UTV’s horror show

Michael Wilson:  oh-so-ebulliently fronted the launch. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Michael Wilson: oh-so-ebulliently fronted the launch. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

 

UTV Media’s warning during the week concerning the performance of its new UTV Ireland television station – the third in six months – deftly illustrated the cut-throat environment for mainstream media. Here’s hoping the staff and journalists there turn it around.

That solidarity, however, doesn’t mean we can’t tweek the noses of their bosses. Michael Wilson, the UTV executive who oh-so-ebulliently fronted the launch, reveals on his blog he is a fan of the early Hollywood horror actor, Bela Lugosi, who played the first Count Dracula in 1931.

I wonder which are his favourite Lugosi flicks? What about Murder By Television (1935)? Or maybe Genius At Work (1946). Personally, I prefer his 1924 film, He Who Gets Slapped.

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