To be a really big story on television you need to have pictures. That just talking heads are considered boring was perfectly illustrated last night on Melbourne’s commercial television news. That day’s inflation figures, which had earnest economists preaching of interest rate doom to come, for example, was story number six on the Nine bulletin.
Rated as more interesting at number five by the Nine news director was Kevin Rudd, Federal Opposition Leader, pledging $1 billion to fix two of Melbourne’s most congested roads, the Western Ring Road and the West Gate Bridge. Traffic clogged roads are easy to illustrate.