Daily Star Hits and Misses

December 5, 2011

The Daily Star is among the tabloid newspapers facing scrutiny by the Leveson Enquiry. Or, as its deadly rival The Sun might put it, “Gotcha”

As the Leveson enquiry plods its weary way towards unearthing the murkier side of the UK’s media practices, we provide LWD readers with some of the ups and downs of that egregious organ The Daily Star:

A Star is born [1978]

The Daily Star is born to the Express Newspapers empire as a competitor to The Sun. Since then,the rivals have battled it out through their admiration for the female form and for sensational journalism.

The Star Gets Jeffery Archer [1987]

The Daily Star triumphs with its lurid tale of Jeffery Archer after a heroic battle to overturn an initial court ruling against them.

Treatment of Hillsborough disaster [1989]

Prints story similar to the infamous one in the Sun, with headline “Dead Fans Robbed By Drunk Thugs”

Implicates McCann family in disappearance of daughter Madaleine [2007]

Pays substantial damages and apologises for their false accusations of McCann family [2007]

Volcanic Ash front page

On 21 April 2010, misleading headline suggested a plane had crashed been in the aftermath of the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption, “Terror as plane hits ash cloud”

Raul Moat story planned as video game [2012]

The story resulted in Daily Star paying substantial compensation to Rockstar Games [Grand Theft Auto organisation]

What Next?

In the words of Lord Levesen:

Lord Justice Leveson opened the hearings on Monday 14 November 2011, saying: “The press provides an essential check on all aspects of public life. That is why any failure within the media affects all of us. At the heart of this Inquiry, therefore, may be one simple question: who guards the guardians?”