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It got there first, it did it best, and now it’s on a roll

Hold up!

See that little date above?

This post was published years ago.

My opinions have changed over time: I think it's quite fun to keep old posts online so that you can see how that has happened. The downside is that there are posts on this site that express views that I now find offensive, or use language in ways I'd never dream of using it today.

I don't believe in airbrushing history, but I do believe that it's important to acknowledge the obvious: some of what I've written in the past has been crap. Some of it was offensive. Some of it was offensively bad. And there's may be some brass among the muck (you can make up your own mind on that).

Some of what I've presented as my own views has been me—wittingly or unwittingly—posturing without having considered all the facts. In a few years, I'll probably think the same about what I'm writing today, and I'm fine with that. Things change. People grow. Society moves forward.

The internet moves on too, which means there might be broken links or embedded content that fails to load. If you're unlucky, that might mean that this post makes no sense at all.

So please consider yourself duly warned: this post is an historical artefact. It's not an exposition of my current views nor a piece of 'content' than necessarily 'works'.

You may now read on... and in most cases, the post you're about to read is considerably shorter than this warning box, so brace for disappointment.

It got there first, it did it best, and now it’s on a roll (Independent)

Nick Pollard explains far more eloquently than I the reasons why I prefer BBC News 24 over Sky News:

[Sky News] is deliberately more concerned with the human interest angle of stories than the BBC: a report about the first baby born in tsunami-hit Sri Lanka in 2005 was unlikely to have made it on to News 24; even if it had done so, such an item would not have ended with a mawkish coda from the reporter “… and she’s beautiful.”

The channel is also over-branded, say some: if viewers are not watching the Sky News Weather or the Sky News Money slot, they are being asked to press the red button for Sky News Active. Meanwhile, the word “Sky” – in brash red, white and blue – is sometimes on screen in three places.

Pollard is unabashed. “You have to stand out. And, in a way, you have to shout to your viewers.”

I don’t want mawkish human interest stories, I want stories that explain the true global impact of events, and analyse them in this light. Why on Earth is the first child born following the tsunami in any way newsworthy?

I don’t want news channels to shout at me, and I certainly do not want to watch a news channel with so little taste that it’s head can say something as frankly disgusting as this:

Sky has had “a good tsunami”. Such a feeling is certainly evident inside the company’s HQ

If someone from the Beeb had said this, there would be resignations.

This post was filed under: Miscellaneous.

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