Nick Harvey posted:
As I've said numerous times, it's a BBC News disgrace that its flagship 24 hour news channel on an average day will broadcast more weather per hour (approximately 5-6 minutes) than serious business journalism. Or indeed often analysis of the top story. And that's twice every hour guaranteed- even if it means cutting away from live breaking news because it would be a complete DISASTER to miss just one of the 48 weather spots everyday on the News Channel.
And now to add insult to this, they've added a specially extended weather bulletin at 8:25 called Weatherview, complete with rubbish geography diagrams to explain the weather. An utter waste of several minutes of primetime news real estate.
Let's keep the science of weather on documentaries and weather forecasts to the bare minimum. I really believe there is no need for more than one summary per hour, and its position should be entirely fluid with the news agenda. It needs no more than 2 minutes and should be easily voiced by the newsreader in the evenings and overnight (thereby cutting costs which can be diverted into real news reporting).
With Bloomberg and CNBC available on most platforms in the UK, but no dedicated weather channel (small w, small c), then I feel the business community are far better served already than those interested in the weather.
I see nothing at all wrong with two weather bulletins an hour; and, as it's a very specific subject, used by many to plan events, then it's essential that they be at fixed and predictable times, and not shunted around the schedule at the whim of a news producer.
I fundamentally disagree. Business news in this country is treated as a niche or specialist subject- hence your direction towards so-called specialist channels. As a result, the British population is one of the most financially naive in the developed world. The lack of understand of global markets, the possibilities of making (and losing) money through investments, developing sound portfolios etc. is shameful. Why should this be treated as too highbrow for the UK mass audience?
The great irony is that many of these people would happily mock the stereotype 'stupid yank', when in reality the business awareness of the US news-watching public is simply miles ahead of the UK.
Nobody can force a channel to cover a difficult or unsexy subject, but as the public service broadcaster, I really do believe that the BBC has a responsibility to teach and inform on business and the activity of the financial sector- one of the most important aspects of our economy and lives.
But no- we're British, so let's talk about the weather. Again. And Again.
Mate, I think you (probably joined by Jeremy Paxman) are in the vast minority here. Most of us far prefer to hear what the weather is than business news. I glaze over when they start talking about business as I don't understand it at all, and while what they're talking about probably effects me a lot, what they tell me doesn't help me to do anything about it. The weather also effects me, and but I can put a coat on if they tell me it's going to rain.
I don't, and never will have, shares, or investments, as I find the whole idea a bit distasteful, so am really not interested whether the FTSE is up or down. I've got the Stocks app on my iPhone, but only coz of the pretty graphs it makes, and that it's fun to see them crash up and down! No idea what it means though.