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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.

Madeleine McCann: My Brilliant Career

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

THE GUARDIAN: “Heard the same song three times today? Blame the craze for ‘testing’ tunes”

Martin Kelner is writing on his career in radio:

“The problem is that during the day most of my local radio stations are aiming at a broadly similar audience, roughly women of a certain age, from around 30 to a shade over 55. Those who claim to be in the know say this is the constituency that will help you to a good score in the quarterly Rajar figures.

The slavish adherence to this perceived wisdom was made clear to me at the BBC local station that sacked me just over a year ago (on the same day Madeleine McCann went missing actually, which is probably why you never saw much about it in the newspapers) for not being “female friendly” enough.

Irony? Given the Madeleine McCann is now a linked to the f9 button on a journalist’s keyboard, it’s  hard to tell…

Posted: 19th, May 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann | Comments (252)


Madeleine McCann: Spanish Police, Child Abduction And Giovanni Trapattoni

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SUNDAY MIRROR: “COSTA PAIR TRIED TO STEAL OUR CHILDREN – EXCLUSIVE THIRD attempt to snatch young Brits from their parents in Spain”

Nigel and Lesley Atkinson’s sons Jason, 10, and Jake, eight, were playing outside their home in Moralet, near Alicante, when two men drove up and tried to entice the boys into their car…

“The boys were confused but thank God they were sensible enough to get back in the house. As they did, the men shouted at them to come back. But at this point our baby-sitter came out and the men sped off in their car.”

Spain? Not Portugal, then?

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Posted: 18th, May 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (536)


Madeleine McCann: Scotsman Apologises To Robert Murat

robert-murat.jpgMADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

ROBERT Murat is involved in legal action against 11 British newspapers and Sky New.

THE Scotsman has apologised to Robert Murat and admitted publishing defamatory allegations about him.

Says the paper:

“On 15 May an article about Robert Murat headed ‘Madeleine: He jokes of being ‘No.1 suspect’’ was published in which we reported a number of defamatory allegations about Mr Murat in connection with the abduction of Madeleine McCann.

“The article wrongly accused him of ‘hanging around’ the scene in a manner which recalled the Soham murders.

“Likening his behaviour in this way to that of Soham murderer, Ian Huntley, suggested that he was involved in the abduction of Madeleine McCann. It was a seriously defamatory allegation and wholly untrue.”

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Posted: 17th, May 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (442)


Madeleine McCann: Daily Express Editor Stands Down And a Joke

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THE GUARDIAN: “PEOPLE”

Meanwhile, a current editor, Peter Hill of the Daily Express, stood down yesterday from the Press Complaints Commission, not entirely coincidentally following the company’s recent £550,000 payout to the family of Madeleine McCann for publishing false stories about them.

The donation, right?

The PCC’s chairman, Christopher Meyer, had said Hill’s position was under review following the Express’s apology

THE IRISH TIMES: “Comedy controversies: all in the worst possible taste – Some of the gags that attracted most opprobrium.”

Sean Hughes on Madeleine McCann

At a show last year, Irish comic Sean Hughes noted how the parents of missing child Madeleine McCann had visited the Pope in the Vatican. “I know the Pope was in the Hitler Youth, but I don’t think he has anything to do with Madeleine’s disappearance,” he said.

A joke should be funny. Try this one, or this one. Or this one

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Posted: 16th, May 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (460)


Madeleine McCann: More Secrets And A Rerun

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DAILY MIRROR: “Maddy file kept shut”

A Portuguese judge overseeing the Madeleine McCann inquiry has extended judicial secrecy by a further three months.

WORKSOP GUARDIAN: “Madeleine files set to stay secret for another three months”

Says the McCanns’ spokesman, Clarence Mitchell: “We cannot comment on reports in Portugal that the judicial secrecy period has been extended by another three months as Kate and Gerry’s legal advisors have yet to be officially informed of any such decision.”

No comment.

“However, if it’s the case, it’s clearly disappointing and Kate and Gerry’s lawyers will of course continue to press for the opening of the police file. You have to ask yourself how the period of secrecy remaining in place for such a long time actually does anything to help find Madeleine.”

