Friday, September 7th, 2007

TV’s methodology is outdated and insulting


An article in the Spectator points to recent a recent decree by the news director of Britain’s Channel 5 to get rid of outmoded television news conventions like the “noddy”, the practice of cutting back to a reporter nodding at something being said, which reached an apogee of suck recently when BBC poobah Alan Yentob recorded himself nodding along to an interview he wasn’t even physically present for. Another convention unique to the Brits is walking up to a subject’s door, knocking and being invited inside. That particular affectation isn’t used here, though pointlessly putting reporters in the middle of rainstorms and overusing the term “ironically” springs to mind for North American news idiocy.

In a world where Youtube videos get more views than the evening news and old methods of presentation just don’t make sense, this is a breath of fresh air. Having said that, I sure don’t want my news delivered to my by Lonelygirl15, so let’s not get too carried away.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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