BBC news used to be my favourite news channel, i used to stick it on for a while, just drifting in and out when doing chores around the house but now, that's all stopped, and ive switched to Sky News. Why? Too much sport. WAY too much sport. They even introduced a sports day programme which occours every half hour and they just drag out every single little detail. If i go to the BBC news channel right now, doesn't matter what it is they will have sport on now, or within minutes.
The thing that i find absolutely disgusting is the fact that they even put sports into the main headlines, and prioritise them over soldier deaths. That to me is WRONG. They should be focusing on our Fallen hero's out there in combat, NOT focusing on how well Roberto Manchini is doing, and what Man City scored last match. This was the last straw for me and i have since stopped watching all together. How do they prioritise like that and get away with it? Truly disgraceful.
If i want sport i will watch sky sports new. Anyway. Onto the reports: reports on BBC news are entorely in SD and mainly consist of reporters travelling around the world to report on the latest breaking news, or current affairs such as Syria, but they spend so long on the main headline (10 mins) there is no time left for the other less significant stories such as the NHS reforms, and you dont even get strike dates anymore, just word of a strike, then theres more time for plenty of sport. Just going on and on thinking of stuff to say about sports topics. Enough is enough.
Their studio is clean, organised and simple with a red and white design but the business news reporter (when they get a brief minute to speak) has to stand up, and reports from a laptop on a small stand. Their weather reports are accurate and up to date but are only limited to short range, lasting a minute or two in many cases and only covering the UK unlike sky news. They also have weather warnings which isnhelpful.
They may as well call this BBC sports news, on news watch they get a vast number of complaints about the sports content, watch it andyou'll see for yourself. They are loosing viewers and guess what? They built a new sportsday desk and added MORE sport.
I am truly disgusted that a story about a football manager and match can prioritise over our fallen soldiers. NOT ON.
The news 24 discussions on the present political situation have failed to point out the injustice of the present electoral system, have failed to clarify on the problems and opportunities connected with other systems in order to clarify understanding on the extreme differences there are between Conservatives and LDs in this area and why they exist.
In many of my reviews where it has been appropriate I have mentioned how much I love and appreciate the BBC and I genuinely believe it would be a massive loss if it was no longer available to us in its current state. When I watch news channels from the United States I can see how important it is to have media that gives us the facts and doesn't pass judgement or try to influence viewers.
We live in a world and have done for a number of years now where everything is wanted straight away which includes the desire to know the latest news even as it is only just happening. BBC News 24 is available on Sky, other methods of receiving digital channels or by streaming online from the corporation's website.
As I said in my first paragraph this network can be relied upon to report whatever is happening and just give you the facts and basically not take sides or apportion blame. It is true that sometimes BBC journalists or reporters can appear to be giving politicians or the person being interviewed a tough time but they treat everyone like that to get to the bottom of the issues at hand.
I tend to watch this station intermittently as to be honest if not a lot is happening of interest the same reports can be shown quite regularly and so can obviously be a little boring. I have been tuned in a lot recently though since the results from the 2010 general election have been announced. This is when channels like BBC 24 are in their element switching live feeds from one location to another, Westminster, varying party headquarters and back to the studio for more contributions from many different guests. For someone who is interested in such things like me it is fantastic, today with the protests in London and then Nick Clegg stepping outside to speak to those marching for political reform really showed why 24 hour news is so engaging when things are happening there and then.
May be I am silly but when I am driving late at night after a football match or a concert and I have to stop at motorway services I am reassured and made to feel at home by BBC news 24 on the large televisions while I drink am extremely over priced cup of tea.
As with most 24 hour news channels, BBC News 24 can be incredibly tedious - except when theres an intresting or important breaking story, then I'm glued. And that's when BBC News truly comes into it's own. The BBC are such a huge news agency that they're able to get details/videos/photos before anyone else. It's these big news stories which really make the channel. Normally though, it's far more dull. But that doesn't matter too much, because normally (I imagine) not that many people are watching. It's not exactly meant to be watched in long sessions.
