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      27.05.2010 12:01
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      The end of the tabloid?

      Whatever you think of the tabloids the News of the World has come up with some fabulous stings and scoops over the years. Their team of fake sheiks and seedy businessmen have nailed some big names and recently they are on a roll. A tabloids job is to uncover hypocrites by being hypocrites and it works to a treat. After the John Higgins scoop it was just fabulous to see the rather ridiculous and some what sad Sarah Ferguson greedily grasping at a bag full of money in that NY hotel room on a promise to offer access to her ex husband. She is clearly not very bright and a pile of loot placed on the table in front of her for a covert photo opportunity as she stuffs it into her briefcase must have raised some alarm bells. But oh no, not our Fergie, her grasping claw taking 40k up front and off she went into the night time.

      I'm sure Prince Andrew knows nothing of his pathetic ex-wifes actions here but he, too, is in the same line of work, paid £500,000 a year by the government in expenses as a fixer for Gordon Brown [the] to grease foreign businessmen at lavish parties at the embassies to help British business. At the moment his currently project is to help BP and other multinationals to get influence in Azerbaijan, a grubby little oil and gas banana republic run by a seriously dodgy dictator, all part of the planned oil and gas infrastructure to pass from the old Russia Republics through Afghanistan and into Pakistan and Turkey to the west. That's the real story there and we all know the News of the World doesn't do real investigative stories of national importance, guffawing Fergie the way to sell their newspaper. I can just imagine what Murdoch said about Ferguson when he saw the tape. If you think she is skint then forget it. She donated her fee for the patronising ITV series about the Hull housing estate to her socialite friend's school fees! She is a rather sad individual yet carries on with her charity work regardless in America. They love here. I wonder if Fergie draws 'expenses' from that charity work through freebies?

      On the snooker scoop it was right to set up Higgins as it exposed the bigger picture of possible wide spread fixing in the sport. The sting took three months to set up and involved intricate fake websites and many meetings. Higgins and his manager Paul Mooney were bang to rites. It's right to do these stings if they expose hypocrisy. I felt a little sorry for the England rugby captain Lawrence Delagio when he got done for admitting cocaine abuse and so losing the job but most of the time the scams work well. The secretive Mazer Mahmood was the man behind the earlier scams and Sven Goran Erickson was one of the best ones. Poor old Prince Edwards misses also got done and some of that one has been locked down under the official secrets act as it was that damaging to the royal family.

      The paper its self is pretty dire and that's how it makes its money, aimed purely out a tacky working-class readership so under increasing pressure to get these celebrity scoops through nefarious and devious methods to keep them reading. There are few profits to be had through the printed press these days as advertising has moved online and so newspapers have to have online content and be 24.7 to keep going, which is expensive and also not producing profits. My local paper newspapers website is run by just two journalists who cut n paste the content up all day, spellchecking not on the agenda.

      There just doesn't seem to be an easy way to generate the required revenue online and when Murdoch charged for his papers online content it was purely to force people to buy his printed papers. Why would you pay for the Sun online if you can get the Daily Star free online? The days of the broadsheet are nearly over. And when people go for their news online they go to the BBC first, an organisation drowning in money. My local paper in Northampton that I write for sells 21,000 copies a week which is pretty good but has seen its advertising revenue collapse by 40% in recent years. Its core earn is the housing and jobs edition. Enjoy your local and national papers while you can guys.

      The content of the News of the World is predictable, brash and celebrity over genuine important news content. An up skirt shot of Jordan is more appreciated than the North-South Korea tensions to its readership. The website, like the paper, is stuffed full of this self-perpetuating celebrity nonsense that's almost a reciprocal deal to make the papers like this exist, the celebrities that moan about press intrusion and the paparazzi surely unlikely to exist without these rags and websites.

      Menu wise for the website its able to be interactive of course and so can send readers elsewhere, the big attraction of websites to advertisers. Obviously you have all your celeb stuff and healthy sport, news, music, movies, travel, money and lifestyle. You then have the interactive bits like gaming, gadgets, mobile, video, bingo, casino, poker, and fantasy football, here the Suns very popular DreamTeam.

