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No News A Speciality...
bs3dc from United Kingdom
1 July 2007
South Today has the unenviable task of trying to fill 30 minutes with
the days events in the south region of England, which often is very
little. Much of the 'news' reports are merely pre-empting - "next week
a **** exhibition will open," "there will be a commemorative event
about **** tomorrow," "what is going on this weekend" etc. and so the
"Today" part of the title is downright misleading. I suppose I would
prefer this to drive-by shootings and terrorist attacks in my area, but
there really is not enough material to engage the viewers for even the
whole half hour. I suspect that many like me simply use the programme
as background noise for during cooking in the evening. It could easily
be cut to 10 minutes and nothing important would be missed.
A lot of the presenting comes across as almost unprofessional, with
Sally Taylor and Roger Johnson seemingly doing their best to fill as
much of the programme as possible with their supposedly hilarious
banter, made all the more inane by their laughing like hyenas at their
own rubbish jokes. To be fair it does not help when a significant
proportion of the outside broadcasts have the sound or picture failing
so that they have to do something to cover the gap. Of all the
presenters only Dani Sinha really comes across well as a serious
newsreader and does a creditable job.
Another positive is that at least it manages to repeat itself less than
Breakfast News which will happily repeat no news every couple of
minutes for several hours. The programme is just another symptom of our
apparent need to have the news immediately and constantly available no
matter how little there is.
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