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  • Deano
    deano
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    Am I the only one appalled by the ticker which sky news have shoved at the bottom of the screen for ‘messages home’

    This is meant to be a news channel. It feels pretty sick to have reporters talking about the dispair of 100 000 dead while a message saying Sharon from Southampton is ok

    It has a definite feel of Murdoch populism mixed with a racism which say UK lives are more important than Indonesian, Sri Lankan, Thai and Indian lives

    I wish they would tale it off

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    AJ
    AJ
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    I disagree with you there. As the only UK news channnel which can be seen in more than just the UK and IRL I think they are doing a good service for those who are missing relatives in the region.

    Imagine the angst those who have not heard from their relatives must be feeling. Sky News are trying to help by opening a means of communication for those in the region to get a quick brief message home.

    I know you could argue that a phonecall would be a way of communicating – but we don’t know exactly how severe the communication problems are in the area.

    If I had relatives in the area, I would be greatful to Sky News if a message from them popped up on screen – wouldn’t you?

    It also makes a nice change from the dicky non-ticking ticker doesn’t it.

    #22112 Reply
    Tippguy
    tippguy
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    i also disagree with you. if you had family or friends there on holidays there and had no way of contacting them. all the phone lines are probally down you’d be dam glad of a ticker at the bottom of your screen if you knew it might bring you some good news especially since ye seem too be having some trouble getting through to the phone number in England. so for once stop thinking of yourself and think of the people effected. poor old deno he is missing out on his precious sky news e-mail address and website address oh and i almost forgot the active button. my god you should write a letter of complaint. in all fearness what effect is it having on you!!

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    GJ05
    GJ05
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    i again disagree with you there, the other two says it all

    #22114 Reply
    Deano
    deano
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    Oh dear — point missed big style

    Yes Sky news as they love to point out is received in 80 countries worldwide, yet the only messages are from Brits who are ok

    WHAT ABOUT THE 100 000 ASIAN PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT OK ???

    The few Brits rich enough to go to these places are not the story — it is local people who are the story

    Yes I would be grateful for any communication channel which opened up if I had someone who was on holiday – but I don’t and it is not the role of news channels to provide that service

    They should stick to providing news about the people on the ground — not the ethnocentric plucky Brits crap which we are getting just now

    PS of course I don’t like the static ticker – or the red button

    #22115 Reply
    NEWSBOY2
    NEWSBOY2
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    Oh jeez Deano please! The ticker only runs in the UK, and like that newspaper reviewer said yesterday, people have been viewing the ticker and recieved assurance, whilst not being able to contact loved ones in any other way. So its completely justified, and I don’t understand why you are making a deal about it? Sky’s doing the service because the Foreign Office was swamped and overwealmed.

    And to suggest that Sky have overlooked the residents of those countries involved its just rubbish, have you been watching the same channel?

    #22116 Reply
    Sky Lad
    Sky Lad
    Member

    I think sky’s coverage has been excellent and I think most of us could pick at things that weren’t to our liking. I think the ticker is a great idea. It’s not as if it effects anyones viewing of the news because it’s always there and you don’t have to read it.

    I don’t think any of us who don’t have relatives out there could imagine what it must be like to see on the ticker that a relative is safe and well.

    #22117 Reply
    Mr Byrne
    Mr Byrne
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    It has a definite feel of Murdoch populism mixed with a racism which say UK lives are more important than Indonesian, Sri Lankan, Thai and Indian lives

    — ask yourself the question: who is watching Sky News?

    #22118 Reply
    Airlink1
    airlink1
    Member

    Can’t agree with you – think it’s a great help for those unfortunate to be caught up in this disaster.

    #22119 Reply
    Tippguy
    tippguy
    Member

    excellent point mr byrne. deano sky are just trying to do the very best that they can by setting this up. i’m sure if the families of the aisans watched sky news they would be putting up their messages aswell however they really dont have time to be watching tv when thousands of people are dieing in front of their eyes so sky news well done and deano if it upsets you that much then watch itv or put a piece of masking tape on the ticker and shut up! i’d bet if your mother/father/brother or sister were on holidays there you’d be damb glad of the ‘sick earthquake ticker’ on sky news

    #22120 Reply
    Eagleeye
    eagleeye
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    I have one point only to make in beleaguered Deano’s defence: if these people are emailing or phoning Sky News to say please put it on your ticker to tell my Mum I am Ok…why can’t they email or phone their Mum directly?!
    If, on the other hand, they are all people who are running into JT etc and he’s passing on the message to the ticker tape typers, then ok.

    They do it so you watch Sky, not the BBC (the BBC have had their lines open for relatives too) so it’s part of the media network war.

    So only if it does help people locate each other, who otherwise couldn’t, is it ok with me.

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