Meanwhile at 9pm CET tonight on CNN (Domestic and International), Tiger Woods, Tom Brady and others play golf. Only on the World’s News Leader.
What makes it worse is this then means there is no news bulletin either domestic or international of any description until Michael Holmes’s shift at 6am CET the next morning.
Even on a slow news day, that’d be poor. During a pandemic it’s frankly negligent.
Firstly it's a huge fundraiser, where a guaranteed $10 million has already been secured, secondly WarnerMedia want as many people to watch as possible which is why it's on every network they own, thirdly there will be news inserts and finally - it's a huge sporting event that will undoubtedly garner a massive audience.
What's the problem? If something major breaks, they'll cut away obviously.
'Negligent' LOL, honestly!
It’s not a major sporting event at all. A quick look at the BBC Sport homepage and it barely makes the headlines there. I like to think I’m into my sports too and had heard no mention until today. In any case, sporting events like the Ryder Cup etc are big but I wouldn’t be expecting CNN to air hours of it on loop.
On the fundraising point, by that notion surely CNN should have had rolling coverage of the One World concerts?
I’m curious too as to how many news inserts there’ll actually be - a few minutes at most surely every so often like you’d get with an election. I can’t see them saying to Tiger ‘Could you hold off that putt because it’s the top of the hour and we need to give our headlines?’
Even ignoring the actual coverage too, surely after it either Domestic or International could do a few bulletins rather than just taped programs until Michael Holmes appears? That’s as much the issue.
And watching CNN, even in normal circumstances CNNI wouldn’t cut away usually from a Domestic simulcast so when CNNI is at a skeleton level of staff that’s even less likely. In fact it’s normally the opposite - The Brief and Your World Today being preempted by Wolf was almost a running joke with how often it happened.
Going 9 hours without updates on the latest coronavirus news feels pretty bad is all I’m saying - even worse too when the situation in Hong Kong too is reaching a boiling point. Surely both the pandemic and Hong Kong situation are the sort of thing that merit proper coverage by a global news channel rather than a glorified TimeWarner jamboree?