News Replaced By Good Bad and Hurtful

The combination of having more time to read the news means you have more time to read the wonderful things that are going on in the world. And then regret it.

The word NEWS being an acronym of North, East, West and South should be replaced with an updated Covid version, that of GBH. Originally associated with grievous bodily harm, it now stand for Good, Bad and Hurtful, the content of the average ‘news’ programme.

The average news broadcast is a gladiatorial fight between interviewer and interviewee. The news guys is out to prove he can contradict everything the interviewee has said, might say or even think of in the future. There is a game plan with rules set by the industry. The result is glory, a BAFTA and TV award for the most aggressive and those able to extract details the rest of us don’t really want to hear. The result, a spent interviewee lying in the dust and a news reporter strutting about the arena beating his or her chest.

The brand image of the TV broadcasters has similarly been destroyed. Whereas you associated certain individuals with a particular TV channel, now they are free agents brought on partly by lack of work (covid restrictions) and say the BBC policy of not paying them a kings ransom in salary. They have reneged and wandered about seeking work from anyone, understandably they want to maintain their salary train. But the effect is the ‘well known’ guy (male or female) turns up on a multitude of other channels thus breaking the association and the brand of the original station. The same happens with the programme itself, a bright idea from channel X is then copied by channels Y and Z even featuring original presenters from channel X. This is OK and what a free market is all about but the fact you had allegiance to any one channel is fast becoming anachronistic.

Alistair Owens

The meandering thoughts of someone with too much time on his hands. Tending to see the obscure and irrelevant in most events I have been forced to record this by family members as a means of diverting attention away from them. But I see their plan.

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