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Daily Express Interrupts News Of Madeleine McCann And Princess Diana To Bemoan BBC Repeats

by | 3rd, December 2009

express-repeatsTHE Daily Express leads with news that “CHRISTMAS TV IS 600 HOURS OF REPEATS.” Is that all? Of course if the Daily Express operated a TV station it would be a loop of repeats of Pricness Diana and speculation on Madeleine McCann broken up by ad breaks for hardcore porn. MacGuffin investigates:

THE (ahem) ‘World’s Greatest Newspaper’ is leading with the really crucial issues of the day again today.

More important than Obama’s speech on extra troops for Afghanistan is the news that there will be some repeats on TV over Christmas.

A stunning revelation indeed.

Does the headline make sense? Not really. ‘Christmas TV includes 600 hours of repeats’ would be better. The way it is worded (with ‘is’) makes it sound as if 600 hours of repeats is all that is on.

The first version of this story to appear on the Express website – now removed – was so poor they hadn’t even bothered to find a half-decent person to be outraged by this non-scandal.

Instead, they spared no expense in getting reaction from Mike Ward. Who?

Mike Ward, Daily Express TV critic


In the updated version, there are a couple of quotes from politicians which the Express appears to have swiped from the Telegraph, whose version of the story appeared online at 7:30am yesterday. That’s how groundbreaking the Express’ front page is.

But they have managed to get one new quote about how the BBC is a huge disappointment. Guess where from? Yes, it’s Matthew Elliott from the TaxPayers’ Alliance. Where would the tabloids be without them? Elliott splutters:

churning out hundreds of hours of tired programming is unacceptable behaviour and will leave licence fee payers feeling ripped off. Christmas, more than any other time of the year, is when people want quality entertainment, and Auntie is currently falling far short of the mark.’

Tired repeats are something the quote-machines at the TPA know all about. It’s not immediately obvious why they think the BBC has to be better at Christmas than the rest of the year – surely most right-minded people would rather they were better for 50 weeks of the year, rather than two?

As for falling short on quality entertainment, has Elliott not seen Life? In any two minutes of that incredible series you will find more that is informative, interesting and intelligent than in anything his ludicrously predictable, utterly humourless, kneejerk organisation has ever said or done.

The repeats figures themselves seem rather underwhelming. For one thing, the number of hours is actually 580, as the story reveals in the third paragraph.

Also, 580 hours of repeats over the five main channels over 14 days only equates to about a third of their output. Given that the repeats figure includes films, that doesn’t seem that bad.

Besides, wouldn’t the Express be the first to complain if shows such as Morecombe and Wise weren’t shown? Wouldn’t that be yet another sign that British traditions are under threat?

And isn’t a bit rich for the Express – the Express – to complain of repeats? The paper that put Madeleine McCann conspiracy theories on the front page for around 90 consecutive days. That has put Diana on the front page with tedious regularity over the last 12 years. That reheats racist columns. That in the last few weeks has regurgitated cereal, tea and mushroom stories – TW

Pass the nespapers – stick to the web…

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