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Published on September 5th, 2010 | by Meredith Burdett

Stop the Press!

The Mail Online has covered the fascinating scoop story of Karen Gillan out and about and how she spectacularly… dropped her phone in the road.

Gillan was spotted on her phone when she saw a friend and went over to speak to her but dropped her phone in the excitement. Wow, with news like that-who needs to know about what’s happening in the rest of the world?  It seems to be that papers now cover a lot of “Heat Magazine” articles more and more these days with half the information they print being virtually worthless.

The conjecture and hearsay that this article brings along with it is fairly harmless and may have an element of truth to it, such as:

“Gillan is set to begin filming her second series as the doctor’s assistant Amy Pond, but is unsure if she’ll be invited back for a third.

She said recently: ‘Who knows? I’m just taking it series by series and I’m just having fun. So, I don’t know. I have no idea.’

But when all is said and done, do we really need to delve this deeply into an actors’ life?

A little while back, another newspaper revealed candid details of former Doctor Who Executive Producer Julie Gardner’s purchase of home-including facts on pricing, location and even the name of the agent who sold it to her!

How far is too far in your opinion? Is this all harmless or should the press stick to proper reporting?


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2 Responses to Stop the Press!

  1. avatar Paul Cavanagh says:

    I don’t think I’d say that this report was going too far. It’s hardly invasive is it? It’s trivial for sure, and I’m amazed that the papers think people are actually interested in such prosaic minutiae. Howver, judging by the few minutes of ITV’s new Daybreak show, maybe people really are fascinated by such banalities. I didn’t for one minute think that Daybreak was going to provide insightful morning news fodder, but I’m still disappointed to have to stick with BBC Breakfast. I wish Channel 4 would get their act together. Oh, look, I’ve gone somewhat off-topic. Hey-ho.

  2. avatar 23skidoo says:

    It’s the old story that as long as people keep buying the newspaper – or visiting the website – they’ll assume people want to see that stuff. On the other hand, stupid as it all seems I’d rather see a nothing report like this about someone like Karen or Matt than some of the utterly mean-spirited stuff that often shows up on the self-made gossip websites run by people who think an IP address and a clever nickname somehow makes them immune from libel action.

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