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Is television news a 'window on the world'? For the starting sequences of the news they use connotations that make it look like the news channel is the main hub of that news. They do this by showing video clips or photographs of capital cities around the world. This shows that they have the wide audience and get the news from around the world. Another connotation is the use of transparent objects to show that it is a window on the world. They also show clocks to show that it is the news at 10. After the news introduction on some channels they show the camera panning through the set, this connotes that they are telling all the truth and you feel that you’re my closer to them. It then shows the news readers. The news readers themselves have their own connotations, those being that they only use a limited range of facial expressions, they do that to reinforce the idea that the newsreader is offerings no personal comment on the information they are telling you. Another one is the use of a Standard English accent and Received Pronunciation dialect; this is seen as the neutral way to speak. They also have the camera at eye level so it feels like direct address and this used to show that the news reader is talking directly to us. In the BBC’s legal and regulatory framework it says that the news cannot be biased or impartial. This doesn’t just apply for TV news but all their outputs and services like radio, online and on their international services and commercial magazines. Another legal and regulatory framework is Ofcom. The Ofcom says that the news must be reported with due accuracy and presented with due impartiality. Neither from studying the news I can tell that this is impossible to follow, no news channel cannot be not biased, not impartial nor not with due accuracy; this is because from how people want the news to look professional and what news they want, it cannot be done when people want it to be done with due impartial as it will last for too long and be too boring to watch. For the news selection process they pick the main news stories and fill those in the first slots. The last few aren’t as important so if there is breaking news they can add that story in. At the end sometimes they put a cheery


news story to add more light to the news, this news story also makes the other news seem worse so people will think about it more. During the news stories they use editing to get rid of clips that they don’t know want to use because they may contain parts that are boring to watch or contain news they don’t need. Another way they disguise cuts is by using an overlay footage or photograph to disguise them cutting the video and audio. This is realism which is not the same as reality. This makes the news that we watch not accurate, unbalanced an impartial. During the construction and selection, it starts of being impartial as there are certain people that pick what news report they want to use and the package look of the news story, this is how the news is shown and the editing. Within this they say that they do not show viewpoints but with how they show the footage from the camera they use and where they place the camera is already going against this. Another part is that during the day thousands if not millions of new stories happen a day and from that they have to choose which news stories to use and how they edit them. The impact of new technology on TV news is huge; anyone who has a smartphone or blog of some sort can become an amateur journalist. More and more people are getting smartphones and signing up for blogging websites like Twitter. This means the coverage of news that is happening is getting tweeted about instead of the elite that work for News Companies picking the news for us. This as well means that you can find news about anything that you fancy finding news about; for example – gaming, technology news, etc. You can also find out news stories that aren’t that important like if someone fell down a drain or something like that. Another impact for new technology is that more people will just use the internet to get the news instead of just watching the TV news, this is easier for people just to use the internet whenever they feel like getting the news but on the other hand this is bad for the TV news companies as their views and ratings goes down. That is why I feel that it is important that news companies work hard on getting a strong internet team as the use of social networking is vital for news companies. I feel that it does make a big difference.


Overall I don’t think it matters apart from the new technology section, it doesn’t matter nowadays because if you don’t agree with how TV news is shown and the news they use you can just use the internet or social networking websites to get the news that you want to see or hear. On the other hand people may disagree with me and feel that the way the news is shown should be changed as it chosen by an elite group and shown in the way that they want it to be and they don’t want it like that, maybe they think that even though they say that they make the news not biased nor impartial. Ways that they could change that is use both sides of a story; for example if there had been a terrorist attack they would interview people from both sides to get both views and make it not biased. Another way is instead of using edited clips in the news stories they just use the full interview and show everything that was talked about it instead of using just the selected parts and clips. A downside to this is that the news story would last way too long and would be boring to watch, as well as that it wouldn’t look as professional as the news stories look like when they have all the graphics and editing added to them. Another way that they may want to change how the news is run is by using someone who is against the norm of the normal workforce for the news company, this is by using someone who doesn’t come from the elite that is normally employed to do the job or sorting the news and picking what is shown; for example in 2008, “based on data 7,401 people have successfully applied for jobs at the BBC and of those, 364 – or 5% have been graduates of either Oxford or Cambridge” http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/pda/2008/dec/08/freedomofinformation-bbc

So for example say the head of job role for chosen the news was from an uncommon ethnicity, gender, age, culture, religion, sexual orientation, etc. By the BBC doing that the news that is shown on the TV news may be completely different to what is normally is, but now the problem with that is that the news will now be biased and impartial as it’s what he has chosen; now you can see the problem occurring, it is impossible for the news in any way to be not biased nor impartial.


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