The media frenzy around Amanda Knox
- 5 October 2011
- From the section Entertainment & Arts
This round-up of Wednesday's main media stories reports on a media frenzy - and an apology - following the release of Amanda Knox.
The Daily Telegraph says Amanda Knox is contemplating TV and film offers that could net her tens of millions of dollars, as she returns home after four years in an Italian jail.
It says: "The Knox family has hired a leading Seattle PR firm, Gogerty Marriott, to handle bids which are expected to be as much as $10 million (£6.5 million) for her first TV interview since she was cleared of murdering Meredith Kercher. Before she makes up her mind, Miss Knox wants to spend time at home with her family."
Press Gazette reports that the Daily Mail has apologised and launched an internal inquiry after mistakenly publishing a story on its website claiming Amanda Knox had lost the appeal against her conviction for murdering Meredith Kercher.
It says: "The same mistake was made on The Sun website, Sky News and The Guardian's live blog, but the Mail appears to be the only news outlet that ran a full-length article."
There are conflicting interpretations of the European Court victory of pub landlady Karen Murphy in the TV football case.
The Daily Mirror says "a landlady yesterday struck a blow for hard-up pubs by winning a legal fight to screen Premier League games cheaply via foreign satellite TV… The ruling, which needs to be rubber-stamped by the High Court, could see hundreds of pubs abandoning Sky Sports in favour of cheaper foreign providers."
But the Independent says "the judgment is not a giant-killing that will transform the way fans watch games in British pubs. The court ruled that pubs should not be able to show copyrighted material such as the Premier League graphics and opening sequences without the authorisation of the league, which may now insist on its logo being shown on broadcasts throughout matches."
In my analysis I explain the ruling could lead to a major shake-up in the way TV rights have to be sold in the European Union, not just by the Premier League, but by Hollywood film studios and independent TV producers. But it's a complicated ruling - and it's not a total victory for Karen Murphy. She can now watch Premier League matches herself via the Greek service, but it's not clear she can show them to her customers.
Hugh Grant has told the Guardian that he warned George Osborne about the dangers of hiring the former News of the World editor Andy Coulson. The paper says the actor "finds it inconceivable that David Cameron did not know Coulson had overseen a culture of phone hacking at the paper".
Several front pages run previews of the prime minister's closing speech to the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, as reported in the BBC's newspaper review.