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Charles432 posts since 11 Nov 2009
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Sky News presentation - New studio onwards

I only watch Sky occasionally to figure out what the hell is going on with Brexit and what the hell your PM is doing, so I'm not being flippant when I ask...is that the break room behind them?

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Though in fairness, I will say that the box set looks a lot better now that they've put in some light boxes in the background, as I originally predicted they would to.
Charles432 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World

NBC News, MSNBC, ABC News and others from across the pond

That drumline in the countdown in that Special Report certainly sounds like the Nightly News bed from 1985.

http://www.networknewsmusic.com/wp/nbc-nightly-news-1985-2004-theme/

If you've never come across it before, Network News Music is a really great anthology of the big three US networks' news themes over time. His blurbs for each one are usually pretty accurate too, though I think Nightly News is using the 2004 headline bed again. He also says that the Meet the Press theme was re-recorded again in 2011, but the changes are barely noticeable.

So yeah, as far as I can tell, that drumline in the countdown of the Special Report is likely the only piece left from the original 1985 composition.
Charles432 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World

Fox News General Discussion

...and here's the other perspective.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/taibbi-roger-ailes-was-one-of-the-worst-americans-ever-w483013

Here's the key takeaway:
Quote:
And when Ailes died this morning, he left behind an America perfectly in his image, frightened out of its mind and pouring its money hand over fist into television companies, who are gleefully selling the unraveling of our political system as an entertainment product.

The extent to which we hate and fear each other now – that's not any one person's fault. But no one person was more at fault than Roger Ailes. He never had a soul to sell, so he sold ours. It may take 50 years or a century for us to recover. Even dictators rarely have that kind of impact. Enjoy the next life, you monster.


I'm not one for dancing on graves by any means, but history class would be pretty boring and ineffective if we didn't look at public figures' lives critically. Roger Ailes' accomplishments in his lifetime are nothing to celebrate.

One thing I would disagree with on that piece though is that I don't really think Roger Ailes is responsible for President Trump. Jeff Zucker is, more than any other television executive.
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Charles432 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World

Fox News General Discussion

Matt Drudge reporting that Roger Ailes is dead. Statement from his widow:

Quote:
Statement from Elizabeth Ailes:

I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning. Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many. He was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise—and to give back. During a career that stretched over more than five decades, his work in entertainment, in politics, and in news affected the lives of many millions. And so even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his life...


How strange!
Charles432 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World

Fox News Newsroom/Set Changes

When and if they do get a new workspace. I'll watch Fox......with the volume muted and only for a few minutes. Their coverage this week of the scandals.....has been "sommat else"! Some have been calling it the state run media channel. Lol.


I wouldn't go that far. To be fair, their "news" shows (Shep Smith, Special Report, Chris Wallace, etc.) have all dedicated the proper amount of airtime to the story and have dealt it with the gravity it deserves. But the opinion and panel shows definitely leave a lot desired. They seem to spend about two to three minutes talking about it off the top, dismiss it as a "fake scandal," and move on to almost anything else. Chris Wallace looked shocked the other day when Jesse Watters claimed that this wasn't a real scandal just because nobody has died and there isn't any sex involved.
Charles432 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World

Fox News Newsroom/Set Changes

This could also just be more of the 'plan B' to the original plan, which was to move into a gigantic and expensive new building at the WTC. If they're going to stay in the same building on 6th Ave, it's probably due for a sprucing up anyway.

As for the graphics, well, who knows what they'll look like by then. Or even what programming will be like. But FNC has shifted to a more muted and consistent graphic style in the last year on most shows. The L3 is a white box with show-specific graphics and guest names beneath. The bug no longer spins constantly and remains pretty much static. Nothing great by any means, but it's rather restrained compared to what FNC is typically known for.

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Charles432 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World

CNN International

Honestly, I never really know what to expect when I turn on CNNI anymore. I still really like Hala's show and some of the news hours from Atlanta and London. Newsroom LA would be fine as a show on Domestic given its focus, but strangely they don't really seem to even simulcast it on Domestic anymore.
Charles432 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World

Euronews launching africanews, new euronews identity to come

I would love to see it as well, but I'm also having problems finding any Euronews stream not in English. Most of the official (or official-looking) streams are still geoblocked in the US, even the English stream, but even when I've been able to load some streams that should be showing Euronews in French, I either don't get anything, or I get the English feed. I'd be interested to see how they've modified the graphics, if at all, for the other languages, especially ones not using the Latin alphabet.

