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WIN’s policy of no news is good news

By George - 12 March 2009 24

Has anyone else noticed that for some months WIN news goes ‘silent’ during some of their news reports? There is footage of the story but no sound. There was another incident last night and one last week on the Socceroos match.

Sorry if Riot has already covered this story but I find the on-going occurrence frustrating. How can WIN be so incompetent?

Even after each stuff-up there is no apology for the lack of sound during the report. And even though this has been happening for months they have not been able to correct the problem.

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WIN’s policy of no news is good news
TAD 1:39 pm 12 Mar 09

Spot on about automation. Media Watch covered this a few weeks ago. “Automation Not a Sensation”

http://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/transcripts/s2486466.htm

Kizzle 1:37 pm 12 Mar 09

ant said :

with the sleek Virginia who puts that frump Jessica to shamequote]

Hey, Jessica is hot as. My only complaint is the clothes she wears.. half the time it look like she has a table cloth or a curtain wrapped around her.

Kaliflower 1:36 pm 12 Mar 09

As a former WIN employee I can assure you that the only monkeys working at WIN Television are situated in the news room.

Anyways, I’ve watched the news all week and haven’t had any missing audio.

George, I think you might need to have a look at the settings on your television. I know that there are other people who have complained about the same problem in the past even though there was no issue on WIN’s end with the transmission of the audio.

Also, no one at WIN was let off after they installed their Grass Valley Ignite automation system. However, you might want to go to the Media Watch website and see the problems the ABC have had since introducing it to their Melbourne office. Unlike WIN, the ABC have had massive layoffs since its introduction and staff in Canberra are going to be let go by the time it’s introduced later this year.

regularbrowse 1:20 pm 12 Mar 09

A friend told me WIN TV installed a new automated system for news broadcasting. It means they can cut down on the number of staff needed to put the news to air (cost-saving). But when the computer automation fails (which all computers do sometime)… well, you get the picture … however in this case the viewers don’t get anything. Its hard to sell advertising on a news service which is unreliable (no cost-saving).

ant 1:10 pm 12 Mar 09

shanefos said :

Watch the ABC instead. Problem solved and no annoying, high volume ads.

My oath. Their local news is excellent, with the sleek Virginia who puts that frump Jessica to shame, and of course the incomparable Mark doing the weather! Also that nice little milk-faced chap who holds the fort on weekends, he showed his holiday videos on Lateline last week too (of Tibet or Nepal or somewhere).

Qbn Gal 12:59 pm 12 Mar 09

10 has news at 5

TroyWilliams 12:32 pm 12 Mar 09

With no local news on Prime or Ten, that 30 mins would be fairly lucrative to them.

– I wasn’t aware that Ten had any news at all!

AngryHenry 12:10 pm 12 Mar 09

Ozhair said :

I’m sure the peanuts/monkeys principle still applies. In regional television you’re lucky to get one or two days of “training” before being thrown in the deep end.

I think you’ll find it’s actually probably clamped down even more. Kids fresh out of school with no idea as to what’s what as far as fair pay and workplace conduct goes thinking they are getting a foot in the door and on their way to a successful media career will be taken advantage of because they don’t know any better. People at the top end seem to secure their positions by making the bottom line grow through cutbacks that directly affect the lower echelons of the coporate structure (so what else is new).

It’s not all the glitz and glamour it’s cracked up to be, especially after doing 12 hours of dubbing commericals a day for a measley wage, while fatcats have long ‘client meetings’ with an entertainment allowance on company credit cards.

shanefos 12:07 pm 12 Mar 09

Watch the ABC instead. Problem solved and no annoying, high volume ads.

Ozhair 11:45 am 12 Mar 09

Heh, AngryHenry beat me to it. Even though it’s been years since I worked there, I’m sure the peanuts/monkeys principle still applies. In regional television you’re lucky to get one or two days of “training” before being thrown in the deep end.

notmuchtosay 11:23 am 12 Mar 09

Give them a call, I believe they have to record all complaints. With no local news on Prime or Ten, that 30 mins would be fairly lucrative to them. If its specific to individual news items, then Id agree with Angry Henry. To the best of my knowledge Canberra TV workers get paid regional wages.. Last I heard Operations staff at prime had to moonlight as Prime Possum, teehee…

Kizzle 11:05 am 12 Mar 09

Yeah I noticed it the other day to.. not that I really cared.

Trunking symbols 10:44 am 12 Mar 09

Actually, with the standard of WIN News over the past few months, the lack of sound is a vast improvement. Pity they can’t do the same with the visuals as well.

AngryHenry 10:35 am 12 Mar 09

Damn. Need coffee that’s Charles M Schultz…

– oh forget it!

AngryHenry 10:34 am 12 Mar 09

Canberra Media pays peanuts, get’s monkeys.

Charles M Scultsz sues.

More news at Six.

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