Dog watches dog 26.06.03

Friend sure to be moo-ved by gong

Veteran news presenter and corpser Bob Friend, the former BBC journalist who has since gone on to make it at Sky News – and in the movies – was recognised with an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Friend, who once famously thought he was having a heart attack only to discover he had put on a child’s T-shirt after pool-side drinks, is well known for his humour.

But what perhaps is less well known are the lengths to which colleagues must go to get Friend to smile for the camera when he is having a photo taken.

Word reaches the kennel of a photo session where Sky’s head of news, Nick Pollard, was expected to join in what has become a small ritual for Friend – when the photographers turn up he insists colleagues sit in the room with him and make farmyard noises to make him laugh. Sadly, Pollard’s mooing was below par – so back-up had to be brought in before Friend produced the goods.

Give’em a Break – the cheek of some People

Another entry has flooded into Dog’s Campaign for Real Exclusives – where we expose bogus “exclusive” taglines on lifted stories.

Last time it was a story lifted from Take a Break. This time it’s a story lifted from Take a Break. Perhaps they’re the only ones playing.

Title: The People, Sunday, 22 June, 2003. Page 31.

Exclusive claim: Captured neighbour who stole cash from her cancer victim pal.

Source: Take a Break, Thursday, 19 June, 2003.

Nominated by: John Dale, editor, Take a Break.

Nominator’s comment: This was bylined by the chief reporter. Blimey, he had an easy week.

Dog exclusivity rating: 3/100. Three points gained for obtaining an extra quote at the end.

Dog wants to hear about more of these. Send your nominations to dog@pressgazette.co.uk.

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