TV news sucks. Cable news even more than network news. And local FOX news even more than cable news.
So I got to thinking… what annoys me most about news broadcasts and how would I change it to form a nightly news broadcast I’d actually watch? Well, I hate when entertainment news is presented alongside national news, I hate sensationalistic stories, and I hate technology stories because the reporters always sound like a great-grandfather explaining the Internet.
Here’s what I came up with for my perfect news show. This assumes a one hour broadcast with the standard 16 minutes of commercials. For a half-hour broadcast, just chop everything in half.
- 13 minutes of international news.
- 8 minutes of national news
- 10 minutes of non-human interest story local news
- 2 minutes for weather
- 2 minutes of human interest stories
- 2 minutes of “odd” news
- 2 minutes of entertainment news
- 5 minutes of local sports news (split evenly between pro, college, and high school sports)
In addition: ditch anything related to technology for technology’s sake (things like web site security breaches where credit card information is stolen would be acceptible) and no stupid exposes about things people already know about. And no Will Thomas.
Incidentally, international news is the largest chunk because it’s easy to forget that there’s a world outside of the US with its own issues. We should know about them. Most of this news would probably still deal with stuff that indirectly affects the US, but it would be nice to, I dunno, see things like Darfur mentioned periodically? On the flipside, I’d show more local news than national news since it more immediately affects the viewing audience.
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