      Some aspects of the site are more socially aware like campaigns to go green, find Madeline McCann and Sarah Payne's push for exposing paedophiles locations more. They have some noisy columnist (my dream job) and one or two agony aunt columns. I don't read any of them and only go here to try and get that dream columnist job and read up on these clever exposé's, my second dream job. One plus here is the nature of online and real-time news which allows you and me to sell newspapers stories and information much easier to them and effectively become a freelancer by default.

      Their search facility for the online version isn't great and navigation fairly simple for it's likewise readership. Sadly, whether people want to admit it or not most are obsessed with celebrity and these 'news' sites carer for that. The most popular video searches here support that and sex and the need to be part of that world the heart of celebrities appeal. The only reason to visit the online redtops is limited as this news and type of content is syndicated around the web and so nothing new. But at least with the News of the World they are trying to catch the hypocrites with their reporters and as long as people like the rather pathetic Sarah Ferguson salivates over money then they always will exist. The only good news here is that they have tried to sting many famous people over the years and many of those covert tapings came to nothing as the people were not up for being naughty like John Higgins.

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        03.05.2010 23:06
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        ALRIGHT FOR A NO BRAINER READ.

        Well, I don't usually buy a Sunday newspaper. I used to buy the news of the world. I am rather ashamed to admit that now actually. I think it is safe to say that this paper is tabloid trash at it's best. But I suppose it was this trashiness that I found so deliciously induldgent.

        If you are after culture and high brow debate, then I would say that this paper is not really what your looking for. However if you are after the latest soap star revolation or a wannabe wag who is willing to sell her story and her pride down the river for a sum of money then this is more likely to be your bag.

        Every week there is always a sensational story. This is emblazoned across the front cover enticing those who have just popped out for a pint of milk to be tempted into buying this paper. It is usually some z list celebrity admitting to their drug shame or being caught having an extra marital affair.

        I have to admit though, I was very impressed with the delicate way in which the news of the world followed the heartbreaking final weeks of Jade Goody. I thought that they dealt with her illness with great respect. Infact Jade chose this newspaper to reveal her hair loss and I remember being blown away by how beautiful she looked.

        Within the News of the world paper, there is a free magazine suppliment called Fabulous. In all fairness I really enjoy this magazine. It has great fashion items as well as insightful and thought provoking real life stories. This coupled with a celebrity interview and a column from Amanda Holden makes for a good enough read to pass a bit of time.

        I don't think the news of the world let such things as the truth get in the way of a good story. They have been sued on numerous occasions by well known celebs. But I will say that within time they usually prove to be true.

        Within the paper they have celebrity columnists. One of which being Lorraine Kelly. I like her column, she is straight and more blunt within the paper and I find this more appealing than her sickly sweet tv persona.

        I don't think this paper is particularly worth it's cost. But I do like to have a little look online, fo free to see what celebrity is in trouble with the law or their bosses this week. The news of the world love Katie price, Kerry Katona and the latest goings on of Coleen and Wayne Rooney. But for those intrested in these 'celebs' you will love this paper.

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          08.01.2010 17:33

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          Fine if you want to read manipulated, twisted gossip which it is not even good at reporting.

          One way to describe this awful newspaper and I dont think it would be appropriate. They report insignificant stories and manipulate them to suit what they want them too say as well as totally ignoring the facts. The editors or reporters are clearly not educated people as they seem not to have heard of a balanced argument instead just pick and choose information to suit their own agenda. There stories are often insulting, hurtful or just down right lies and often I wonder if these people have any concience. Furthermore the way it is written and reported maybe sums up the paper as it is an insult to intelligence and has no useful, factual or educatioal purpose other than to try to slander and rip into peoples private and personnal lives. I would say the paper should stay out of peoples lives and should think about the conseqences of what it reports not that anyone with sense would read it.

