The Sun will enjoy a huge publicity boost by continuing to publish its trademark feature, but has it gone too far in mocking its detractors?by Josh Lowe / January 22, 2015 / Leave a comment
Earlier this week, despite a lack of official denial from the newspaper, most of the British media reported that controversial news/boobs feature “page 3” had been scrapped from The Sun. Feminist campaigners who opposed the prominent picturing of half-naked women in a news publication celebrated, while others weighed in to defend the feature.
Late last night, both groups got a shock as the paper published an edition with its trademark glamour model slot reinstalled, under the tongue-in-cheek headline “clarifications and corrections.”
— The Sun (@TheSunNewspaper) January 21, 2015
The paper, in true red-top style, is delighted to have infuriated so many prominent liberals and broadsheet journalists. The story of page 3’s disappearance appeared in other Murdoch publications The Times and Sky News, raising questions about whether this was a co-ordinated prank by News UK or The Sun pulling the wool over its own stablemates’ eyes. The Sun‘s press officer Dylan Sharpe was foremost among the triumphant voices: