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User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5123 posts, RR: 34
Posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3283 times:

So, um yea, anyone else sick of the constant use of the phrase BREAKING NEWS?

I remember the day when "breaking news" was when something serious had happened, so serious that the tv program you were watching would be interrupted to bring you this important news story - a terrorist attack or massive earthquake etc..

Nowadays you turn on BBC news / sky news etc and they have a permanent scrolling banner at the bottom with "breaking news" about amy winehouse sneezing, or britney flashing her undies again. Surely this doesnt qualify as breaking news?

And to add to it, the trend now seems to be spreading to forums, the following from a.nets similar topics list:

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Breaking News:German Vice Chancellor To Resign posted Tue Nov 13 2007 01:52:32 by Columba
Breaking News: Putin Dissolves Russian Govt. posted Wed Sep 12 2007 13:02:57 by MCIGuy
BBC Breaking News posted Sun Apr 1 2007 01:17:34 by Raventom
OMG Breaking News From Crapchester! posted Thu Feb 1 2007 21:09:47 by LHMARK
Breaking News: Saddam Hospitalized posted Sun Jul 23 2006 14:10:50 by AerospaceFan
Breaking News From North Korea! posted Wed Jul 5 2006 02:38:25 by Mrmeangenes
Breaking News - Anthrax Deaths In UK posted Sun Apr 23 2006 18:49:48 by 777236ER
Breaking News - Tim Hortons Bombed At YYZ. posted Sun Apr 2 2006 22:20:56 by Canuckpaxguy

Why the need for everything to be "breaking news".

The term used to have a meaning, but now its so overused it just has no meaning anymore.


That'll teach you
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User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2792 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3282 times:

That's true, but isn't breaking news like "just in" or "just happened"?

User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11951 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3277 times:

Can't wait for CNN to replace it with "Sh*t just happened, wait till you hear about this!"

Thom@s



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User currently offlineStlgph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9268 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3235 times:

It's typically the news that people want to know the most up to date details about ... i.e. ... the webservers are counting a massive amount of clicks.


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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31660 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3216 times:


It depends on the Channel & the quality of their reporting.Out here we have both types.
Ideally it should be Breaking news if its very Important news to the citizens of the country watching.

regds
MEL



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User currently offlineDavehammer From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 472 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3163 times:

The only time I want to hear the phrase 'Breaking News' is when James May is about to give us an update on the Dacia Sandero on Top Gear.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26806 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3105 times:

Yeah I would only use breaking news when it was something like a plane crash etc...

User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3059 times:

The BBC are shite, end of.


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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3038 times:

Sky News use it way to often, I don't have an issue with the BBC's usage of it though. I must be missing something with them?


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User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3826 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2818 times:



Quoting Nighthawk (Thread starter):
Breaking News!

Miley: 'I Bawled for a Month' Over Nick Jonas Breakup

http://tv.msn.com/tv/hotgossip/8-06-08_6/?gt1=7703





More breaking news...

Teen Wooing Watch: Nick Jonas & Selena Gomez an Item?

http://music.msn.com/music/hotgossip/7-24-08_5/



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User currently offlineJoKeR From Serbia, joined Nov 2004, 2232 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2787 times:



Quoting Myt332 (Reply 8):
Sky News use it way to often, I don't have an issue with the BBC's usage of it though. I must be missing something with them?

Sky News first say BREAKING NEWS then say good morning.... they scandalize everything, so much so that its like watching Daily Mirror or The Sun... shame really.

This term has lost its meaning on many TV channels.



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User currently offlineJamotcx From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1037 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2745 times:

Breaking News!!!

MYT332 is riding a train today!


User currently offlineIH8BY From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1141 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2658 times:



Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 7):
The BBC are shite, end of.

God help every other broadcaster in the world then!

Quoting JoKeR (Reply 10):
This term has lost its meaning on many TV channels.

Kind of like those Fox News alerts etc. It seems to have been filtering through to UK networks and websites. There's something a bit too dramatic about the term "breaking news" - I think saying things like "this just in" at the beginning of an article is good enough to keep most people's attention.



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User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2792 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2602 times:



Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 7):
The BBC are shite, end of.

Really? I always thought the BBC was one of the best and I like them a lot.


User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5123 posts, RR: 34
Reply 14, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2545 times:



Quoting Elite (Reply 13):

Really? I always thought the BBC was one of the best and I like them a lot.

I'm not a fan of the BBC news, they tend to dumn things down a little too much for my liking, I much prefer Channel 4s reporting, I just wish they would start a 24 hour news channel. BBC is second choice however after Ch4.

BTW: Any reason why the topic title was modified, I think the title correctly captured the point of the thread, to show how overused and meaningless the phrase is. Perhaps the mod that changed it may like to leave a comment as to why it was modified?



That'll teach you
User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2533 times:

I've given up on television news for the most part due to their incessant need to sensationalize virtually everything -- "Breaking News" being one of them.