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          16.11.2009 13:54
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          Better than many will have you believe

          Yes it's brash, yes it's a bit vauge with fact and yes it's trashy, but I'm still amazed at the people who turn their nose up at it.

          The majority of people who sneer at 'gutter press' like this tend to buy broadsheets without actually reading through them but just like to look intellegent when purchasing. If they actually bothered to read both tabloid and broadsheet they would see little difference between the two. Both are bitchy, both are obsessed with celebrity - in the broadsheets cases it's more the dahlings and cads of London's elite scene than Jordan and Lily Cole but the obsession is still the same.

          I read The Sun, NOTW, Guardian and the Independent so feel I have a good range of papers to read from, when I want a serious debate I read the broadsheets, when I want a bit of simple reading I pick up a redtop.

          The NOTW is simple, easy to read, a bit of fun and at times informative. Personally the exploits of minor celebs in the jungle, half-clothed singers falling out of nightclubs and footballers stealing from DIY stores has no interest to me.

          However I do like keeping abreast with developments in the world of Celeb, without becoming a Heat luvvie, like reading fun stories about cats who eat trees and also love Sport, of which the tabloids still rip their tabloid rivals apart.

          At a quid the NOTW is great value for the Sports pages alone, yes it's a bit Premiership obsessed but that's just catering to its market more than anything. It has the big names giving views, interviews and opinions. The Sports Gossip pages are never likely to come true but they add to the rollercoaster of being a fan and can be taken with a pinch of salt.

          If you can't be bothered with a heavy read on a a Sunday morning, this is your newspaper.

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          08.11.2009 17:07
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          I'm probably the only peron that has given this paper 5 stars

          I wrote in a recent review that the newspaper I read during the week is The Sun and as with probably most Sun readers on a Sunday I will read the News of the World. I know a lot of people will criticise my choice of Sunday Newspaper but I really enjoy reading it. Yes it is mainly full of scandal and the latest stories about the current celebrities but I think it is nice to have a newspaper to read that has interesting stories in it. News doesn't always have to mean politics and war.

          News of the World costs £1 which seems to have gone up a bit lately but still worth it. For your pound you get a newspaper which contains about 100 pages and a free magazine called Fabulous. I think the magazine is great and it is just a smaller version of the women's magazines that you pay £1 plus for in the shops. A glossy magazine, that has television listings in is worth a pound itself.

          News of the World prides itself on exposing scandals. Every week there is a shocking scandal on the front pages of the paper. They must spend a fortune on getting people to work undercover and get those all important pictures. Its usually somebody taking drugs or using prostitutes, really sleazy stuff. This week for example the latest exposure is Chelsea footballer John Terry's dad is a drug dealer.

          The paper also feature quite heavily on celebities, they often get to interview celebrities and get all of the exclusive stories. The likes of Katie Price and Kerry Katona are regulars in the paper. The paper also covers shows like The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing, giving all the latest gossip on the stars of these shows. As somebody who watches these shows and takes an interest in celebs this is what I like about this paper.

          There are regular features in the paper, Carole Malone always has something to say on the page she writes. Dan Wootten has a double page spread called Celeb XS which is in the paper every week. Martin Lewis our favourite money saving expert also writes a page for this paper, offering his latest tips. The latest soap gossip is also great for us soap fans but I don't like to read Ian Hylands criticism of television programs because I normally like what he criticises.

          The two parts of the paper I don't tend to read are the sports page and the Rated section. Sports I am not really interested in and the Rated section covers gadgets, gardening, motors, travel and other things. I read the paper more for the news and gossip.

          One thing that does bug me about this newspaper is the amount of adverts there is. The paper must rake in a fortune from advertisements because they are on every page.

          Overall I think this paper is great, it may not be everyone's cup of tea but personally I prefer to read a paper that is full of pictures and gossip than one that is pages and pages of irrelevant writing. It may be scandalous and sleazy but I like it.

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          19.08.2009 15:41
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          It seems to sell well enough, though ...

          Another publication from the lower end of the Murdoch stable, the News of the World (NoW, for brevity) has little in the way of redeeming features for those looking for 'serious' news.

