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Well News International have pulled this one out of the bag haven’t they? Less than a few months ago Murdoch’s media empire was the Voldemort of the British media. The BSkyB bid was essentially dropped, then socialists and anti-capitalists rejoiced. At some point the Murdoch, News International and BSkyB rhetoric is going to change.
When the most recent uprisings happened in Libya, while BBC journalists were lodged in the comforts of the media hotel, Sky News’ Alex Crawford was out with the rebels. She was chirpy, excited and mentioned multiple times that the only reason she was wearing protective headgear, was because shots were being fire into the air – not because it was a dangerous situation.
Weeks before during the riots, Sky News’ Mark Stone earned the undying love, for his hulky-action-man-cum-journalist reporting, of Bryony Gordon. He had, presumably on an evening off, popped down to Northcote Road armed with an iPhone, and asked the looters ‘are you having fun?’ ‘why are you doing this?’ and then almost laughed at the idiotic-teen who replied ‘We’re gettin’ ou’ taxes bac’ innit?’ Brilliant.
And today, Sky got a tip-off about a secret stash of guns. The guns were hidden in bins outside a block of flats in Brockley. The guns themselves (pictured right) seem a strange choice – a couple of flintlock pistols, a double-barrel and single-barrel flare gun and a revolver.
What’s interesting about this story – as Tom Parmenter and Sky News are very sure to point out – is that the source used Sky News, rather than going to the police.
Sky News spoke to the police straight away and as a result, got a good few reels of exclusive footage for their report.
I always chose to watch Sky News over BBC News because, when it was political, it was more in line with my political beliefs. The exclusives that one network got over the other, seemed to switch with each story.
That’s changed this summer though with Sky News getting a spate of exclusives in a row. The first two were examples of bravery in going above and beyond. And this exclusive has shown a trust the public has with the news channel over other options. Now I would choose to watch Sky because they’re far more likely to get the story.
At the start of the summer, even I’d have been surprised if you said that Sky News was going to become the prized glory of British broadcast journalism, but some how they’ve managed to pull it out of the bag.