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Trailers, leaks, and sources (no not about Meghan!)

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Lexisgranny Thu 11-Mar-21 09:31:51

Am I alone in feeling heartily sick of ‘trailers’ for forthcoming events. I first noticed it with the Budget, a few years ago, we were given the highlights. Then the Queen’s Christmas Broadcast, we knew what she was going to say before she said it. Now it seems that we are drip fed everything before the event.

Then there are ‘sources close to’, this really gets on my nerves. Does this mean someone who is totally disloyal to their employer/friend, is the employer/friend using it as a way to get their point across or is the ‘source’ just a way for a reporter to print a rumour that he heard in the pub?

We wait to hear news of the lockdown ending or being modified, two or three days before we hear bits and pieces.

I just don’t understand why any of this is necessary, why do we need to know ‘half a story’ in advance. If someone can give me a valid reason why this is all appropriate I would be very interested.

Urmstongran Thu 11-Mar-21 09:39:40

Yes it’s irritating Lexisgranny. I think it’s because news is now a 24 hour rolling affair and someone has to think up ways to fill the time! ‘Go out and talk to your sources - see what you can find out’ comes to mind.

Lexisgranny Thu 11-Mar-21 10:02:33

I think you are right Urmstongran but wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a Utopian world where you could believe everything you read in the newspapers.

eazybee Thu 11-Mar-21 11:35:16

It is to bump up the viewing figures, and to support spurious claims.

Lucca Thu 11-Mar-21 11:37:32

It’s the same with tv programmes. ‘Still to come’. “Next time on...”

Mapleleaf Thu 11-Mar-21 11:46:16

I think that some of it is done very deliberately in order to prepare us/soften the blow for when things are actually announced (I particularly mean news around Covid and lockdowns/gradual lifting and also the budget). At other times, I think it's an attempt to draw us in, which I agree, is irritating, for example, the very much publicised H & M interview (yawn).
It's certainly much more common than it used to be, I think.

Mapleleaf Thu 11-Mar-21 11:50:39

I'll add that the strategy for the latter tends to have the opposite effect on me! ?

timetogo2016 Thu 11-Mar-21 11:59:48

It`s the repetition that bugs me.
And when you start to watch a programme you`ve already seen a good five minutes of it.
Spot on Lucca.

Rosie51 Thu 11-Mar-21 13:07:38

Lucca I especially hate the trailers at the cinema. Why do they insist on showing virtually the whole plot in advance? While I may know something of the story behind the film I would like to have some surprises. I still remember watching the first Star Wars film and wondering all the way through when we'd get to the exciting battle scene, which of course was very near the end!
But more in keeping with the original post, it seems to me that sometimes "trailers" are released to suggest something unpleasant, which in reality isn't and there's a collective sigh of relief. One example, I remember there'd be budget rumours of a huge increase in fuel tax for example, but the actual announcement would be for less and people were pleased instead of annoyed at the increase. Clumsily expressed but I hope you get my meaning.