No comment.

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Posted: 15th, May 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (340)


Madeleine McCann Reconstruction To Go Ahead, Maybe

PORTUGUESE police want to reconstruct the night Madeleine McCann vanished.

Says the McCanns’ lawyer at a police conference in Faro in the Algarve: “We have little faith in the benefit of this step and how it can help to discover what happened to Madeleine. But there are strong indications it will go ahead.”

Clarence Mitchell, the McCann’s spokesman, said nothing had been decided.

“The discussions about the possible visit by all nine are still ongoing,” he said. “It is down to the friends – as well as Kate and Gerry – to decide whether they want to go back.

“Of course, Kate and Gerry would do anything they could if they thought it would help find their daughter.

“There are some serious questions surrounding the value of the proposed exercise and only when satisfactory answers have come in and all the friends are happy will it happen.”

Posted: 14th, May 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (206)


Madeleine McCann: The Carnival Of Spotters Reaches Brazil And Yeremi Vargas

mccann-plane.jpgMADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann 

DAILY STAR (front page): “Maddie is seen alive & well in Brazil”

Madeleine McCann is on a plane bound for Sao Paulo. She has also been spotted in Argentina and Chile. The Star says 11 million people live in Sao Paul. It’s the world’s fifth biggest city.

Such are the facts. Gerry McCann is a “heart consultant”. Kate McCann is a “GP”. Facts.

Madeleine has also been seen in: Portugal, Spain, Malta, Morocco, Belgium, Bosnia, France, Australia and Dorset.

Says Clarence Mitchell: “There have been a handful of sightings of Madeleine in South America. Some have been reported, others have not.”

How do editors decide which sightings got on the front page and which are ignored? How do the McCanns?

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Posted: 14th, May 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (288)


Madeleine McCann: Watching The Children

birthday-mccann.jpgMADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann 

THE SUN: “So sad on Maddie’s birthday”

THE parents of missing Maddie McCann held a “low-key” party yesterday on her fifth birthday. Kate and Gerry McCann decided it must go ahead for the sake of their three-year-old twins Amelie and Sean.

And then tell the world about it.

Says McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell: “Obviously, without Madeleine home yet, this is sadly just another day without her in many respects. Of course they marked her fifth birthday, as much for Sean and Amelie’s benefit as anything else, but they did it privately within the family.”

How long before we are watching Sean and Amelie?

DAILY STAR: “MADDIE BIRTHDAY.. NO CAKE, NO CARDS”

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Posted: 13th, May 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (520)


Madeleine McCann: Blaming Richard Desmond And How To Prevent Another Maddie

desmond.jpgMADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann 

THE GUARDIAN: “Why the Sunday Express is so unpopular”

ROY GREENSLADE:

I note that the Sunday Express took another sales nose dive last month to record an average weekly sale of just 673,840. Could the continuing circulation slide have anything to do with the readers’ dislike of its scandalous Madeleine McCann coverage? Possibly.

Or has it more to do with the whimsical, but pointless, columns by the paper’s editor, Martin Townsend ? Also possible.

But I believe it has more to do with the growing distaste for its owner, Richard Desmond. In true Maxwellian form a sweaty picture of Dirty Des appeared in this week’s issue (arm around Lulu, poor her) at a charity function arranged by, of course, Desmond himself. Expect another sales drop this month.

OK!, which routinely features its owner Desmond, is the top selling showbiz magazine. Go figure… 

METRO: “McCanns hold ‘low-key Maddie birthday party’”

Mr McCann, a consultant cardiologist at Leicester’s Glenfield Hospital, has a number of clinical appointments but he and his wife were due to be together at home for some part of the day.

Such are the facts. 

IRISH INDEPENDENT: “7 ways to keep your kids safe on holiday – It’s easy for parents to become too relaxed about their children while abroad, so Shane Dunphy suggests some general rules”

Summer’s here — at last. And all we can think about are holidays in the sun. But no parent can take their children abroad now without thinking of tragic Madeleine McCann.

