The Daily Star’s move from Richard Desmond’s stable of smut to Trinity Mirror’s more right-on empire has been a surprisingly seamless transition. But behind the scenes, at least one huge change has been made. Last week, topless models disappeared from the Star’s page 3 – and they’re not coming back.
The fact that the change was slipped out with zero fanfare suggests that management was hoping to get away with it without anyone noticing. However, when nobody actually did notice, it got them even more worried. Some of the Star’s long-suffering staff fear that the reason there hasn’t been a resulting media storm means that no-one’s actually reading their paper anymore.
Never fear, chaps! We saw what you did – and we’re here to pay tribute to the end of a British institution and some of the stars that Page 3 produced.