Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride has died aged 60 after short battle with illness.

Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride has died aged 60 after short battle with illness.

Anne Kirkbride passed away peacefully in a Manchester hospital evening after a short illness. The television icon rose to fame having played the unique and unforgettable Deirdre Barlow for 44 years.

Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow, has died aged 60.

“There are no words to describe the sense of grief we feel at Anne’s passing,” said Executive Producer Kieran Roberts. “We know only too acutely how much Anne meant to the millions of people who watched her create the legendary character of Deirdre Barlow.

“She will be greatly missed by the Coronation Street team who share happy memories of working with her. We feel blessed and honoured to have known her. Our thoughts are with David and their family.”A

William Roache who played Anne’s onscreen husband Ken Barlow said:

“I feel Anne’s loss so personally having worked closely with her for over 40 years. She was such a loving and vibrant person. You always knew she was there because her laugh was never far away.

“She was an impeccable performer with superb comedy timing and an immense gift for really heightened drama. We had some rows over the years as Ken and Deirdre and it was wonderful to play those scenes opposite her. Coronation Street has lost one of its iconic characters and Anne will be greatly missed.”

Anne’s husband David has appealed to the media to respect his privacy and that of Anne’s family at this very sad and distressing time.


YouTube Under Scrutiny

YouTube is home to the new generation of entertainers – YouTubers. Including beauty vloggers, short film makers, gamers and daily vloggers, YouTube has been a platform for these young individuals to gain millions upon millions of views and subscribers along with worldwide fame, book deals and record deals. However in 2014 YouTube was under scrutiny for a much worse reason.

Rewind to early 2014, Sam Pepper’s career was at it’s peak. He had millions of subscribers, had been on both a UK and US tour and appeared on Big Brother, however fast forward to September 2014 and his career was well and truly over.

Sam Pepper was a popular YouTuber, posting weekly prank videos, however his bum-pinching video would pretty much end his career. The video featured him wearing a fake arm to distract women, then doing exactly what the title states, pinching their bums. Sam received much backlash over the video and it soon went viral and many media outlets picked up on the story. Following the video, many woman have come forward claiming Sam sexually harassed and manipulated them.

Another YouTuber, Jason Sampson (Veeoneeye on youtube), known for his gravity defying, rainbow coloured hair, was on the receiving end of sexual manipulation allegations in 2014, much to the surprised many of his viewers as he appeared to be a free spirited young man, who wouldn’t say boo to a goose in his videos. It was revealed he slept with an underage fan whilst she was under the influence of alcohol (which he had bought her), so even if she had been sober her consent wouldn’t have counted due to her age – she was 15 at the time.

Jason uploaded an apology video to the victim, Ania, at the end of September 2014 but uploaded it as ‘unlisted’ meaning only those with the actual link to the video could view it, he has since put the video on private. This has made many question the legitimacy of his apology as he states he tried to message Ania to apologise but she says she never received these, he also seems to try and excuse his behaviour by claiming his upbringing kept him sheltered and he didn’t know how to behave without his parent’s rules.

Many YouTube fans, and even just members of the public believe Jason and Sam, along with the numerous other youtubers with similar allegations against them, should be banned from YouTube. However both Jason and Sam continue to make videos in 2015 and, although they have lost all their sponsors and product placement ads, they still get paid per video. There is no exact number on how much they make per video, but baring in mind some YouTubers are supposedly millionaires (or at least close) it must be a lot!

Jason has also caused controversy by updating his snapchat story continuously, showing he has seemingly moved to and is travelling around America with his friend Karim Abridged – whom also is facing sexual harrasment allegations   – where they are having the time of their lives and not facing any repercussions for their actions.

The fact that Jason and Sam met the girls making the allegations through YouTube events is creating a bad image for the YouTube community and in turn making parents wary of allowing their children to attend these conventions which could mean that they may somehow change in 2015 or even soon cease to exist. This means the other hundreds of YouTube creators and their fans may miss out.

On the plus side, both Jason and Sam’s subscriber counts have dramatically fallen since the allegations were made and are still dropping now, meaning they are likely to be making far less money than they previously were and the number will continue to drop.

So, should these YouTubers, and other YouTube creators in the same position, be allowed back into the YouTube community and be able to continue earning money?

Big Brother to be Axed?

Celebrity Big Brother – a reality game show featuring forgotten soap stars and ex-famous individuals, loved by millions up and down the UK – is back for it’s 2015 series and has already been met with it’s fair share of controversy, despite only having started less than a week ago.

Featuring ‘celebrities’ including plastic surgery obsessive Alicia Douvall, Britain’s most hated woman, Katie Hopkins and reality star Chloe Goodman, the show was obviously going to be a memorable one. However it would be former child-actor Jeremy Jackson turned fitness fanatic, who was to cause the show to be thrown into the spotlight and be scrutinised by worldwide media.

Jeremy Jackson is most known for his very public battle with drugs and alcohol, however believe it or not, once upon a time he played Hobie Buchannon in the 90’s TV show – Baywatch.