When it comes to 24 hour news, I tend to favour BBC over Sky for one reason only. Sky is annoyingly peppered with disruptive adverts. So let's say I wanted to quickly check what's going on, I get greeted with an advert for talcolm powder or whatever.
There is alot of emphasis on political stories, which is good in my opinion. I don't want my news to be full of pointless gossip, I liked to be informed but sometimes it can be just downright boring.
The layout's pretty simple and uncluttered. Just a little ticker tape across the bottom with the time. I also enjoy the countdown thing they do every hour, makes me feel like I'm at a rave.
Unfortunately for BBC News 24, good news doesn't occur as often as they'd like it to. This results in them stringing out good stories for as long as possible and making nothing-stories into something-stories by repeating them over and over.
The presenters aren't anything to talk about. A bunch of middle-aged robotic smiley-faced autocue readers. As long as they read the news without stuttering all over the place, then they've done their job.
The sport section is also a pain because 99.9% of the time it's stuff I don't care about. Someone scored a goal, someone hit a wicket, someone got sold from Something City to Something United for an outrageous sum of money... ad infinitum. Yeah, I don't care. If I wanted sports news (which I don't) then I'd be watching one of the sports new channels.
The entertainment segment (or E24 as it's called, because that's cool apparently) can range between stupid fawning over celebrities and fascinating insights into the industry.
By far the best thing about this channel is the fifteen-odd minutes of Mark Kermode, a film critic who I admire immensely, who's wheeled in once a week to provide his excellent critique on the newest box office and DVD releases. Even though it's usually just a shortened version of what he's said on his radio show, it's still good to see him in the flesh.
'Click' a 30 minute show about tech-related business, is pretty intresting although I find the presenter a little creepy.
BBC News 24 is also viewable online, which is great.
Being a totally pathetic sleeper. I am always up throughout the night, (hence me writing this review at 4 in the morning.) The one channel that keeps me company through out the night is BBC news 24.
I like this news channel. It is always very thorough with its news stories. They are often first with breaking stories. If there is a big news story they will allow its viewers a very indepth report. The journalists also tend to speak to alot of witnesses or experts. Which I feel is very helpful as it helps to gain a different view point and see the whole perspective of the story.
The one thing that is slightly irritating regarding this news channel, is it tends to repeat itself constantly through out the night. But I suppose that could be seen as a positive as it is making sure that viewers who have just tuned in are kept up to speed with breaking news.
There are sub programmes which are shown at regular intervals on BBC news 24. These programmes usually last approx half an hour and cover such themes as political debate shows, money shows regarding stocks and shares and currency. There is also a cultural show. I have to be honest my brain tends to switch off when these programmes come on. I dont think they are aimed at a particularly broad market of the public. They come across as being very stayed and somewhat stuffy. I personally think these sub shows should lighten up a bit and show more creative flair. The only positive i can give to the sub shows are that they are very boring and usually send my insomniac body back to sleep!!
The news readers on BBC news 24 on the whole deliver the news to a high and proffesional standard. I sometimes recognise some of the readers from the main BBC1 channel.
There is a BBC news 24 website. Throughout the news bulletins the news broadcasters will refer to this site and promote viewers to acess this site in order to gain further information regarding a particular news feature. I have accessed this site on more than one occasion, I find the site to be very informative and easy to navigate.
Throughout the night there will be regular sports updates and also weather bulletins. They also tend to have a light and amusing news feature too which brings some well needed light to this otherwise dull channel.
Ther main thing I love about this channel is the live broadcast filming that allows viewers to see, as well as hear about breaking news. They do seem to strive to provide viewers with a very thorough standards. I also like the way that they seem to be less journalistically biased as some other news channels. They always try to offer differing opinions when concerning topical and current issues.
I do enjoy the BBC news channel. It is certainly a informative show that offers viewers up to date news. It does sometimes tend to offer lazy stories on a night when there is hardly any breaking news. I dont enjoy this show then as I feel that they would report on paint drying and I find this irritating.
In conclusion I would state that this channel is a great resource in which to utilise to gain information on world news. It is very current and offers great details of breaking stories. I would recommend this channel to readers as It is basically a very good news channel.
