Friday, 26 June 2009

Friday's papers

The news of the death of Michael Jackson's death forced the front pages to change late last night.

Michael Jackson, singer, songwriter, performer and perhaps the most famous pop star of modern times, died last night less than a fortnight before he was due to start a record-breaking 50-concert tour in Britain.
reports the Times

According to the Sun

He collapsed and stopped breathing after an injection of a powerful painkiller named Demerol.
Jacko, 50, was said to be addicted to the drug - similar to morphine - and it is feared he took an overdose.

The Telegraph says that

He was taken to UCLA Medical Centre in the city in a coma but doctors were unable to revive him. His unexpected death has devastated fans and sparked a flood of tributes from the biggest names in the music industry.

Before the news broke,the release of the BBC's manager's expenses were on many of the front pages.

Real world v Planet BBC said the Mail reporting that

The stark contrast between job fears in the private sector and feather-bedded life on public funds was dramatically laid bare yesterday.
At recession-ravaged British Airways, thousands of worried staff offered to work for nothing or take pay cuts.
But documents released by the BBC, under pressure, exposed a luxury culture of six-figure salaries and lavish expenses.

The Independent says that

Luxury hotels, a private jet and even gifts for fellow BBC staff members also appeared. Details revealing the finances of the BBC's top team also show that many were paid more than the Prime Minister, while executives spent £20,978 last year entertaining other members of staff.

Finally the Guardian has learned that

The government is to abandon the most significant education reform of the New Labour era in order to end the centralised control of schools and grant headteachers more powers

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