This a sister thread to this one which is about "pre" news:
In West London yesterday was that terrible fire in the tower block, thread about it here:
A bit like Morgan's groundhog day in the first post of the other thread, I felt exactly the same yesterday and I haven't even turned on the television yet which will still be dominated by this fire. But, after the initial reporting, where is the news?
I watched the news for about 10-15 minutes yesterday morning and that was plenty, then after 5 more minutes of exactly the same thing in the evening, I felt I'd had "my fill" of the story. Why is the same thing repeated, over and over again?
All this repeating the same thing over and over again seemed to have started when 24 hour news channels launched and that is also when news started to become entertainment, in my opinion.
Sky News launched in 1989 with pop music style jingles right before the news started and slogans like "news on the hour, every hour." But do we actually get news on the hour and every other, and does it need to be set to pop music or headlines prefaced with drum beats to add extra drama to the news.
I switched off the news yesterday (I was eating runner beans and I didn't want to choke) when the news changed to showing the people who were trapped in the fire calling out for help and switching their lights on and off. I am sure had I kept the news on, it would've gone on to "report" with glee that these pour souls who were trapped would've almost certainly have been killed. And if I had been watching on Sky News, I am sure Kay Burley would've popped up and found some of the relatives of the people killed and asked them "how they felt" ensuring the camera was zoomed in on their faces for added effect.
I suppose we have always relished bad news, it sells newspapers as it did when Jack the Ripper was around. Papers sold like hotcakes then and the country soaked up ever sordid detail of his murdering rampage. But, we didn't have 24 news channels, headlines set to drum beats, or instrumental or pop music played throughout the news items.
When did the suffering of others became entertainment? When did news become entertainment?