Plant More Trees

In an effort to do my bit for the environment I decided to plant more trees and now I can't see my television.

An observant friend asked why didn't I plant the trees outside as if this was the obvious thing to do. I asked him why would I do that? Trees have no trouble growing outside all by themselves. Just look out the window and you'll see plenty of trees.

Besides, planting the trees indoors meant I could cover the floors in dirt and completely eliminate the need to vacuum. Win for me and a win for the trees I thought.

I think the real problem was I didn't consult a landscaper. I'm sure they would have advised against planting trees in the space between my couch and the TV. At the time I just never thought about anything other than plant more trees.

In hindsight I don't think I'm actually very good at this environmental stuff.

We Cross LIVE to Our Reporter... Who is Nowhere Crucial.

In modern television news broadcasts having a reporter LIVE on the scene is something of a cornerstone. From waiting for the exact moment some high profile prisoner is released to being on the scene of the announcement of a new Pope or birth of a Royal Baby, TV stations strive to have someone they can cross LIVE to for the very latest update.

Whilst there's nothing wrong with that, the Nine Television Network Australia, who are responsible for television shows that will have all Australia talking, newscasts are making a habit of crossing LIVE to reporters that aren't anywhere crucial to the story they are reporting on. In fact, what usually happens is they cross LIVE to the reporter who introduces and talks over a previously taped package before throwing back to the studio.

Again there's nothing actually wrong with that. I get that visually it helps to make the news more interesting to watch and hearing from another voice is good for the ears too. My only issue is, not only do they say 'we cross live to...' they also show a specific 'Live' graphic as a transition to the cross, implying that being LIVE is somehow important or critical to the report. This, despite it being very unlikely that breaking news will happen in the background relevant to the report being given.

Look, it's great to cross LIVE to a reporter if they're on the scene at a potentially critical moment but if that reporter is just out and about (possibly as close as in front of the TV Studio) so they can stand in front of an interesting background, there's no need to make a feature of it. Just cross to the reporter and tell the story. Make a feature of a LIVE report from the scene when it really matters.


Nine News, Adelaide.
Every Cross to Reporter is billed as LIVE.

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