None of this is confirmed - but I heard through the grapevine they will have a panel of about 20 regular contributors who will appear to give a view on certain stories - these will not be balanced in a traditional sense so you will have a certain person's view on a story - i suppose like Fox give a certain view. And I assume that as long as that's clear they don't have any problems with Ofcom.
Hmm, I prefer news to be broadcast primarily in an un-biased as it comes way. Otherwise you risk tainting and corrupting it with a person's opinion. Opinions in a small amount aren't bad, but they shouldn't be allowed to overpower the news.
Fair enough, but shouldn't the news operations of 'lesser' channels be free to explore more distinctive ways of presenting and commentating on news? Otherwise we'd end up with all news programmes looking the same. For example, who'd have thought you could get a concise and intelligent summary of the stories of the day in just one minute? But
on BBC Three does it very well. If you want bog-standard, straight-talking news, head for one of the main terrestrial broadcasters.
I guess as long as opinion is always expressed as such, there's not really a problem. I've always found it interesting how, in the UK, we (rightly) expect our television news to be thoroughly impartial, and yet we fully accept that the vast majority of our newspaper news is not.