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Paper Monitor

12:00 UK time, Friday, 28 August 2009

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

There's nothing better on a Friday than a seeded batch of news-lite, coated in the tastiest tabloid treatment available.

The Daily Mirror does a delicious Big Brother post-mortem that sets aside all the pseudo-psychological analysis in favour of a more blunt instrument - who earned how much?

The top 30 earners from the show are pictured across a double-page, in order of wealth accumulated off the back of the programme.

The list is headed by the former boss of Endemol, John de Mol, who the Mirror estimates has earned £1bn from the show.

Several former winners, and losers, top the £1m mark. Paper Monitor is pleased to see that one of its favourite contestants, brainbox John Tickle, has been well rewarded. He ranks 27th in the list, having pulled in £230,000.

It's a shame the paper doesn't try to replicate the format in its online version of the story.

Meanwhile, the Sun makes a similar call on its visual portrayal of the Afghan War dead. While its arresting front page featuring headshots of all the British soldiers killed in Afghanistan has drawn praise for its punch, the version on its website lacks the same impact.

Paper Monitor likes nothing better than turning the pages of a newspaper, yucky print and all, but with time and effort, stories like these can be represented online in a way that matches and surpasses what can be offered in paper form.

PS. If imitation is indeed the highest form of flattery, did any Monitorites listen to BBC Radio 2 this morning? During the newspaper review, the host offered the answer "30lbs" and asked listeners to send in possible questions. Sounds familiar. Very familiar...

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