Another case of BBC Wales being a PR puppy for Charlie Church has raised its head.
In their article Church puts music career on hold, at no point do they mention the fact that the reason she is putting her music career ‘on hold’ is because Sony BMG, the record company she has been with since she was 12 years old, has decided to drop her.
The 20-year-old has said she wants to concentrate on her television career after Channel 4 commissioned two more series of her show.
Hello? Earth to public service broadcasting?
Sony BMG decided not to renew Charlotte’s contract after flagging sales of her 5th album, Tissues and Issues.
The South Wales EchoÃ¯Â¿Â½ has even goneÃ¯Â¿Â½ as far as to claim that she decided not to renew her contract with them. Which is just total poppycock, if the press releases from Sony BMG are to be believed.
After that god awful first single, Crazy Chick, did she even release any more singles?
Apparently she did…
According to Dotmusic, “Even God Can’t Change The Past” and “Moodswings (To Come At Me Like That)” unsurprisingly failed to crack the UK top 20.
Here in South Wales we are resided to the fact that our two main sources of news, the Trinity Mirror Group (publisher of the South Wales Echo) and BBC Wales are both of the opinion that any news about local girl Charlotte is good news.
They’ll publish anything and everything, as long as it’s not too derogatory. After all, we wouldn’t want the good people of South Wales to think that one of our own has gone bad now, would we?
Here are just some of the headlines we have been subject to over the past 6 years.
Singer Church may hire bodyguard
Church remembers Irish roots
Church hits wrong note with planners
Charlotte ‘can’t be bothered to diet’
‘Lotte leg on show!
Charlotte’s parents sell share in pub
If I wanted to know about every darn thing going on in Little Miss Angst’s life, I would join her fanclub, or read ‘Closer’ or ‘Now’ or ‘Heat’. But I don’t. So why do theÃ¯Â¿Â½ newsfeeds of WalesÃ¯Â¿Â½ have to be so polluted by her?
I mean, fuck, BBC Wales only afforded 79 words on the death ofÃ¯Â¿Â½ 19-year-oldÃ¯Â¿Â½ Michael EvansÃ¯Â¿Â½ who was killed after being punched in the face in the middle of Cardiff city centre last week. His only crime was to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when some drunk chav fucks decided they wanted to fight somebody, anybody.
But they manage double that, 190 words, and a featureÃ¯Â¿Â½ on the front page of WalesÃ¯Â¿Â½ newsÃ¯Â¿Â½ on the fact that Charlie C has decided to stop singing for a while.
I am of the opinion that the state of journalism in Wales at the moment is shambolic.
Somebody needs to shake up both of these publications and instill in their newsroom staff an understanding that the people of Wales aren’t all a bunch of un-educated hicks who onlyÃ¯Â¿Â½ want to readÃ¯Â¿Â½ about the minor celebrities that have hailed from here.