When watching some shows on the new channels I’ve come across Anna Napoli reading the news. What a mixed bag she is presenting. A few weeks ago she referred to Woden as wooden, yeah, as in wooden furniture. Then she sprouts off place names like they were local suburbs when I’ve never heard of them. Occasionally I hear about ‘local’ news from Orange, Wollongong, Newcastle and other places I can’t even find on a map. It is also obvious that she’s reading a tele prompter as her eyes flicker left and right. Finally, the same recording pops up about three times a night, so when there is breaking stories like the NZ earthquakes and Japanese Tsunami she just sits there chatting about the opening of a new RSL club in Dubbo or other mundane stuff.
It kind of defeats the purpose if the local news isn’t local, and the reader can’t even pretend it is by getting the pronunciation of the suburbs right.
Why is it that local media have to hype things up? Why call it local news if really it is regional news? And why do local radio stations have to make out like every day is excitement plus? I was listening to Pete and Biggzy this morning and Pete was saying that something would be the biggest announcement we’d ever hear on the radio station. Bigger than what? Bigger than 9/11? Bigger than the Japan Tsunami? Bigger than Princess Di dieing? Bigger than some bus breaking down on Northbourne avenue holding up traffic?
Face it people. We are at the ass end of the universe. We know we’re not big potatoes compared to Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney or even Adelaide and Perth. You don’t have to hype up the media. We can cope with being called a regional centre. Just try pronounce the local names right and stop giving us news from Dubbo or Bogan Gate and calling it local.