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News agenda? What news agenda?

June 26, 2007

It’s a sad state of affairs when the news breaks away from a story on the recent floods that have brought misery and mayhem to the country to focus on Paris feckin Hilton and her release from jail. But this is what the news editor at GMTV decided to do this morning.

On their main news item, we were meant to be watching live coverage of people who’d fled a dam burst (or something) when Fiona (or whoever) interrupted with, “Sorry! Sorry! We’ve got breaking news, sorry! Going to have to come back to you!”

“Blimey,” I thought, I wonder what catastrophic event has happened to pull us away from this. After all in the news pyramid, it’s pretty high up: It’s national news, which ranks way higher than international news. That’s just how they structure it (yes, there *is* a structure!). Has someone died?

But no. Sadly not. It’sa beaming Paris, sashaying down the red carpet – I’m sure I saw one – out of jail and into the loving arms of the papperazzi. Oh, and to top off this ridiculous bit of comedy news, the GMTV camera was plugged into something and couldn’t move with her, so viewers were left watching a throng of Paps, swarming around the Hilton’s cars. Fascinating, guys. Thanks for that. Can we go back to watching pensioners surfing the waves in Nottinghamshire please?

It’s not as if she actually did anything in there anyway – she wasn’t in long enough! And surprise, surprise she’s due on the Tonight Show (tonight) to talk about her ordeal and her newly found love of God no-doubt… I despair. I really do.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Clair permalink
    June 26, 2007 4:53 pm

    I noticed this old cobblers too. I ask you…

    I’ve also been noticing Lorraine Kelly’s interview technique, which involves talking for ages, then letting subjects get two words in, then going off on a monologue. A bit like mine, but at least I’m not on t’telly.

  2. Rich permalink
    June 26, 2007 6:59 pm

    Surfing pensioners are the most exciting thing to have happened here since they caught Michael Sams.

  3. Badger Madge permalink
    June 27, 2007 8:34 am

    It was hilarious this morning when GMTV made an apology because apparently loads of viewers called to complain. Then they started taking the piss out of the whole thing for the rest of the program, saying she’d never be featured on the program – it wasn’t Paris I had a problem with. It was the way they broke away from a very important (and serious) news item to focus on something fluffy and ridiculous…

    Hope you’re keeping dry Rich!

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