That's a shame, I often watch Euronews in French to help with language learning. Now all I have is TV5Monde


The streams for France 24 and Franceinfo: are still very easy to find, among some others. I don't think they're geoblocked anywhere.
Charles432 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World

Sky News presentation - New studio onwards

What's that "Take PKG" thing on one of the monitors? I presume is for a playlist of news footage straight from the video server but in autocue style.


That's the prompter/autocue, and that's a cue telling the director to play the package. Looks like the Martin McGuinness package is playing out on air.

Yes, it doesn't automatically trigger it. Can be very useful for presenter instructions, unless you forget to hit Ctrl-Alt-P... then you get Gavin Grey saying "Pause for effect" out loud!


Right. Something I didn't initially realize (and probably also most people who have never worked in TV probably don't realize) is just how important the script and prompter are. It's generally assumed that the prompter is only there for some brainless robot to read the script that's written for them, but the director and producer's eyes are just as glued to the prompter to make sure everything is flowing and playing out as intended — or at least as best as it can!
Charles432 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World

French election: Second Round 7 May...

Do you get the feeling that the BBC News are overdoing the French election story.

On BBC News we've got Huw Edwards live from Paris with the French election as the top story, on ITV are had Mary on the campaign trail with the General Election as the top story.

To me it seems like they've sent him out there so they are going to use him, in any other circumstance it'd be down to second on the agenda by now.


The French election is a huge global story and the result has direct implications for the future of the EU (and Brexit talks). PSBs in much of Europe have led their newscasts with detailed coverage of the vote and its consequences, so I'd be surprised if the story didn't get top billing in France's next-door neighbor.


It's refreshing to see the UK media taking a proper interest in the affairs of neighbouring countries, it's something they have always done, at last ( for whatever reasons) it's finally being reciprocated.


Even CNN has done pretty impressive coverage with Cyril Varnier interviewing several pundits at a time at the Paris bureau along with Melissa Bell, Atika Shubert, Christiane Amanpour, Hala Gorani, and maybe even a few more on the ground in Paris and around the metropolitan France. They've spent a lot of time on this, and it's getting quite a bit of airtime on CNN Domestic too.
Charles432 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World

CNN International

New logo, graphics, and tagline for HLN beginning today — "news that hits home."



Here's a good article about the overall changing brand strategy for HLN. They've already dumped most of the court/sensational/Hollywood stuff and are going back for something closer aligned to the CNN brand.

http://adage.com/article/media/hln-trump-bump-pivots-again/308854/?xnl

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HLN needs to do something. After moving away from heavy coverage of sensational court cases in 2014, it has struggled to find its voice. That has cost the network some of traditional news advertisers, which haven't been buying commercial time on the channel over the last few years, said Ken Jautz, exec VP, CNN U.S.

Over the past year HLN has been "returning to our news roots and emphasizing that the network is part of the CNN family," Jautz said.

It is focusing on buzzy regional news stories, crime stories, entertainment and weather, according to Jautz, and leaving international affairs and in-depth political news to its Turner Broadcasting sibling CNN.

And on May 8, it will solidify that focus with the new tagline, "News that hits home," and a logo that more overtly positions HLN as part of the CNN news family.

Recent coverage includes the suicide of former NFL tight end and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez, Serena Williams' pregnancy and suicide prevention groups' criticism of Netflix's "13 Reasons Why."
Charles432 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World

NBC News, MSNBC, ABC News and others from across the pond

I don't know if it really matters that much whether it's in-house or not. What matters is how much direction is given from the client. If the client wants something bad or cheap, well, that's what you're going to get.

I would also agree that I don't think NBC News' more recent designs have been that great. They're still better than most of what's on ABC or, oh God, CBS, but NBC News properties don't look as sharp as they did five years ago or so. NBC Artworks used to come out with some really great designs, with this look for NBC owned local stations as one of my favorites:

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Charles432 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World

Fox News General Discussion

FNC could put on two guys reading the phone book for 3 hours and they will find a conservative slant to that. And what ever they put on air, their audience has swallowed the Kool-Aid for over 20 years, so it doesnt matter at all what programming they show.


