Saturday, 11 January 2014

TV News sucks - MY FAVE TV #23

TV News sucks - FAVE TV #23

New Year's Resolution again: give up watching TV News.
Quantifying the day in 3 minute items comprising tidy soundbites is dumb.
And its arbitrary agenda geared towards those who clamour for the time in those tiny bites yet they don't really manage to say anything nuanced or substantial.

That said, it's the only place left where TV regularly gives space to live unmediated moments. (probably proving it's pure prurience and voyeurism).

Aww, who'm I kidding... Here's some funny news clips!

Reporter breaks unbreakable phone at CES in the nicest way possible


Sir Mike Jackson's mobile goes off in the middle of the Andrew Marr Show

Sky News Orla eye pick.

(Thanks to for the 'how to embed a vine' tip)

See also:

Blow Jobs from BBC South
(Or “When News Graphics go bad”)

"A look at tomorrow's newspapers"

But you've got the live feeds coming in to you right now.
Over there.
I can see them. They're just over your shoulder.

The Greatest Ever TV News Theme

The greatest ever TV News Theme was for John Craven's Newsround.

Not the opening theme - Johnny One Note by Ted Heath
(Though that pretty much gives a live event, for is essentially a man in a room with a single camera and greenscreen.)

The genius was the closing sting. How final was this.

And what kind of apparently drug-addled 1970’s decision lead a producer to work out that the final 3 seconds of a 45 second experimental music track would do the job.

Anyway, the General Election title music attained perfection in 1992.
Everything else a pale imitation.

(And here's a link to the Studio Schedule for the BBC Election Coverage 1964...)

My full Top 100 TV list is here...

#20 Tiswas
#19 The Cinema Ads
#18 Mystery Science Theater 3000
#17 Space Ghost, Coast To Coast
#16 The Adverts
#15 Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation
#13 Engelbert Humperdinck on the BBC VT Xmas tape 1979
#12 My favourite clip about writing TV sitcoms
#11 Pipkins
#10 The Best Action Scene Ever, Ever, Ever

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