Tips to avoid another Madeleine McCann include:

Posted: 12th, May 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (369)


Madeleine McCann: Inside The Flat, New Clues And Bad Parents

mccann-morocco.pngMADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann 

NEWS OF THE WORLD (front page): “MADDIE”

More?

“WORLD EXCLUSIVE: FIRST PICTURES INSIDE FLAT”

“Maddie’s bedroom”; “front door” – the flat from Madeleine McCann supposedly went missing is for hire, and the NOTW has been to look it over.

Has the NOTW turned into a holiday brochure, got into the timeshare game?

Now the rest of the flat has been redecorated and is ready to welcome more holidaying families to Portugal.

Can the flat be rented by the minute, and because of its history does it come with a surcharge? For now, the paper wants to show readers “How fiend could have kept out of sight”.

Our detailed survey of the flat reveals a host of places Maddie’s abductor could have hidden when it’s most likely he was almost caught in the act by dad Gerry as he checked on her and twins, Sean and Amelie, at 9.05pm on May 3 last year…

Details. You have noted the door and the bedroom. Now look at the inside of a “WARDROBE”.

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Posted: 11th, May 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (471)


Tabloid Bingo: McCann, Matthews, McGuckin And More…

tabloid-bingo.pngANORAK’S’ Tabloid Bingo: With Lorraine Kelly

The Aim of The Game: To combine the names McCann, Fritzl, Matthews, McGuckin and McKeown in one column. Can the Sun’s Lorraine do it? Eyes down…

WHY do many parents leave their common sense behind as soon as they step on the plane and go off on holiday?

A promising start from Kelly, who has set a scene which should enable her to use all five names, possibly in a single paragraph.

Parents who would not leave their children in the front garden to play on their own happily dump them in the hotel room or villa while they go for a meal. The poor McCanns will never forgive themselves for their tragic error of judgment which led to the disappearance of Maddie.

Tick!

What about the Irish bank chief and his wife who had their children taken into protective custody when on holiday in the Algarve?

You mean the mortgage advisor, Lorraine?

Eamon McGuckin was said to be so drunk that he collapsed and fell through a sofa, while his wife Antoinette threw up in their hotel reception area.

Tick!

Damn those flimsy Portuguese sofas.

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Posted: 10th, May 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews, Tabloids | Comments (28)


Madeleine McCann: McCanns Cleared, Shannon Matthews Fund And The Maddy Card

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DAILY MIRROR: “McCANNS ‘IN CLEAR’”

Kate and Gerry McCann will be formally cleared as suspects in daughter Madeleine’s disappearance by August, their lawyer said yesterday.

Fact. Now the Portuguese police can find Madeleine? And the McCanns can return to Portugal.

Rogerio Alves said detectives in Portugal had finally admitted they have no evidence against the couple and were preparing to lift their arguido status. But he also warned the move could signal the end of the year-long hunt for the four-year-old.

But the Portuguese police are useless, right? And the McCanns have Metodo 3?

But McCann spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “We don’t want the case to remain unsolved.”

DAILY MAIL: “McCanns’ status as suspects in Madeleine’s disappearance ‘will be lifted by August’”

This August. Fact.

Says Rogerio Alves: “I believe that by August the police will close the case and lift arguido status. I believe it is a very strong possibility.”

Believe. Possibility. Fact.

ROUNDTOWNNEWS (Spain): “Mass of Balloons for Madeleine”

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Posted: 10th, May 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (329)


Madeleine McCann: Rob Blackhurst’s Maddy Theme Holiday, BBC Apologises And If Cars Could Talk

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GLASGOW DAILY RECORD: “BBC apologies over McCanns over Madeleine anniversary film blunder”

THE BBC have apologised to the McCann family for scheduling a film about a runaway girl called Madeleine on the anniversary of their daughter’s disappearance…

But bungling Beeb chiefs scheduled the 1998 children’s film Madeleine for the weekend of the first anniversary of the youngster’s disappearance.

