JimmyH:old3eyes: Wouldn't it be better to just have one news reader and a half hour program.. This Tweedledee and Tweedledum approach is a complete waist of money..
The news is already less than a half-hour program! the trouble is, without a PVR, it takes an hour to watch it.
The slot is 60 minutes.
- 17 minutes (for commercial breaks)
- 4 minutes for the cute carefully scripted adlibs between presenters
- 1 minute for the cute carefully scripted adlibs between presenters and the weather presenter
- 2 minutes for the weather forecast in the Pacific islands and Australia (which is pointless), and the banal shot of somewhere in NZ
- 3-4 minutes for the "community busy-body" item at the end: "Jim has been picking up leaves outside local schools for 27 years......."
- 4-5 minutes for soft "news" coverage on Obama's cat, Kate Middleton's new dress, Algy the claustrophobic budgie, or whatever "human interest" pap they can come up with to pad the program
- 1 minute for the intro music and closing credits
And you are left with a news of around 26-28 minutes. Subtract another 12 minutes if you don't regard the sports roundup as regular news, and that leaves 14-16 minutes of actual hard news. All carefully crammed into 60 minutes, and needing three presenters to share the hard work.
And that's - drum roll- why I tend to read things online, read the paper, or listen to morning report.
Exactly why I use our Panasonic recorder to record TV3 news every night, and watch it later in the evening.
Using the play speed of 1.3x, we get through the entire news (with sports & weather) in about 25 minutes, not wasting time listening to all the extra dribble, and the presenters .... talking .... soo .... slow .... 1.3x play speed is great :)
In fact we don't watch much live TV anymore, almost everything goes through the freeview recorder, to skip ads and other annoying content.