Sick Earthquake Ticker

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teleonline
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Post by teleonline » Thu Dec 30, 2004 4:20 am

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

AJ
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Post by AJ » Thu Dec 30, 2004 9:18 am

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.

tippguy
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Post by tippguy » Thu Dec 30, 2004 9:47 am

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!!

GJ05
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Post by GJ05 » Thu Dec 30, 2004 9:51 am

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

teleonline
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Post by teleonline » Thu Dec 30, 2004 11:50 am

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

NEWSBOY2
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Post by NEWSBOY2 » Thu Dec 30, 2004 2:00 pm

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?

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Post by Sky Lad » Fri Dec 31, 2004 5:15 am

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.

Mr Byrne
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Post by Mr Byrne » Fri Dec 31, 2004 6:36 am

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?

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Post by airlink1 » Fri Dec 31, 2004 11:52 am

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

tippguy
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Post by tippguy » Fri Dec 31, 2004 3:56 pm

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

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