Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Anderson Cooper 360, Wednesday 4/16/14



44 minutes (including commercials) covering #MH370...all with the breaking news banner, 11 minutes on the ferry rescue (also breaking news) and less than 2 minutes on the Ukraine (apparently not breaking news?).  *head desk*


And this from FTVLive sums things up with CNN these days.  Who knew the Titanic sinking 102 years ago would be breaking news? 



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3 comments:

Jaanza said...

ATA - same here, I didn't understand the story line-up of Wednesday's 360 either.

I didn't see the first minute or so. The first segment started with a Michael Holmes report on the search for Malaysia 370 so I switched to Hayes (doing an excellent segment on Ukraine).

This was the system during the first 45 minutes; see 360 is doing more and more on 370 and then watch Hayes instead. I saw enough of 360 to see that Pamela Brown did a report on the investigation, there was the usual panel, yet another report off the California coast about underwater search technology (this one by Stephanie Elam) and an incredibly useless and time-wasting Randi Kaye report on Steve Fossett's plane disappearance in Nevada in 2007.
Elam's report was been done by others a handful of times and Kaye's report stretches the tangent too far. The time spent on these two segments could have been better used for Ukraine, the South Korea ferry disaster or the Nevada ranch tax protest.

At least in one commercial bumper previewing the South Korean ferry disaster and on-screen during the segment, Anderson or the screen said it was "BREAKING NEWS". Yes, I agree, it's Breaking News but why, since it happened just yesterday, is it not covered until :47 minutes into the show and instead all the earlier time is devoted to a six-week-old story? Does this make sense to anyone? If it does, could you explain it to me?
Nevertheless, Anderson and Paula Hancocks did a good job reporting the basics and Anderson interviewed James Staples with a few good detailed questions.

By my calculations, Anderson spent roughly 30 seconds on Ukraine. The cable box read 7:59 (CST) when he started and he didn't go overtime.

ATA - good point and screen shot regarding the Breaking News on the Titanic. Last time I checked the cable news ratings, 360 is still doing respectfully well with 'Almost Entirely on 370' shows. I don't understand it.

Anonymous said...

Love the banner headline about the Titanic.....to CNN Management
it is breaking news.
And sadly there are some viewers who may very well think it is happening as we speak.
CNN is so desperate for ratings that from now on, anything that swims, sails, drowns, floats, or
dunks itself in the water, will be Breaking News.
Beach goers beware.

Anonymous said...

Love the banner headline about the Titanic.....to CNN Management
it is breaking news.
And sadly there are some viewers who may very well think it is happening as we speak.
CNN is so desperate for ratings that from now on, anything that swims, sails, drowns, floats, or
dunks itself in the water, will be Breaking News.
Beach goers beware.