Hats off to Betty: Slippery slope of news

PUBLISHED: 12:50 22 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:50 04 May 2010

Betty Wilbraham

Betty Wilbraham

I CAN T understand all the World Cup hype, whether Wayne Rooney s foot will be better, and I don t care how many millions Heather McCartney is going to get when she and Paul divorce. The entire sports journalists seem to have decamped to Germany and page

I CAN'T understand all the World Cup hype, whether Wayne Rooney's foot will be better, and I don't care how many millions Heather McCartney is going to get when she and Paul divorce.

The entire sports journalists seem to have decamped to Germany and page after page of the newspapers are filled with footballers' wives.

It's not news, it's speculation.

This is all totally ludicrous.

Not even on D-Day did they break into programmes to give us the news about the Normandy Landings - but now they interrupt the news at every opportunity.

We had radio news bulletins four times a day and I remember coming home from school for lunch to hear about the landings on the lunchtime news.

Now page after page of The Telegraph is taken up with unimportant stories and they're all over the radio.

I turn the pages and find irrelevant stories.

Why do I need to know about a shooting incident in an American school? I don't think we need to know. We are not going to change their gun culture.

We are being given stories just for their shock value.

We don't seem to get straightforward news on the issues we need to know about, such as will there be a drought and will our water be turned off?

I know the papers must be catering for the market but do people really want to read this celebrity rubbish?

Celebrities are really influencing our youngsters.

The Telegraph carries lot of ads which my mother would have considered fairly indecent - women wearing the scantiest of underwear. She was absolutely against people showing off.

Even Marks and Spencer has come out with very sexy ads.

I used to shop there, but their style doesn't suit me at all now.

There was a very good article in The Telegraph recently with a Muslim leader in this country and he said footballers' wives could learn a lot about decency from Islam.

We never used to be hanging on every news bulletin. We were too busy getting on with our lives. Now it's not news, it's gossip.

We are on a downward slope. We are television-led, particularly by Murdoch's organisation.

At one time there was no time to watch television in the daytime. Now we have got a whole lot of people at home during the day all seemingly dependent on television.

It's a slippery slope and I don't see a turnaround.

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