I’m never home from work in time to watch the six o’clock tv news shows, but I saw them both a couple of months back and they were so dreadful I hatched a plan: next time I was free in the early evening on a weeknight I’d review a news show. I’d time the ratio of news stories to ads to sports coverage and pie graph it, illustrating what a tiny sliver of the hour was devoted to real news, I’d time the live crosses and write horrible things about the quality of the writing and the shamelessness of the advertorials and the worthlessness of the news judgement (I might be revealing a little too much about my inner fantasy life here).
Anyway, today I took an annual leave day and made sure that by 6:00 PM I was back home, TV tuned to One News, stopwatch, pad and pen at the ready. Unfortunately their show tonight was really, really good. Sharp writing, sound news judgement, lots of stories (15 general news stories) which is nice for the viewers, I guess, but not much fun for me. Here’s their stupid pie graph:
My hypothesis are (a) the show is mostly awful and I happened to catch it on a rare good night, or (b) I usually watch TVNZ news during the Christmas break or summer holidays when all their senior producers and journalists are on vacation and I form a poor impression of the show that doesn’t reflect it’s usual quality, (c) the network is terrified they’re going to be sold to Rupert Murdoch and they think producing a good quality news show will repulse him, so this is a new development. Opinions?