ABC News 24 – utopia for news junkies?
Apart from the looping promo now running on the channel-to-be, ABC1 is awash with promos, including the tag line “Events don’t wait, and now you don’t have to.”
Which would make sense if the channel was actually running, but since we’re still waiting for it, doesn’t really.
One rumour suggested it might launch on the 24th of July… that is, 24/7. Neat, but no, it’s on Pi day (22/7) instead.
I love the idea of a 24 hour news channel, provided the content is good. It will mean that for a news-junkie like me, there’s always something to watch, even when there’s utter crap on all the other channels.
As it is I often tune into ABC NewsRadio when I’m in the car, particularly on the weekend. I know they can’t just constantly repeat the same headlines, but they have a good mix of local and international news.
I wonder if this week the Radio Netherlands guys will be bemoaning their World Cup loss. And Deutsche Welle, with their announcers who all curiously seem to have very Anglo-sounding first names, have some very interesting programmes.
Apart from Parliamentary broadcasts (which are often a bit dull, but fortunately only go to air on weekdays, when I’m unlikely to be listening), the only problem with NewsRadio is that at times they descend into half-an-hour of spot. Ahem. Sport is not News, guys.
Hopefully ABC News 24 won’t fall into either of these traps, and will provide good solid actual News.
And what would be really nice is if they give over some time regularly to news from each state, so that it’s not only national and international stories that get a good run.
Curiously, while the ABC have announced that channel 24 will be the home of the new channel, when I did a rescan on my media PC, it decided that the ABC channels are now all numbered from 100, rather than 2 and 21 to 24, as I expected.
Odd. Anybody else seeing that, or is it just me?
Of course, ABC News 24 will be on the ABC’s one High Definition channel, because all the others are occupied, and I guess they decided they were obligated to keep running ABC1′s Standard Definition channel. Which means, I assume, that there’ll no longer be an ABC1 HD channel, and that News 24 will be the first Australian channel not available on SD — though it will be available online.