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News anchor interruption & pretentions

Posted at | Updated as of 09/30/08 1:22 AM

News anchor interruption & pretentions

This is regarding your live coverage of Senate Hearings. I noticed that you often interrupt the live coverage only to let your anchors "summarize" and interpose their own views of the covered live event. However, what the anchors are doing are mere reiteration and paraphrasing of the discussions. The paraphrasing are found to be paltry and significantly lacking of insight that it is much better to hear the actual discussions. I do not want to listen to your anchors reiterating what has already been said. Your audience is more intelligent and they know or understand what they hear from the hearings. They don't need you to paraphrase, more so to pretend to inject analyses and substance to an already substantial discussion in the Senate. Let's hear the protagonists directly please.
 
This is precisely the reason why a TV station/channel similar to CSPAN in the US is needed here in the Philippines. This way we can view the raw proceedings without embellishments and limitations of a commercial private broadcasting network. Notwithstanding these however I appreciate the efforts of ANC in professionalizing broadcast journalism in the country.
 
Phil Bravo
Quezon City