I was rather amused to see that channel Ten has decided to take the axe to their news services and to make some serious retrenchments in the ranks of their journalists. 150 to go and a number of their shows to be axed. As an only occasional consumer of the Channel Ten product I am not surprised the channel has been desperately seeking the “yoof” demographic. As an old codger I find very little on Ten that makes me want to watch and when they do get my attention they stuff their shows with the most crass infomercials. The now axed “Wake Up” program was like one long infomercial for utter tat.
Stepping back a bit lets consider the situation at Ten and that within Fairfax and I think that we are seeing the sad reality that journalism is in a terminal decline. The idea that individual media entities can each have some sort of national or even global presence is an anachronism at best. To be frank I am coming to the conclusion that we just have too much news and that it is all so similar that a culling of the mainstream will do us all the world of good.