entertainment on news!

@laniekins (4585)
Philippines
August 27, 2010 3:37am CST
Many news media now attempt to increase popularity by adding entertainment value along with information-based news. Do you think this affects the ability of news media to uphold their social responsibilities?
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5 responses
@thanks1961 (7049)
• India
27 Aug 10
Hi dear, Yes, as I said earlier, the competition is the hero here in this field. Every channel has to come with something new. I don't know what is in your country's level. But here in India, the channels have a tough competition. Everyone is in a run for more and more, variety of programs, innovation of new techniques and technologies. They want more viewers. Tempting and attractive programs are on the levels. Because of this reason, some programs are very dangerous and crucial. For, we have a program called "Anything will do for entertainment" - This is so dangerous and tough jobs. Only highly trained people can do it. For those who are performing the show is a normally one. But on looking the show, we will get afraid of. These all are to attract more viewers only. Of course, there are good and worth programs also. Only thing what I mean to say is, we should cut short the unwanted programs and worthless programs. It is their work to show with anything. As an intelligent customer, we should value which all the program we needed to watch and do not go for all what they are showing. The quality of the shows and programs have increased. But the some of the live programs are so typical (music/dance) and are to be appreciated to the participants. Regards, Thank-s
@laniekins (4585)
• Philippines
31 Aug 10
Hello, I understand what you are talking about. Same with channel wars here, we have a big fight between two giant channel so they really have to bring out the best when it comes to their tv programs and that include entertainment value. If you watched the tragic-bloody hostage taking in the Philippines, all news reporter from all station were there and even covered the whole drama live. They show it live from start to end. They even cut the other show which is supposed to show on that time slot. Their life is in danger that time but still they choose to broadcast the news. For the benefit of the viewers they will do anything just to deliver the freshest and real news.
• India
31 Aug 10
Hi dear, Yes, the channel people are more concerned about the news. But sometimes they act like simply reporters and won’t show any humanity while doing such things. About 5-6 years before, such an incident happen in our country. One mad man got entered into a temple pond. Here the temple ponds are wide in areas and all four sides were built with steps and people can easily enter into it. He was attacking a person nearby and people and a few people also surrounded. Somehow, the media person comes to know about the incident and they come with camera. The entire drama they shoot for about 20-25 mts. Finally the mad man killed the other person keeping his head underneath the water. They just video shoot the entire episode and no one turned up to save the diseased. Later it becomes a popular issue that no one tried to save the life of a person from the mad man. The mad man had a wooden log with him. But, if tried, anybody could have saved his life. Instead of doing this, the videoed the scenes. So, when the media collects the news, they have to observe certain moral also, which many times they forgets. Thanks you for your response. Regards, Thank-s
@yspmyl (3438)
• Malaysia
27 Aug 10
I think this is kind of revolution that the news media should improve. By adding entertainment value along with the information is a good idea where you can also consider the entertainment news as the part of the news. This will not affect their social responsibilities if they take measure on what kind of entertainment news that they should add in.
@laniekins (4585)
• Philippines
31 Aug 10
Do you get bored when watching news without entertainment value? I do!
@yspmyl (3438)
• Malaysia
1 Sep 10
I think the news itself is already a entertainment. People are always eager to know something new and those related to them..Of course if there are some gossip about celebrities will add up the entertainment value as well.
@aylim14 (501)
• Philippines
27 Aug 10
that depends on the kind of entertainment they make. Going back to the basics of the news, it is comprised of facts. As long as those facts are facts and not exaggerated or underplayed (the word escapes me right now), it is still news. For me, i can take any form of facts , whether it be in the form of entertainment of not. Maybe the reason they are doing so is that, to be honest, news reported in the very old-fashioned and traditional way is pretty boring. That is why they are injecting a new way of making it interesting.
@laniekins (4585)
• Philippines
31 Aug 10
Have you heard of the stripping newscaster? I've seen it also on the tv where the newscaster, both man and woman were stripping while delivering news.
• United Arab Emirates
27 Aug 10
you know now a days i when there is no big news many news channels just keeep giving updates on some silly things that you won`t even like to watch..... Its all to generate thir income.
@laniekins (4585)
• Philippines
31 Aug 10
Yah, I've noticed it too, but it is still news.
@xdanex (9)
• United States
27 Aug 10
Adding in random bits of entertainment happenings into a legitimate newscast does in fact add to a broadcast's viewer-ship, but I feel that it cheapens it. Now for local news, I don't feel that it makes much difference as they always cater to the common low attention span viewer(at least in my area). In my opinion, entertainment news is a bottom of the barrel form of the media that caters to the interests of those that won't devote time to understanding or taking an educated stance on current issues. But at the same time, skewed newscasts such as Fox News kill the integrity of the broadcast journalism field. I'm all for hearing opinions that differ from my own, but I need fair & balanced reporting - or at least an equal opportunity for both sides. CNN, AP, & BBC are all pretty fair & balanced. While I firmly stand against reading it or joining in on it, I feel that social networking Facebook & Twitter do serve an important part in the news as they do give an easily accessible voice of the public to broadcasts to use. I got a little off topic, but yeah - including random bits of entertainment news/gossip/etc kills a broadcast's integrity.
@laniekins (4585)
• Philippines
31 Aug 10
So entertainment on news doesn't appeal to you. It's good to hear an different point of view from you.