Where are Sky News? – BBC News 24 have pictures obviously taken earlier today of helicopter lifts and peopl’s houses floating away. Sky News have a slideshow running. I know Cornwall is in the sticks, but wouldn’t this been a perfect occasion to pull the helicopter out of it’s hanger?
Even ITV News have interviews with people that had to be rescued.
Regardless of the fact that Sky not having a satellite truck to beam to, I feel that it’s a very poor show today – it’s the Glasgow Explosion all over again. What’s the point of spending all that money on a helicopter when you don’t have the facilities at the ready to go with it?
Maybe they can redeem themselves by sending JT out there tomorrow?
I love Sky News, but they have let the viewers and themselves down badly with their coverage of this disaster. I found myself heading N24’s way which is unheard of for me. I even found myself watching the ITV News Channel (god how bad is that channel!). Sky’s slideshow of viewers pictures didn’t even scratch the surface of the disaster that had occured in this town. Viewers wanting information on what had happened certainly didn’t get it from Sky yesterday evening. In comparison, N24 had helicopter pictures (which I am sure where live at around 6pm) and by 10pm even had amateur footage of the floods crashing through the town. Reporters were on the scence for both N24 & ITV before dark and Sky could only manage to make telephone contact with a reporter.
They are not going to win News Channel of the Year again with coverage like this. You’re only as good as your last story…..
Have Sky news EVER used the helicopter for anything other than promoting it?? I personally haven’t seen anything, and I live in Spain and Sky is the only 24hour news channel we get.
You may have seen one of there promo videos where they sing the praises of everything Sky, and right at the end there is a Sky News reporter on the back of a donkey. Well maybe they are waiting for there reporter and donkey to arrive in Cornwall. After all, London to Cornwall via donkey will take awhile.
They do use it occasionally, but the instances are certainly few and far between. It was used this morning (around 17 hours after the flood), and I’ve seen it used for the Budget coverage (Kay Burley travelling from the North to the South of the country interviewing people)
I don’t really think that its use on two occasions doesn’t really warrant its purchase though, unfortunately. They could have used it for the “flood” in West London last week – but they didn’t. The helicopter just seems to be another gimmick to add to the Sky News collection of whoosh bangs and newswalls.
As much as I love watching Sky News, it’s become very painful viewing lately (possibly because of Summer Hols). I just hope they pull something astounding out of their hat when they relaunch later in the year.
Eibhlin N? chonghaile,of Sky News Ireland, used it to report on the bedroom the US President would be staying in Dromoland Castle in County Limerick…….however it was mainly used as a publicity stunt to try and promote SNI-which didn’t really work