          It used to be known colloquially as the 'News of the Screws', because of the overtly salacious theme of its content. It may still be called that, for all I know. Times move on, but the NoW still panders to the lowest common denominator and below - the - belt story lines, although the angle of attack seems to have moved away from 'unknown nobodies' to 'talent - lite', 'well - know nobodies' who desperately cling to the lower reaches of the sliding scale of celebrity notoriety. Occasionally, they manage to snare a so - called 'big fish', but much of it is an over - sensationalized, hysterical kiss - and - tell 'exclusive' expose that amount to little of any consequence in the grand scheme of things. There's no point in me naming names here, of course; we all, I think, know who these people are.

          When they do condescend to follow up apparent 'real' journalism, it's often of the cynical paedo - on - every - street - corner variety, that achieves very little other than ratchetting up social hysteria and allegedly inciting mob frenzy. It's a measure of the publication's readership that NoW mob mentality meant attacking a paediatrician. That says it all for me.

          On a lighter note, the NoW has that staple of the Sundays, the sports pages, now seemingly thankfully padded with lots of footie stuff. Praise the Lord, and pass the match reports...

          They do, of course, include competitions, lots of enticing stuff about 'cheap' loans (Really handy in a debt - crippled recession, that) and extensive outlines about what's on the telly over the coming week, with the accent being on soap intrigue and reality TV cojones. There you have it - all you really need to bring your Sunday alive, with a dash of sauce thrown in for good measure.

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          31.05.2009 14:23
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          You'll maybe get 5 minutes worth of info, buy something else or just go to the BBC News website

          I'm not a big newspaper reader (I prefer to get the latest news online), but my in-laws get the News of the World delivered to their door every week so I regularly have the "pleasure" of flicking through the chip paper material.

          I can honestly say that the News of the World (NOTW) is rubbish for serious news. This morning's edition is packed full of irrelevant guff that's of no use to anybody. It seems to just report the awful programmes that ITV had on the previous night - Britain's Got Talent etc.

          The other dominant factor in this paper is its obsession with C-list celebrities... Jordon, Peter Andre and people on Big Brother all feature heavily. Where's the proper news?

          However NOTW does have a couple of redeeming features - there's a useful TV mag that removes the need to buy the Radio Times (although this has a heavy focus on reality shows and boring soaps). The sports section isn't too bad, including a football pull-out with all the results and reviews of Saturday's games in all 4 English professional leagues. Recently they've also had a page written by Martin Lewis (of Money Saving Expert). He answers readers' questions and also provides his own tips about everything related to money.

          Sadly the few good features don't make up for what is mostly a very poor rag.

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            26.05.2009 10:23
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            Great for celebrity gossip and scandal but not much factual news

            I have a love hate relationship with the News of the World. My parents have always bought the News of the World for as far back as I can remember (or should I say my mum as my dad preferes The Sunday Express). I used to love having a sneaky read of it when I was child as it was full of sordid stories of politicians having affairs with call girls etc.

            So once I had moved out of home I found myself continuing to buy it and 14 years later it's a habit I find difficult to break. I love sitting down and reading it over my morning coffee. The quality of journalism is pretty poor and there is very little factual news in there. It's mainly just celebrity gossip and pretty sordid gossip at that. They don't call it the gutter press for nothing!

            These days I can pretty much take or leave the News of the World and sometimes go weeks without buying it. Still, if there is a particularly eyecatching headline I will still buy it but prefer to buy the Sunday Times as it contains actual news.

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              31.03.2009 15:41
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              What a sunday paper needs to be

              I like to chill out and have a bit of a wind down on a sunday so I usually buy a copy of the News of the World to read over my morning Coffee.

              The paper is essentially 3 parts - the sports pull out, the main part of the papaer and the glossy 'fabulous' magazine. This does make it easy to spread around the house - my son likes to catch up on all the football news from the previous day and see if any 'Dons players made it into the Team of the Day, my daughter likes to look through the magazine part to see what styles are 'in' this week and who has been photographed wearing stupid clothes - intentionally or otherwise, and my husband and I (I feel quite regal for a moment) divide the rest of the paper between us.

