Roy Greenslade on Peaches Geldof – was the coverage over the top?


Inevitably, we are bound to ask why a 25-year-old woman should engender so much coverage. What is it about our 2014 news values that dictated such a response?

Yes, celebrity, is at its heart. It is also the case that when people die young and unexpectedly the uniqueness of the event affects the coverage.

But when we stand back from this in, say, a year’s time, it is highly likely that we journalists will reflect on whether the media response was over the top.

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