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Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Jan 18, 2023

Welcome to Wednesday, and welcome to Newspin. Here to give you some control over the endless news cycle. Enjoy!

Noel Gallagher says he will 'never say never' to Oasis reunion -- BBC News (UK)

Noel Gallagher says he will "never say never" about a reunion with Oasis; Promoting his album Council Skies, Gallagher said he remained as passionate about music as ever

Outline: (what is this?) oasis reunion noel gallagher

Tone: (what is this?) + positive

Discussion: (what is this?) ± Oasis, ± Liam, ± Noel


Ken Bruce to leave BBC Radio 2 show after 31 years and join Greatest Hits -- BBC News (UK)

Ken Bruce announces on air he is leaving BBC after three decades presenting Radio 2 morning weekday show, saying "nothing stays the same forever"

Outline:  air bbc radio 2

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Ken, + BBC, ++ Radio 2


Madonna announces a career-spanning greatest hits tour -- BBC News (UK)

Madonna announces 40th anniversary greatest hits tour

Outline:  greatest hits tour madonna

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Africa, ? Vicky, ? saga tits

BBC apologises after sex noises heard during FA Cup coverage -- BBC News (UK)

Wednesday's Express: "Rishi: Bonfire of EU laws will help boost growth"

Outline:  bbc apologises

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - BBC, ++ EU, ++ Danny Murphy


Australian Open bans Russian and Belarusian flags from tournament -- BBC News (UK)

Russian and Belarusian flags have been banned from the Australian Open tennis tournament after a courtside incident; Fans displayed a Russian flag during a match between Ukraine's Kateryna Baindl and Russian Kamilla Rakhimova

Outline:  russian flag

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Australia, ? Djokovic, ? Nadhim

Kevin Spacey given lifetime achievement award in Italy -- BBC News (UK)

The Museum of Cinema in Turin handed the prize in recognition of Mr Spacey's "personal aesthetic and authorial contribution to the development of the art of drama" He thanked the museum for having the "balls" to present him with the award; He has barely worked since being accused of sexual misconduc...

Outline:  lifetime achievement award actor kevin spacey

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Italy, -- BBC, - Spacey


BBC News Home -- BBC News (UK)

Wednesday's Times: "Don't let them eat cake"

Outline:  qatari bribes

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Joe Biden, ? UFO, ? The Daily Mail

Cake in the office should be viewed like passive smoking, says food regulator -- The Times

NEW: Bringing cake into the office should be seen as being as socially unacceptable as inflicting passive smoking on your colleagues, Britains top food regulator has said

Outline:  passive smoking

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? UK, ? Mary Berry, ? Tories


Warning after Amazon customer sent dog food instead of iPhone -- BBC News (UK)

Ian Burton bought the phone on 4 December to replace his daughter's device; Amazon initially refused to refund the sum because he had signed for the delivery

Outline:  amazon deliveries

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Amazon, ++ iPhone, ? BBC


Royal Mail accused of prioritising parcels over letters -- BBC News (UK)

Business Committee chair Darren Jones said a poster in a delivery office told workers to favour delivering parcels

Outline:  royal mail policy

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Thompson, ? USO, ? Italy

UK government is not blocking gender reform bill lightly - minister -- BBC News (UK)

Why is [Scottish Secretary] using one of the most marginalised groups in society to pick a fight with the Scottish Parliament? SNP MP Philippa Whitford says Westminster blocking Scotlands gender reform bill shows hollow reality of devolution

Outline:  scotlands gender reform bill

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - UK, -- SNP, ++ Scotland


What next for Sunak and Sturgeon on Scotland's gender bill? -- BBC News (UK)

Gender Recognition Reform bill passed at Holyrood last month by 86 votes to 39; It would remove medical, legal and administrative hurdles which must be cleared before someone in Scotland can change the sex recorded on their birth certificate

Outline:  scottish gender reforms

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- UK, ? Scotland, ? Sturgeon

CCTV shows cars ignoring school crossing patrol -- BBC News (UK)

Richard Habgood installed security cameras in Portsmouth Road, Bursledon, six years ago; Recent footage includes a woman being hit by two cars and a vehicle hitting a school patrol officer's lollipop sign

Outline:  school crossing patrol

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - BBC, -- Zahawi, ++ James

Prince Harry's Spare becomes UK's fastest-selling non-fiction book -- BBC News (UK)

Spare is the fastest-selling non-fiction book in the UK since records began in 1998; The much-publicised book sold 467,183 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen BookData

Outline:  non - fiction book prince harry

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Harry, ++ UK, ? Britain


Prince Harrys Spare is fastest-selling nonfiction book since UK records began -- The Guardian

Prince Harry’s Spare has sold almost half a million copies in its first week on sale; It is the fastest-selling nonfiction book in the UK since records began in 1998

Outline:  biggest selling memoir

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Harry, ? china

Covid support worth 4.5bn lost to error and fraud -- BBC News (UK)

An estimated £4.5bn in Covid-19 support has been lost to error and fraud since 2020; The money was handed out to help households cope with the economic fallout of the pandemic

Outline:  covid funds

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Tory, ? Rishi, ? Tories


Takeaway owner says free pizzas offer has been 'very stressful' -- BBC News (UK)

Marc Wilkinson, 55, started to panic when more people than he had expected started to turn up; He now thinks that the month-long giveaway will cost him three times more than originally estimated

Outline:  free pizza

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? BBC

What does Andrew Tate promise his followers? -- BBC News (UK)

Outline:  controversial influencer andrew tate

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - BBC, - Andrew Tate, -- Zahawi

Antidepressants exit must happen in stages, says medical watchdog -- BBC News (UK)

NICE has published new information that sets out how mental health care can be improved in England and Wales; Committee of experts says community care services should work with patients to agree a treatment plan

Outline:  antidepressants

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- BBC, ? Suella Bravermann, ? Nadhim Zahawi

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