Floodwatch 2007: A video essay in news coverage.

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There’s nothing quite like a natural disaster to compare news broadcasters, and with the flooding going on in the UK, and journalists standing knee deep in water all over the country, it seemed like a good time.

Above is the coverage from the BBC, Channel 4, Sky News and ITV.

– Thanks Craig for the videos.

11 Responses to “Floodwatch 2007: A video essay in news coverage.”


  • And they said we where going to get a hot Summer! I live south of Chesterfield, which was flooded, my village is on a hill so no risk of flooding.

  • Sorry is it just me or does anyone else feel uncofortable about this post?
    I mean its a time of national tragedy for England so couldn’t news broadcasts be compared on any other day?
    I thinks it’s a bit morbid

  • I’ve never understood why news programmes always send their presenters stand in an area near to where a special event happened hours before. As for floods, what use is a wet presenter? The viewer isn’t going to get any more information other than: “Yes, I can confirm that it is very wet.”

  • You’re right, Sean.

    Do they think that viewers wouldn’t believe there were floods unless Mr Snow was standing in it?

  • What about Five? Did they cover the floods?

  • In Melbourne we just have ghastly backdrops and about seven live crosses (at least on the commercial bulletins).

    It’s our ‘thing’.

  • I laugh at Sky News for insisting Tewkesbury is “cut off from the rest of the world” twice.

  • So Sky News still hasn’t jettisoned the whole ‘newsreaders standing about in the studio pretending to do something important’ thing? Shame.

    I’m still in love with the BBC News music and opening sequence.

  • Me too, Bryn. Nothing says ‘put down what you are doing and look at the tele’ like News24

  • me Three Andy,That’s why I really doubt that Sky news is Fit for The “News Channel Of the Year” title….

    better give that to FOX News

  • Worth pointing out that the ITV coverage is from a regional news programme, and as such, is not really a fair comparison with the other national clips. It will be very much tailored to that particular area, and may offer a differing perspective.

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