Monday, September 30, 2013

Newspapers' Readership Plummets

The readership of top newspapers in the country tumbled in the run up to GE13 over biased reporting. According to The Edge Weekly, which obtained the Consumer and Media View report by Nielsen, newspapers saw a drop of between 10 percent to 40 percent in readership during the second quarter of this year. [This coincided with the 13th general election period when Parliament was dissolved on April 03 and polling day was on May 05].
"The decline is mainly due to the 13th general election," The Edge Weekly quoted Omnicom Media Group Malaysia chief executive officer Andreas Vogiatzakis as saying. He was further quoted as saying that readers sought alternative news between March to May this year with a 60 percent surge in online traffic for political news sites and 20 percent increase for news websites in general.
However, media analysts noted that newspaper readership may bounce back. I think that is misplaced confidence. I really hope that Malaysians don't go back to these thrashy newspapers! I say Malaysians should continue to boycott all mainstream newspapers!

Celtic enjoyed a 5-2 win over Kilmarnock in their Scottish Premiership clash on Saturday. The former raced to a three-goal lead in the first half-hour through a Kris Commons strike (20) and a Georgios Samaras double (24, 26) but the Killies grabbed a lifeline when midfielder Sammy Clingan (35) reduced the deficit with a great free-kick before defender Sean Clohessy made it 3-2 in the forty-second minute. Samaras (88) finally sealed Kilmarnock’s fate with a stooping six-yard header and there was still time for substitute Amido Balde (90) to scamper clear and pouch a goal for Celtic.
A good win but Celtic will be tested more in their Champions League Group H clash with Barcelona at Parkhead on Tuesday night.

On Sunday, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez inspired Liverpool to a 3-1 victory over Sunderland – a much-needed boost that put them in second place in the EPL table. Sturridge put the Reds ahead in the twenty-eighth minute and then collected Steven Gerrard's brilliant cross-field pass with a stunning piece of control, eased past Carlos Cuellar and squared for Suarez to roll home (36). Emanuele Giaccherini pulled one back for the Black Cats in the fifty-second minute. But the game was sealed for Liverpool when Suarez led a breakaway, fed Sturridge and then took his return pass to fire into an unguarded net (89).

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