The news industry in the UK came under fire last night amid accusations of insensitivity at a time of national mourning.

While the citizens of Great Britain were crying into their Lambrini over the death of much loved soap character Kylie Platt, all the major news channels chose instead to report on the reaction to the horrific lorry attack in Nice and the attempted military coup in Turkey, as well as follow up reports on what some analysts are calling the most right wing government in recent history.

Coming so soon after the ratings chasing death of Peggy Mitchell in Eastenders, Rochdale resident Esther Duffy felt that more prominence should have been given to this heart wrenching story;

“The people on Corrie and Eastenders are with us through our lives, and we go with them as they lurch from one crisis, rape or murder to the next. These people on the news tonight aren’t real, they only exist on the TV and have no bearing on us here.”

Mrs Duffy’s sister Gill, who prides herself on having a more balanced world view having spent many years living ‘down south’ added;

“This stuff in France and Turkey is horrible and all, but we voted to leave the EU, so why is it still on our telly?”

A petition has been set up on popular time wasting website change.org asking the government to fly all flags at official buildings at half-mast as a mark of respect for the loss of Kylie.

When asked for comment by the Rochdale Herald, a spokesman for ITN news repeatedly banged his head against the wall.

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Quentin D Fortesqueue is a founding editor of The Rochdale Herald. Part time amateur narcissist and full time satirist Quentin is never happier than when playing his lute and drinking a full bodied Bordeaux. He rarely plays the lute and never gets to drink Bordeaux.