Monday, February 22, 2010

Three Days Ahead of the BBC & Sky

If you had been reading my blog early on Friday morning, you'd have read this news about Gordon Brown appearing before the Chilcot Inquiry.



Three days later, the BBC managed to catch up...



And a few hours later, Sky got around to it too...



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5 comments:

Cogito Dexter said...

Always assuming he doesn't nobble it by calling an election beforehand...

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Unsworth said...

Well you have to understand that it's taken them all this time to work out how the story can be spun.

For these two 'broadcasters' it's never simply reporting news. It's always about 'interpretation'.

The lines to Downing Street will have been red hot over this. After all, it's not only Brown's 'appearance', is it? It's all the other stuff which takes so much effort.

The Purpleline said...

Well done Iain. Now why not become a patron to the bullying charity and help ms pratt out.

or arrange fuinding on here for her, i fear she has been hung out to dry and targeted by Labour henchmen

Martin said...

Doesn't matter the BBC have already decided that whatever Brown is pinned down on their line will be

"The glorious leader today expressed how fantastic the workers are in producing the highest number of tractors ever"

DespairingLiberal said...

Yes, good one Iain and agree with Unsworth that this is what we need - much of the "interpretation" and "mediation" that the big platform broadcasters do is actually just irritating and in the way.

The blogging culture is becoming powerful enough that I suspect we will get some kind of assault on it. One way that could be done is for the big commercial organisations to try and "take over" some bloggers. I guess they will have a hard time, but perhaps some will give in to the lure of hard cash?

The downside of all this though is that there is a good side to the trad media, which is that every so often they could afford to pay for in-depth investigative journalism. With all due respect to bloggers like Iain, although they do manage to break some stories because they have a good relationship with their readers (who supply titbits), they often don't have the time or resources to do the sort of detailed footsoldiering digging away over months or years that is sometimes needed.

Increasingly, as the trad media declines, it doesn't either.