              Don't expect to be fully conversant with the political world once you have read the paper - or even to know what's going on in the world - but you will know which celebrity is having an affair with who, what the latest Eastenders story line is likely to be and who got thrown out of a nightclub drunk the week before.

              I think the majority of the paper is written ages in advance and then tiny little bits of up to date information are scattered about to make you think its a newspaper.

              Don't buy this if you want some real news but do buy it if you want something to amuse you over your coffee - the problem page is usually good for a laugh!!

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                31.10.2008 22:37
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                A paper that just loves the gossip.

                You stand in the queue at Sainsburys with The News of The World positioned just so,hoping that everyone will think that it is The Sunday Times!
                Of course you ask for a carrier bag to take your scandalous booty home in.
                Try as you might curiosity gets the better of you,your eyes are drawn to the cleverly written story titles,and to cap it all there are people sitting in offices being paid vast sums of money to dream up these catchy headlines.
                "Who`s with who??!!"..she never is!!
                I don't believe it!
                So we find out that old adage is so true..Where there's muck there's brass!

                During my childhood it was common for parents to go for a Sunday afternoon `nap` with the News of the World...I wonder..

                But its sensationalism that sells newspapers and in that respect the News of the world has the edge.

                The British tabloid was founded in 1843 and is published every Sunday by News Group newspapers of News International is well known for it`s love of sex scandals.
                The often right- wing newspaper has often otherwise been known as the "News of the screws" !
                The Editor is Colin Myler former Editor of the "Sunday Mirror".
                One of the previous editors was Piers Morgan (An X Factor Judge)

                Carole Malone keeps us up to date with her opinions about high pro filers,Royalty and stars of today.
                Fraser Nelson is our insider in the corridors of power.
                Ian Hyland gives us his thoughts on the weeks television programmes.
                Robbie Collin writes about the new cinema releases.
                Andy Dunn is the sporting correspondent
                Alistair Down gives us the low down on the Race meetings for the week ahead.

                We see celebrity photographs,or rather we see certain celebrity assets!

                While Jane Butterworth the resident Agony Aunt deals with bunny boilers,blackmail and threesomes!

                The unmissable Mystic Meg rubs her crystal ball and conjures up her horoscopes.

                Martyn Lewis..Gosh he`s in big demand at the moment! advises Great Britain on how to give their wallet a boost and beat the Credit crunch.

                Travel suggestions..where to have a wonderful holiday on a budget.

                The latest music from Cold play and Snow Patrol is featured in the music section..but nothing about Diana Ross and the Supremes.

                The News of the World is as British as Fish and Chips,goes hand in hand with Blackpool Rock and Kiss Me Quick Hats....and I slide into Sainsburys on a Sunday morning (complete with baseball cap and dark glasses) to buy my Sunday fix!

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                  13.08.2008 09:02
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                  Not for me

                  Despite a surely promising title, the Sunday paper " News of the World" will not bring you too many news from or of the world.

                  If you are into sport, and in particular football and cricket and generally any other sport which has a large following in UK, then the 45 page pull out may appeal to you. In my case I could not care less.

                  The paper costs 85 p and I do not buy it myself, although I admit going through it on the couch or in the toilet, simply because one of our flat mates is an aficionado.

                  Sport sells, and then you have the free TV magazine, which also sells.

                  You also have some sotires exposing the sex antics of a celebrity or a supposed celebrity, whatever is on offer during the week.

                  A bit of a combination of all the most basic elements which make the British papers so unique in Europe, with may be the exception fo Germany.

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                    12.08.2008 20:32
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                    Avoid at all costs.

                    What can I say about this "newspaper"? Well for a start newspaper has to be used in very, very loose terms. I have not bothered reading it for a very long time but admit to buying it last Sunday to get a voucher that was inside for a fiver off shopping at Tesco.

