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Thursday, July 14, 2005

News Channels and Crisis Reporting

Whether big cities like New York, London and Madrid are equipped to handle such emergencies like the recent bombings or not, the news channels (BBC & CNN) seem to be well equipped to handle marathon coverage like the one we saw last week. I am told that they also sacrifice some ad spots to cover the Breaking News.

Beeb is not in the best of financial health and we hear about layoffs quite regularly. It would be interesting to see how Al Jazeera TV can make an impact in this space. Riz Khan has been one of the high profile guys who have joined AlJazeera. AlJazeera has deep pockets (the exact capital investment is not known) and hence they are confident that they can compete with the biggies like BBC and CNN. To succeed in the news channel space, AlJazeera needs to build credibility and trust, especially in the Western world. If they are truly impartial (that’s what they claim), we’ll have more choice. To some extent, BBC and CNN have become a bit predictable and dish out the same stuff. If I switch from BBC to CNN, I get to hear the same story read out by a different news anchor. The priority, which each channel gives to the various news, also seems to be quite similar.


  • yep, but bbc that i get here in chennai, does a good coverage of asia..i dont know if cnn does that....and ofcourse i get to watch sidharth basu's quiz in BBC....I think CNN doesn't provide that local flavour.....as far as i am concerned.....

    By Blogger monu, at 6:11 PM  

  • hey Kaps,
    I know exactly what you r talkin abt. I live in canada and some of the news channel i get are BBC, CNN, Global, ......and CBC.

    CNN is the worst. for example during the time of huge anti-war rallies (bad PR for bush), they chose focussed all their time on Micheal Jackson. BBC news has become like CNN, altho' its documentaries are good.

    CBC, Canadian Broadcasting corp, is a class apart. It is by far the most neutral channel you can get. One of the reason beign it is funded by the Govt (like doordarshan and like BBC, i guess) , but the govt has no control over it. To give you an idea of how neutral they are, take this example. Till this date, they have never mentioned the word “Terrorist”. Because, apparently, in the UN the word Terrorist and what constitutes Terrorism is not agreed upon (whereas the word genoside has the agreed meaning in the UN)


    By Blogger KORANGOO, at 12:01 AM  

  • Kaps
    good posts, I guess this is my second time here :)

    By Blogger Ganesh, at 3:37 AM  

  • in my opinion, CNN is just the mouthpiece of the US govt. they don't lie, but their facts are always misleading. thats intelligent journalism I guess.

    these days bloghopping is more fun than news sites. news sites concentrate more on death reports and tragedies and I hate them.

    By Blogger saranyan, at 6:08 AM  

  • BBC - Boringly Banal Channel
    CNN - Commercials, Never News


    By Blogger thennavan, at 6:10 AM  

  • Agree with most comments here. Never liked CNN. I prefer BBC!

    By Blogger G3, at 10:06 AM  

  • Definitely we need an alternative for these BBC & CNN. Eventhough BBC is better than CNN, if we have an equally (more) competent news channel we may get a better programmes from BBC than the current one.

    It is becoming montonous nowadays...

    I like the tamil news in Singapore 'Vasanthan Central' TV Channel. I don't know whether it is because of SUN TV news impact.

    By Blogger Ram.C, at 8:47 PM  

  • Nice post,Kaps!!

    By Blogger Gangadhar, at 10:58 PM  

  • me thinks bbc is better...cnn is the worst...i think no news agency here is free from govt interference...but al jazeera - impartial...hard to believe!

    By Blogger capriciously_me, at 3:08 AM  

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