Letter: Glossy graphics, sets, sensation stories turns-off viewers to broadcast news
CBS, John Filo, File
I miss watching the local news of the past: a couple of anchors, to-the-point graphics and unembellished footage. Now every broadcast is visually annoying. Multiple anchors are randomly placed in front of windows, on platforms, in work rooms and next to giant screens. Segues are punctuated with gimmicky sound effects, cheesy tag lines and unnecessary claims to exclusivity. Graphics are overwrought, there are multi-layered movements and cameras zoom nauseatingly.
News is now as sensational as a Hollywood tabloid. Is all of this trying to appeal to the demographics that are addicted to video games and reality TV? Don't bother — they're not watching the local news. And now, neither am I.
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