Online news stories
Dugard re-appearing after 18 years of alleged captivity in the home of
a known sex offender and his wife… Phillip and Nancy Garrido.
If you haven’t, then have a look at these two news reports on the
online BBC News website …..
I was amazed to hear both Phillip and Nancy pleading not guilty to a
whole host of charges against them, including the alleged kidnapping
of Jaycee 18 years ago. Either the couple are both delusional or are
hoping to get some of the charges against them dropped by plea-bargaining
There’s another interesting news story here …
The News Corporation is about to introduce charges for readers to look
at its online news. James Murdoch (son of Rupert) thinks that the BBC
has an unfair advantage in being able to offer free online news to its
readers, whereas Greg Dyke reckons that it’s the decline in advertising
revenue which is the cause of the financial difficulties facing the
commercial media (newspapers, TV and radio), and that the BBC has
nothing to do with the situation.
Would you pay to see news articles provided by the News Corporation,
when you could look at similar articles free on charge on the BBC News
online? I wouldn’t.
However I did buy a copy of The Times today, and had a read also of
someone else’s copy of The Guardian, looking at the news coverage and
other articles. Mrs C and I like doing the weekend Jumbo Crossword
(the easy version) in The Times, and we also like to have the TV Guide
for the coming week. We read other sections of The Times as well,
though I’m not interested in the Sports section (which is unusual for
a bloke, I think).
The long term job prospects for journalists don’t look very good, as
it looks as though newspapers will disappear, except for the free
ones which are crammed full of adverts… and which go straight into
my recycle bin (along with all the unsolicited flyers for pizza and
curry houses in the area).