Tuesday, May 09, 2006


Paddy Power is running a book on Newsnight's most memorable headline -- it might have only lasted one edition but the Sun's Gotcha (although not the favourite) has to be a possible winner.

The Sun ran the "Gotcha" headline after the British nuclear-powered sub HMS Conqueror sank the Argentine cruiser the Belgrano during the 1982 Falklands War. It only ran for one edition before it was pulled under then editor Kelvin MacKenzie although it was apparently uttered by the night editor.

It was published before anyone knew that 323 men had gone down with their ship. It was later replaced by a less jingoistic "Did 1,200 Argies drown?". Considering its short tenure in London editions only, it is still one of the best best known and infamous news headlines.

Paddy Power is backing the Daily Telegraph's stirring 9/11 front page "War on America" as its 2/1 favourite, ahead of the another infamous Sun headline "Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster" at 5/2.

Other frontrunners include the Standard's coverage of man's landing on the moon, "The First Footstep", at 9/2 and the Daily Mail's memorable "Murderers" about Stephen Lawrence at 6/1.

UK’s Most Memorable Headline

2/1 War on America – Daily Telegraph

5/2 Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster – The Sun

9/2 The First Footstep – Evening Standard

6/1 Murderers – Daily Mail

10/1 Gotcha – The Sun

14/1 Dunkirk Defences Defies 30,000 – Daily Sketch

14/1 Games Rocked by Black Power – Evening News

16/1 Up Yours Delors – The Sun

16/1 Mrs Pankhurst Arrested – Daily Mirror

20/1 He Lied, and Lied, and Lied – Guardian

33/1 The War is Over, Says IRA - Independent Posted by Picasa


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