Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Nov 23, 2022

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Wales World Cup match beats England game in TV ratings -- BBC News (UK)

An average UK audience of 7.4 million watched England play Iran on BBC One; That compares with 9.4million who watched Wales play USA on ITV

Outline: (what is this?) wales world cup match

Tone: (what is this?) ++ v. positive

Discussion: (what is this?) + England, + Wales, ++ BBC

BBC should have spoken up about human rights issues during 2018 World Cup in Russia, says Gary Lineker -- BBC News (UK)

Gary Lineker says he and the BBC should have spoken out more about human rights issues; The presenter is fronting BBC coverage of this year's World Cup in Qatar

Outline:  football presenter gary lineker

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ BBC, - Qatar, ? England

Russian ambassador to the UK quizzed over alleged war crimes in Ukraine -- BBC News (UK)

Outline:  russian ambassador

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? NATO, ? UK, ? BBC

The Papers -- BBC News (UK)

Wednesdays Star: Cry for me, Argentina!

Outline:  papers wednesdays star

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? UK, ? Daily Mail, ? BBC

Vatican calls up Atltico Madrid doctor to treat popes knee problem -- The Guardian

José María Villalón describes Francis as ‘charming and stubborn’ patient, who did not want surgical intervention; Since May, Francis, 85, has frequently been seen using a wheelchair or walking stick due to his knee ailment

Outline:  popes knee problem josé maría villalón

Tone:  + positive

Budweiser to give beer it cant sell at World Cup to eventual winners -- The Guardian

Budweiser announced the beer would go to the winning side with a tweet saying: “New Day, New Tweet; Winning Country gets the Buds

Outline:  eventual winners budweiser

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? Saudi Arabia, ? US, ? cup

Kidderminster man catches giant goldfish -- BBC News (UK)

Angler catches giant goldfish weighing 30kg (67lbs)

Outline:  giant goldfish

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Donald Trump, ? UK, ? BBC

Giorgia Meloni to revoke benefits from Italians who refuse a job offer -- The Telegraph

Italians who refuse job offers will lose their social benefits, the countrys hard-Right government announced, arguing that the countrys welfare system is too often abused

Outline:  welfare payment

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? US, ? covid, ? Tory

Momentum in financial peril after leftwing exodus from Labour -- The Guardian

Momentum’s financial situation is ‘serious, but not critical’ - affected by inflation and reduced income through member subscriptions; Group's membership is down by a third from peak during the Corbyn years

Outline:  corbyn years momentum

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ± Labour, - Tory, ++ Tories

Sunak tells NHS to embrace robot workers as it prepares to sack staff -- The Telegraph

Rishi Sunak has urged the NHS to embrace the use of robots as the health service prepares to cut its workforce by half in a drastic attempt to cut costs

Outline:  nhs

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Iran, -- NHS, ? Zinc

London council declared bankrupt for third time -- BBC News (UK)

Croydon Council said it faced a £130m black hole in next year's budget; The authority first declared bankruptcy in 2020 and was given a £120m bailout by government

Outline:  bankruptcy

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ++ Labour, ++ Croydon, + Tory

Thames Water lifts hosepipe ban for millions after heavy rain -- BBC News (UK)

Hosepipe ban affecting millions of people is lifted after heavy rain

Outline:  heavy rain hosepipe ban

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? UK, ? hosepipe

Qatar World Cup: Laura McAllister told to remove rainbow bucket hat -- BBC News (UK)

Rainbow hats confiscated at World Cup stadium in Qatar, ex-Wales footballer says

Outline:  welsh fan hats

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Qatar, ++ LGBT, + World Cup

Welsh FA demands answers from Fifa over fans having rainbow-coloured hats removed -- The Telegraph

Wales supporters wearing rainbow hats for Mondays match against USA were confronted by security guards and told they were not allowed to enter the stadium until they had removed the items of clothing

Outline:  rainbow wall bucket hats

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ Qatar, ++ USA, ++ FIFA

Fifa and Qatar in urgent talks after Wales rainbow hats confiscated -- The Guardian

Welsh FA staff and fans were confronted by security for bringing the hats into the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium; A US fan with a rainbow flag was confronted on the metro for carrying a small rainbow flag

Outline:  rainbow wall bucket hats

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- Iran, ? FIFA, ? Qatar

King hails Mandela friendship on South Africa state visit -- BBC News (UK)

King Charles welcomes South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa to the UK in his first state visit as monarch

Outline:  mandela friendship

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ± Ramaphosa, ? UK, ? Wales

Yet more rail strikes planned for December and January -- Metro

BREAKING: Railway workers are to stage a series of 48-hour strikes. Strikes are due on: December 13th December 14th December 16th December 17th January 3rd January 4th January 6th January 7th

Outline:  rail strikes

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? London, ? Wales, ? RMT

Prince Andrew heckler will not face court -- BBC News (UK)

Man who heckled Prince Andrew during Queen's funeral procession will not face court

Outline:  prince andrew heckler

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Andrew, ? New York, ? Virgin Islands

Saudi Arabia executes 17 people by sword in 12 days -- The Independent

Saudi Arabia has executed a total of 144 people so far this year, officials say; At 144, the total beheadings in 2022 have breached the cumulative tally of such punishments carried out in 2020 and 2021 combined, reportedly less than 140

Outline:  saudi prince mohammed bin salman

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Argentina, ? UK, ? Saudi Arabia

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