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AddictedToTVPres165 posts since 24 Apr 2013
BBC World News
That would sound like very depressing programming, solid 'hard hitting' news and nothing remotely light allowed.

Maybe they should just have Piers barking orders at government ministers all day, demanding they make up policy that works for every single scenario on the spot.

Well face facts, we are already in "very depressing" times. So "hard hitting" news, reporting, and holding decion makers to account is paramount now more than ever.

so, why doesn't the viewer wanting hard hitting news switch over to a 24hr news channel? why cancel the light hearted shows?
JamesWorldNews8,829 posts since 22 Aug 2004
STV Central BBC World News
I note your opinion but have to respectfully disagree, FOX35.

It’s not a matter of being “blinkered”. It’s about ensuring that the message continues to be delivered and, most importantly, RECEIVED AND COMPLIED WITH in the most suitable ways and to cater to a diverse demographic.

Wall-to-wall News programmes would just turn us into North Korea and would have a serious impact on the mental health of many.

And, if it’s just news overload hour after hour, humans will stop hearing the message. We will subconsciously switch off.

Best to extend the existing news programmes and add a few special news segments throughout the day. But the remaining broadcast hours need to be filled with some relief/different approach to sending the message.

And I say this as a confirmed news junkie!
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dosxuk4,468 posts since 22 Oct 2005
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
That would sound like very depressing programming, solid 'hard hitting' news and nothing remotely light allowed.

Maybe they should just have Piers barking orders at government ministers all day, demanding they make up policy that works for every single scenario on the spot.

Well face facts, we are already in "very depressing" times. So "hard hitting" news, reporting, and holding decion makers to account is paramount now more than ever.
For those who wish to remain blinkerd, they should switch to one of the many other non PSB channels or tv players.


Are you suggesting that the channels replace their output with something like this?

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Because all that would happen is Netflix would have record numbers of viewers.
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FOX3540 posts since 13 Oct 2017
Granada North West Today
That would sound like very depressing programming, solid 'hard hitting' news and nothing remotely light allowed.

Maybe they should just have Piers barking orders at government ministers all day, demanding they make up policy that works for every single scenario on the spot.

Well face facts, we are already in "very depressing" times. So "hard hitting" news, reporting, and holding decion makers to account is paramount now more than ever.
For those who wish to remain blinkerd, they should switch to one of the many other non PSB channels or tv players.

This Morning are literally interviewing the Deputy Chief Medical Officer right now.

Thats my point. Interview conducted by daytime light entertainment tv presenters.
ITV/ITN should be utilising their "hard hitting" proffesional journalist presenters in such circumstances.
JamesWorldNews8,829 posts since 22 Aug 2004
STV Central BBC World News
I guess the point we are trying to make is some people will just immediately switch-off right now if Tom Bradby or Huw Edwards is wheeled out at 11am to interview the CMO.

On the other hand - and this is a fact - they will not switch off if Ruth Langsford or Philip Schofield or Lorraine Kelly is conducting the interview at this hour.

Viewer retained > message conveyed.

Huw, Maitlis and Bradby will still be along later in the day to do it all again for the benefit of the same or different audience.
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FOX3540 posts since 13 Oct 2017
Granada North West Today
I accept your view JamesWorldNews, but yes whilst Ruth, Schofield or Lorraine can conduct any such interviews, they will not hold the interviewee to such hard hitting probing questions of vital importance.
These government officials and decision makers doing the interview rounds this morning will just be replayed as soundbites on the 6 o'clock news.
Will the CMO still be trawling the studios at 10pm to be asked the hard questions by Huw, Maitlis or Bradby? No, the broadcaster will replay edited soundbites from the earlier softer questioning.
all new Phil3,504 posts since 12 Feb 2005
Granada North West Today
I accept your view JamesWorldNews, but yes whilst Ruth, Schofield or Lorraine can conduct any such interviews, they will not hold the interviewee to such hard hitting probing questions of vital importance.
These government officials and decision makers doing the interview rounds this morning will just be replayed as soundbites on the 6 o'clock news.
Will the CMO still be trawling the studios at 10pm to be asked the hard questions by Huw, Maitlis or Bradby? No, the broadcaster will replay edited soundbites from the earlier softer questioning.

Sounds to me like you didn’t watch it.
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JamesWorldNews8,829 posts since 22 Aug 2004
STV Central BBC World News
I accept your view JamesWorldNews, but yes whilst Ruth, Schofield or Lorraine can conduct any such interviews, they will not hold the interviewee to such hard hitting probing questions of vital importance.
These government officials and decision makers doing the interview rounds this morning will just be replayed as soundbites on the 6 o'clock news.
Will the CMO still be trawling the studios at 10pm to be asked the hard questions by Huw, Maitlis or Bradby? No, the broadcaster will replay edited soundbites from the earlier softer questioning.


That’s also a fair point. In which case, the 5pm briefing from Downing Street should hopefully provide the opportunity for “grilling”.

(Sorry to derail the GMB thread).
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Whataday10,644 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
I accept your view JamesWorldNews, but yes whilst Ruth, Schofield or Lorraine can conduct any such interviews, they will not hold the interviewee to such hard hitting probing questions of vital importance.
These government officials and decision makers doing the interview rounds this morning will just be replayed as soundbites on the 6 o'clock news.
Will the CMO still be trawling the studios at 10pm to be asked the hard questions by Huw, Maitlis or Bradby? No, the broadcaster will replay edited soundbites from the earlier softer questioning.

Sounds to me like you didn’t watch it.


I did. It was one of the most informative interviews I've seen throughout the whole crisis.
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AJ1,748 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
If you want 'hard hitting' then we have 2 UK news channels, along with multiple international channels which are doing extremely well with that right now given the naturally challenging circumstances.

'Hard hitting' interviews by Etchingham and others would never reach the viewers that GMB and This Morning can, so it's essential that those programmes cover the issues in the way that they always do.

Yes, we're in depressing times, but the reality is that we all need a bit of comfort and entertainment too. There absolutely is a place for different ways of getting news and views across along with the fluffy stuff too.
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Jonwo (previously Jonwo87) 941 posts since 20 Sep 2007
There does seem to be an air of snobbery around the likes of This Morning and also daytime shows. People have to remember that not everyone is going to be that clued up on news and sometimes the hard hitting approach isn't always the right approach, it's all about balance.
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London Lite11,282 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
Politicians and experts will go on shows like This Morning because they target an audience who wouldn't watch a straight news show.

The important thing here which I think some people are missing is that they're trying to get the message out about social distancing and quarantine to an audience who wouldn't normally listen to government advice.
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