Now I like the BBC news and I make a point of watching it in preference to the news on other channels, but there are times when I do find the presentation annoying. And I think it’s getting worse.
It’s been dumbed down. We, the audience, are not stupid. Do ‘they at the Beeb’ think we all have the attention span of a goldfish and cannot sit and listen to a straight news story told by someone sitting behind a desk without the need for ‘going over live to our correspondent’. Surely not every story needs this treatment. Sometimes the correspondent merely trots out what the newsreader has just told us, and then they say ‘hello’ to each other, answer a serious in depth question put from the studio, before bidding us ‘goodnight’. The recent hot topic, or should that be cold topic, is the snow. Cue special reporter stood in the snow. Last night you saw the same reporter stuck in snow drifts in the high Peaks, on a bridge over the M1 and then later by a snowman in Harrogate. All just to satisfy the early and late news. She must have covered some miles. It’s winter, it snows, it’s cold, roads get blocked, and kids go sledging. We don’t have to constantly see it. Just tell us! Whilst on the subject of snow please stop going on and on about it! There must be other news?
And my real pet hate. The need for an outside broadcast from a relevant setting. Cue Royal story and there’s someone outside Buckingham Palace, usually stood in the dark and in the pouring rain telling us the Queen has gone to Sandringham. Oh no she has nt, she’s behind you peering out the windows to see which schmuck is on her front lawn. (Sorry, it is still the panto season). And why do items on Gordon Brown need someone stood outside Number 10? He never comes to the door anyway. Is there a competition in the Beeb newsroom for seeing which reporter can be put in the most ridiculous setting?
Why must you remind us part way through the programme what the time is, and then say “coming up later in the programme” before telling us again about the top story. The one we have just listened to! It’s a 30 minute news bulletin, not the One Show. And, boy oh boy, do we know about it when you have added some new technical wizardry to your graphics library. Stop it!
And finally, the news worthiness of some of the items. Recently we have been told of Dr Who’s death or regeneration, of X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing, Jonathan Ross leaving and now Chris Evans taking over on Radio 2. It may be news, but is it real news and deserving of such lengthy coverage? The BBC news is iconic, world class is nt it? Please dont fall into the way of some American news shows.
I am being too harsh and nit picky? Sorry, I’ll have to go. It’s time for the news.