When is news not news? Channel 4 News – Monday 3 November 2014

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Having watched every bulletin over the last week (except Saturday), Channel 4 News seemed to be getting better as the week went on. However, because I missed Saturday, I decided to add Monday 3rd of November to make up my seven bulletins, and whilst watching this programme, I realised that Channel 4 News is not a news programme at all, it’s a magazine programme and it should be renamed Channel 4 La-La-Land Fluff TV.

19.00 – 19.02 Intros

19.02 – 19.08 The murder of Ann Maguire by Will Cornick.

19.08 – 19.10 Brief report on GCHQ’s Robert Hannigan.

19.10 – 19.17 Theresa May apologies in parliament for child sexual abuse inquiry delays.

19.17 – 19.20 Item about free movement in the EU.

19.20 – 19.23 Item on Rurik Jutting, ex-banker who appears to have murdered two women in Hong Kong.

19.23 – 19.30 Report on the crash of the Virgin Galactic test plane.

19.30 – 19.39 Feature about the difference in attitude between the over 60s and under 30s.

19.39 – 19.44 Studio discussion with Virginia Ironside and Katie Morley.

19.44 – 19.47 Story about the proposed Mayor of Greater Manchester.

19.47 – 19.50 A bloke in a blindfold on a tightrope.

19.50 – 19.51 Adverts

19.51 – 19.55 Russian debutantes’ ball in London.

The programme opens with another lurid report, this time on the murder of teacher Ann Maguire by mentally-disturbed 16-year-old pupil Will Cornick.

Then Lindsey Hilsum cheerfully repeats the blatant panic-mongering of Robert Hannigan, Director of GCHQ, about how the internet in general and US tech giants in specific are “the command and control networks of choice for terrorists and criminals”. I am sure Hannigan could not have been more pleased with that bit of prime-time propaganda.

Then there was an item about the child sexual abuse inquiry and Theresa May’s apalogy in parliament to the victims. In the studio Andy Lavery, a child sex-abuse survivor and activist, is polite whilst being interrupted by Jon Snow, but visibly irritated when he is cut off at the end.

Then we get back to immigration and free movement in the EU with a quote at the end from rent-a-gob Nigel Farage.

Then the juicy murders in Hong Kong.

After that, another embarrassing interview by Jon Snow with Richard Branson about the Virgin Galactic crash. I couldn’t care less about Branson’s day trips for the super-rich, but the accusatory nature of the questioning was extremely unprofessional. Maybe not for The Daily Mail, but definitely for Channel 4.

I don’t know if any strings were pulled to edit this online article (link below) about Philip Davies MP telling Jon Snow he “should go”, and I hate to agree with what any Tory MP (allegedly) said, but I think he should go. Over and over again, Jon Snow has shown himself to rude and unprofessional when interviewing.


After that was a feature of pure fluff about the difference in attitudes between the “over 60s and under 30s”, including some interviews with some over 60s and under 18s (?).

Then a studio discussion with writer Virginia Ironside (over 60) and journalist Katie Morley (under 30). Virginia Ironside was visibly frustrated by the stupidity of Kathy Newman’s questions. More filler and fluff.

Then a short report by “North of England Correspondent” Ciaran Jenkins on the devolution of power to Greater Manchester. But no mention of Sheffield or Leeds.


Tightrope. Fluff.

Russian debutantes’ ball. Fluff.

I will be writing an analysis of the whole week and will post that online later in the week.

This last programme is currently available on 4oD.



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