- The leading news item was the conviction and imprisonment of TV presenter Stuart Hall for sexual abuse.
- Second on the bill was the G8 summit in Northern Ireland and the civil war in Syria.
The News at Six is the BBC news programme most obviously worried about ‘relevance’. This is evident in the programme’s tendency to pad out stories with meaningless voxpops, in the facile belief that its viewers can understand news only in anecdotal rather than conceptual terms.
Even so, this is the BBC, remember, not a salacious tabloid. And unlike the News at Six, on the BBC News website the G8 summit currently leads the Stuart Hall story.
So which of these two news stories is actually more important? You decide.