I have previously been quite positive about BBC News 24; however I'm so annoyed by their coverage over the past week or so that I feel moved to write a review! Having been off work this week I've seen more of their programme than usual and I just can't believe the melodrama over all the snow. I completely appreciate that they need to get out severe weather warnings and that is an important part of their service, however I think they have really gone overboard on the weather story. I was particularly surprised to see that they bumped the story about the possible leadership challenge to Gordon Brown this week in favour of more detail about centimetres of snow! I had previously thought that this was a useful up to the minute service but now really feel for those who are housebound and have to contend with this repetitious cycle. I appreciate that this will have been exacerbated this week as the media love to overfocus on extreme weather conditions, but nonetheless I expect more from a service which is entirely funded by taxpayers' money. A useful summary to dip in and out of, but they could add far more value for those who are watching more continuously - it is called BBC News 24 and should aim to give far more breaking news, rather than monotonously focussing on the same issue over and over again.
I watch BBC news 24 quite regularly and it does give you the main headlines and a clear idea about events. However the reporting is often quite insulting to inteligence as they explain things to you like you are a five year old child. In my opinion BBC news 24 is more suited to those who are maybe uneducated or find it hard to get to grips with some news stories, as I find it quite irritating at times. Furthermore the reporting tends to be quite leftist and liberal which I fell is not its purpose considering it should just report on facts since it is paid for by license fee payers. Also the news does seem to go round in loops and so the same news or report is on over and over. However the channel is good and useful to get the headlines anytime time of day or just when there is nothing else on tv.
BBC NEWS 24
Description - BBC News 24 is the BBCs 24 hour rolling news television channel in the UK. The channel launched on 9th November 1997 at 17.30pm.
I am a huge fan of BBC news and in my opinion, they are the most trusted and credible source of information and current affairs. You can access this channel on terrestrial television, Freeview and Sky so it is accessible to most people (check your TV guide to find the exact channel as this may differ)
I use the BBC News website a lot when I am at work, and also on days off, in fact, whenever I am on the internet, I find myself having a quick look to see what is happening at home and around the world. This news channel means that if I am not on the net at the time, I can still tune in and quickly check any breaking news.
The news channel is updated frequently, so any breaking news is quickly screened. They also have hourly updates so anything that I may have missed can be quickly caught up on.
Another reason that I like this channel is the weather forecasts which are provided every half hour making it easy to catch one, no matter what time I am watching.
There are several news channels available, but there is something solidly reassuring about the BBC. If I see information on there, then I am much more inclined to believe that it is true than on any other channel. The reporters are factual without being overly dramatic and news is delivered in a non biased and informative way.
If you are like me and enjoy knowing what is going on but want reports that you can rely on, then this is definitely the news channel to watch. You can check out breaking news, business news, sports and weather forecasts and there are often interesting features that are well worth watching too.
I definitely recommend this channel. I don't buy newspapers so rely upon the internet and television to keep me aware of current events. The BBC are in my opinion, head and shoulders above the competition and bring world events into my living room, allowing me to feel informed and updated at all times.
5 stars from me for this channel - and I would award it more if Dooyoo would let me!
I began watching BBC News 24 when I first had a freeview box and I think it's a wonderful service to have on in the background while you're getting through your day.
I think it has a number of benefits. Firstly. I generally think they lack bias and generally report on day to day issues as and when they arise. If they do put a slant on their viewpoint then it's not overly noticeable and generally what they say, I believe is brought across with a level of neutrality and it allows me to make my own mind up on issues.
Secondly it is easily available. It's on Freeview so you can easily access it on terrestrial television but you can get it in so many other ways. It's on Virgin on Channel 601 and on Sky on Channel 503. Not out of the average for a channel these days but one of the things that sets it aside is that you can get it streamed over the internet. On the BBC News website, there is quite clearly an option in which to view the channel live. It's good quality as well and only lags behind the live TV feed by about 10 seconds or so. I think this is a great thing to have on in the background while you get on with your work on a computer.
