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TMD_24 Anglia (East) Look East
PM has called a late press conference for 4pm although not sure if it's COVID related.

EDIT: It is.

https://twitter.com/breeallegretti/status/1317072324936556545
Last edited by TMD_24 on 16 October 2020 1:13pm
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Worzel Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
PM has called a late press conference for 4pm although not sure if it's COVID related.

https://twitter.com/breeallegretti/status/1317072324936556545


Definitely Covid related judging by the line up:

- Boris Johnson, Prime Minister
- Sir Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Adviser
- Dr Susan Hopkins, Medical Advisor to COVID-19 Response
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Matthew_Fieldhouse Central (West) Midlands Today
PM has called a late press conference for 4pm although not sure if it's COVID related.

EDIT: It is.

https://twitter.com/breeallegretti/status/1317072324936556545

Probably just going over figures, new restrictions for London and Lancashire and encouraging people to follow rules
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8EmCnoa_w4h6qqHHSwHf0Q
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Gibsy1 Granada North West Today
Great coverage from Sky News today keeping us well informed on the 'Tier 3' updates. Live reporting from a number of towns and areas affected.
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TheSebastian
Great coverage from Sky News today keeping us well informed on the 'Tier 3' updates. Live reporting from a number of towns and areas affected.


Unfortunately Sky News coverage shows little to nothing of the arguments in play - it's a case study in bias by story angle /fact selection. Miniscule reporting on actual facts that counter the 'scare virus out of control' narrative; and extreme amount of 'if only the government did MORE'

The reality that Liverpool NHS has far less intensive care bed use than seasonal norm and lower deaths is ignored. It's a complex situation. But one that the world understands more, and one where actual science has far more debate that certain news providers report. The ITV news report the other night on the North's NHS 'crisis' was a particularly bad piece of activist journalism.

My point isn't to discuss the virus or virtues of any particular strategy, its to point out the problems of the medium.

TV news doesn't do complex well. It needs human interest drama or scary new events and pictures to tell a story. Add in a Twitter driven agenda of hype and exaggeration and it risks being damaging to society - and people worry that a niche opinion TV channel will be the end of days. Too late! Opinion and activism pretending to be news is already here.
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valley
Great coverage from Sky News today keeping us well informed on the 'Tier 3' updates. Live reporting from a number of towns and areas affected.


Unfortunately Sky News coverage shows little to nothing of the arguments in play - it's a case study in bias by story angle /fact selection. Miniscule reporting on actual facts that counter the 'scare virus out of control' narrative; and extreme amount of 'if only the government did MORE'

The reality that Liverpool NHS has far less intensive care bed use than seasonal norm and lower deaths is ignored. It's a complex situation. But one that the world understands more, and one where actual science has far more debate that certain news providers report. The ITV news report the other night on the North's NHS 'crisis' was a particularly bad piece of activist journalism.

My point isn't to discuss the virus or virtues of any particular strategy, its to point out the problems of the medium.

TV news doesn't do complex well. It needs human interest drama or scary new events and pictures to tell a story. Add in a Twitter driven agenda of hype and exaggeration and it risks being damaging to society - and people worry that a niche opinion TV channel will be the end of days. Too late! Opinion and activism pretending to be news is already here.

I feel like they've captured the regional leaders vs Westminster arguments pretty well, plus they've had a number of reports over the last few days from people who think that their area should be going into tier 2/3 and from those who say that it shouldn't - what makes you say that they're not covering the arguments in play? I also struggle to understand what "actual facts" there are that they're not reporting. Liverpool critical care is at 90% capacity - that's 10% higher than where it is normally from what I've read in a variety of sources.
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AlexS Central (East) Midlands Today
Very poor graphic on the BBC News at Six this evening completely confusing cases per 100,000 with the number of people per case. Combined with the voice over that suggested the rate of cases were highest in NI while the graphics suggest cases were lowest in NI this shows a complete lack of knowledge of basic statistics and should never have got close to air.
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