News wars

Cur­rent af­fairs and news is shap­ing up as the cru­cial TV bat­tle­ground this year

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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.

Seven has been smart in not go­ing head to head with 60

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