                    I paid 95p for my copy which I though worthwhile for the saving on my weekly shop. So as I'd bought it I though I might as well read it during my breaks and lunch hour at work.

                    This is not a newspaper it is compplet and utter rubbish, it seems to revel in glorifying tat! There is now news of any descripton in it. Its OK if you want to read about a publicity seeking nobody who has managed to have some kind of tryst with a celeb and then gone running to the paper to make a quick buck.

                    Or you can read about some peadophile/rapist and their crime which this paper seems to delight in going into great detail about what they did to their victims.

                    To be perfectly honest I wouldn't wipe my backside on tis rubbish, avoid at all costs if you want to read a "newspaper".

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                      19.07.2008 20:23
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                      I'd rather get the Mail or Guardian for light (but relevant) Sunday reading.

                      As a fan of The Sun I expect you'd think I'd probably like this Newspaper, News of the World. They're closely linked as they're what's known as "sister companies" and they work together usually. There's a different team which do each though because of course no newpaper crew is going to work seven days a week!


                      This is basically a Sunday magazine but in newspaper format. There's usually a pretty sensational headline on the front page, usually something to do with celebrities. Most of the main stories are usually either about celebrities or a political scandal in fact!


                      This week's edition wasn't that far off with a big hoo-ha about the Jersey children's home where all those kids, now adults, were abused. It's certainly an important story and one we should all be informed about because talking about these things can prevent future recurrances. But the way they've told this story is just sick. They've sensationalised the brutal rapes and murders of little kids for goodness sakes. Trying to find the facts in these sorts of stories is a real challenge because most of what you have to sift through is just loads of sensational descriptive terms and assumptions!


                      In the rest of the paper you'll find a couple of supplements for passing around including a women's mag and a TV guide. The TV guide you get with The Sun on Saturdays is much better than this low budget one though.


                      The sports section is pretty extensive which I like. There's always plenty going on and especially loads of footie news. This can be reported in a bit of a sensational manner too though more often than not. Sometimes I want to know more about the facts and the figures then who fell out with which club's manager.


                      I really can't think of much positive to say about this. I quite like The Sun as a lazy daily read on a tea break but for a Sunday newspaper, News of the World just isn't good enough. Nobody wants to take a three hour tea break after all and that's basically all this is good for.

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                        Not for those seeking 'real news'.

                        tab-loid
                        - noun
                        1. A newspaper of small format giving the news in condensed form, usually with illustrated, often sensational material.
                        broad - sheet
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                        1. Chiefly British. a newspaper printed on large paper, usually a respctable newspaper rather than a tabloid.

                        Seems even the dictionary is against News of the World, as at the very search of the broadsheets you get the tabloids cut down to size for their cut throat attitude. I think it's time to get something out in the air from the very beginning though, and that is how much I enjoy the journalism.. or, tabloidism of the weekly newspaper. Even though I'm sure many would argue whether it deserves the title of 'news' or not. I have never been able to get my head around my nannas need for the giant pages of the Daily Telegraph, but I suppose that can be put down with my infatuation with a celebrity lifestyle over the more worldly matters of Obama versus Clinton, and I only know that because of Obama's huge publicity campaign. Sunday's are made for the big story, and on a quiet Saturday evening I have found myself even checking out their website to perhaps see what might be making their pages in the morning, usually something to do with Ronaldo whether it be his huge money contract extension at Man Utd or his involvement with six prostitutes.
                        'The Sun' newspaper makes way for NOTW when it comes to the climax of the week, and whilst I struggle to find anymore recent statistics the paper was selling an average of almost 3.5 million copies per week in October '06, making it the biggest selling English-language newspaper in the world. Mainly they make their sales by making a fool out of the most idolised people in England, and that is our Premier League footballers. This has lead to many libel actions taken against the paper, whether it be David Beckham seeking damages in 2005 for claims that his marriage was on the rocks, or Ashley Cole receiving £100,000 for reports of himself using a mobile phone on vibrate a gay sex toy. Classy. I do remember reading the latter story, and if he wasn't using it for pleasure I would like to know what it was up there for. Of course, there is always the possibility that the stories in the paper aren't true (shock. horror.) but when it comes to NOTW I am more inclined to believe their exclusives, over say the front pages of the 'Daily Star' that appear so blatantly made up for sales. 'The Star on Sunday' is the main competitor to NOTW on the weekend when it comes to scandals.

