As the mass excitement at such ‘breaking news’ invariably overwhelms the Sky Newsroom, could they perhaps stop to remember the many who tune in at specific times, solely for particular news reports.
An onscreen caption advising retiming/cancellation of the ‘regular’ hourly reports would suffice.
It’s a pity that they only seem to cover football news tho.
(1) the minor heart procedure, and
(2) Blair’s statement to serve a third term, but not a fourth ?
The interview I saw, the TV journo just jumped on anything to try and say “so you’re leaving early ?”, and “so you don’t want Gordon Brown to take over and this is to spite him?”.
Talk about ignoring the facts to make a story.
As for the ‘shock’ of him not standing for a fourth term in office, why would he want to?
Yes, and by no means exclusive to him and Sky News – or on the political scene.
Other descriptions from such reporter’s phrase books follow:
Binoculars are always “high powered”.
Any community is invariably “close knit”.
Experts are the people who “sift the wreckage”.
An aggrieved person “demands an enquiry”….rarely less than “full scale”.
The results of such enquiries are also deemed to be “far reaching”
Lifting gear forever described as “heavy”.
Its not just the BBC – seems to be the trend now in most broadcasters
“It would wrong to reduce the problem to a single reporter and an unsatisfactorily investigated and essentially false report. Andrew Gilligan is not a rare bird that accidentally landed in BBC’s cage. He embodies a new journalistic culture that has infected the BBC and which increasingly colors its journalistic output and which stands in sharp contrast to the work ethic that was the foundation of the worldwide reputation of this broadcaster. Soberly dissociated journalism that is guided by the ethos of objectivity and impartiality no longer dominates at the BBC. The sensational story, the exciting scoop, more often than not, count more than a differentiated analysis. Even BBC reporters succumb to the temptation to make news, instead of reporting the news correctly. They want to be players on the field of politics, instead of just having to explain the game”
and if they don’t get their own way, or the story takes off in a direction that is not the one that the journalists or the newsstation wants then most of the comment will be sullied by scorn, prejudice and petulance. The more you read it or hear it , the more you get the sense that the modern journalist is prone to behaving like a child throwing its rattle out of the pram because it has not got what it wanted.
Not confined to rolling or TV news tho’; it’s the print media too… did you see the Guardian’s front page? Brownites saying Blair’s announcement that he was seeking to stay put for a whole third term (gasp), stated while GB was ‘out of the country’ was apparently analogous to “an African coup”.
Beat that for OTT, Sky News (or anyone) for heaven’s sake.