This is where I go into old git mode, because I can't let the suggestion that Newsround hasn't changed much go without comment.
Compare and contrast the same day's John Craven's Newsround and BBC Early Evening News from 1982. I'm struggling to see much fundamental difference between the two programmes other than the selection of stories and Newsround explaining things in more detail.
Granted, Newsround's target audience changed and is focussed towards younger kids than it was in my day, but having watched both of today's editions the programme itself is certainly a lot more lightweight than it once was.
I don't think patronising is the word I would use, what news there was on the programme was delivered in a perfectly acceptable way, but on both the breakfast and teatime editions today there was only one news story, followed by some pointless viewer submitted videos (that are definitely not news), and an and finally.
There is a big gap between this and "grown up" news that was never there when I was its target demographic.
As a now 40 year old, I watch the John Craven bulletin and I don't think I would necessarily realise it was aimed at kids if I didn't know.
None of this is necessarily a criticism of the current Newsround, times change, but something to fill that gap between Newsround and News - especially now 60 Seconds has gone - is not a bad idea.
Last edited by Steve in Pudsey on 20 September 2019 10:01pm