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Madeleine McCann | Anorak - Part 26

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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 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)


Madeleine McCann: Robert Murat, MPs And Gerry McCann’s Heated Debate

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

Madeleine McCann is missing, still missing. She is now missing from the papers. The story is not of a missing child. The story is of the media, how the single thread story became a maelstrom of speculation and clai, and now introspection.

Last night Robert Murat – a media victim – addressed an audience of students at Cambridge University’s Union Society in favour of a motion that “the tabloid press does more harm than good“.

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Posted: 6th, March 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (35)


Madeleine McCann: Robert Murat Cambridge University Debate And Maddy PR McGuinness Sues

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 and Justine McGuinness (in comments).

REMEMBER Robert Murat, the man who won libel damages after being named as a suspect in the Madeleine McCann case?

Remember Robert Murat who was called names and monstered by the tabloid press?

Remember Robert Murat, the ex-pat who was was fingered by Lori Campbell,the Mirror hack who rightfully told the police about her suspicions; who then wrongly told the world about them, too.

Posted: 5th, March 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (19)


Madeleine McCann: Clarence Mitchell For Hire, PR And Nuts For Kate McCann’s Swimsuit

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

Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns’ PR , is talking with the Indepedent. Now the McCanns are free – no longer suspects in their daughter’s disappearance – why is Clarnce Mitchell needed?

The Independent: “Clarence Mitchell: ‘I am a decent human being. If I can help them, I will’ – The ex-BBC journalist built a career on professional detachment. Then, he went to work for the McCanns.”

“There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever, nothing, to suggest that Madeleine has been harmed, let alone killed,” insists Clarence Mitchell, the former television reporter who speaks for the family of the most famous missing girl in the world. Her face is instantly recognisable. There is no longer any need to use her surname, McCann. And yet, nearly two years since she vanished from the Algarve, there is still no trace.

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Posted: 1st, March 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (62)


Madeleine McCann: Internet Danger, Teenage Girls And Stuart Lubbock

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann, Kate McCann and Gerry McCann, featuring Stuart Lubbock and Internet teenage hell…

Yesterday the Mail manged to feature Madeleine McCann in its sotry on Stuart Lubbock, the man found dead at Michael Barrymore’s home. Readers were told:

Comparisons are now being made between Essex Police’s handling of the Lubbock case with the Portuguese police’s handling of the Madeleine McCann investigation.

Can the Mail now work Madeleine McCann into another seemingly unconnected story?

Daily Mail: “Pushed to the brink: How a family nearly lost their teenage daughter thanks to the dangerous power of the internet”

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Posted: 26th, February 2009 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (11)


Madeleine McCann: The Stuart Lubbock, Michael Barrymore Connection

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

Stuart Lubbock died at TV entertainer Michael Barrymore’s house. He was found dead in a swimming pool. Drowned, apparently. An inquest featured the opinions of four pathologists that he was found with serious internal anal injuries.

Daily Mail: “Police apologise for flawed investigation into death at Michael Barrymore’s house”

Essex police apologised last night to the father of Stuart Lubbock who died at the home of entertainer Michael Barrymore in 2001 in mysterious circumstances.

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Posted: 25th, February 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (10)


Madeleine McCann: Dial Ofcom 116 To Hear A Calming Voice

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

Which magazine: “European helpline numbers to be launched Easy child helpline and emotional support access”

Home phone and mobile phone regulator Ofcom has confirmed plans to introduce Europe-wide 116 emotional and child helpline phone numbers in the UK.

Caller: Hello, 116 116?
Yes. I’m here to help.
Caller: have you got the number for Jeremy Kyle?

At the moment, many telephone helpline and hotline phone numbers vary across different countries in Europe. This makes it difficult for visitors from other countries to find the right number when they need help or advice.

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Posted: 21st, February 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (13)


Madeleine McCann: Killer Trees And The SAS

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

DAILY TELEGRAPH: “Swap the cotton wool for a mud pie”

It’s Harry de Quetteville.

No Qwat-ville…

Parents should stop being paranoid about their children’s safety and embrace risk

Asking:

Who would be a parent?

Alfie Patten (possibly) and Chantelle Steadman?

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Posted: 20th, February 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (10)


Madeleine McCann: What We Paid The Police And Fraud

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

Can you put a price on a missing child? Yes.

LIVERPOOL ECHO: Police spent £500k on Madeleine McCann case

BRITISH police spent more than half a million pounds assisting the Portuguese investigation into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance. Leicestershire police’s part in the search for the missing little girl cost £548,477 in 2007-08, the force said.

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Posted: 14th, February 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (76)


Madeleine McCann And The Threat To Newspapers

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

BBC: “Economy ‘threatens’ news accuracy”

The story is illustrated by a picture of Madeleine McCann. How so? Is hers the face of the economic downturn?

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Posted: 9th, February 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (66)


Madeleine McCann: But Is It Porn?

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

TO Hackney, London, where our Maddy is appearing in a hall, on a wall.

It’s Maddy Porn. It’s mourn porn. Have look, if you dare…

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Posted: 7th, February 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (12)


Madeliene McCann Favourite To Win All-Ireland Talent Show

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

WEXFORD PEOPLE: “On the trail of fame and fortune – DONNA MARIE SAYS C’MON WEXFORD!”

C’mooooonnnn!!!

DONNA MARIE Sludds has become an overnight pop sensation – a mere twelve years after she first stepped on stage with the family band. The livewire from Ballymurn has been chosen to compete in R.T.E.’s All-Ireland Talent show and is due on television next weekend.

The girl’s got talent, alright.

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Posted: 4th, February 2009 | In: Madeleine McCann, Reviews | Comments (24)