Desmond buys Channel Five – time to expand Tabloid Watch?

With the news this weekend that Richard Desmond has bought Channel Five, perhaps the time has come to expand Tabloid Watch to include TV as well as some of the iffier stories in UK newspapers.

For those who haven’t already discovered it, Tabloid Watch is a fantastic blog exposing stories in “tabloid” newspapers which are inaccurate or just plain made up. I put tabloid in quotes as many of the entries are about the Daily Mail or (Desmond’s) Daily Express, and even the Daily Telegraph, as well as more traditional red tops.

Recent stories exposed as incorrect include reports that the Red Arrows have been banned over health and safety fears (they haven’t), that the EU will ban selling eggs by the dozen (they won’t) and endless stories about Muslims and immigrants.

It’s also worth pointing out, as Private Eye does regularly, that despite the high and mighty opinions taken by the Daily Express, Richard Desmond owns a string of pornographic television stations. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it might be seen as rather hypocritical.

And finally, on the subject of tabloids, if you haven’t already seen The Daily Mail Song by Dan and Dan, go and have a watch. It’s one of the best comedy songs I’ve heard in ages, and I’ve even taken the time to transcribe the lyrics, a copy of which now lives in my guitar case. “It’s absolutely true because I read it in the Daily Mail…”