Can you separate fact from fiction? Call 0800 HELPMEIMMAD and our team of trained TV watchers will talk you through the plot.

The movie, starring Nigel Hawthorne, is about an orphan who runs away and manages to foil a kidnap plot. The blunder was only spotted at the last minute and the BBC hastily replaced the film with the 2005 Lindsay Lohan movie Herbie Fully Loaded.

You know, the one about the car with the big secret.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: “BBC apologises to Madeleine McCann’s parents”

Says a source close to the McCanns:

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Posted: 9th, May 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (481)


Madeleine McCann And McGuckin: Max Clifford, Robert Murat And Portugal Is No Spain

mcguckin.jpgMADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, with special guests the McGuckins.

British media massed in Portugal for the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are filling in the blanks by watching the telly. Eamon and Antoinette McGuckin flicker into life. Now read on…

THE GUARDIAN: “Holiday couple insist they were not drunk”

Friends in their village in County Derry, Northern Ireland, said the McGuckins had been the victims of “media paranoia” generated by the first anniversary of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.

You can never be too careful. There could have been three more Maddies.

Their children – aged one, two and six – were temporarily taken from them last weekend by the Portuguese authorities. The McGuckins said they were saddened and traumatised by the furore.

Portugal – bring the kids and get away from the kids.

DAILY MIRROR: Watching the parents. And what do we know about them?

“The couple live in a £450,000 house in Maghera, Northern Ireland.” Such are the facts.

DAILY MAIL: “’We were ill, not drunk’, claim Portugal holiday couple who had children seized”

Last night, a statement released by the McGuckins failed to state how much or what had been drunk, only that it was not “an excessive amount”.

Semantics. Well, Mr McGuckin is a “former bank manager”.

The incident has caused outrage in Portugal, where the year-long investigation into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance has already raised questions over standards of British parenting.

Let’s bomb Portugal, or at least give our young offenders a free holiday there.

BELFAST TELEGRAPH: “Did Derry duo pay for McCanns’ mistake?”

Lindy McDowell plays tabloid bingo and wonders…

And here we come to the crux of the matter. Two words — Madeleine McCann.

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Posted: 8th, May 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (669)


McGuckin In McCann Peril: Foreign Crimes In Foreign Climes

portugal-scum-mccann.jpgBRITONS planning trips to the new Portugal should go equipped with a loud hailer, a private detective and nothing too shiny. If on a driving holiday, ensure the boot can be opened from within.

Listen to the tale told by Eamon and Antionette McGuckin, who found their three children in the care of the Portuguese – and what irony there, readers – after they were attacked by a “Rohypnol gang”.

One would imagine that given the paralysing powers of the so-called date rape drug, the Rohypnol Gang are not much cop at ganging, preferring to lie down and wait their victim to trip over them. It would help if the victims were drunk.

But this gang is armed with the drug and slipping it into the “small jug” of sangria the McGuckins were quaffing, sipping, even. (Although the Mirror’s Sue Carroll sees the “dog tired, hot and thirsty” couple taking beer – mucky foreign beer.)

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Posted: 7th, May 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (448)


Madeleine McCann: McGuckins, CCTV And A Mother’s Scream

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SUE CARROLL (Mirror): The McGuckins are “ashamed”.

“What they should not be are convenient scapegoats for the Portuguese police who, a year on, have failed to turn up even a sliver of evidence on the fate of Madeleine McCann”

McCann. McGuckin. It’s Tabloid Bingo! Bingo! Bingo! Bingo!

DAILY MAIL: “Big Brother? Hardly. The CCTV cameras don’t work – and actually make crime even worse”

Says Ross Clark: “The revelation that only three per cent of London street robberies are solved by CCTV cameras comes as no surprise to me.”

It is a similar story with that other great arm of the surveillance society: the national DNA database. So far, there has been muted public protest at the database, on which there is now the DNA of 4.5 million Britons recorded. But the public’s view of the database is based on the assumption that it is helping to catch criminals. Yesterday, however, the Home Office admitted that for every 800 samples added to the database, it helps solve just one crime.

