Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Mar 14, 2023

It's Tuesday! Things are happening. Let's take a step back, pop out of the old echo chamber, and see what's going on!

Fiona Bruce to step back from charity role after Stanley Johnson remarks on Question Time -- BBC News (UK)

BBC Question Time host Fiona Bruce steps down from role as Refuge ambassador; She has been accused of trivialising domestic abuse in a discussion about Stanley Johnson

Outline: (what is this?) question time bbc question time host fiona bruce

Tone: (what is this?) ± mixed

Discussion: (what is this?) - BBC, - Bruce, - Johnson

Fiona Bruce steps back from charity role after Stanley Johnson comments backlash -- ITV News

Outline:  fiona bruce

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ± BBC, ++ Question Time, ? Fiona

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announces 5bn extra defence spending during US trip -- BBC News (UK)

Rishi Sunak has vowed to increase defence spending by nearly £5bn over the next two years; New UK foreign and security strategy casts China as challenge to world order

Outline:  5bn extra defence spending

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  + UK, -- NHS, -- Tories

BBC News Home -- BBC News (UK)

Tuesday's Mail: "A slap in the face for BBC licence payers"

Outline:  bbc news home tuesday

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - BBC, ++ Lineker, ± Daily Mail

Rishi Sunak to invite Joe Biden to Northern Ireland for 25th anniversary of Good Friday Agreement -- BBC News (UK)

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak says he will formally invite Joe Biden to Northern Ireland; He described next month's anniversary as a "very important milestone to commemorate and celebrate" The deal kept Northern Ireland in the EU's single market for goods, avoiding a hard border

Outline:  belfast agreement

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - Biden, ++ Northern Ireland, ? Sunak

Hampshire councillor apologises for 'racist' Ian Wright post -- BBC News (UK)

Alexis McEvoy shared a tweet about the Gary Lineker impartiality row; She added a critical comment using racial language to the post about Ian Wright

Outline:  hampshire county council

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Tory, - Ian Wright, ++ BBC

Insulate Britain protester jailed for stopping traffic on M4 -- BBC News (UK)

Stephen Pritchard, 63, jailed for five weeks for obstructing the M4 near Heathrow, west London; His three co-defendants given six-week sentences suspended for 18 months

Outline:  insulate britain protester

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? UK, ? India, ? Pritchard

Gary Lineker will abide by BBC guidelines until review completed, says Tim Davie -- BBC News (UK)

Outline:  bbc guidelines

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + BBC, - Tim Davie, - Lineker

BBC boss denies climbdown over Lineker impartiality row -- BBC News (UK)

Tim Davie says he took 'proportionate action' over Gary Lineker's suspension; The BBC says Lineker broke its social media guidelines when he criticised the government's asylum policy

Outline:  impartial broadcaster

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - BBC, - Lineker, ++ Tory

BBC talks with Gary Lineker "moving in right direction" sources say -- BBC News (UK)

Talks between BBC and Gary Lineker are said to be'moving in the right direction' Weekend football coverage was disrupted due to walkouts triggered by suspension; Presenters, pundits and commentators pulled out of BBC football coverage in support of Lineker

Outline:  bbc football coverage

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - BBC, + Lineker, ++ Gary

Eleanor Williams sentencing: Men tried to take own lives over rape lies -- BBC News (UK)

Three men tried to take their own lives after being falsely accused of rape and trafficking, court hears

Outline:  eleanor williams sentencing

Tone:  -- v. negative

Discussion:  -- Tommy Robinson, -- BBC, ? UK

'Pret a Manger has announced it will pay up to 14.10 per hour. A junior doctor makes just 14.09.' Junior doctors will launch three days of strike action on Monday ahead of a week of walkouts across several sectors -- ITV News

Outline:  junior doctors

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ± UK, ++ Pret, ± NHS

I've never seen the NHS this bad, says junior doctor -- BBC News (UK)

Dr Shivam Sharma said he was worried for the future of the healthcare system; More than 36,000 NHS workers are striking from Monday until Thursday

Outline:  nhs workers

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - NHS, - covid, ± UK

Strike necessary to safeguard NHS, says junior doctor -- BBC News (UK)

Dr Annie Bown said junior doctors had a 26% "real terms pay cut" since 2008; She joined the picket line because of an "exodus of doctors" leaving the NHS

Outline:  nhs

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ NHS, ? Australia, ? bbc

Paedophile Gary Glitter recalled to prison -- BBC News (UK)

The 79-year-old was freed in February after serving half his 16-year jail term; Upon release, he was subject to licence conditions including having a GPS tag

Outline:  paedophile gary glitter

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ± Gary, ++ BBC, ? Fiona Bruce

Gary Glitter recalled to prison one month after his release -- ITV News

Outline:  gary glitter

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Parole Board, ? Gary Glitter, ? US

'Why am I the only male Scottish footballer to come out?' -- BBC News (UK)

Zander Murray is the first male Scottish senior footballer to come out publicly as gay; It took 20 years to get to be his true authentic self and continue to play football

Outline:  only male scottish footballer

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? UK, ? Zander, ? Twitter

Dick Fosbury: The athlete who developed the 'Fosbury Flop' dies aged 76 -- BBC News (UK)

Athletics great Dick Fosbury dies aged 76

Outline:  dick fosbury

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Fosbury, ? Only Connect

Mother of Caroline Flack does not accept Met Police apology -- BBC News (UK)

Caroline Flack killed herself in February 2020, three years after her arrest; The TV star was facing prosecution for assaulting her boyfriend when she died

Outline:  caroline flack

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Caroline, -- CPS, ++ Christineflack

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