23 July 2013 - 11:40am | posted by | 4 comments

Royal Baby: Private Eye front page sums up the mood of a nation

It's a story: Private Eye sums up hours of coverage in three wordsIt's a story: Private Eye sums up hours of coverage in three words

The mood of the mildly irritated portion of the nation has been heartily summed up by Private Eye's Royal Baby front page, which summed up 24 hours of intensive news coverage in three words: "Woman has baby".

National and global media became frenzied on Monday after the news came through that the Duchess of Cambridge had gone into labour, leading to rolling coverage on the major news channels and a battle to make their own take on having nothing to report more interesting.

The Guardian offered up a 'republican' button on its website to make all talk of the Royal Baby magically disappear for non-Royalist readers, while the BBC's Simon McCoy was at least up front about having no news to report, saying: "Plenty more to come from here, none of it news - but that won't stop us."

In competition with the BBC was Sky, tweeting a story about Prince Charles knowing as little as everybody else.

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23 Jul 2013 - 14:02
psh1953's picture

This almost rivals Lady Diana's wedding when the headline was "Traffic Disrupted" in the Morning Star

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23 Jul 2013 - 23:18
chazlb

Bread and circus..... before the fall.

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24 Jul 2013 - 16:47
paulljcatlow

If they're only sticking to the one child,does this mean that their Civil List payment (a preferential rate of state benefit for the otherwise terminally unemployable) will be docked for every additional bedroom in their palace?

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25 Jul 2013 - 15:43
peter83987's picture

Here - BBC - if tha's nowt to say - say nowt

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