For example?

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Posted: 7th, May 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (93)


Madeleine McCann: The McGuckins, Middle-Class Drinks And

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DAILY MIRROR: “Portugal booze parents’ court fear”

It’s Eamon and Antoinette McGuckin.

Bank manager Eamon, 35, passed out in the hotel reception while Antoinette, 36, vomited before falling unconscious.

A source close to the family said last night: “They are very ashamed. They want to go to court. They want to say to the judge that the children are safe with them.”

Significant:

Vilamoura is 45 miles from Praia da Luz, where four-year-old Madeleine McCann went missing while her parents were out with friends a year ago.

DAILY MAIL: “Shamed: The middle class parents who got so drunk on holiday their three children were taken into care”

Middle-class drinkers. Who knew of such a thing?

Mr McGuckin used to be manager of the Magherafelt branch of the Ulster Bank, a spokesman said. He left 18 months ago and is understood to now work for a mortgage company. His wife is a full-time mother.

British parents:

The incident has caused outrage in Portugal, where the year-long investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has already raised questions over standards of British parenting.

BELFAST NEWSLETTER: “Couple ‘will face NI social services’”

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Posted: 6th, May 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (460)


Madeleine McCann: Antoinette McGuckin, Drunk Parents In Portugal And Three Maddies

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DAILY MIRROR: “DRUNK HOLIDAY BRITS’ CHILDREN TAKEN INTO CARE”

A British couple on holiday in Portugal got so drunk their three children were taken into care. Hotel staff called the authorities when the pair seemed unable to look after the two boys, aged six and one, and a girl of two.

Bit judgemental?

Sources said the parents came back in a “drunken stupor” from a “euro-apint” bar in Vilamoura.

But what has it to do with Madeleine McCann?

The town is a 45-minute drive from Praia da Luz, where Madeleine McCann vanished a year ago.

DAILY EXPRESS: “DRUNKEN HOLIDAY BRITONS HAVE CHILDREN PUT IN CARE”

The alleged incident took place on Friday evening at the Mourabel Apartments in the resort of Vilamoura, 40 miles away from where Madeleine McCann disappeared last May.

THE HERALD: “British children taken into custody in Portugal as parents too drunk”

Hotel staff in Vilamoura, in the Algarve, called police after Eamon McGuckin, 34, and his wife Antoinette, 32, collapsed while on holiday on Friday night. The couple, believed to be from Magherafelt, Northern Ireland, were taken to a health centre in nearby Loule while their children, one-year-old Adam, two-year-old Amy and Aaron, six, were taken to the Refugio Aboim Ascensao children’s home in Faro.

Allegedly, of course. It’s shocking. And worse:

The incident happened on the eve of the first anniversary of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, who went missing from her family’s Algarve holiday flat while her parents dined nearby.

DAILY MAIL: “Three British children taken into care after parents ‘drank themselves into a stupor’ on Algarve holiday”

The manager of the Mourabel hotel in Vilamoura, where the family were staying, said: “Fortunately the children were safe – otherwise it might have been not one Maddie, but three Maddies.”

THE SCOTSMAN: “Family in care after parents collapse drunk”

The incident happened on the eve of the first anniversary of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, who went missing from her family’s Algarve holiday flat while her parents dined nearby. Referring to the McCann case, Dr Villas-Boas said: “The press were not around – they were very fortunate in that there was very heavy news from Great Britain that day.”

THE SUN: “McCanns in legal boost”

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Posted: 5th, May 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (621)


Madeleine McCann: Liddle Things, Her Digital Age And The Sop Opera

hot_air.jpg: THE COLUMNISTS:

ROD LIDDLE (Times): “Madeleine, the incidental onlooker”

Come on, be honest. When Kate McCann appears before you on your television screen, do you sink your head low and remember poor Madeleine, somehow spirited out of that Praia da Luz apartment, or are you overwhelmed with a sense of irritation, annoyance and ennui?

