Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Mar 12, 2023

Old so and so is at it again… probably. Here's what else is happening, served with a delicious side of slow-cooked analysis.

Alex Scott pulls out of BBCs Football Focus in support of Gary Lineker -- Metro

BREAKING: Alex Scott has pulled out of presenting Saturdays edition of Football Focus in a fresh show of support for Gary Lineker. The BBC show, due to air at midday, will instead be hosted by Kelly Sommers

Outline: (what is this?) bbcs football focus

Tone: (what is this?) ++ v. positive

Discussion: (what is this?) ++ Lineker, ++ Kelly Sommers, ± BBC

BBC to air 20-minute Match of the Day in silence after Gary Lineker revolt -- Metro

The BBC are planning to broadcast a nearly silent 20-minute Match of the Day after broadcasters and commentators refused to work on the programme in solidarity with Gary Lineker

Outline:  premier league game

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Tory, ? The Repair Shop, ? dementia

BBC boss apologises for sport disruption but will not resign -- BBC News (UK)

Gary Lineker's tweet row... in under 90 seconds

Outline:  bbc boss apologises

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - BBC, -- Tory, - Lineker

Lineker row threatens to topple BBC chiefs and hit Tory asylum plans -- The Guardian

Government feared being seen as reason for Gary Lineker's suspension from BBC; Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer accuses BBC of ‘caving in’ to Conservative MPs

Outline:  bbc staff

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  - BBC, ++ Lineker, ++ Tory

The BBC has apologies after hours of disruption to its TV and radio schedules amid a mass boycott by some of its top stars, who pledged solidarity with Gary Lineker -- ITV News

Outline:  gary lineker

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ BBC, ++ Lineker, -- Gary

Gary Lineker was singled out from a long list of BBC stars who express political views -- The Guardian

Gary Lineker's suspension for expressing political views set off avalanche of comparisons with other BBC stars who have not been similarly sanctioned for lacking impartiality; Alan Sugar, Richard Osman and Nadiya Hussain have also been criticised for their views

Outline:  politics gary lineker

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? BBC, ? Andrew Neil, ? Alan Sugar

Prince Andrew eyes up tell-all TV interview to win back public support -- Metro

Prince Andrew is reportedly considering giving a new tell-all television interview to win back public support

Outline:  prince andrew eyes

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- Andrew, ? BBC, ? The

Prince Andrew considering new tell-all interview after 2019 Newsnight appearance -- The Independent

Prince Andrew stepped down as a working member of the royal family last year over his ties to convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein; Andrew was stripped of his military titles and asked to step down as working royal last year

Outline:  bbc interview prince andrew

Tone:  + positive

Baby born at 22 weeks survives against odds -- BBC News (UK)

Imogen Stonehouse was given less than a 10% chance of surviving when she was born at 22 weeks; Six-month-old Imogen weighed 515g (1lb 1oz) and is now back home in Bridgend

Outline:  imogen

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? BBC, ? Europe, ? Tories

Lauren Boebert will be a grandmother at 36. This is what conservatives want for us | Arwa Mahdawi -- The Guardian

Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert is becoming a grandma at the tender age of 36; Her 17-year-old son is expecting a baby with his teenage girlfriend in April

Outline:  republican congresswoman lauren boebert

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Lauren, ? Angela Rayner, ? Twitter

Homeless children: Living with trauma, tears and tiredness -- BBC News (UK)

At the end of September, almost 100,000 households in England were in temporary accommodation; This figure includes 125,000 children, thousands of whom live in hotels, bed and breakfasts or other unsuitable properties

Outline:  homeless children

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ± BBC, - Gary Lineker, ? UK

Weather warnings for snow, ice and wildfire in Scotland -- BBC News (UK)

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service warns of an 'extreme' risk of wildfires; Cold, dry conditions create the "ideal set of circumstances" for wildfires to spread

Outline:  scotland warnings

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Scotland, ? David Attenborough, ? BBC

Can Australia curb its killer cats? -- BBC News (UK)

Australia has a population of just over eight million feral and domestic cats; A typical domestic cat like Juniper in NSW will kill more than 180 native creatures every year

Outline:  sensitive wildlife sites cat

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ BBC, ? UK, ? Tim Davie

Northern Ireland will not follow EU on arsenic levels in baby food -- BBC News (UK)

New EU rules on food safety have highlighted how the Windsor Framework will change the operation of the Northern Ireland Protocol; Arsenic is a naturally occurring substance that can cause cancer

Outline:  uk food safety standards

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ EU, ++ BrexitBenefits, ± Arsenic

High-value Amazon orders 'switched for cat food', say customers -- BBC News (UK)

Amazon customer experience has fallen short of the high standards we expect, says spokesman; Jonathan De Vos, 61, ordered a OnePlus 9 mobile phone at a cost of £513.99

Outline:  value amazon orders

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? amazon

Missed GP appointment pilot saves 10,000 -- BBC News (UK)

Project sees patients with upcoming appointments contacted to either rebook or offer support to help them attend; Since it began on 1 January, there has been a 70% reduction in unplanned missed appointments

Outline:  gp appointment pilot

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? NHS, ? Australia, ? England

Revealed: child refugees will be detained or deported under small boats plan -- The Guardian

Senior Tories condemn ‘sickening’ plans which would allow unaccompanied minors to be held; U-turn on policy to end child detention pursued by coalition government

Outline:  child refugees

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Dover, ? Tories, ? Braverman

What to expect from The Last of Us series two -- BBC News (UK)

The Last of Us: Part 2 was released on the PlayStation 4 in the summer of 2020; It picks up the story five years after the events of the first instalment

Outline:  last episode

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Tim Davie, ? BBC SHAME, ? Joel

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