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breakingnews828 posts since 30 Sep 2006
I have a problem with these types of things.

Why?


Because they don't do it for every natural disaster.


Just the ones in poverty stricken countries that would have difficulty dealing with the aftermath without support.


That's a bit subjective. I don't know, I just feel that certain disasters or wars get absolutely no attention and then all of a sudden the media hop on a disaster story (admittedly this does appear exceptional, but you get my point).
noggin13,884 posts since 26 Jun 2001
The BBC, ITV, C4 and Sky usually only broadcast appeals when the Disasters Emergency Committee - which is a grouping of major British aid charities - have assessed the need for foreign aid for a particular disaster, and taken the decision that they have to launch a swift public appeal for funding to provide aid.

It isn't a case of the media jumping on a bandwagon - it is a case of the charities asking for an appeal if they feel the need is great enough. Not a call made by the media, but by the charities (who are best placed to know the scale of the need)

Only occasionally are requests by the DEC refused - though the recent Gaza appeal was a controversial case-in-point.
Brekkie29,992 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
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I have a problem with these types of things.

Why?


Because they don't do it for every natural disaster.


Just the ones in poverty stricken countries that would have difficulty dealing with the aftermath without support.


That's a bit subjective. I don't know, I just feel that certain disasters or wars get absolutely no attention and then all of a sudden the media hop on a disaster story (admittedly this does appear exceptional, but you get my point).

So you'd rather they helped nobody instead?

It is a tough call - if they did them for "every" natural disaster they'd be on air practically every week, and just become part of the TV landscape and hence less effective. As pointed out, these appeals are the call of the DEC, not the broadcasters, and they make the judgement.

One thing though I didn't agree with today was the ticker on the ITV News - firstly it wasn't the best graphic in the world, but secondly the news is there to report, not appeal. No issue with them ending a report by giving out the contact details, but to have them on screen throughout is blurring the boundaries a bit IMO.
Shouldn't that have been posted in the "John Logie Baird has Invented Television" thread?