Or like me, is it a little bit of both, callous pig that I am?…

The weird thing is the way the story has taken on a life of its own, with Madeleine as a terribly absent onlooker, almost incidental to the whole charade.

ANDREW ANTHONY (The Observer): “For a variety of reasons, the disappearance of Madeleine McCann seems to hold an enduring, not to say unhealthy, hold on the nation’s imagination. The first and most obvious is that it exemplifies every parent’s deepest fear.

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Posted: 4th, May 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann | Comments (402)


Madeleine McCann: ‘Pray Like Mad’, Seeing The Light And McCanns’ ‘Cleared’

mccanns.jpgMADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCannTHE OBSERVER (front page): “One year on, Kate McCann’s please: ‘Please stay with us. Pray like mad.’”

DAILY MIRROR (front page): “MADDIE: KATE’S PLEA: ‘KEEP WITH US..KEEP PRAYING’”

MAIL ON SUNDAY: “Kate McCann’s pulpit plea: stay with us and pray like mad”

The McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “It’s an intensely private and very difficult day for them.”

SUNDAY PEOPLE: “’PUBLIC KEEP US STRONG’ – MISSING FOR A YEAR: BRITAIN, PORTUGAL AND WORLD UNITED IN HOPE”

The world unites.

“LIGHT HER WAY HOME – MISSING FOR A YEAR: BRITAIN, PORTUGAL AND WORLD UNITED IN HOPE ‘You are a light that shines in the darkest times. Guide all who search for Madeleine’ – By Rachael Bletchley In Praia Da Luz”

The sunrise over Praia da Luz was as beautiful as ever yesterday. A warm, orange glow spread up from the horizon then burst into the dazzling rays that give the resort its name – Beach of Light.

A rosy-fingered dawn…

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Posted: 4th, May 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (101)


Madeleine McCann: Let Us Pray, Light The Way, It’s A Year Today

madeleine_mccann6.jpgMADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

THE SUN (front page): “MADDIE: 1 YEAR ON”

A year of headlines, sensation and speculation. A year of Watching The Parents.

DAILY MIRROR (front page): “LIGHT A CANDLE FOPR OUR MADDIE”

And leave a chair empty at the dinner table, too? And when should the candle be lit?

“9:15 tonight… A YEAR ON”

Did you light a candle a year after 7/11, the end of the Falklands War, the Hillsborough disaster?

Did the Mirror forget to tell you to?

It is “A DAY TO PRAY”.

FIONA PHILLIPS: “A year ago today Madeleine McCann’s mummy and daddy, Kate and Gerry, became victims of the most colossal crime.”

Mummy and daddy… Are Mirror readers being asked to empathise with Madeleine? The fact is, it could. It could happen to any of us.

Grip hands tighter. Avoid Portugal. Spread the anxiety. The rare crime of a chid abduction, as Phillips supposes, might find a victim in your child.

I fill my car up with petrol and sometimes leave the children in the back when I go and pay for it. It could happen to me.

I’ve seen mums chatting to friends in supermarkets and on busy pavements while their children wander off. It could happen to them.

It happened to the McCanns in a child-friendly, family holiday village. It could happen to you.

YORKSHIRE POST: “The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has written a special prayer to mark the first anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance.”

Church of England PR?

MADDY’S PRAYER:

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Posted: 3rd, May 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (600)


Madeleine McCann: Josef Fritzl, Tabloid Bingo And Watching Kate McCann

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DAILY MIRROR (front page): “We’ll find Madeleine ourselves”

It is the McCanns’ “EXTRAORDINARY VOW”.

Any news of Metodo 3, the sleuths who would find Madeleine by last Christmas?

TWINS IN VOW TO FIND SIS – MISSING MADELEINE McCANN: ONE YEAR ON

The McCanns’ three-year-old twins Sean and Amelie have promised their grieving parents they will rescue their missing big sister.

Well, why not let them have a go?

Says Gerry McCann: “Madeleine is everywhere in our lives.” All our lives.

IRISH INDEPENDENT: “’One year on, we’re no closer to finding Maddy’”

Says Kate McCann: “There has been that much speculation in a lot of the media, particularly the written press. It’s taking away people searching for Madeleine.”

