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Calls for BBC to buy more content from agencies

  26 November 2014
If BBC head of news James Harding is serious about buying in local content then he should look no further than creating a budget for material from agencies and freelancers. That's according to the newly elected chairman of the National Association of Press Agencies Jon Harris, who said freelance organisations were the most important supplier of news, features and pictures to the wider media – and should be a key source of content for the BBC. Harris, who is also managing director of Manchester-based Cavendish Press, was speaking after Harding said the corporation was investigating buying content from local newspapers and setting up a fund to pay for cour.....Read More

The Sun rises for London agency

  21 November 2014
London-based agency Specialist News Services secured a half-page exclusive in The Sun with their story on how car firms are fooling consumers with inaccurate miles per gallon figures. The story revealed how small cars were the worst for having flawed MPG stats and that buyers of cars that claim to do more than 60 miles to the gallon are 'being taken for a ride'. The agency teamed up with What Car? magazine and experts from Emissions Analytics to source the figures. The story was snapped up by The Sun's consumer editor Dan Jones. For more details about Specialist News Service please visit:  

Devon agency scores with Jo Brand revelation

  12 November 2014
Devon based agency West Coast News scored an exclusive hit in the Mail on Sunday with a story of how comedian Jo Brand stole all her ex-boyfriend's underpants to avenge his cheating ways. Brand said she ''wiggled'' through a dog flap before searching the man's bedroom for both washed and unwashed underwear. She admited she wanted to do something 'he would think was a bit weird' while leaving him guessing over who was to blame. Brand's confession came during her appearance on the BBC's 'Would I Lie To You' a panel game in which contestants score points by detecting each other's true and false stories. For more details about West Coast News please visit: w.....Read More

Passersby by thought dead baby was ''rubbish''

  12 November 2014
A newborn baby girl who was stuffed into a Tesco supermarket bag and dumped on a country lane may have lain dead for up to 11 days after unwitting passersby mistakenly assumed her body was ''rubbish.'' The youngster was left at the side of the road with a message saying: ''please, please bury him, Islamic burial please' after she lived for just a few hours. But passing walkers and motorists who spotted the bag at the roadside thought it was litter with one witness believing the bag contained a toy doll. The truth emerged when a couple walking their dog picked the bundle up in order to place it in their own litter bin. Despite an Asian woman being seen sobbing.....Read More

Aspirin a day saved my unborn baby

  10 November 2014
A woman who finally achived her dream of becoming a mother owes it to an aspirin she took every day during her pregancy. Sarah Broadfield, 34, from Warrington, Cheshire, feared she would never have children after she endured seven failed IVF attempts and two miscarrages over seven years at a financial cost of £15,000. But when she fell pregnant again she began taking the 2p aspirin each day after doctors said her miscarriages were caused by Antiphospholipid syndrome. Nine monts later her son Alfie was born weighing a healthy 8lbs.   

Wife shames bigamist husband

  10 November 2014
Manchester based Cavendish Press scored a major exclusive in the Mail on Sunday with the story of Yvonne Gibney an unsuspecting wife who discovered her husband of 17 years had secretly married another woman in a lavish £45,000 wedding after she saw pictures of them kissing on Facebook. Mrs Gibney, from the Wirral, spotted photographs of oilman Maurice Gibney dressed in his wedding finery cuddling Suzanne Prudhoe after finding comments on the social networking site hinting at the ceremony before tracking it to the bride's profile. She learned his family had attended the wedding at the British Embassy in Oman with her mother-in-law walking him down the ais.....Read More

''Cancer victim'' never had cancer

  10 November 2014
A woman who was handed a death sentence after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer underwent six months of chemotherapy only discover she did not have  the illness after all. Ann Milne, 56, from Aberdeenshire had six rounds of chemo to prolong her life in 20008 after doctors found tumours on her liver. Doctors told her she did not have cancer during a follow up appointment the following year. As a result of the unnecessary treatment, the former receptionist has been left with permanent muscle damage, meaning she has to walk with a stick for long distances. Mrs Milne has now won an undisclosed six figure compensation agreement with NHS Grampian in an.....Read More

Drink driver killer was fishtailing

  10 November 2014
A drunken driver killed two people in a horrific head on smash whilst ''fishtailing'' in his car after a cocaine and lager binge. Father of three Dean Farrimond, 35, from Leigh, Greater Manchester, was so crazed by drink and drugs he could not control his Vauxhall Astra and weaving around on the wrong side of the road. Tragedy struck when he ploughed into a taxi travelling in the opposite direction and propelled it backwards, causing the cab to smash into the front wall of a house.  Private hire driver Kenneth Grimshaw, 59, died at the scene from multiple injuries whilst his rear seat passenger Emma Houghton, 23, passed away later in hospital. Blood test.....Read More

New chairman for NAPA

  10 November 2014
Jon Harris managing director of Manchester-based Cavendish Press has been elected as the new chairman of NAPA. He will take over from Matthew Bell of Ferraris Press Agency. In a statement Harris said: ''It is my firm view press agencies will be the most important supplier of news, features and pictures to media outlets in the years ahead. ''But we as an organisation must heavily promote that message to the press both here and abroad to help us achieve that other very important aim - to ensure the press agencies get a fair day's pay for their work.''