|Robert Dougall - from bbc.co.uk|
Old habits die hard they say, and it's true. Over the past few years, my long-established routine of watching the TV news has finally faded away. I now prefer the vastness of the internet and slowly but surely my TV news intake subsided to the point where I now see it as nothing more than an old habit . When six o'clock struck I'd automatically click the TV remote to see what was going on in the world - but not any more.
When I look back on how long I've used TV news as a source of information, it's not surprising it took a while before I finally wriggled free of the habit, before I realised how limited and limiting it is, how paternalistic and dated. Yet TV news still commands prime spots at 6pm and 10pm. Who still watches I can't imagine, but change is bound to take time I suppose, unless the TV stations think of something better, which doesn't seem likely. I mean it's not as if they're imaginative is it?
The sight of middle-class news-readers reading a list of selected items from an autocue now seems a little quaint to me. Not desperately weird, just old-fashioned and out of kilter with the modern world. Efforts to update things by getting the presenter to stand don't come over well either, not to my jaundiced eye.
Yet all TV channels seem to have their traditional news slots. Is it a legal requirement or something? Why do they bother? They may as well use CGI and automate the whole process. Surely it's technically possible. Get Homer Simpson to read the news off an internet feed. Mind you - I might be drawn back into it then.