Apr 16, 2012

Ten’s Titanic struggle … Herald Sun apologises for Logies leak

In today's Media Briefs: Channel Ten News's Titanic long bow, Obit of the week, Steve Jobs the movie -- starring Ashton Kutcher, Gawker's bargain basement Fox News mole and more...

Channel Ten News' Titanic long bow. It was the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic yesterday and newsrooms the world over scrambled for an angle, any angle, to bring a local flavour to the story. Cue last night's Channel Ten News, which retold the story of stewardess Violet Jessop who had "survived" the sinking of all White Star Liner's Olympic class ships (Titanic, Britannic and Olympic) and "might just be the luckiest seafarer of all". For this, Ten News interviewed Jessop's Australian niece Marilyn Jessop (the relevant part starts at the one-minute mark) ...

There was one problem though: the Olympic never sank. The Olympic, the first of three enormous ships commissioned by White Star Liners (and was also captained on its maiden voyage in 1911 by the Titanic's captain E.J. Smith), had a few mishaps throughout its lifetime but, unlike her sisters, never made it to Davy Jones' Locker. The Britannic sank on November 21 1916 for the loss of 30 lives. The most infamous of the trio, the Titanic, sank on April 15 1912 with 1514 deaths. Despite a mutiny, a couple of accidents and service throughout World War 1, the Olympic -- or "old reliable" as she was fondly referred to -- was retired in 1935 and sold to a private buyer. -- Leigh Josey Front page of the day. South Korea's JoongAng Daily led with the ongoing missile testing by its aggressive northern neighbour as the North Korean despot Kim Jong Un addressed his nation and the world for the first time:

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