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Post by eagleeye » Fri Dec 31, 2004 11:01 pm

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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Post by calciofan » Sun Jan 02, 2005 6:35 am

The British Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott and the Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern have both actually praised the ticker yesterday!

I think it was a great idea.

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Post by tippguy » Sun Jan 02, 2005 12:58 pm

ya but not everyone is phoning some are e-mailing and their families probally dont have e-mail address's if they are old!!

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Post by rob237 » Sun Jan 02, 2005 8:30 pm

Highlighted email addresses always open to abuse in the 'sick' society.>

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Post by tippguy » Mon Jan 03, 2005 12:02 pm

thats just sick! how could anyone even think about abusing such a worthy cause

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Post by jonnyboy » Mon Jan 03, 2005 5:07 pm

I think the person who first came up with that use for the ticker deserves a pat on the back. I have tuned into Sky News every day since Sunday 26 December 2004, for information on this terrible natural disaster and have found the information valueble.

I would like you to name one other news channel available on Sky Digital that has used their ticker for the same reason that Sky News is using their's for at the moment, I certainatly havn't seen one (please correct me if you have).

I think that the ticker is a very good idea, and may will and probably already has provided families with the answer that a member of their family or another relative is safe.

I think we also have to feel sorry for the families affected by those terrible bogus emails sent out to email addresses of those people who posted messages on the Sky News website which was yet another great idea from the team at Sky News. I just learnt today that people with mobile phones can text their messages to Sky News, who will add their message to their news ticker and website.

Three very, very good ideas but its a shame that at least one person always abuse the services that are available.

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Post by Steven » Mon Jan 03, 2005 8:03 pm

The suggestion that the ticker is racist, or that the people at Sky are so, is absolutely absurd. Sky caters for the British (and Irish) audience - they are the subscribers and they are who the ad buyers are aiming at. It just happens that other countries also pick up Sky.

My view on the ticker remains almost exactly the same as when it is used in 'normal' mode. It neither interests or has any use for me nor does it irritate or bother me. However, in this situation it is obviously of help to some people and therefore justifies its existance.

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Post by manson » Mon Jan 03, 2005 8:37 pm

deano+Dec 29 2004, 07:47 PM(deano @ Dec 29 2004, 07:47 PM)

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

Deano. I see your ideological agenda what I do not see is logic, or understanding of a very human situation. We are not automatons marching forward beneath a banner of utter altruism in the face of disaster, we are what we are. Whatever our overall feelings towards all the victims we are not unnaturally concerned to hear news of our own, as you would expect here in the UK. Your concern for each and every victim is noted, and I hope that in your bid to visit them all and offer your profound sorrow that you are successful! In the meantimne you may wish to ponder the reaction here and the result that funds are flooding in without concern for the ultimate beneficiarys whether they be European, Asian or Martian. That is what you need to look at instead of picking over the detail for flaws with an oversensitive political correctness. :ph34r:

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Post by teleonline » Sun Jan 09, 2005 4:31 pm

It seems I am in a minority of almost one , but I do think most of the responses have missed the point I was getting at

1) Sky News is an international channel 'broadcast in 80 counties' was an advertising strapline on the hour for a while. Therefore the less brit centric approach would have been more appropriate. I think it is wrong to say Sky News is a Uk Eire channel.

2) Was the ticker any use to those with lost friends and family. I think not. As someone said If I could email sky I could email home, and if I could ring sky I could ring home. In fact I think it was about sky trying to look innovative and impressing those who were not personnally involved

3) They kept it going for a week with the same names going round and round - long after people families would have known they were safe

4) It is part of this terrible idea that news coverage is better with tickers and logos all over it . In general this is what spoils all the 24h news channels

5) I still feel it gave the impression that British lives are more important than the tens of thousands of local people killed

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Post by Newsroom » Sun Jan 09, 2005 4:31 pm

But alot of people would not have had access to telephone lines and if they did have access to email, it could be likely that their family at home did not have access to email.

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