I agree, though I would add that programming matters a little bit. FNC's ratings would certainly fall off if they adopted a down the middle Sky News or CNN-of-yesteryear format that so many of us news junkies would like to see. But the viewers don't really care whether it's Tucker Carlson or Bill O'Reilly on the air at 8 o'clock so long as the format and all the guests are the same. Maybe there are some out there angry O'Reilly was canned because of advertising pressure, but they'll eventually forget that O'Reilly was there. Or the Irish Alzheimer's will kick in.

The crazy thing is, the extreme right is already seeing this as a 'liberal takeover'. Check out this screed from Cliff Kincaid of the somewhat ironically named "Accuracy In Media".

http://www.aim.org/aim-column/the-left-wing-takeover-of-fox-news/


This is not the first time right wingers have accused FNC of moving to the left. Some of them were miffed that FNC's election coverage was relatively more centrist in 2012 than it was in 2008, and as much as Megyn Kelly was adored in the "mainstream" press, FNC's ratings shot up in that timeslot the day after she left and was replaced with Tucker.
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Charles432 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World

CNN International

Max Foster's noon London slot will be rebadged "CNN Talk" and will be a political debate show. From the press release, it sounds like it might be a UK counterweight to Kate Baldouan's State of America.

http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2017/05/04/introducing-cnn-talk-max-foster-to-chair-new-political-debate-show/

The show starts tomorrow. Judging from his Instagram, it looks like it's going to come live from outside Westminster for at least the first month.

Edit: The show is only going to air on Fridays. Presumably his show will still be the usual CNN Newsroom format Monday-Thursday.
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Charles432 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World

Fox News General Discussion

I wrote something elsewhere that was much longer, but I'll say here that I don't think this is the end of FNC. The Murdochs have twice replaced the top dog with someone else very similar, so I don't think they're quite ready for a major change. We're not going to see Sky News America anytime soon. Instead, what we'll see, aside from the continued fracturing of conservative media overall, is FNC becoming more and more boring with the same shows (often in panel form) just with forgettable talent. FNC will only radically change when the Murdochs bring new blood into the exec team, and that's only going to happen if or when ratings and ad revenue start falling off.
Charles432 posts since 11 Nov 2009
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Al Jazeera English from The Shard

Oh interesting. She was always one of the favorites at CNNI World Weather. She did mostly the European morning/Atlanta graveyard shift for, what, more than a decade until she was pushed out along with all the other CNNI old timers. I hadn't heard anything about her for years, so it's great to see her on TV again.
Charles432 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World

Fox News General Discussion

NBC CBS AND ABC all lead with the OREILLY ouster at the top of the newscasts right now!. LOL


BBC 5Live had the story in their 11pm bulletin last night. It must have been lost on 99.99% of their listeners!!


I think it's probably lost on a majority of media consumers in the U.S. too. Journalists have a bias to overdo it on what would otherwise be considered trade news in any other industry. CNN seems to love dragging Brian Stelter on at every hour of the day to overanalyze a story like this and for him to pontificate about how heroic all journalists are right now. But let's not forget that he's never been a journalist/blogger doing anything more than covering media, and it's not like CNN is all that interested in covering anything about themselves too critically (like the Lewandowski hiring), as is true for any other network covering themselves. People in glass houses...

Don't get me wrong – it's definitely a story worth covering, and one of importance given O'Reilly's long, prominent run in conservative media, his very close relationship with the orange man in the bad suit who's now our president, and perhaps also whatever statement this is making about sexual harassment. But most people probably don't care about O'Reilly losing his job all that much.
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Charles432 posts since 11 Nov 2009
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International News Presentation: Past and Present

KUSA, Denver, Colorado, 2017:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9H-5v3Jk6M

(I believe the uploader -- char615 -- is our very own Charles.)


Indeed I am. I used to upload a lot, but it became so time consuming, and it's amazing how you can now find video of almost anything you could possibly want. Presentation in this country has also become very boring with all the consolidation and shared graphics hubs, so it's interesting whenever a station does something different like in the KUSA video above. I'll have to post something soon of KMGH ABC ch. 7, as they've also done away with a lot of their standardized look. Now that I can record things on my Comcast box and then watch them on my computer and record via screencap, maybe I'll start uploading more again.
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