May.17 - Flamboyant pop star Lady Gaga ditched music for a day to take up the post of guest editor at the London edition of Metro, the global free newspaper. Sonia Legg reports
She's doesn't look like your average newspaper editor but there's nothing average about Lady Gaga. The world's biggest pop star ditched her day job to edit an edition of the global free newspaper Metro. (SOUNDBITE)(English) LADY GAGA, SPEAKING TO OFFICE WORKERS, SAYING: "I'm just really really excited that I get to do this because it's really going to show the world you can do so much with just one voice." At the editorial meeting she was keen to set a serious news agenda. (SOUNDBITE)(English) LADY GAGA, AT NEWS PLANNING MEETING FOR METRO NEWSPAPER, SAYING: "I don't want to turn this Metro thing into lots of little soundbites being stolen from things that I've said and twisted into some kind of political statement that isn't sound." Reuters was given exclusive tv access to the newspaper's London Headquarters as their guest editor worked on her special edition. Metro's Global Editor-in-Chief is Maggie Samways. (SOUNDBITE)(English) METRO GLOBAL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF MAGGIE SAMWAYS, SAYING: "The thing that makes Gaga really interesting is that she is so dedicated to her fan base. She's very passionate about reaching them and speaking to them on issues that are relevant and also could impact their lives." Bullying was one of the issues. (SOUNDBITE)(English) LADY GAGA, AT NEWS PLANNING MEETING FOR METRO NEWSPAPER, TALKING ABOUT BULLYING, SAYING: "Some of us aren't popular, some of us aren't in the in crowd. I'm still not in the in crowd, I still get bullied by tons of people all the time, everyday, in the press, in real life, to people from my past, it's part of real life." Lady Gaga's outfits are notorious and she's had massive commercial success. But she does have her critics. Some say she has ambitions beyond selling records and this was certainly a new challenge. It was also a way to make sure one headline at least had her approval. Sonia Legg, Reuters.