Jeremy got ejected from the Big Brother house when he reportedly exposed fellow housemate Chloe Goodman by pulling at her dressing gown. He has been issued with a police caution for common assault. He has since apologized to Chloe.

Chloe was just trying to help me when it happened and if there was any way that I could make it up to her and we could be friends, then I would. I’d still like to apologise properly and ask her to forgive me for hurting her feelings that night.’ – Jeremy Jackson 

Jeremy insists he did not purposely expose Chloe, and instead states that he wanted to see the bikini he thought she had been wearing. Although there are no cameras in the bathroom where the incident occurred, the aftermath was recorded and was shown to the British public.

Since the incident, reports that Jeremy allegedly tried to kill his ex-wife have come to light.  Supported by the image of her police report, Loni Willson has told her story of how Jackson tried to strangle her back in August 2014.

This has called into question the psychological wellness of Jeremy. Although he himself claims to have been 100% healthy before entering the house, having passed the psychological assessment, his friends and ex wife have been public about their worry for his own safety.

There has been outroar on social media about the whole incident, with people worldwide calling for house mates to have a more thorough psychological assessment and deeper background checks before entering the house.

One of my flatmates, who is an avid Big Brother fan, shared her thoughts on the incident

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Zahra Ahmed’s opinion on Jeremy Jackson being allowed in the Big Brother house

Some people are calling for the show to be axed altogether whilst other’s think the removal of Jackson was enough, however what is clear is that the Big Brother producers are obviously ashamed of what has happened and will, hopefully, choose more suitable people in the future.

Journalism vs Blogging

In the recent years more and more people have taken to blogging, making it one of the younger generation’s go to places for news.

Although massively similar, journalism and blogging aren’t the same. It’s so easy for anyone to just start a blog and call themselves a ‘blogger’, just sign up to a blogging website and write whatever is on your mind. Blogs are often more opinionated and portray the writers own perspective as they are writing for their own enjoyment.

The rivalry between journalists and bloggers is down to the fact that there is no healthy inbetween. Journalists may distrust bloggers because bloggers have more freedom and have less restrictions, whilst journalists have to write about what they are told will sell and usually have to keep an objective tone throughout and therefore they don’t understand how blogging works and how bloggers can get away with writing about almost anything.

Journalists are defined by what they produce; bloggers are defined by the technology they use.” – This quote from a London Metropolitan University student, in my opinion, sums up the difference between bloggers and journalists perfectly. It suggests that the only difference between bloggers and journalists are the platforms they use to share their work.

Journalists often have degrees to help them secure jobs within the media and have dedicated their working lives to writing for companies, whereas blogging is done in an individuals own time and the topics are chosen by themselves, therefore, in my opinion, although blogging can provide an income to certain blogs, it is not a job which in turn means that Journalism and Blogging cannot be fairly compared.





Having only been at University for about a month I haven’t really experienced everything the Uni has to offer so when given the topic of ‘My MMU’ for this post the first things that came to mind were the stuffy lecture theatres, lots of stairs and my irrational fear of the revolving doors (which seem to be everywhere in Manchester!).

One thing that is starting to become second nature to me however, is the walk  every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning.  Walking to college up a stupidly tiring hill every morning for two years made me think walking from my accommodation down one road to Uni would be easy – I couldn’t be more wrong. Manchester is known for it’s rainy weather, however I didn’t take this seriously because how different could the weather be from where i live 45 minutes down the road? So when you put the torrential rain, gailforce winds and antarctic temperatures together with someone who might as well have insomnia the outcome isn’t great. Before even leaving my accommodation I have to wait for the lift, which smells of a different type of fast food every day, so that i don’t have to contend with seven flights of stairs, however this can often take longer than walking down the stairs!

Whilst walking to Uni I have to pass far too many Starbucks’, which I’m pretty sure that, if I wasn’t in such a rush to get to Uni to get out of the rain, could be the cause of my student loan disappearing – a problem I realised days after moving in.

But I suppose at the end of the day University isn’t too bad so far and is miles better than staying in St Helens (I’ve always hated that town) and getting a dead end job like the majority of people there.


Social Media Usage

My generation has been brought up with social media, therefore using these platforms almost becomes second nature to us.

The social media platform I use most often is Twitter because it is unfiltered therefore allowing news to be readily available straight after an event has occured, no matter where in the word you are, also Twitter allows you follow people with similar interests to you who you otherwise wouldnt know. Twitter is great for all kinds of news including celebrity, fashion, politics and world news.

Obviously I use twitter to keep in touch with friends as well, however I find websites such as Facebook are more catered for this as you can use the private messaging feature to chat without the character limit that Twitter has and it is also more private so you can share photos without being worried about who can see them. I find that there is a wider range of people using Facebook, for example my mum uses it to share photos and keep people updated on what she is doing whereas people who use Twitter for their own personal use tend to be the younger generations.

I also use Instagram and Tumblr to post photos then use the caption to expand upon what the photo shows, for example when I have been away I would upload a photo with the caption explaining what we had done that day/week to keep family and friends at home updated but also to create memories.

Now that I am studying Journalism I will follow more journalists and news channels on Twitter to help me understand how Twitter can be used to help journalists.