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tidyskatemum Mon 23-Mar-20 22:49:40

Can someone tell me why the BBC is continuing with its obsession in having reporters “on the spot” and having people in shopping centres/railway stations/parks/city centres etc to tell us we shouldn’t be there?

Luckygirl Mon 23-Mar-20 22:51:32

Indeed so - I too was just thinking that tonight as I watched the news - hardly fits the definition of essential I feel.

MiniMoon Tue 24-Mar-20 00:15:58

Indeed, I told one woman reporter to go home! She couldn't hear me if course.
It is rather irresponsible of the BBC to have people out on location, when we are being told to stay at home, and work from home wherever possible.

maddyone Tue 24-Mar-20 00:27:50

I think the way news is reported to us is going to be very different very soon. There are already changes but there’ll be more soon.

Namsnanny Tue 24-Mar-20 00:55:32

I wish they'd spend more money on scheduling better programs to help get us through the coming months, than reporters or presenters who just repeat what was just said.

That goes for all the channels,

eazybee Tue 24-Mar-20 07:28:06

Just listened to Radio 4 Today reporter out in the streets of Southampton(?) asking people how they feel about the shops being closed down!
Think it was recorded last night, "for instant reaction", but really.
And I really wish Nick Robinson would shut up; far too much of his opinion about everything.

craftyone Tue 24-Mar-20 07:34:00

LBC is much better, they are all working from their own homes and people phone in to have conversations, also much good advice from eg dr Ellie

M0nica Tue 24-Mar-20 09:29:33

DH was commenting on this. In some cases the reporter was clearly standing in front of a digital backdrop, but in other cases clearly standing outside an empty and deserted building , why?

They do have to have reporters on location in order to get the news and some live film is necessary to illustrate things that are happening, but I think that actually to be seen to be working from home or making reports in the studio is important to illustrate that people really should not be going out if they can avoid it.

Charleygirl5 Tue 24-Mar-20 09:33:25

I felt sorry for the reporter in northern Italy- is it necessary?

I assume it was a member of the public who filmed the packed tubes and sent the photo to BBC news.

suziewoozie Tue 24-Mar-20 09:34:56

crafty LBC is good I agree - it gets well informed professionals on answering phoned in questions and is rigorous with questioning ‘the party line’. Some of the presenters are incredibly poor and ill informed but the established ones are good and present a range of perspectives.

twinnytwin Tue 24-Mar-20 09:41:34

I think the BBC is doing an exceptional job in keeping us updated about the coronavirus - advice about self isolating, health, keeping fit, looking after young kids and the elderly, the stockpiling, what's going on worldwide etc etc etc. Norman Smith was obviously reporting from home this morning and many interviews with the experts are done via the internet now. They keep pushing the messages out - wash hands, stay home if possible. Seeing reporters in empty locations sends the message out to us all to stay away. They also have footage of the folk that flout the advice and go en masse to parks, beaches, mountains etc. which hopefully will keep those folk away now. The BBC News service is the best in the world and folk worldwide rely on it at the moment.

craftyone Tue 24-Mar-20 09:45:26

no it isn`t and no we don`t

suziewoozie Tue 24-Mar-20 09:46:59

crafty ?

twinnytwin Tue 24-Mar-20 10:47:50

I did start by saying "I think". I'm allowed my opinion aren't I? But perhaps having a positive viewpoint on any subject isn't the Gransnet way. Never mind. Stay safe.

henetha Tue 24-Mar-20 10:51:23

I agree with you twinnytwin. BBC is the best in the world and are doing a good job. And I'm allowed to say so.

Grannynannywanny Tue 24-Mar-20 10:53:39

A high profile court case reached its conclusion yesterday. He was filmed daily by camera crew arriving and leaving court. Then yesterday when he stood outside the court to give his statement the camera glanced at the huddle of journalists standing behind the barrier. They were literally shoulder to shoulder jostling for position.

suziewoozie Tue 24-Mar-20 11:39:17

Of course you’re allowed to say so hen and others are allowed to say they don’t agree?

twinnytwin Tue 24-Mar-20 11:46:47

I may have overeacted to craftyone's rather blunt comment which didn't exactly say why they didn't agree. Perhaps I'll get used to this way of behaving as I get more experienced with the GN (is that right?) way.

Jane10 Tue 24-Mar-20 11:57:21

I like the BBC. Its the only network I trust somehow. Irritatingly, up here last night, we had to have a Scottish version of exactly what Boris had just said followed by unfamiliar Scottish pundits talking about it. Waste of time and money.
Will just switch off in future straight after Boris and the UK experts have spoken.

sodapop Tue 24-Mar-20 12:01:54

The BBC is very biased in its views and its a shame that such a trusted institution is now so self serving.
I think I would listen to other news channels as well to get an overview.

Jane10 Tue 24-Mar-20 13:52:06

The great thing about the BBC is that every party or organisation complains that is biased against them. That evens it out in my book! Good old Auntie.

EllanVannin Tue 24-Mar-20 14:08:55

I'm keeping an eye on Wirral where I am and to date there are 12 confirmed cases out of a local population of 323,235. An increase in 2 since last week.

We don't get much of a mention on Merseyside in general, yet we have some of the finest hospitals in the country.