Latest Take 5 claims murdered girl’s British mother is from Brisbane and Auckland

Take 5

Take 5

Weekly women’s magazine Take 5 has published more foreign articles altered to appear Australian in the latest edition of the magazine on newstands today.

The publishing of a story about a mother whose daughter was murdered at a Christmas party comes almost a week after the Bauer Media Group said measures had been put in place to stop the practice. Bauer says it has invested in two more staff to combat the problem.

In the latest article grieving mother Mary Storrie of Leicester, whose daughter Rosie May was murdered in 2003, is said to be from Brisbane in Queensland, while Bauer’s New Zealand title Lucky Break says she is from Auckland.

That's Life

Take 5

Take 5

Take 5

Another article in Take 5, about a woman who received a call from her husband and heard him having sex, was the original story of Liza James from South Wales. However Take 5 says she is from Frankston, Victoria. James is also said to be from Frankston in New Zealand’s Lucky Break.

Pacific Magazines’ rival weekly publication That’s Life has also published foreign content in this week. However, the story of a woman telling of how her mum was ‘Killed as she baked a cake’ states she is from Oakham, UK.

That's Life

That’s Life

New Zealand journalist Colin Peacock, who presents the Sunday program Mediawatch on public broadcaster Radio New Zealand, said these stories are too serious to be taken out of context.

He told Mumbrella the New Zealand Press Council turns a blind eye certain facts being changed in “gossip” magazines, but added: “I think in the case where you have got stories about real people in other countries and it involves the death of children or serious crimes it’s unethical.

Take 5

Take 5

“Maybe less so in the stories about infidelity or honeymoons gone wrong, but it’s definitely unethical in the case where lives have been lost or serious crimes have been committed.”

A spokeswoman for the German-owned Bauer Media Group, formerly ACP Magazines, said the December 12 edition of Take 5, on news stands today, had been sent to press last Wednesday, November 27. Mumbrella published its first story about the practice of changing details on Friday, November 29.

She said Bauer held a meeting that day to ensure processes were put in place to ensure the practice would not continue after Mumbrella revealed an article about a police officer who used the police database as a ‘dating site’ was not from Redfern, NSW, as Take 5 claimed, but Redruth in Cornwall, UK.

Bauer had said the article was a typographical error, until further “errors” emerged.

In response to further questions from Mumbrella a Bauer Media Group spokeswoman said Bauer CEO Matt Stanton was not available to comment, however two staff had been added to the Take 5 team to ensure editorial is of the “highest standard”.

She said: “Bauer Media takes this matter seriously and there are now processes in place to make sure this won’t happen again. I can assure you that editorial excellence is paramount across all titles at Bauer Media. To this point we have invested in two additional editorial staff for Take 5 to ensure the ongoing content is of the highest standard.”


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