Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Mar 03, 2023

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Fans 'should be able to watch Scotland men's matches on TV for free', MPs report says -- BBC News (UK)

Scottish Affairs Committee said finding solutions with rights-holding subscription services was a priority; Chairman Pete Wishart, an SNP MSP, said it was "not fair" that Scotland fans were unable to watch the national men's team for free when viewers in England and Wales can watch theirs

Outline: (what is this?) scotland matches

Tone: (what is this?) + positive

Grimsby Town apologises for "inappropriate" Harvey Price post after FA Cup win -- BBC News (UK)

Harvey Price is the disabled son of TV star Katie Price; The 20-year-old has septo-optic dysplasia, a rare genetic disorder affecting his eyesight, autism and Prader-Willi syndrome

Outline:  grimsby town apologises

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ++ Grimsby, ? Southampton, ? Dwight Yorke

Yorkshire cricket racism hearing: Rafiq 'clearly' recalls alleged Vaughan comment -- BBC News (UK)

Azeem Rafiq says he "clearly" recalls Michael Vaughan making an alleged racist comment in 2009

Outline:  vaughan comment azeem rafiq

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Yorkshire, ? Rafiq, ? Colin

Isabel Oakeshott reveals why she leaked Matt Hancock's WhatsApp messages -- BBC News (UK)

Outline:  whatsapp messages

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  + Hancock, - covid, - Oakeshott

Matt Hancock calls WhatsApp messages leak a massive betrayal of trust -- Metro

BREAKING: Matt Hancock has said he is hugely disappointed by Isabel Oakeshott's 'betrayal and breach of trust' after she leaked WhatsApp messages sent during the pandemic to the Daily Telegraph

Outline:  private messages

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? Hancock, ? Tory, ? UK

Pret A Manger gives staff third pay rise in a year -- BBC News (UK)

Retailers including Tesco have made similar moves in past year as firms try to retain staff; Around 7,870 staff were given pay rises in April and December 2022

Outline:  third pay rise

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? London, ? Pret, ? UK

Caledonian Sleeper rail service to be nationalised -- BBC News (UK)

Move comes after ministers terminated Serco's contract to run the service seven years early; Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth said the move would "provide stability and certainty" for passengers and staff

Outline:  caledonian sleeper rail service

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Tories, ? Scotland, ? HS2

Woman completes 10-year National Trust scone-eating project -- BBC News (UK)

Woman completes decade-long project to sample a scone at every possible National Trust location

Outline:  year national trust scone

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? JamFirst, ? Glasgow, ? Worcestershire

Too late to save environment, says Green Party co-founder Michael Benfield -- BBC News (UK)

Michael Benfield said he had become "somewhat of a doomsayer" about efforts to protect the environment; He was speaking at an event to mark the party's 50th anniversary

Outline:  green party co - founder michael benfield

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Japan, ? Britain, ? The Green Party

Pedestrian jailed over cyclist death -- BBC News (UK)

Auriol Grey, 49, shouted an expletive and gestured in an "aggressive way" towards the cyclist; Celia Ward, 77, fell into the path of a car in Huntingdon in 2020

Outline:  cyclist death

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Highway Code, ? Auriol, ? John

WH Smith staff data hit by cyber-attack -- BBC News (UK)

Retailer WH Smith hit by cyber attack

Outline:  cyber attack high street retailer wh smith

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Windows 95, ? Smith, ? John Menzies

Royal Mail stops deliveries to entire street after dog attack -- BBC News (UK)

Postal services to Ash Vale in Wavertree were suspended in September amid safety fears; Royal Mail said the dog "still presents a serious and ongoing risk" The owner of the dog, a 36-year-old man, is due to appear in Liverpool Magistrates' court later this month

Outline:  royal mail employee

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Donald, ? American Postal Service

Daily Mail announces redundancy plans as print readership declines -- The Guardian

Editor Ted Verity said newspaper, sister title Mail on Sunday and MailOnline would be brought ‘much closer together’ Until very recently the three outlets have had distinct identities with different teams and little sharing of resources

Outline:  daily mail

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Mail, ? UK, ? Brooklyn Beckham

BBC Breakfast to relaunch children's writing competition 500 words -- BBC News (UK)

500 Words is to be relaunched by BBC One's Breakfast programme; First launched by Chris Evans on Radio 2's breakfast show in 2011

Outline:  bbc breakfast

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Covid Vaccines

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Friday's Express: "Boris: Rishis deal will not take back control"

Outline:  kem sokha

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Boris, ? Daily Mail, ? Tories

NHS to offer art classes instead of prescription drugs -- The Times

Millions of patients will be offered help to come off antidepressants and painkillers under an NHS drive to tackle addiction to prescription pills. New national guidance urges GPs to stop writing repeat prescriptions for those who have become dependent

Outline:  repeat prescriptions

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? opioids, ? NHS, ? America

Belfast councillors pass motion for safe injecting facility to be set up -- BBC News (UK)

Green Party leader Mal O'Hara tabled a motion to set up a safe injecting facility; The facilities allow users to inject substances like heroin under supervision

Outline:  overdose prevention facilities

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? Belfast, ? Canada

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