Blake Connolly posted:
Watching CNN & Fox the other night, I noticed how there seems to be a consious decsion not to use any full-screen graphics, especially on CNN, following in the style of the Situation Room.
Even when a graphic filled the frame, it was from a camera pointing at the big screen. On Fox, rather than use thier normal split screen, when McCain was doign a speech, they zoomed out of one of the screens in the studio while he was talking, to show something on one of the other screens alongside. Looked very strange!
It looks strange on the Situation room where instead of playing a report full screen they zoom in on the wall and show four different boxes of footage with the v/o over that. I don't know whether they have been doing this since Wolf moved into the 'Election Center' for the primary season though.
I think it is just a little bit of fad tbh, makes sense though if you've paid x amount for a great big screen etc I guess, although it would probably work better on a channel like al jaz who have quite clean and simple graphics anyway rather than the slightly too elaborate american examples.