I find their news fairly up to date. Generally, as news comes in they will read it out as breaking news, and also as major events unfold they will cover them. For example, if someone important suddenly held a press conference, they will generally show it over their channel. I find that its this breaking news that will set them aside from other channels. Also the news is read out by newsreaders that have a clear and concise manner and are easy to understand.
Also, as it's the BBC it's advert free so there are generally no breaks for commercials. People tend to take this for granted but it really is nice to not suddenly break during something important to allow commercials to be shown. It basically means there's uninterrupted news for the whole hour.
There's not a lot of downsides, I find the channel very structured, and comprehensive and it's available in a variety of avenues and formats. For something that's advert free and costs nothing to subscribe to, it's good value for money.
My dad watches this a lot because he likes to know what's going on in the news and him and my mum gave up buying magazines and newspapers for their new year resolution because they were spending too much money every week on them.
I quite like it but prefer it when he puts Sky News on because the news is better and not all about politics like BBC News is. They are fast when it comes to breaking news but don't go into very much depth for stories that aren't about the prime minister which gets a bit boring when you want to see some lighter news. When the expenses row was going on it was constantly 24 hours of repeats about the same with over and over again.
Even yesterday when Sky News was full of Patrick Swayze and Keith Floyd dying the BBC hardly mentioned it because they were too busy repeating themselves about the fact that Gordon Brown was making his cuts! That was important news but we didn't need to keep hearing the same snippet of commentary about it all day.
It's the same when soldiers are killed in Afganistan or Iraq, Sky News will talk about them in some depth whereas the BBC just announces it and goes off to something that could have waited. I reckon that's the problem with it being a 24 hour news channel and they have so much time to fill that they have decided to concentrate on the dull world of politics to show how clever they are at filling their time.
The newsreaders are all nice with some older ones and some young. There's none I could name but I know all the faces and enjoy listening to most of them, the only one I don't like much and the one I can came thinking about it is Hugh Edwards because he has such a boring voice that I don't want to listen to what he's saying.
If you've got Virgin Media it's on channel 601 and is worth putting on to see what's going on but then flick through to 602 and watch Sky News for the news that is more exciting and doesn't just talk about politics and statistics all the time.
BBC news 24 delivers rolling news 24 hours a day and exudes professionalism, with some excellent presenters, in particular Matthew Amroliwara who, despite looking and acting a little bit like an android, speaks in an extremely intelligent and professional manner and is particularly good at interviewing politicians and the like, as his Paxman-like interviewing technique is both insightful and rigorous, evidencing a refusal to accept indirect or misguiding responses and resulting in interviews that are both informative and often very entertaining to watch. Chief Political Editor Nick Robinson is another excellent journalist who balances his reports with a mix of humour, wit and sharp intellect.
Much of the channel's coverage is very good, although I do sometimes feel that reports are not always as balanced as they could be. They also fall into the trap of giving saturation coverage on stories that are of little to no consequence, largely ignoring more important international stories as a result. For example, Jade Goodie's death was covered in microscopic detail, and whilst clearly a very sad event it certainly isn't one that was worthy of wall-to-wall coverage complete with televised vigils outside her home as she lay on her deathbed. Similarly, Michael Jackson's death and the ongoing saga of the Mcann family, whilst newsworthy events, were covered for so long and in such invasive and overly voyeuristic detail that the whole experience was rather sickening. (For an excellent insight into modern news, including BBC News 24, I recommend you watch Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe, series 4, episode 3, which is available on youtube and takes a rational and alternately funny and very sobering look at all that is wrong with today's mainstream news services).
Overall then, despite its tendency to dance along merrily to whatever frenzied tune happens to be playing in the Media Circus Big Top at the time, BBC News 24 is a pretty decent news service, but one that is best taken in conjunction with other services such as the frequently impressive Channel 4 News.
I very rarely if ever watch BBC News 24 and the last time I did it was online for a laugh to see if it was any good. Needless to say at this time Russia was invading Georgia and it was all very exciting.
I only ever watch BBC News 24 when there is something major going on like the 7/7 attacks on London but it is always nice to be able to flick over on the hour to catch up with the news headlines.
