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Daily Express To Be Edited By Robots

by | 11th, September 2008

THE Daily Express and Sunday Express move one step closer to being written and edited by monkeys.

News is that subs are being sacked in favour of a new editorial system called Woodwing.

In a letter to the downtrodden, group managing editor Ian Parrott (all his own words) says the system will allow the paper to “revolutionise the way pages are written and edited and therefore reduce costs”.

(Image: Beau Bo D’Or Website)

He goes on to blame that ever-present excuse: my dog ate it, Miss. No, it’s the credit crunch, dummy:

“This is the only way we can maintain a viable business able to cope with the problems of the national economy and the credit crunch and its continuing effect on us; the substantial drop in our advertising revenues and the continuing drop in our circulation figures.”

In short, who reads the Express?

So the plan is for a new system. And Anorak has seen it at work. It works as follows:

Every day a the computer will chose picture of an attractive blonde – Madeleine McCann, Princess Diana, Jill Dando – and a headline that combines the words “Immigrants” “Thieving”, “Gypsy” and “Scum”.

It’s rationalisation…

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