Current affairs and news is shaping up as the crucial TV battleground this year
Bushfire coverage, with Munro and Monique Wright in the field, was solid.
The much-hyped Lapthorne report featured impressive journalistic work from Ross Coulthart and a live, emotion-charged studio interview with her parents.
If there’s a criticism of the Lapthorne story, it’s in the editing. The handling of the story, in terms of sound effects and graphics, was insensitive.
There is no shortage of critics who’ll tell you quality TV current affairs has not just gone down the loo, but cleared the S-bend, and that commercial network executives think current-affairs coverage needs to be dumbed down to make it palatable to a mass audience.
From that point of view the over-dramatisation of the Lapthorne story will have its critics.
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