Government favoured Rupert Murdochs media empire, says outgoing Ofcom chief – Press – Media – The Independent

Government favoured Rupert Murdochs media empire, says outgoing Ofcom chief – Press – Media – The Independent.

I picked up a copy of the ‘i’ Newspaper yesterday.  Front page news explained that Government ministers were ‘too cosy’ with Rupert Murdoch (News Corp).  A main point of interest from the article is that the interview explained that media control in Britain is in danger of falling into ‘too few hands’.

Another point to note from the outgoing OFCOM chief, is that he believes ‘vulgarities no longer upset the public’ citing comedian Frankie Boyle’s joke about Katie Price’s disabled son, Harvey on Channel 4.

Thousands sign petition urging Channel 4 to drop Benefits Street.

Last one from the Guardian today.  Apparently thousands (31,440 at the time of writing) of people want the controversial show taken off the air.

“I’m concerned about how much hatred any further episode is going to create,” ~ former Birmingham bus driver Arshad Mahmood.

You can read the article here

And see the petition here

Benefits Street residents

What Happens in Kavos…

…Clearly doesn’t stay in Kavos.

Another series courtesy of Channel 4 that shows us a taste of the wild holidays enjoyed by 18-25(?) year olds. Cue various lewd, vulgar and messy scenes that quite frankly scare me. As I type this, the narrator explains “Drinking in Kavos is a marathon, not a sprint”.

So, year 13 in particular, anyone looking to study a text about how young adults are portrayed could do a lot worse than study #Kavos. If you dare…

Lidl’s new Christmas advert

Bit of a personal one this one, apologies in advance.

The new Lidl advert (I saw on Channel 4 over the weekend) featured a product which is basically chicken, duck and turkey in one (I forgot the proper name for this), in my opinion this is foul (no pun intended) enough, but the advert ended with the line ‘so everyone’s happy, well except for the duck, chicken and turkey’.

Now, this hit a nerve, as I found this to be in quite bad taste, so as you do I went onto Lidl’s Facebook to lodge a complaint.  There I was surprised to see that I was far from the only one as several people seemed quite upset about it.  Following others steps I then went to the Advertising Standards Agency website to lodge a formal complaint, I also Twitted the ASA to back this up, and they actually tweeted back to let me know that they were looking into it.

So there you go, advertising can engage the audience in negative ways and using eMedia to contact institutions, I was able to have a forum to air my distaste.