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#1 Titan

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 12:23 PM

Ive noticed that, like today, WOS have been posting things that Baz writes in his column for the Daily Mail in the 'news' section.  Should these kind of things not be in the rumour section until an official press release is made?  I know Baz is 9 times out of 10 correct, but surely the news section of the WOS site is for official news?

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 01:57 PM

Hi Titan - just to clarify, we usually run Baz's stories as gossip pieces if they don't include specific dates, but in the case of Viva Forever we felt it merited promotion to the news section due the profile of the production and the fact he pins it down to a December opening. That said, we did put quotation marks in the headline and clearly credit the DM in the story because nothing has yet been confirmed by the producers.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 01:05 PM

The reporting of football-rumour has subverted and diminished the reporting of football-news. One bleeds into the other and the distinction gets blurred. It is far easier to rustle up rumour than dig up/check news, so there is far more space given to made-up stories than the work involved in news reporting. It happens there is an appetite for rubbish and football-rumour is the chosen diet of the football mug, the obsessive who can't get enough football news even when it's not even soft- never mind hard-news.

Antigone doing well at the National. Uncle Vanya returns to the Print Room. Sold-out runs for Merrie England and Events While Guarding the Bofors Gun at the Finborough but new performances added. All factual, all checkable, all happening, all news.

Ian McKellen rumoured to star in Hello Dolly. Dame Judi linked to star in stage version of Inspector Morse. Sonia Friedman considering McKellen for lead in Fiddler on the Roof. Could Branagh be about to star in Cabaret on ice at Wembley this Christmas? All the theatre-rumour equivalents of football media coverage, were the current distinction between hard news and idle chatter to become blurred.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 02:24 PM

View PostEl Peter, on 10 June 2012 - 01:05 PM, said:

Antigone doing well at the National.

That's an ambiguous opinion, neither fact nor rumour.

I'm 100% with WoS on this one. Baz Bamigboye's a respected journalist whose gossip or rumours are founded in research and it's sensible to report them, always citing him as the source. I'm sure WoS has never reported fantasy rumours such as your examples, even as gossip pieces.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 07:02 PM

Antigone is doing well at the NT- it's sold out all performances.



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Posted 10 June 2012 - 09:20 PM

Antony and Cleopatra sold out all its performances in the Olivier well in advance of its first preview but few would say it did well.




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