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The Times Soon Forgets

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Remember last year when the Times office in London was picketed by a rugby league supporter, and after a meeting we were all assured that our game would have reasonable coverage, and yes at first there was. Now we are back to the bad old days, in todays coverage all I could find was yesterdays two results without even a list of scorers or attendance numbers. At least four page coverage of the Lions tour, and are they really deserving of so much coverage?

Goodness knows what our World Cup coverage will be like, and we are soon going to be playing an Australian side much better than what the current Lions are playing.

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They're all rubbish. If you want to read about Rugby League, get a Rugby League paper.

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It was the Telegraph last year. But I'm really surprised with that from the Times. What with the charismatic, chirpy Chris Irvine on their payroll. Or maybe the Times thought league fans would prefer they published nothing, rather than another downbeat story from Huddersfield's very own Mr Grumpy.

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Does Irvine have an email address? I quite fancy asking him a few questions about his thoughts on the game; don't do Twitter.

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Chris Irvine has been freelance for a couple of years now. In fact I don't think any of the broad sheets now employs a full time rugby league correspondent.

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If you think you get it bad you should try the Scottish editions. The Mirror and Star are okay but the you are lucky to find the results in the rest of them.

R.S.McColls in Hamilton ordered League Express for me years ago though she had some problems with the distributors.

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The Guardian may raise the political hackles of some people on here, but with their recent foray into the Australian media world, their RL coverage is worth checking out, as they have more stories from Down Under than most UK newspapers.

 

Elsewhere, another dreadful leftie rag, the Mirror, has the irrepressible Nigel Wiskar, who rattled Wiggy Jones' cage about his continual sniping at Rugby League. His approach tends towards the whimsical, as you can see from his latest article, entitled Perspex knuckledusters, Eubank's manbag, Shaun Lunt's chickens and 10 other things from the world of Rugby League this week.

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Sorry naming the wrong paper, but if we don't have quality news coverage then there is little wonder we can't get much advertising. Years ago I was involved with press representation at a national conference. Two of the nationals chose not to attend but managed to make big headlines which didn't represent what had gone on. At least the quality papers give coverage which is usually good.

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Chris Irvine has been freelance for a few years now.  You will find a match report in the Times/Sunday Times following each of the televised matches and they did a spread on rugby league at the start of the season.  They are very consistent but only in producing match reports.

 

The Guardian doesn't cover rugby league at all in their print issues according to those who post on the Guardian website (and the Guardian website has hardly any English rugby league articles now but is inundated with NRL stuff since they opened their Australian office).

 

None of the broadsheets carries rugby league to any great degree with The Times being the only regular contributor.  I don't read the red tops but apparently the Mirror and the People provide regular print coverage.

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It was the Telegraph

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Chris Irvine has been freelance for a few years now.  You will find a match report in the Times/Sunday Times following each of the televised matches and they did a spread on rugby league at the start of the season.  They are very consistent but only in producing match reports.

 

The Guardian doesn't cover rugby league at all in their print issues according to those who post on the Guardian website (and the Guardian website has hardly any English rugby league articles now but is inundated with NRL stuff since they opened their Australian office).

 

None of the broadsheets carries rugby league to any great degree with The Times being the only regular contributor.  I don't read the red tops but apparently the Mirror and the People provide regular print coverage.

there was a detailed match report with stats in last weekend's ST of the Salford Broncos game

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I'd have thought the BBC could have stretched to even a report of the two Northern Rail finals yesterday but seemingly not...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-league/

 

 

Yes, particularly given the pages of screed it devotes to soccer over the summer about transfer speculation and general ###### with nothing really happening.

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