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simpfeld158 posts since 25 Jun 2003
BBC News is also reporting that John Prescott is making a statement in an hour. They also with their use of language seem to be suggesting that things are worse than we've been told. I wonder if they know more that is unconfirmed?

No one yet seems to be saying worse though...
Marcus1,289 posts since 2 Jul 2001
cat posted:
Oh, what nonsense, Marcus.

I agree that the BBC's reputation is ''above'' that of Sky's - though from memory Sky is now running at number 2 in the trust steaks, and if its growth continued at the rate it is then it would apparently over take the BBC in two years (I read that on Gateway, Marcus, so it MUST be true) - but, like I say, if they have such a problem then why not quote ITN and Sky.

They look for two reputable news outlets, and whether you like to claim otherwise, ITN and Sky are well respected and trustworthy outlets. And, should they be wrong, the BBC can always have a little dig - which it dearly loves to do - by reporting how its rivals messed up and they were only quoting them.

They're a scared news organization these days, which is sad to see.


If the BBC's reputation is falling it's because News24 is trying to emulate Sky to much. There used to be a rule that two independent sources were needed before a flash would be reported. News 24 abandoned this a couple of years ago. BBC World and BBC World service still follow this rule.

However even News24 need more than an unreliable tip off before reporting and even like this.

Trust is very difficult to build and very easily lost.
simpfeld158 posts since 25 Jun 2003
mromega posted:
Peter Sissons has been pretty bad, stumbling all over the place.

John Prescott will make a statement soon.


Yeah I don't think it's such a good sign that Sissons seems to be picking his words very carefully.
FG172 posts since 15 Mar 2004
Peter Sissons is absolutely awful! I can't believe how bad he is. Just goes to show that reading an autocue on "news at whatever" doesn't prepare someone to deal with breaking news. Remember how crap Sissons was when the Queen Mum died?
Bail3,703 posts since 30 Mar 2001 Moderator
FG1 posted:
Peter Sissons is absolutely awful! I can't believe how bad he is. Just goes to show that reading an autocue on "news at whatever" doesn't prepare someone to deal with breaking news. Remember how crap Sissons was when the Queen Mum died?


I said it then and say it now. He cant present all he can do it read autoque if that breaks or something is breaking he can't ad lib at all. He's the same on News 24 Sunday at points when they ad lib, news multiscreen etc.
Hazzamon237 posts since 6 Apr 2003
Beeb2 posted:
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Nice spelling - 'collaspe' Laughing
Here it is again, a whole three minutes later without being spotted. They took the aston down a few seconds after I took this capture:
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Inspector Sands13,766 posts since 25 Aug 2004
News 24's astony thingys are getting worse. A few weeks ago I saw 'Dowin Street' and when the interest rates went down by 0.25% the other day, News 24 were displaying 0.5% for ages befroe someone corrected it
itsrobert6,325 posts since 23 Mar 2001
I don't think the BBC should be criticised for not breaking the news instantly. I always think it's better to follow the phrase "better to be safe than sorry". I don't think it is worth the risk for the BBC to break news stories without it being clearly credible. Imagine how embarrassing for ITV it would have been if it had turned out not to be Robin Cook. They led their early evening bulletin with it! For the BBC, it isn't worth that risk.

If Sky and ITV want to break news fast, then that's fine. It's their choice. I just don't think it is fair to criticise the BBC for not following the herd, and for once, putting accuracy ahead of speed. It's all about choice - if viewers want speed, then they can choose Sky or ITV. If they want accuracy, they can choose News 24. What would the point be of them all being the same?


Regarding Peter Sissons, I definitely think he's better suited to BBC1. Putting him on News 24 was a big mistake.