BBC News 24 is, as mentioned above, a 24/7
news channel on British cable
, satellite and digital terrestrial television
. It generally attracts those who consider the Carlton
run ITV News Channel
too tacky (i.e everyone), consider Sky News
too biased and consider CNN
to be American crap. I would liken its tone to The Independent
-overly serious and very, very unbiased.
The channel started in 1998 with what I must say is one of the best presentation packages I have seen, heavy drumbeat
music with a variety of flag
s (some obviously world flags, some other generic ones) flapping in the wind. Considering what was being reported daily on the channel though (suicide bombings almost daily, terrorism, murders et al) the laid back
style wasn't very suitable for the channel.
Later on, the BBC
's new "red out the wazoo
" theme swept across the company's news operations, and with it BBC News 24 changed. It gained a slightly different jingle to the regular BBC news
bulletins (the News 24 version has many Tesla coil
-esque banging noises, higher pitched bleep
s and other indescribably weird noises that somehow sound incredibly cool
when put on a news channel) and (a spiffy 90 second countdown sequence, with even more bleepy things. If you wish to see it, visit http://www.arkspace.unlimited-hosting.co.uk/bbcnews24/bbcnews24countdown90.rm with RealOne. Sadly, the graphics in that video are now gone, and have been replaced by a video with, among other things, skateboard
ers and clocks
News 24 has recently been criticise
d by the government for being too much like Sky News. How you differentiate
two news channels which have the same stories is a mystery, as was frequently said in the press.
Update: Gone is the subdued
, hevay tone and in is a channel trying to be Sky News
, with incredibly similar presentation. For once, CNN
looks better-at least it didn't act as irresponsibly
as to flash NEW YORK THREAT
in large letters after they got wind of an unconfirmed report.