Monday, 2 April 2007

That’s News to me.

The ITV has won the rights to televise live FA Cup and England football matches from August 2008. From that date football will cease to exist! The BBC lost the rights to televise cricket Test matches live and suddenly, as far as BBC Television News was concerned no Test Matches are played. Sky has the rights to the ICC Cricket World Cup, how much coverage, apart for the murder of Bob Woolmer, has BBC News devoted to reporting the event? Zilch.

Writing Saturday’s blog, I looked up coverage by Middle East news organizations of the British sailors captured by Iran. To my surprise I saw their main concern was reporting on the 19th Arab summit. I say surprise, because there had been no reference to this meeting by the British television news organisations. This I find astonishing, when you consider the main topic of the summit was to reach a way to settle the Israeli-Arab conflict. It’s recognised by all, apart from Blair and Bush, the lack of the resolution of the Palestine-Israel dispute is at the heart of the Islamic militant movement. Solve this dispute, and the risk of Islamic terrorist attacks in Britain and USA will be diminished by 99%. Yet the meeting was unreported.

Over a hundred people are killed in an Indian train crash and there is no mention on British TV news. An 84year old woman dies in a train derailment in Cumbria, and there is saturation television and newspaper coverage.

Newspapers print stories they think will sell newspapers. The BBC broadcasts stories it thinks . . .? Well its difficult to identify the BBC’s methodology, it claims to have more reporters in more countries than any other news organisation; but it tends to follow than lead. How many scoops does it have each year? Not many, if any.


daughter of a RN sailor said...

What gets me riled is this unbalanced way of reporting death and tragedy- 20 people die in USA accident and it's on the news. 1200 die in a South American country e.g. landslide, and it doesn't get a mention.

ALSO this nonsense of the last 10 years or so of minutes' silence. I'm all for it on Armistice Day, but not for everything else.

LAst year it was "3 minutes silence for the victims of 7/7"
Why call it 7/7 anyway? 7th July, please. We are not Americans. Yet.
AND WHY THREE minutes?
Obviously one minute is not enough. 2 minutes? Hmmm... possibkym, but didn't we do that when George Best died? Ok better make it three.

OMG. It's enough to make me screeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeam.

Off for more coffee.....

YesBut said...

Now that's what I call an Ace rant.

The first few minutes of Prime Minister Question Time is taken up with sympathy for members of the armed forces killed in action. Perhaps Blair uses this as a form of self-flagellation.

B.T.Bear Esq. said...

Footie will cease to exist?

Ah well. Least that way Gillingham won't be relegated NEXT year.


Waaahhhhhhhh...come back, Andy Hessentayler....why oh why did yu abandon us....sf sf sf snnnnnnnf

YesBut said...

We all have our cross to bear(no pun intended)

B.T.Bear Esq. said...

Yes but (no pun intended) I have a sister as well!