Kate Scandal Will Cost 100 Jobs

tony leatherStarred Page By tony leather, 18th Sep 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1kw8u7a8/
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Newspaper editor, Michael O'Kane, foolishly took the decision to publish those infamous topless photographs of Kate - wife of prince William - and in doing so condemned his entire workforce,

Kate Scandal Will Cost 100 Jobs


I never believed that I, as a writer, would ever applaud the demise of a newspaper, but the news that owner of the Irish Daily Star, Richard Desmond, was immediately taking steps to close down the paper seemed to me just reward for a catastrophic editorial decision.

Newspaper editor, Michael O'Kane, foolishly took the decision to publish those infamous topless photographs of Kate - wife of prince William - and in doing so condemned his entire workforce, selfishly, to the dole queue. Richard Desmond was incensed, and as owner of the UK title as well has already instructed lawyers to start legal proceedings for terminating publication of the paper.

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Many might see this as an over-reaction, but the immediate condemnation by St James Palace after the paper ran 13 pictures was vociferous and damning. Desmond was not told about the editorial decision and was so upset that he at once distanced himself from the action in the strongest possible way.

The fact that infamous Italian prime minister Sylvio Berlesconi - owner of the Italian version of the offending French magazine Closer - has also announced his intention to run the images in the next issue just goes to prove how totally indifferent to the notion of moral and ethical decency some people truly are.

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I genuinely hope that the staff of the Irish Daily Star see the decision by Michael O'Kane that could well have cost them their livelihoods, for the glaring and dramatic act of foolishness that it might well now turn out to be, and all in the name of improving sales. Perhaps, in a time when work is hard to come by, he will retrospectively appreciate that some lines are never meant to be crossed, and that the price to be paid for doing so can be very high indeed.

I do not claim, by any means, that the royals are not fair game for the press, nor that the general public love to learn as much about them as they can. Kate is a beautiful woman, after all, and highly photogenic, but that does not give anyone the right to invade the most private moments of the young couple or to make them public.

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The obvious outrage of a newspaper owner - his decision to close down the offending newspaper - and the dismay the staff there must be feeling - all result from an intrusion too far. Perhaps in future editors will be far more careful about their choice of stories, if they value their jobs.

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Consequences, Irish Daily Star, Kate, Photos, Publishing, Royals, Topless, William

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mainly non-fiction articles, though I do write short stories, poetry and descriptive prose as well. Have been writing for over ten years now

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author avatar Retired
18th Sep 2012 (#)

very cool post

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author avatar zed
18th Sep 2012 (#)

ditto!

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author avatar Denise O
18th Sep 2012 (#)

I too wish a lot of editors would get a conscience but, I am afraid. A well written page. The star is a given. Thank you for sharing.:)

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