Press Association reveals Thatcher death news and ITV News is first to break it on Twitter

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ITV News appeared to be the first major national news organisation to reveal  Margaret Thatcher’s death to the public after a Press Association newsflash.

Press Association broke the news of Baroness Thatcher's death to its subscribers after receiving a call from her spokesman Lord Bell. 

His statement said: "It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning. A further statement will be made later."

ITV's Twitter feed, @ITVNews, broke the news with a link to a short story at 12.48pm today – a minute after PA put out the news.

Press Association news editor Wesley Johnson wrote the newsflash, which subsequently ran on the wire, after PA took a call from Lord Bell.

Johnson said: “When you send a snap like that you know you are reporting something historic.”

ITV News was closely followed by BBC Breaking News, The Sun, The Times, Huffington Post, Daily Express and Daily Star which tweeted the news at 12.49pm.

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