Category Archives: Media

IT WAS NO SURPRISE. BUT THE BBC FAILED DISMALLY TO TELL THE REAL RUPERT MURDOCH STORY

Rupert Murdoch is possibly the greatest media baron of all time. Make that definitely. He is also one of the greatest financiers of the age creating billions of dollars in value. His vision, his risk, his commercial creations, whopping great … Continue reading

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LOVE THEM OR HATE THEM – WILL THE SCOTS EVER TRUST THE ENGLISH TO RUN THEIR COUNTRY

It’s hard to explain to your average Englishman in the street why the Scots dislike them quite so much. Hate them even. I know. I go amongst them doing missionary work. Their genuine surprise – hurt even – quickly turns … Continue reading

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IT WAS THE SUN WOT WON IT. BUT THE TIMES – THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’

Rupert Murdoch famously bollocked The Sun’s mercurial Editor Kelvin MacKenzie for his “SUN WOT WON IT” General Election headline. Labour leader Neil Kinnock had been trounced finally and completely. He thought Kelvin was grandstanding. He didn’t get it – it’s … Continue reading

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DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER. HE NEEDS TO GET US OUT OF THIS MESS

“Bring Britain Back”. Now there’s a slogan.  A clear message to the nation – it’s time to come out of lockdown. If you’re English that is. Memorable too – we’re starting the long climb out of darkness. A table thumper. … Continue reading

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GET INFECTED, TOUGH IT OUT, GET BACK TO WORK

Let’s get one thing clear immediately. The virus started in China. I’ll always love Peking Duck, but bat soup? I don’t care what the woke Lord Mayor of London Sadiq Khan says. There is nothing racist about all this. More … Continue reading

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STINGS AIN’T WHAT THEY USED TO BE

Former Sun Newspaper Executive Steve Sampson on the Philip Schofield gay disclosure that was more soft focus than shocking For those of you watching in black and white. Much-loved daytime telly star Phillip Schofield revealed in a “shock” statement last … Continue reading

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TABLOIDS AND CHILL. OR WHY PRINCE HARRY SHOULD DOWNLOAD CALM. AND STOP LISTENING TO ELTON JOHN

Newspaper Executive and Media Investor Steve Sampson on the Royal Rift with the Press, revelations of the rich and famous and where that leaves our best-selling newspapers I bet you Harry has been listening to Elton John. He famously took … Continue reading

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GARY LINEKER WON’T MAKE ME CHANGE MY VOTE. BUT HOLLY WOULD MAKE ME BUY A DRESS. JUST HOW INFLUENCED ARE WE BY BIG STAR NAMES AND BIG MEDIA?

Newspaper Executive and Media Investor Steve Sampson on the rise of influencers who encourage us to spend on the latest brands – whether we want to or not. BBC boss Lord Hall gave Match of the Day host Gary Lineker … Continue reading

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IT WON’T BE THE SUN WOT WINS IT THIS TIME – BUT IT MIGHT BE TWITTER (part 2)

Nicola Sturgeon just dropped the first tactical nuclear weapon of the Election. Not in a speech or an interview on TV – she bypassed traditional media to slam the Daily Telegraph in capital letters on her Twitter account as soon … Continue reading

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FORMER EDITOR OF THE SCOTTISH SUN STEVE SAMPSON ON SNP LEADER NICOLA STURGEON AND SEX

Nicola Sturgeon isn’t a sex symbol – but the newspapers are obsessed with her sex. The Tories launched a poster campaign with Miliband in Alex Salmond’s pocket – old hat. The Daily Mail’s cartoonist had poor Ed stuffed between Nicola’s … Continue reading

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IT WON’T BE THE SUN WOT WINS IT – BUT YOUTUBE MIGHT

Rupert Murdoch famously bollocked Kelvin MacKenzie for the Sun’s searing headline “It was the Sun what won it”.  As with many things to do with Kelvin, Rupert completely misunderstood his mercurial Editor’s thought process. The headline caught the mood of … Continue reading

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JEREMY CLARKSON THREW THE FIRST PUNCH BUT HE WAS KNOCKED OUT BY THE ULTIMATE BBC HEAVYWEIGHT

Jeremy Clarkson clearly fancies himself as a bit of a heavyweight posh ruffian, not afraid to use his fists if the occasion merits. A BBC producer, even my friend Piers Morgan, have felt the force of his flying fists. But … Continue reading

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NO SUN REPORTER WILL EVER BREAK THE LAW – EVEN TO SAVE THE WORLD

Every Sun reporter lives for a Page 1 by-line. But Nick Parker’s name on the Alps Suicide Plane story has an especially bittersweet taste. Nick was arrested three years ago in the hacking scandal frenzy. A tout came into The … Continue reading

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