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DID MEDIA GO OVERBOARD IN COVERAGE OF PEACHES’ DEATH?

April 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Virtually every major newspaper in the U.K. on Monday featured the death of Peaches Geldof on its front page. It was also the lead item on most British television newscasts, receiving more coverage than the death of 93-year-old Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney. But Guardian columnist Roy Greenslade, while acknowledging that the “sudden death of a young woman, especially the daughter of a man as famous as Bob Geldof,” deserves coverage, suggested that the media may have gone too far in milking this tragic event. “What is it about our 2014 news values that dictated such a response?” he asked in today’s (Tuesday) column. “Yes, celebrity, is at its heart. It is also the case that when people die young and unexpectedly the uniqueness of the event affects the coverage. But when we stand back from this in, say, a year’s time, it is highly likely that we journalists will reflect on whether the media response was over the top.”