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News on TV in Chile

Post by El Lechero » Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:51 pm

So Im a viudo de verano for a couple of weeks with the wife and kids away visiting the in laws. I have been watching the news on TVN and 13 this week (we only have those channels) which I dont usually do much, all I can say is what a friggin joke, its one big advertisment.
-all week they have had places you can go for holidays prices/ places, at least 10 minutes on this, talking to every Jose o Maria about how their holidays are going.
-Extended and in depth coverage about where to buy your school supplies, live from some shop giving prices and opening hours.
-Music festivals again, when/ where etc
-The channels latest soap operas and interviews with the actors
Maybe this has been discussed before, but just needed to get that off my cheast, its a friggin national embarrassment I would say, I know the news has been dumbed down everywhere, but Chile have taken it to the next level with their tv news, Ill stick to the biobio radio I think.
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Re: News on TV in Chile

Post by boyle » Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:57 pm

The worst thing is that with the morning news, midday news, midafternoon news, normal night time news, midnight news and any other "news", it takes up about half the day's programming, without actually giving any news.

The amazing thing about TVN is that they are "official sponsors" of the South American Games, which are just weeks away, but they haven't shown a second about that. Just goals from the z division of other countries...

I think you are right though, the Chilean "news" has really taken it to another low level. The biggest problem is that those same stories are on all of the channels.

Don't forget the classic story - "seems pretty hot today, are you hot?"

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Re: News on TV in Chile

Post by fraggle092 » Sat Feb 15, 2014 7:51 am

I find the TV here absolutely unwatchable.
The thing is that most Chileans seem to enjoy, or at least tolerate, stuff that gives me vergüenza ajena, its so pitiful.
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Re: News on TV in Chile

Post by zer0nz » Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:23 am

i Have 799 channels.... we watch 2, AXN and history channel, dont bother with the local ones :)

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Re: News on TV in Chile

Post by Donnybrook » Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:55 am

I like the local news. It's done like that in most of SA. The BBC does half an hour of "hard" news which is so depressing and repetitive that it can spoil your day. Here you get Syrian rebels interspersed with next season's telenovela. It softens the blows. Or you can turn it off after 30 minutes and you have seen all the bad stuff. I stop watching leading up to elections though. Not even I can take that.

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Re: News on TV in Chile

Post by admin » Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:24 am

Well, in defence of the channels this time of year, you are looking at summer vacation canned articles. The reporters go on vacation themselves, and then file crap reports about the frigen asados they went to. Happens around the sept 18th holiday also every year.

TVN 24, their all news channel (the one without the soap operas and music shows), has fairly good news reporting most of the time. The rest of them are generally a joke. CNN chile is total crap, and only slightly better than CNN USA or CNN International for getting any sort of news. They have a hard right political bias, that is pretty out of touch with reality.

The other national channels can be so left wing, that what they report tends to be like a socialist version of fox news if they report anything of significance at all. It tends to be a dumbbed down mix of 3rd grade information, entertainment, and advertising. Hard to take them seriously, when they have ideas like 'let's have the news anchor stop in the middle of this serious news report about a murder, and sell laundry detergent'. It comes off like a Saturday Night Live skit.
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Re: News on TV in Chile

Post by Britkid » Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:44 am

I noticed a lot of news which is only "news" because it was caught on camera.

Example:

There was this car accident today (show video).
Someone getting out of their car in a road rage instead to kick someone else's car (show video).
Someone cruelly treating some animals (show video).
Some football hooligans slightly rioting in the street, police arrive (show arrive).
Young hooligan taunts old lady (show video).

In all cases, if the event had not been caught on tape, it would not be on the news, even if there were 50 eye witnesses. The newswothiness of something is heavily judged by whether someone caught this on tape. Probably things 10x more interesting 10x a day just not on tape.

On today's news Gangnam style, Britney Spears accidently exposes half her breasts, a cat gets stuck in a window, and a fat lady falls over.

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Re: News on TV in Chile

Post by fraggle092 » Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:46 am

Thinking about this some more, I suspect the content is designed for the way people, especially kids, have a very short attention span, and constantly channel surf.
One of my nephews wore out the channel buttons on our old TV that way....
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Re: News on TV in Chile

Post by gringalais » Sat Feb 15, 2014 2:28 pm

admin wrote:Well, in defence of the channels this time of year, you are looking at summer vacation canned articles. The reporters go on vacation themselves, and then file crap reports about the frigen asados they went to. Happens around the sept 18th holiday also every year.
Yep, they repeat the exact same things every year! Soon we will be seeing the reports about how much money people spend in March and how everyone waits until the last minute to renew their Permiso de Circulación.

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Re: News on TV in Chile

Post by frozen-north » Sat Feb 15, 2014 5:51 pm

I believe it was in the book '24 Horas En La Ciudad' where I read a criticism of the way radio news were presented (it was a long time ago).

It went something like this:

'300 die in floodings in Bangladesh......'
'Whole family dies in car accident....'

'And now a word from our sponsor: Funerales Rosas, where you can find the best prices.'
Back to news. Now the football results.....'

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Re: News on TV in Chile

Post by El Lechero » Sun Feb 16, 2014 9:58 am

gringalais wrote:
admin wrote:Well, in defence of the channels this time of year, you are looking at summer vacation canned articles. The reporters go on vacation themselves, and then file crap reports about the frigen asados they went to. Happens around the sept 18th holiday also every year.
Yep, they repeat the exact same things every year! Soon we will be seeing the reports about how much money people spend in March and how everyone waits until the last minute to renew their Permiso de Circulación.
Haha that is so true, but before that we will have the return of the holiday makers to Santiago and how the roads are flowing, someone will be at the toll booths.
The fact that everyone waits till the last minute to get utiles escolar and sernac investigating and telling people to shop around. We could probably write the news bullitens for the rest of the year if we thought about it

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Re: News on TV in Chile

Post by El Lechero » Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:07 am

fraggle092 wrote:Thinking about this some more, I suspect the content is designed for the way people, especially kids, have a very short attention span, and constantly channel surf.
One of my nephews wore out the channel buttons on our old TV that way....
This is true, I can understand kids have short attention spans, but news is generally for adults, but saying that I would say the average adult as a short attention span, and generally (broad generalisation here) the majority are quite ignorant on a lot of things, so why would the news people put things on that people dont understand or have no interest in knowing anything about, its just playing to the masses just like Michelle really, ratings or votes you have to give the public what they want.

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