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ITN - The Shot that shook the World

50 years of ITN & news on ITV (August 2005)

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SP
Spencer
Brekkie Boy posted:
The last half hour was very poor - it have been better of it the votes had all been counted before the show.

They went through 10-6, then rather than reveal the top five clip by clip, they had extended clips of each "Shot" - the top clip in each category (rather than the top five overall), all fronted by someone campaigning for that shot.

After some football game from 1966, the Boxing Day Tsunami and 9/11, we had a break - then returned with clips of the Man on the Moon and Kennedy's assisination - with the lines closing immediately after the Kennedy segment - so viewers were not given the opportunity to watch the five clips then vote!

We then had the top five revealed in a quick countdown, and a live link up to New York where a gospel choir just happened to be waiting to sing us out!


So in other words, the number one had already been decided, and the votes during the programme counted for nothing. I wonder how much money ITV made from the phone/text lines in this little scam?
KE
Kennedy6969
I can't remember seeing a more offensive, degrading and utterly exploitative programme than ITV News's The Shot That Shook The World. I watched with growing disbelief at what I was seeing.

ITN should be ashamed of themselves - as should Sir Trevor for lending his name to it. What an utterly humiliating way for one of this country's lon-gest serving and best-loved news anchors to leave.

As others have commented, the programme rushed through events of extreme human suffering and, indeed, death. Particularly offensive was the 30 odd seconds spared to show a Palestinian man and his young child desperately trying to avoid being shot! The father managed it but the child did not. The naration went along the lines of: "And now at number 22..." It was like they were doing Top of the Pops!

I have spoken to a number of senior news heads in TV and newspapers today and without dissent they were flabbergasted at the appalling nature of this programme.

Forget about the uselessness of the format: Liverpool's treble win was at no 9 yet the Enniskillen and Omagh bombing attrocities were way down in the 40s and 30s! Are ITV viewers this dumb? (And I'm a Liverpool supporter!) The joke is that of the top ten items only 2 could be said to have shook the world: Kennedy's assassination and 9/11. And Kennedy's assassination wasn't even a TV shot but privte cine footage captured by a member of the public!

Who edited and produced this programme? They should be drummed out of ITV News before they can do any more damage. ITN should be delighted not to have its name attached to this.

Wait til you see the complaints that will flood in to ITV/ITN and Ofcom about this!
RU
russnet Founding member
Never too keen on the format of the show having the top 50 of the world's most dramatic news. I was going to say worst but there was some good natured stories in there as well.

They might as well said "In at number 22 in our countdown, 55 people were shot in this...."

I think the best way forward with a show like this was to show 50 events in no particular order. Would have been less offensive as well.
AN
Andrew Founding member
Kennedy6969 posted:
I can't remember seeing a more offensive, degrading and utterly exploitative programme than ITV News's The Shot That Shook The World. I watched with growing disbelief at what I was seeing.
Get a grip,ok you didn't like it, no need to go over the top

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Who edited and produced this programme? They should be drummed out of ITV News before they can do any more damage. ITN should be delighted not to have its name attached to this.

Wait til you see the complaints that will flood in to ITV/ITN and Ofcom about this!

ITN did have its name attached to it.

It was a bit rushed, but it probably wouldn't have got high enough ratings in a peak 9pm slot, remind me where did the BBC put their 50 years of TV News specials..
RU
russnet Founding member
Andrew posted:
It was a bit rushed, but it probably wouldn't have got high enough ratings in a peak 9pm slot, remind me where did the BBC put their 50 years of TV News specials..


Didn't they stick them somewhere in the afternoon schedule on BBC2?
KE
Kennedy6969
ITN did have its name attached to it.

More fool them.

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