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News Management - BBC Spouting Company Line

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2006 12:27:42 -0300 (CLST)

Looking at the BBC site, I noticed an article on the new Wembley stadium. 
In retrospect, it seems a bit odd - there's no "news", it's just a
"magazine piece" that appears to have been provided by the architect
company, yet it occupied a significant area on the BBC News front page. 
You can see the article here -
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/4694868.stm

If you do watch that, you'll be struck by the blandness.  Nothing
newsworthy.  Nothing particularly new.  Just a "feel good" piece.

Curious, I searched around for news.  Here's a report, from less than a
month ago, indicating that:

 - the stadium may not be completed in time for the FA Cup
 - the company building it is in severe financial trouble
 - the anouncement of incompletion is expected this month
 - there's a serious worry that with the anouncement the construction
   company will fold

None of that was mentioned in the BBC "article".  Maybe it's not true, but
news.google.com shows an awful lot of hits about Multiplex's financial
worries.

And a little more searching returns this piece, also in the BBC -
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4693924.stm - which gives a similarly
slanted view of the project.

Ah, and more from a couple of days ago -
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/sport/story/0,,1708123,00.html - it seems
that the place will not get a safety certificate in time (not sure I agree
with the argument - I suspect it's not that hard to hurry up the approval
process if you're hosting the FA cup....)

Andrew

And Scores...

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2006 19:04:42 -0300 (CLST)

Wembley dropped for FA Cup final -
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/4731888.stm

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