Monday, June 8, 2009
Philippines TV Broadcast News?
I saw two full episodes of GMA’s Saksi and ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol via my mom's TFC channel last weekend. The program reminded me why I am not so impressed with Philippine broadcast journalism anymore. What’s obvious and what usually irritates me is the showbiz news that pops out I think every five minutes of the entire news program. And what’s up with the police reporting? I find it over the top the way every murder or strip joint raid in your local “kanto” is reported as if it’s a national headline. I know our local media is doing its best to pursue journalistic excellence, but I am concerned of this trend that in my personal opinion has a direct or indirect relation in shaping the minds and worldview of the Filipinos. It seems that our local newscasts are also putting too much time on visual and auditory stimulation for shock value or brief entertainment. Suppose the entertainment and shock value are effective but is it enough to make Filipinos think objectively and take educated decisions on the news they see on TV? My friend Benjie said it right that newscasts need to, “report what Filipinos have to hear, not what they want to hear.”