Earlier today I got a bit of flak on Twitter for suggesting that watching the rolling coverage of the Chilean miner rescue had turned into a bore-a-thon and was akin to watching paint dry. And yet the two 24 hour news channels persist in pretending that there was no other news today. Viewers would have apparently not known that Ed Miliband had his first outing at PMQs today. Or that Lady Thatcher celebrated her 85th birthday in Downing Street. Because all we got was repetitive pictures of the emerging miners. Now don't get me wrong, it is a fantastic story and like everyone else I am delighted they have been rescued. But to fill 24 hours of two news channels with this story to the exclusion of everything else is surely worth a quizzical question or two.
I suppose both channels might have interrupted their coverage to bring us other news, but if they did I certainly wasn't watching at the time. Perhaps they know from their audience reaction that most people were happy for them to stay with the story and it may be the case that I am totally out of tune with the popular mood, but when I came back from my evening out wanting to get a roundup of the days news. both channels failed me.
Luckily Radios 4, 5 and LBC didn't follow suit and managed to maintain normal schedules. Yes, Chile was the lead story, and so it should have been, but they also covered other stories in the news too. So should the BBC News Channel and Sky have done.
What do you think?