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To want to read the news

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Esspee Mon 11-Sep-17 07:50:43

Am I really being unreasonable to want to read the news instead of watching it? The occasional video used to be acceptable as optional illustration of a story. Nowadays many of the BBC News stories are purely video without even a brief summary of the content for you to decide if you are interested. I read quickly and can scan to eliminate info I am already aware of. Why should I have to endure a three minute film which might be of little interest? Is it because we are bringing up a generation of non readers?

Esspee Wed 13-Sep-17 09:46:59

Have you ever seen what passes for English in text messages. We often have to ask for translations when receiving messages from nephews and neices. As for reading books......most people glued to their phones are on "social media", you tube, or the like, even watching films. It is a wonder there aren't more accidents.

W11girl Mon 11-Sep-17 18:56:29

I don't watch or read the news, I listen to it. Have to hear John Humphreys' or Nick Robinson's (Radio 4) authorative tones every morning. Wouldn't dream of switching the television on unless there has been a major news item which I need to see. I don't beleive we are raising a generation of non-readers, as everyone seems to constantly have their noses stuck into smart phones reading text messages/ books/etc...apart from me of course...I like a good book and the feel of paper!

hulahoop Mon 11-Sep-17 14:51:30

I agree about how much the Beeb spend on sending reporters to places to report about things that doesn't warrant them being there .

Anniebach Mon 11-Sep-17 14:42:01

Every winter a Road near here gets blocked with snow , every year the Beeb sends a reporter, sound man ,driver etc up there to Tell us the road is blocked , no matter the police always put up a sign each side of the mountain stating the road is blocked, and locals know it will be blocked

gillyknits Mon 11-Sep-17 14:29:39

I so agree Esspee. It seems that the television companies seem to think that we need visual clues about what is being said. For example if they are talking about a tree we are shown a picture of one. I know that's a bit simplistic but it is almost as if, we the audience are too stupid to know what a tree looked like.

GranVee Mon 11-Sep-17 13:05:48

I agree that often the news consists, not of presenting balanced facts, but expressing personal opinions. The other thing that annoys me is presenters speaking to reporters who are at outside locations instead of inside the studio. Why is it necessary to be stood in front of, say, the Houses of Parliament when presenting a report. How much money must that cost for ouside crew etc.

adaunas Mon 11-Sep-17 12:39:41

I'd rather read it though I don't mind the videos which sometimes gave greater impact e.g. the famine in South Sudan. Reporters standing in the pouring rain in places people have been warned to leave just annoy me.

gagsy Mon 11-Sep-17 12:33:11

I worry that the news is no longer news but opinion

Iam64 Mon 11-Sep-17 12:32:17

Channel 4 news seems to me to be the only tv news worth watching.
I listen to radio 4 and 5 if near a radio during the day, especially in the car. The coverage is more detailed and analytical than the tv news

Legs55 Mon 11-Sep-17 12:21:41

I read a daily paper & 2 on Saturday/Sunday. I watch local tv news & listen to local radio.

I am more interested in what is happening in my local area although I don't ignore World news I get fed up with hearing the same news at every news bulletin

MawBroon Mon 11-Sep-17 12:13:04

Appalling indictment of Press behaviour (or lack of it ) and you have my deepest sympathy.
At their best, the press can be fearless e.g. In battle zones, but at their worst, "scum" springs to mind.

Hm999 Mon 11-Sep-17 12:07:01

I too dislike the video only news stories on BBC website, basically because I rarely take in the news in a silent room.
Likewise I abhor the sensationalist approach of the papers, both local and national; it adds to people's misery at an already difficult time.

Imperfect27 Mon 11-Sep-17 12:00:52

Horatia grin the Snows came to mind!

