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Why is Stephen Fry’s decision to get married a major news story for the BBC?

6 January 2015

6:28 PM

6 January 2015

6:28 PM

Why, do you reckon, was Stephen Fry’s decision to marry another man an item in a BBC radio news bulletin earlier today, right up there with the row over Jim Murphy and the mansion tax? I mean, we’re obviously interested – personally I was completely riveted by the revelation he’s all of 30 years older than his partner – but not as in national interest? I mean it’s one for the papers, in the light celeb stories slot, but not the news… surely? Even those who accept that gay and heterosexual marriages are on a par – which I don’t – must question whether Mr Fry’s status as Twitter king and Well-Known Gay Person entitle him to the kind of reverent reporting as, oh, some minor royal. I don’t think, trying to look back, that Benedict Cumberbatch’s engagement made it onto the news, and that was up there with George Clooney’s nuptials as a cause of grief to Britain’s women. But Stephen Fry? Odd.


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