[My perception is] It used to be when something of moderate importance happened they'd break into programming make the announcement, return to programming then wait until they had details or a regularly scheduled newscast fo fill in the details.

Now when a gnat farts in the forest they break into programming (or toss aside the pre-planned news content if it happens to have conveniently occurred during a scheduled newscast) and the anchors basically blather nonsensically, come up with random factless generalizations/hypothesis, or just stall until they realize it's either (a) not important or (b) they aren't going to get details and their ratings are plumeting.

If it's really earth shatering it will be in tomorrow morning's paper with some actual facts, possibly analysis, and not stuffed full of dead air.

Lincoln



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User currently offlineLHRjc From Netherlands, joined Apr 2006, 1964 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (5 years 11 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2460 times:

Well right now on TV here in the UK there appears to be a lot of these breaking news banners:

Sky News: Breaking News: Georgia to sue Russia for Ethnic Cleansing
BBC News: big banner: Russia Georgia Conflict: Russia continuing military bombardment
CNN Europe: no breaking news
Fox News: Breaking News: Plane Crash in Massachussets
Russia Today: big banner: DEVASTATION
CCTV: no breaking news
France 24: Breaking News: Russia's Medvedev calls on all parties to agree a peace plan
Al Jazeera English: Jordan beat Oman 3-1 in Waff Cup



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User currently onlineTugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5387 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (5 years 11 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2451 times:

Here's one of the most brilliant news taglines I've seen in a while:
"War puts Georgian civilians on edge"
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe...08/12/georgia.civilians/index.html

Gee, really? You think the Georgian public might be on edge having Russia invade them and tear them a new.... tear them in half? Yeah, they might be on edge....

Tugg



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User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3826 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (5 years 11 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2451 times:

Breaking Story:



Weekly World News

DURING the Civil War, the Confederacy won a victory in the Battle of Chickamauga and the North’s need for more soldiers forced President Lincoln to create a new branch of the infantry.

http://www.weeklyworldnews.com/

[Edited 2008-08-12 09:54:01]


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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 19, posted (5 years 11 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2436 times:



Quoting LHRjc (Reply 16):
Al Jazeera English: Jordan beat Oman 3-1 in Waff Cup

I like the way they don't give a stuff about the Georgia thing! Big grin



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User currently offlineBristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 11 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2402 times:



Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 7):
The BBC are shite, end of.

Ever watched any channels in other countries?

The BBC are cheapening themselves any favours by following some of the stoopid stuff that US news channels do (ie unnecessaary 'breaking news' stories.

I share the OP's annoyance. What actually happens when there really is some proper 'breaking news'? Do they have to say 'breaking news, and this time it really is imporant unluke all the other times'?



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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 21, posted (5 years 11 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2401 times:



Quoting Confuscius (Reply 9):
Miley: 'I Bawled for a Month' Over Nick Jonas Breakup

This just in: Miley Cyrus charged with indecent exposure for showing underwear in picture.  stirthepot 


User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12400 posts, RR: 37
Reply 22, posted (5 years 11 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2386 times:

I always think of breaking news as news that's important enough to "break into" a program; I know that's not the correct meaning of breaking, but for me, it should ONLY be something that the news editors would feel safe to say (and to defend later, if challenged) that this is something that people would want their television programs interrupted.

Of course, in a 24 hour news channel, that takes on a different meaning: they can hardly say "we're interrupting this news show to bring you, well, more news ... but we have a red banner instead of a yellow one, so we do think this is something you want to know".

Joking apart, "breaking news" should be restricted to:
- Political assassination
- Death of a major world figure (Queen, President, PM)
- Major natural disaster
- Major, fatal accident (plane, train crash, ship sinking)
- War breaking out.
- Imminent LOCALISED disaster, which would require residents/television viewers in a particular region to take action (this would be a major flood, forest fire, earthquake, gas leak), but specific that a certain area; this would include instructions from the local governent or civil defence teams to evacuate/take cover etc.

Anything else can wait until the end of the show.


User currently offline808TWA From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 701 posts, RR: 20
Reply 23, posted (5 years 11 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2384 times:

When I first came to Toronto back in '92, I would crap myself everytime City TV (local station) would have a flash card come up saying "NEWS FLASH"......which would turn out to be merely an advertisement for the upcoming news broadcast at 6pm!

Similar to what has been said above, in the UK a "news flash" used to be something that was of the utmost importance and that you should stop everything that you are doing and listen......not a freaking promotion.



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User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5123 posts, RR: 34
Reply 24, posted (5 years 11 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2372 times:



Quoting Kaitak (Reply 22):
Of course, in a 24 hour news channel, that takes on a different meaning: they can hardly say "we're interrupting this news show to bring you, well, more news ... but we have a red banner instead of a yellow one, so we do think this is something you want to know".

that just reminds me of:

"we're interrupting this news show to bring you........ a football game"

from the simpsons.



That'll teach you
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