Horatia Mon 11-Sep-17 11:47:26

I would rather read the news every time. On TV they sensationalise the news with bongo drum rolls, lights flashing. Can't watch the presenters and their frantic arms flying around trying to up the story and their own importance. Oops sorry folks it could be just me.

yggdrasil Mon 11-Sep-17 11:30:58

I read news on line, there are quite a few sites that give better and more accurate news than the mainstream newspaper sites.
But for real news I listen to the BBC World Service.

Imperfect27 Mon 11-Sep-17 11:21:24

chocolatepudding we had similar tawdry treatment. I asked for no reporters/ photographers at my child's funeral. The next week, we were (again) headline news, front page - a huge photo of us following her coffin into church ... all for sales! That and a letter through my door the day after her funeral stating that ours was an 'Interesting story' and did we want to have a magazine deal out of it?

I prefer radio news, try to avoid being sucked into voyeurism and not to lose sight of the bias and I will never forget what it feels like for my misfortune to have been turned into other people's emotional gratification.

Youngeil Mon 11-Sep-17 11:19:34

We watch the news, tongue in cheek. Amazed at the number of journalists the BBC send to the ends of the earth - and let them stand in the rain or wind to tell us something that the guy in the studio has just told us. Latest from Florida had us laughing last night. Husband used to watch RT news until he realised that it was a lot of propaganda. Can we believe anything we read or hear?

Sheilasue Mon 11-Sep-17 11:17:35

That's awful chocolate pudding dreadful thing to do. Must have been heartbreaking for you all.
When my son died we expected it to be splashed on the papers but Pavarotti died the next day, so we only made the local rag. Which was bad enough.
I do like to read the paper but I read a lot of things with a pinch of salt.

chocolatepudding Mon 11-Sep-17 10:46:01

Never believe what you read in newspapers - journalists make up stories and TV news coverage is no better.

Very sore point with me - if I could get my hands on the scum that wrote about my baby daughter's death and the editor that put it on the front page of the Christmas Eve edition of a local rag completely without our knowledge I would kick them hard and teach them some basic manners and consideration for people.

Rant over!

Kim19 Mon 11-Sep-17 10:42:20

Esspee, this is very interesting to me as I have recently given up watching TV news and have reverted to the radio. The sensationalist and more horrifying the better captions on the box are mere tittilation and I became so involved as a voyeur that I was not absorbing the more important (in my opinion) detail. I'm feeling much more satisfied with my news intake these days - awful though much of the subject matter is at present - but I've always been told that good news tends not to be attractive to the majority of people. I do not include myself in that number. I love reading happy stuff.

Lilyflower Mon 11-Sep-17 10:38:03

I always read rather than watch the news. My journalist husband told me years ago that a TV news story had fewer words than the same piece covered by the 'Sun'.

I feel that visuals tell their own story (often emotive rather than objective) and brevity also distorts a complex issue. I like to read source material and read opinion pieces so I can make up my own mind.

Another problem is the extreme bias of TV news.

Even radio news can be biased and incomplete.

I am a news junkie, read several papers a day and form my own opinion. It is clear that, with most social and political stories, much information that should be in the public sphere is deliberately witheld or kept back until someone leaks it. Then one says, 'Ah! That's what it was really all about.'

radicalnan Mon 11-Sep-17 10:37:46

I can't see much news on TV at all, mostly it is pop star related drivel, celebs that I have never heard of or political commentators sneering at everybody else.

I do like Russia Today news, it provides a different outlook to things, not that we can believe everything w are told but just some different view points and a lot less celebs.

Craftycat Mon 11-Sep-17 10:34:04

Thank you for that clip- loved it.

I gave up watching TV news some time ago. I get my news from Radio 4 in the main. I only watch it if there is something visual- like these awful hurricanes- that I should know about. I gave up on newspapers years ago- too much rubbish in them.

Imperfect27 Mon 11-Sep-17 10:11:16

Just looked up the dates of both programmes - clearly not enough to do today ha ha. Yes, you are right about the chronology.

MawBroon Mon 11-Sep-17 10:08:53

The Frost Report apparently (which I think succeeded it?)