Do we need 1 hour of news at 6pm or is it overkill? Image Source: www.freedigitalphotos.net "News Computer Keys Stock Image" By Stuart Miles
Have you noticed Channel Nine have very quietly switched to a 1 hour news bulletin on weeknights?
I understand the need to extend the news bulletin during times of crisis such as the Queensland floods in 2010 or the more recent NSW bushfire crisis in late 2013, but I question whether it is really necessary as a regular fixture.
These days, we are bombarded with news everywhere we turn. Facebook, Twitter, ninemsn.com.au, newspapers (for those who still read print), television with news bulletins scheduled at 5am, 11am, 3pm, 4.15pm and 6pm. On top of this you have the main news headlines screened every half an hour on morning shows such as Today and Mornings and that is just what's available on Channel Nine, the list goes on and on.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald Channel Nine claim that this move has seen them retain 90% of their viewers and has had positive flow on affect for rating of A Current Affair, which now screens at 7pm.
Do we need more news or is it overkill? I'd love to hear what real everyday people think about this change - please comment to share your thoughts on this issue