                        My most memorable story from the paper would not be that of David Nugent's naked mobile phone pictures, Micah Richards sex tape or Ashley Young's behavior on webcam (don't search 'ashley young webcam' if you're looking for the story, you may come back with 'young ashley on webcam') but more the complete destruction of England's hopes in World Cup '06 by revealing how Sven Goren-Erikkson was already plotting his way out of the managers role. Not only did this mean we lost a world class manager who didn't really care about taking us to the victory in the competition, see his selection of Walcott, but it also meant we went all patriotic and got an awful English replacement in Steve McClaren that then lead us out of even qualifying for the European Championship 2008. It's easy to get annoyed at NOTW for printing these stories, but as long as they are making money for it they won't stop - and it's easy to forgive and forget with all the other scandals that you can appreciate. What I do ask is that they do not give us a Capello scandal that gives us Kevin Keegan as manager.
                        Sport, sport, sport. They must offer something else right? Yes, but I'm not done with the sport yet. I can sit there for ages on a Sunday afternoon looking through the back pages, and the 'Score' pullout is even something I will consult when it comes to making selections for my fantasy football team. Also, any story that says Gerrard might go to Real Madrid for 50M in the summer gets my attention. NOTW are very good at getting a story that they think people will want to read, whether it be the first look at the mock-up of the believed Maddie kidnapped or this past week proving no exception going into Paul Burrell's strange behavior over the Diana case. Some of the other most famous scandals the paper has fronted is the David Beckham affair with Rebecca Loos (2004), Prince Harry underage drinking and drugs (2002) and Angus Deayton's fondness for cocaine and call girls that lead to him getting much stick and eventually leaving his role on 'Have I Got News For You?' (2002)

                        As if the rest of what I have described doesn't sound showbiz enough, the paper does have its own two-page spread especially for showbiz in a column by Rav Singh. You know, he's one of those people that would like to have you believe he rubs shoulders with celebrities and gets incredibly exclusives but I think it's more about his ability to use an internet search. Britney Spears is probably the most frequent face on the distinctive showbiz pages, but there will often be parts of this section that even I don't care about - like the Arctic Monkeys at the Brits. Come on, how can we really have a music awards show when all our best music is imported, bar Leona Lewis. Carole Malone and Ian Hyland are the two most distinctive columnists in NOTW, and whilst one expresses her femine attitude towards the world, Hyland is more of a Harry Hill type that pokes fun at everything on the television. These sections are rarely that interesting, as I read the paper for the exclusives not the opinions, and it can be incredibly irritating when you do not agree with an opinion of a columnist.
                        Also coming with all the trimmings of a normal newspaper, such as the crosswords and agony aunts, even on a slow week you are likely to find something in the News of the World. A tabloid created with keeping the reader entertained in mind, and with all their money they can afford to pay for all these kiss and tell stories as well as their exclusive interviews.

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                          11.03.2007 17:17

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                          Cheap trash on paper

                          This so-called newspaper is trash defined. It never admits to being a right-wing paper. It claims to be left wing eventhough it criticises Labour more than me. It just backs the winning team at each election. I like a newspaper to show affiliance to one party. Also nothing in the Sun or NOTW appeals to me. I work in an off-licence and this 'paper' vastly outsells every other paper, why? I just do not get why it is so popular. I don't personally read celeb gossip.; I don't want to know about egotistical celebs flashing their cash about. I absolutely hate sports which is why is read broadsheets like the Times and Telegraph. There is too much sport already as far as I am concerned everywhere and the NOTW is full of it. The biggest joke of all though is that despite this paper's low quality it is written by normally very well educated journalists.

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