MediaWatch is our take on the stories big and bizarre in newspapers, on news websites, blogs and on social media. We also look at stories about how the media functions and how it’s evolving in today’s society. Presented by James Creedon, tune in at 8.45 pm Paris time for a look at the French media and 10.22 pm for the international media.
Twitter users responded with satire to France 24’s Stuart Norval referring to dramatic images at a Kenyan polling station as…well… “dramatic”! We take a look at reactions. Also, fashion chain Mango is criticised for labelling a line of jewellery as “Esclave” (slave). Finally, Batman really does exist and he lives in Bradford, Northern England!
An American basketball star visits North Korea - we take a look at coverage. Also, are grandparents being replaced by Google and Wikipedia? We also have more on the horsemeat scandal as it spreads to kangaroos...plus the History Channel covers the future and a man resolves a Rubik's cube while juggling it!
We take a look at the top images on social media as Pope Benedict leaves the building: popemobiles, popecopters, domes and vistas aplenty. Also some jokes and wordplay on Twitter as well as gratitude at the end of Benedict's papacy... but also some criticisms.
In Tunisia, the "Harlem Shake" viral dance phenomenon is crystallising tensions between Islamists and those in favour of full freedom of expression - even when it's the body expressing it! We also look at France 24's own version of the dance craze. Meanwhile, what will happen to the Pope's Twitter account after his resignation? We also take a look at his post-papal wardrobe.
DSK didn't succeed in having a tell-all book by a former lover banned, but his lawyers did manage to oblige its publishers to sell an "insert" with it. Marcela Iacub's "Beauty and the Beast" has caused a stir in France since extracts of it were published in Le Nouvel Observateur last week. The magazine, the writer and her publisher also have to pay €75,000 in damages to Strauss-Kahn between them.