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Television coverage (March 2004)

CA
cat
Sorry, but I find that very hard to believe.

Consider just who is going to be watching at these times of the day...

Overnight: nobody

During the day: the entire audience

What possible motive they would have for putting out their best effort and fullest coverage overnight, when audience figures are microscopic, rather than during the day, when there actually is an audience at all, is beyond me.

I know that you are arguing that "there's less going on overnight, so by default there was more attention on it", but I don't think it's very sound.

I don't think overnight teams from any of the major broadcasters ever do particularly well, to be honest. I'm pretty certain that had the coverage been during the day, it would've been on a far, far larger scale than it was during the night (which really just amounted to a talking head and someone quoting the AP).
MA
mark Founding member Granada North West Today
As I said, I don't doubt that the quality of the coverage would have been better - Sky's coverage would have been much more dynamic, fronted by 2 of their top presenters, and making good use of the newswall, I expect. ITV News Channel might even have covered the story Wink

But I'm still certain that the quantity would have been reduced. There are a few events (such as the Budget) that warrant clearing the schedules of a UK news channel during the day, but I don't think that Super Tuesday would have been one of them. Coverage would have been interrupted in order to cover breaking stories closer to home. This is just my judgement of their news agendas - I'm not belittling the importance of Super Tuesday.

Even the US-based CNN didn't take CNN US's coverage until 12am UK/1am CET, even though the coverage was already underway on CNN US before this. The 11pm and 11.30 editions of Insight and World Sport respectively went out as usual on CNNI.
WA
wassup2nite
martinDTanderson posted:
I just hope Bush gets the Boot!


Hear Hear! The sooner he gets the boot the better. I ain't American but I will be rooting for John Kerry.
MA
Marcus Founding member
c@t posted:
Sorry, but I find that very hard to believe.

Consider just who is going to be watching at these times of the day...

Overnight: nobody

During the day: the entire audience



Not quite. News24 gets by far it's biggest audience during the night by virtue of being rebroadcast on BBC World and BBC1/2
CA
cat
Yes, long has BBC News 24 been an upstanding example of just how to fairly and accurately present viewing figures.

Good on them, I say.

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