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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.

McCanns Fly Out For Audience With Oprah Winfrey

mccanns-head-for-oprahKATE and Gerry McCann have flown out for an audience with Oprah Winfrey…

Pictures of Our Maddie as she looks, er, now here...

Madeleine McCann – two years of views…

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Posted: 23rd, April 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (13)


Oprah Winfrey Interviews McCanns In Their London Home

mccann-fearTHE Oprah Interviews Madeleine McCann’s Parents

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.

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Posted: 22nd, April 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (29)


Kate McCann’s Latest Torment

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”?

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Posted: 20th, April 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (27)


FBI Pictures Of Madeleine McCann Age 6

FBI Picture Of Madeline McCann Age 6…

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:

Posted: 19th, April 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (24)


Oprah Winfrey Wears Madeleine McCann T-Shirt

MADDIE WATCH Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

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.

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Posted: 18th, April 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (6)


Madeleine McCann: Gerry And Kate McCann On Oprah Winfrey Show

GERRY McCann and Kate McCann are to appear on the Oprah Winfrey TV show. Now read on…

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.

Oprah Winfrey has reach, but is she big in Portugal, where the child went missing? Remember this?

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.

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Posted: 15th, April 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (45)


New TV Documentary Accuses Kate And Gerry McCann

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.

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Posted: 13th, April 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (19)


Madeleine McCann Spotted at Aston Villa Versus Everton

A LINK between Claudia Lawrence and Madeleine McCann has been established by the Archbishop of York and the whole thing linked to the Premier League:

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.”

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Posted: 13th, April 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (13)


Archbishop Name Checks Claudia Lawrence and Madeleine McCann

TIME once more to hear from the Archbishop of York as he calls for “renewed hope in the searches for Claudia Lawrence and Madeleine McCann“.

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.

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Posted: 12th, April 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (6)


Madeleine McCann: Gerry McCann In Interview

madeleine-mccann-needham-256x300 Madeleine McCann: Gerry McCanns DocumentaryMADDIE WATCH Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

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.

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Posted: 10th, April 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (7)


Madeleine McCann Is Not In Portugal

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.

Daily Star:

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…

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Posted: 8th, April 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (12)


Madeleine McCann Spotted In Italy

MADDIE WATCH Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

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.

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Posted: 8th, April 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (7)


Madeleine McCann Cast In Portugal

MADDIE WATCH Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

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.

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Posted: 6th, April 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (30)


Madeleine McCann: Gerry McCann’s Documentary

MADDIE WATCH Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

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.

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Posted: 5th, April 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (17)


Madeleine McCann And Claudia Lawrence

MADDIE WATCH Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCannToday we learn that Madeleine Mccan is linked to the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence…

Scarborough Evening News:

The family of missing Malton chef Claudia Lawrence will be going through “absolute hell”, the media advisor for Gerry and Kate McCann has said.

It takes an expert in PR to know that a missing person’s family will be suffering. Can we get a second opinion from Max Clifford?

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Posted: 4th, April 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (3)


Madonna Adopts Madeleine McCann

IN the Belfast Telegraph Gail Walker is making an honest fist at linking Madeleine McCann to a current news story, in this instance Madonna’s attempt to secure another child.

The full report on Madeleine McCann.

Merry James: Ten Bizarre Facts About Madonna And Child

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.

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Posted: 1st, April 2009 | In: Celebrities, Madeleine McCann | Comments (3)


Madeleine McCann, Crufts, The BNP And Snow

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

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’.

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Posted: 30th, March 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (2)


Madeleine McCann: ‘Happy And Relaxed’ Kate McCann

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry 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.

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Posted: 29th, March 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (30)


Madeleine McCann Spotted In Portugal

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

Meanwhile, back in Portugal…

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Posted: 28th, March 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (4)


Madeleine McCann, Russell Brand And Decapitated Cyclists

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann, starring Matthew Parris, headless cyclists and Russell Brand.

The Guardian tells us:

A Times article about decapitating cyclists was the most complained about last year to industry watchdog, the Press Complaints Commission, receiving a record number of complaints about British newspapers and magazines.

Hats off to that story, and take care to untie the chinstrap first, readers.

The PCC, publishing its annual report today, said it received 4,698 complaints overall last year, a rise of 8% on 2007.

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Posted: 19th, March 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (12)


Missing Madeleine McCann On BBC Daytime TV Show

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

Daily Record: “Quirke Start To A Mid-Life Crisis”

THE BBC’s new entertainment show Missing is on daytime telly. Quirk plays “DS Mary Jane Croft, a charismatic detective who runs an under-resourced department. The drama, set in a busy Missing Persons Unit, sees staff race against time to save people who are at risk.”

“But I’m pleased I’ve filmed the series. It’s entertainment – I wouldn’t claim it to be anything else – but you never know, do you? Somebody who has had a fall-out with their family and has gone missing may see the show, feel a pang of conscience and get in touch with relatives who are worried sick about what has happened to them.”

