALLAGHAN, of the Irish Times.
Irish Times: “An ogre of the Apennines called on L’Aquila”
Midst the ochre, azure, terracotta and mimosa, there are jagged black holes from which men, women and children are being pulled: barely alive, barely dead.
Gerry McCann is in Portugal. Is Madeleine McCann?
Daily Mirror: “KATE: I’LL NEVER GO BACK TO PORTUGAL”
It’s the place where she last saw her daughter alive, but Kate McCann has declared she will never return to Praia da Luz.
So Kate McCann is not in Praia da Luz. The search continues for Madeleine McCann. And the Mirror is talking about… Kate McCann:
Heart surgeon Gerry was heckled by angry villagers who blame the youngster’s disappearance for job losses in the resort after a dip in visitors.
Gerry McCann has returned to Portugal. Now read on…
Sunday Mirror: “Madeleine McCann’s dad to relive kidnap”
For our entertainment?
MADELEINE McCann’s dad Gerry was last night back at the spot where she vanished two years ago – to film a reconstruction of the mystery. He hopes to spur a fresh wave of interest in the hunt for the tot, who would be six next month.
But heartbroken mum Kate will not be in the Channel 4 Cutting Edge documentary.
The family of missing Malton chef Claudia Lawrence will be going through “absolute hell”, the media advisor for Gerry and Kate McCann has said.
The full report on Madeleine McCann.
The problem is that more youngsters Madonna hangs out with, the older she looks. She might prefer to adopt a few pensioners, or Old Mr Anorak.
HITWISE measures popular search words on the web using science so amazing it will boil your brain.
According to this marketing site:
The top searches in the UK News category included ‘crufts’, ‘transport for london’, ‘bnp’, ‘crufts 2009’ and ‘madeleine mccann’.
Daily Express: “THE parents of Madeleine McCann are planning to give a rare television interview to make a fresh appeal for information which they hope could lead to her being found.”
Planning? Who’s interviewing them?
Kate and Gerry McCann are also considering flying out to Portugal in the coming weeks to boost their renewed efforts there for a breakthrough in the run-up to the second anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance on May 3.