Not sorry enough

Last night, BC hosted a few clients at this debate between "bloggers" and "commentators" - a fairly false-dichotomy as the panel acknowledged. Among the newspapers taking part in the discussion about the growth of the bloggosphere was The Evening Standard.

What we would have said - had we had one more glass of wine - is that many blogs (this one, certainly) simply spring up as a result of market failure - filling the void of coverage provided by other sources.

And there can be no more graphic illustration of the market failure in London media coverage than the Evening Standard's support for Richard Branson's proposal to take the marathon away from boring old south east London. 853blog has the full story.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link, Nick. I know the Standard has form in this, but its writing-off of a huge swathe of London in favour of something more "glamorous" is a pretty blatant "screw you" to loads of potential readers.

I was prepared to give the Standard a chance, but the new paper's as bad as the old one, just without some of the spite - its death can't come soon enough if it goes on like this.

Incidentally, it came the day after the BBC News website (my old employer, embarrassingly enough) spent most of the afternoon describing Boris Johnson's disgraced pal Ian Clement as a former leader of something called "Bexleyheath council".

It's just basic bloody knowledge about London - if they can't get it right, they don't deserve to survive.

Anonymous said...

I guess his planes don't fly over this part of London?

Headhunter said...

853 - I have to say over the years I have noticed loads of basic errors on the BBC website, from spelling to grammar. Bit of a shame for the BBC, supposedly a bastion of British English which people around the world read and learn from (I know students of mine in Japan used to read the BBC website and ask me about vocab, spellings and grammar when I taught English out there).

Anonymous said...

Headhunter - indeed; the problem at the BBC is the enormous number of stories it churns out on that site, with varying elements of quality control across the place (due to internal politics) meaning cock-ups are more or less inevitable. The BBC may be a bastion of spoken English, but struggles with the written word sometimes. I could go on, but it's in my past now :-)

But my wider point is about journalists' knowledge about London - much of the time, they simply know sod all about the places they write/broadcast about. So when you get somewhere that's - gasp! - off the Tube, or that they don't visit very often, then the blunders and the crap assumptions roll into view.

Amanda said...

I bought the Standard for the first time in a very long while but only because it came free with a rucksack. Good value.

Tressillian James said...

Amnada - you really should give the rucksack back to the owner now. Did it also come with a free pen, laptop, house keys, and pack of chewing gum?

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