Says Kate McCann, and not Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns’ media handler.

POLO SHIRTS (a company selling T-shirts): “T-Shirts can be very valuable tools in helping to find missing children. Think about how many people see you each and every day. If you are wearing a T-shirt with the picture of a missing child on it then all of those people are also seeing the child and, hopefully, watching for her everywhere that they go. In the case of Madeleine McCann, the sale of T-Shirts is also helping to raise money for Madeleine’s fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned.”

Let’s hear it for the T-shirts!

GLASGOW DAILY RECORD: “Tragedy Breeds Tourism”

It is a year since Madeleine McCann vanished.

Madeleine McCann and Josef Fritzl? We’ve already had the McCanns and Elisabeth Fritzl. There’s a link? Joan Burnie sees one..

The apartment from which the then three-year-old disappeared has now become a sick tourist attraction, where people take their own kiddies to be photographed where once Madeleine slept.

Next year, can we expect the Austrian Tourist Board to promote tours of the dungeon in which Josef Fritzl incarcerated and abused his daughter?

THE SUN: “Dungeon rescue gives me hope”

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Posted: 2nd, May 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (1,111)


Madeleine McCann: The Single Thread Thread

FROM the Anorak Forums: For me, the best comment on the McCann TV Look at Us In Our Grief Special from the media perspective is today’s Guardian treatment of it.

If you go to Guardian.co.uk and search on the name McCann you will find the whole two-hour-months-in-the-preparation, presentation and breathy puffing of the docusqueaky episode is reduced to the comment “Did we need a two-hour documentary to say Gerry and Kate McCann were:
1: angry?
2 sad? ”

The whole sorry exercise has been reduced to a what was on tv last night commentary and not about the sanitised McCann angst but about the ITV News At Ten coverage of it:

The inner twist is that Sam Wollaston is not sympathising with the McCann situation or plight but with the sorry and truly disgraceful fact that the ITV newsroom standards have fallen so low the Sir Trevor MacDonald and the team felt the Lead item of News at Ten was the McCann documentary… a dated non-news story and not one news worthy item in it other than the angle we have already covered taken by yesterday’s Herald on the “if only we have a buggy” comment.

Do you ever log into Anorak and feel a sensation which can only be described as akin to a bug being skewered by a hat pin for some entomologist’s collection?

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Posted: 1st, May 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (104)


Madeleine McCann: No Change, A Tourist Site And Entertainment

mccann-light.jpgMADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

THE GUARDIAN: “Last night’s TV: Madeleine, One Year On: Campaign for Change”

It’s difficult to keep the visuals stimulating, too. We saw the McCanns at home in Leicestershire; Kate and Jerry talking on the sofa. But you can’t have two hours of sofa, so we joined them in a lot of taxis – in Portugal, London, Washington. And there were plenty of lingering tree shots – leafless, winter trees (this is a sad story, after all). And a flying heron … eh, what’s that about? Maybe the heron is an aguido, too. Does Sir Trevor know?

DAILY MAIL: “Madeleine holiday apartment becomes ‘sick tourist attraction’ one year on from her disappearance”

Coachloads of journalists arrive every day. It’s sick.

DAILY MIRROR: “Tourists posing for pictures at McCann tragedy spots”

Pensioner Pamela Fenn, who lives above the McCanns’ holiday apartment, said: “It’s sick.
“They stand outside and then have photographs taken with their children.”

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Posted: 1st, May 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Madeleine McCann, Tabloids | Comments (715)


Lighting The Coastline For Madeleine McCann

MADELEINE McCann is missing.

THE REGION’S coastline will be lit up this weekend to mark the first anniversary of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.

On Saturday night, people of all ages are being encouraged to gather along the four mile seafront between Rhyl and Prestatyn with their torches, lanterns and candles from 9.30pm to 10pm as part of a national Lighting the Way Home day for Madeleine.

Bring the kids – make a night of it…

Posted: 30th, April 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (655)