I tend to watch/listen to the first minute of headlines and then decide
that no news is being reported today. Similarly if the main items are
Brexit or the Tory leadership contest then the rest of the news is not
A day or two ago I was listening to the 8am news on R4. With the Middle
East in flames (or at least, a couple of tankers), Brexit, and the
Conservative leadership contest, one of the important news items
reported that a lady footballer had scored her first goal in 14 months.
Yes, I have been saying that for years. Dedicate a BBC and however many
independent channels to sports coverage and stop messing with the
schedules for everything else. It doesn't even matter if things clash,
as most people use a PVR these days.
It also tends to be *far* more accurate. With a world-wide audience, they
can't get away with lying about what any particular country is getting up
to when there are listeners from that country fact-checking every report.
Shouldn't the British public be made more aware of world news? What we
seem to have at present is 24 hour news channels that endlessly repeat
the same trivia, political spin or the latest press release.
In the latter case often the press release is taken at face value
without any analysis into the truth of the statements or what they may
actually mean, especially if a rise or fall in something is
statistically insignificant. Maybe most journalist lack any knowledge
of things they are reporting on.
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