Tuesday 14 May, 2013


BBC:  Wallace and Gromit promote British holidays in new ad

Wallace and Gromit have landed a new job convincing the British public to spend their holidays in the UK.  The hapless inventor and his dog, who once holidayed on the moon, star in an advertisement from VisitEngland, backed by the other UK tourist boards.  It shows them at top tourist venues, after an abortive attempt to go abroad by firing themselves from a cannon.  It is part of the government’s “Great Adventure” campaign which aims to boost the tourist industry.  Nick Park, the creator and director of Wallace and Gromit, said: “Leisure time has always been very important to Wallace & Gromit, so it’s great to see them making this holiday choice.  A montage of their holiday postcards shows them Morris dancing in front of Stonehenge, dressed as beefeaters at the Tower of London – and, inevitably, the cheese-loving duo also visit Cheddar Gorge.


HUFFINGTON POST: McDonald’s hails Charles Ramsey and says: “We’ll be in touch”

The discovery of three missing women who police say were held captive in an Ohio home for a decade has put an unexpected spotlight on McDonald’s.  Charles Ramsey, a neighbor who said he heard screaming from the house, noted in an interview with a local TV station that he was eating McDonald’s when the scene unfolded Monday.  He also made note of his meal in a 911 call. Both the interview and the 911 call went viral online. On Tuesday the world’s biggest hamburger company – after praising the courage of the kidnap victims – addressed the matter on Twitter. “Way to go Charles Ramsey – we’ll be in touch.”


ASIA SENTINEL: Instant media’s got Malaysia

Online media exploded during last week’s general election in Malaysia.  Newer platforms like Twitter,   YouTube, Facebook and others are transforming electioneering for both the   opposition and the government.  In a country where virtually all   mainstream media outlets are owned by pro-government political parties, the   rapid growth of social media outlets is not just a social phenomenon but also   a key part of the political process.  According to statistics, there are   two million Twitter users in the country, compared with only 3,000 in 2008,   when the previous election was held. If violence threatens, as it often has,   witnesses record the action, posting it immediately on Facebook, which has 13   million user accounts in Malaysia, and YouTube, where 67 per cent of all   online videos end up.


WALL STREET JOURNAL: Disney’s profits rise 32 per cent

Walt Disney Co. reported a 32 per cent increase in net income for its fiscal second quarter, driven by significant growth at its theme parks, continued strength from the ESPN cable network and newfound stability at its film studio.  The only trouble spots for the media giant, which has seen its stock surge 33 per cent so far this year, were its ABC broadcast network and its long struggling   interactive unit.  Net income for the quarter ended March 30 was $1.51 billion ($1.48 billion), or 83 cents (81 cents) a share, compared with $1.14 billion ($1.11 billion), or 63 cents (61 cents) a share, in the same period a year ago.



Monday 6 May 2013


CAMPAIGN LONDON: Campaign Viral Chart: Beyonce switches to H&M as Evian stays top

Beyonce’s ad for Pepsi slips out of this week’s chart but the megastar makes a reappearance in a spot for H&M, alongside work for the Windows Phone and the Nokia Lumia 920.  The Beyonce ad, created in-house and directed by Jonas Akerlund, has clocked up 5.5 million views since it hit the web and has been shared just short of 136,000 times this week.


REUTERS:  Maria Shriver returns to NBC after split with Schwarzenegger

Television journalist Maria Shriver is returning to NBC as a special anchor covering women’s issues nine years after leaving the network when her then husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was elected governor of California.  Shriver, 57, will appear on various NBC networks, including CNBC, MSNBC and NBC Sports. Shriver left NBC in 2004 when she became the first lady of California, NBC said in a statement.  Shriver, the niece of slain U.S. President John F. Kennedy, filed for divorce from Schwarzenegger in 2011 after he publicly admitted to fathering a child with a housekeeper 14 years earlier.  “I look forward to shining a light on all areas of a woman’s experience … and exploring these issues in a way that brings the voices of men into these critically important conversations,” Shriver said in a statement.  NBC will also broadcast “The Shriver Report,” studies Shriver produced about women’s issues that have including topics such as Alzheimer’s disease.


THE DAILY MAIL: Coronation Street star Bill Roache, 81, arrested over claims he raped a 15-year-old girl in 1967

The 81-year-old actor, who has played strait-laced Ken Barlow for five decades, was held during a breakfast time swoop at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire. His arrest comes just weeks after he was forced to issue a public apology after claiming child sex abuse victims were being punished for past sins. He had faced a backlash following his claim that people should not be judgmental but ‘totally forgiving’ of paedophiles.


THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: EI Online Twitter account hacked

After sending out a series of fake story posts, the account was suspended. In the latest example of a news outlet having a social-media account compromised, E! Online‘s official Twitter handle was apparently hacked on Saturday.