Robert Hampton

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21st January 2006

So Long, and Thanks for All The Fish
Posted by at 7.16pm | No responses | Uncategorised

BBC News 24 have just announced, in hushed tones usually reserved for the death of a Royal Family member, that the whale found in the River Thames has died.

Am I the only one who thinks the media have gone ever so slightly over the top in covering this story? In the normal scheme of things I would expect this to be relegated to the back end of the Six O’Clock News, just before The News Where You Are. I turned on Sky News earlier today and found it in full “Breaking News” mode with graphics flying all over the screen and continuing live coverage.

As of this moment, Google News has found 1,001 stories about the whale; almost as many as the recently announced Iraqi Election Results.

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