I've always watched BBC News in general to get the news because they seem to be the most trustworthy and more serious of the bunch. BBC News 24 must not have many viewers however because when I do watch it the presenters seem to slip up and there are a lot of technical difficulties which is to be expected on live TV but it occurs rather too frequent.
I've got to give it to the BBC though as this is the only news channel I watch bar CNN which is entertaining to watch American argue about the war in Iraq, the 'War on Terror' and politics in general.
Overall BBC News 24 comes out on top for every UK news channel available.
Second best channel out there for keeping in touch with all the news. This is available on free view and on Sky. BBC News does a good job of keeping us viewers updated on the top news from across the world. It also features a interactive menu but that does get updated a little late. I also find the weather forecasts on the show to not be right! I think they are not correct and on many occasions weather has turned out to be different in my area than shown on the channel!
For all the top news they have videos updated about a hour later. They are not as fast as Sky News are for breaking information on the latest news stories. They do send their reporters over across the world to bring you exclusive video clips though at times. I find BBC News to be slower to bring the news but once they have hold of a story they do a good job in making sure to bring you information on the story.
Being a viewer on BBC News they are showing less sports updates on the hour. This would improve their service more if they showed it a little more often but they are not doing that. I rather tune into BBC News when the same story is shown on Sky News! The reason for that is I want to see who shows it better! The result for me has been Sky News most of the times but at times BBC News does come out better to!
Whatever time of day, whatever state of sobriety, whatever the weather, the only constant is 'BBC News 24'. It is by far the only television channel I can watch for hours on end and never get bored. Call me a sad muppet, but I enjoy politics and news in general and watch shows like Question Time and This Week.
BBC News 24 has beat off competition from the ITV News channel which has bitten the dust, its only main rival now is Sky News. I can't watch Sky News for very long though as its adverts every 5 minutes. BBC News 24 also has a funky dance number every time the hour comes around.
BBC News 24 promises the headlines every fifteen minutes which is handy, because you never to wait around for very long until you are up to date with current affairs. And with the quality you expect for you license fee money, the journalism is nearly always top notch. Gavin Estler, Durmut Murgnahan and Robert Peston are always on hand to bring you news in politics, world affairs, war and entertainment news.
In addition to just the news, the channel also has its own independent shows. 'Click' has information on the latest in technology and the web, 'E24' has the latest entertainment news and 'Hardtalk' has hard hitting interviews with the people that make the news. In times of crisis News 24 is always the place to keep up to date, Tsunamis, bombs and everything - News 24 is the place to watch it happen.
I enjoy watching the programme 'Dateline London' which has a group of journalists from around the world discussing the topics of the day. News 24 is also the place to keep up to date with the weather, but let's leave the inaccuracies of BBC weather to another time.
I'm sure you have, but give News 24 a go - its strangely addictive!
'BBC News 24', now known simply as 'BBC News', is a round-the-clock rolling news service broadcast in the UK. The station can be found on Freeview channel 80, Freesat channel 200, and Sky Digital Channel 503.
It began life in 1997 and since that time has become perhaps the BBC's most technologically advanced channel - with the option to watch a 'streaming' version of it on the BBC News website, or on a compatible mobile phone.
With the claim of being "Britain's most watched news channel", The station is a direct competitor to 'Sky News' which was first broadcast in 1989. In my opinion, the BBC service is better than Sky's offering, as it doesn't bombard the viewer with regular advert breaks, which provide the privately owned channel with a source of income. This can become quite frustrating after a while, and if I tune in to get the latest on a story, only to see an advert for tea or shampoo, then i'm obviously going to turn to another news service.
The presenters on the show represent a mix of new faces and seasoned pro's who have moved away from the news shows on the main channels. Some of the more famous names include; Huw Edwards, Gavin Esler and Matthew Amroliwala.
The station is cleanly presented with predominantly red and black graphics, whilst a digital clock and breaking news text bar runs across the bottom of the page at most times.
Overall, 'BBC News' is a great service. Tuning to the channel will ensure you're be kept up to date with whatever is happening around the world at that particular time. The presenters are on the ball, and the BBC provides a fairly unbiased look at world events.