Mar 19, 2018

Bushfires show which networks take news seriously at breakfast time

Coverage of bushfires in Victioria and New South Wales has illustrated which breakfast TV faction can handle an emergency, and which preferred to show Richard Wilkins on a rollercoaster.

Glenn Dyer and Emily Watkins

Crikey business and media commentator / Media reporter

Who takes news seriously in the important breakfast time slot? Judging by this morning's coverage of the NSW and Victorian bushfires, there was one gold star, one merit badge and one fail. Work it out for yourself.

Seven's Sunrise and ABC News Breakfast treated the terrible fires in Victoria and Southern NSW as big news stories -- Sunrise hosts David Koch and Sam Armytage were in Bega for coverage of the Tathra fires, and Natalie Barr and Seven Melbourne reporters were in southwest Victoria. Their extensive coverage had the unfortunate side effect of bumping a counterpoint to last week's disastrous panel that discussed white families adopting Aboriginal children.

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2 thoughts on “Bushfires show which networks take news seriously at breakfast time

  1. Arky

    I’ll still take Wilkins on a rollercoaster ahead of the show which lets Armytage and two more right wing cohorts todo a fact-free Pauline Hanson impression while inviting two more right-wing racists to smear indigenous Australians. Hardly their first rodeo with pandering to the Hanson demographic either.

  2. federali

    not that I watch morning tv but i’d rather not see blanket coverage of other peoples misery due to unfortunate events out of peoples control (unless there is more informed debate on causes e.g. link between bushfires and climate degradation). Same goes with terrorist attacks, western media seems to collectively lose their st with blanket coverage of the misery on nightly news for many days (ABC is worst culprit for this). There is still real news out there during these times.

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