Pauline is relieved to report nobody has ever gone missing from her own family – husband Steve Sheen and children Emily, 24, and Charlie, 14.

Phew!

She says: “I can, truly, think of nothing worse than missing a child and for that uncertainty to continue – as it has for the parents of Madeleine McCann – must be unbearable.

Fact and fiction – can you spot the difference?

The Herald: “Body discovered in loch believed to be missing Uist cadet”

The mysterious disappearance had haunted the island community since Christmas, but it now looks as if the long search for a 21-year-old merchant navy cadet who went missing almost three months ago is at an end.

The people of South Uist have been looking for Simon MacMillan since he vanished in the early hours of Boxing Day in the township of Linique in the Iochdar area of the island…

A group of locals discovered a body at around 10.30am yesterday in Loch Bee, just south of the road between Linique and Mr MacMillan’s home in Ardmore.

And context?

Northern Constabulary brought in Mark Harrison, the national search adviser to the National Policing Improvement Agency, who was also involved in the search for Madeleine McCann.

Is Our Maddy on your CV?

The Scotsman:

However, after police drew a blank, an expert who had reviewed the hunt for Madeleine McCann was called in to help develop new leads.

The Times:

Local police also recruited Mark Harrison, the national search adviser to the National Policing Improvement Agency, who had previously worked with West Midlands police following the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The Guardian: “PCC targets Sunday Express over Dunblane allegations”

The Press Complaints Commission has launched an investigation after the Scottish edition of the Sunday Express ran a front page story alleging survivors of the Dunblane massacre “shamed” the memory of their dead friends by boasting about drunken nights out on social networking websites.

The article, titled “Anniversary shame of Dunblane: internet boasts of sex, drink and violence as youngsters hit 18” appeared on March 8. It claimed that a number of the those who witnessed the massacre first-hand had “posted shocking blogs and photographs of themselves on the internet, 13 years after being sheltered from public view in the aftermath of the atrocity”.

Sixteen children and their teacher were murdered when gunman Thomas Hamilton burst into the gym at Dunblane Primary School and opened fire on March 13 1996. Hamilton then turned the gun on himself.

Children of Dunblane Horror Grow Up Normally – read all about it!

And:

The editor of the Daily Express, Peter Hill, left the board of the PCC last year following front page and high court apologies from Express Newspapers titles the Daily Express, Daily Star, Sunday Express and Daily Star Sunday over a string of false stories about the disappearance of four-year-old Madeline McCann, which resulted in payments of £550,000 in damages to the McCann family.

Never let her lie…

Posted: 16th, March 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (27)


When Jade Goody Met Madeleine McCann

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

Daily Mail -Jan Moir: “Gerry’s complaints leave a bitter taste”

How strange it was to see pale, pugnacious Gerry McCann back in the news this week. It serves as a reminder that while the world has moved on for the rest of us, time stands still for him.

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Posted: 13th, March 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (14)


Madeleine McCann: Brand McCann, Selling The Commodity And The Media Feeding Frenzy

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

BBC: “Madeleine ‘treated as commodity’”

“COPS: MADDIE IS STILL ALIVE,” says the front page of the People. But they don’t know. Not for sure. To put this headline on the front page is bad reporting, offering false hope. It smacks of opportunism, using Madeleine to sell newspapers –Anorak, May 13, 2007

Madeleine McCann was treated as a “commodity” by the UK press, her father Gerry has told MPs.

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Posted: 10th, March 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (33)


Madeleine McCann: Murat, Opik, Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen And Jade Goody

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann, featuring special guest star Robert Murat, Lembit Opik, Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Jade Goody and a heated debate

AFTER a winter-long hibernation, Madeleine McCann returns to the newspapers and front-line debate.

The University of Cambridge’s organ tells its readers: “Robert Murat holds Cambridge Union spellbound in tabloids debate”

The debate, which brought together some famous names from the media, was notable for emotional highs and lows, as well as some colourful tabloid-style language and plenty of laughter.

Speaking for the motion were Michael White, Associate Editor of the Guardian, Robert Murat and his lawyer Louis Charalambous, and the Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik, whose personal life has regularly been splashed across the front pages of the tabloids.

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Posted: 10th, March 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (12)


Jade Goody’s Celebrity Cancer: Madeleine McCann, Shannon Matthews, The X Factor and Jesus

JADE Goody celebrity cancer: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Jade Goody’s celebrity cancer with Madeleine McCann, Shannon Matthews, The X Factor and Jesus.

Daily Mirror: “Christen Me Now Begs Jade”

Max Clifford added Jade’s sons were coping “very well”.

“They are aware their mum is very ill, but they are very young. Hopefully their lives will be as unaffected as possible, bearing in mind they are going to lose the centrepiece of their lives…

…me, Max Clifford?

…their mum.

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Posted: 7th, March 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (26)