Bad taste BBC?

Is this newsworthy

1 to 20 of 37 messages
26/09/2013 at 11:56

Just flicked on the BBC news channel and had to switch off. The coverage of the funeral of the murdered girl from Wales left me feeling a bit sick in the stomach. is it really neccessary to show this live funeral. It felt very intrusive and hardly news. The news was the story of the murder. Does the BBC have to turn every private moment in these situations into a media circus?

26/09/2013 at 12:31

I agree with you.

There seems to be this "collective grief" thing which the media has started tapping into (perhaps even promoting) which is not at all healthy.

What happened to keeping a respectful distance? Unless you are a friend or family member of this little girl it didn't happen to you.

26/09/2013 at 12:32

It's not just a BBC thing. But I tend to agree - it's very prurient.

26/09/2013 at 12:33

Quite.  I never liked the period when they showed every repatriation through Wootton Bassett, with close-ups of the family crying as the coffin went past.  News just in: grieving people cry.

26/09/2013 at 12:33

Actually, my biggest beef is with the makers of documentaries about sad subjects. They are by definition sad and tear-jerking - we don't need sad music to prompt us to feel sad about sad things. It's manipulation. The best docs don't have music soundtracks.

cougie    pirate
26/09/2013 at 12:35
That does sound intrusive. Presumably they got the OK from the family ?

What did disturb me is that on the BBC website (and lots of others) the US Authorities have released video footage of the gunman prowling the corridors at the US Navy Yard. I'm sure it's exactly what he would have wanted. Lots of attention and now it'll all be over Youtube - to inspire the future generation of psychopaths.

I fail to see what they thought it would achieve ?
seren nos    pirate
26/09/2013 at 12:42

totally agree with screamy.seems like a trend where people have to feel that they have been peronally affected by a tradegy.....

someone dies within 10 miles of them and they have to proclaim their grief....when they hardley even knew them 

26/09/2013 at 12:43

If the family are ok with it it doesn't bother me - they may welcome the funeral being on TV.   Who says funerals shouldn't be public, very often the last thing grieving people want is to be left alone.

26/09/2013 at 12:47

There's a vast difference between "public" and "live on TV" though.

 I don't doubt the family are in agreeement with it - it's still a step too far IMO.


Edited: 26/09/2013 at 12:48
26/09/2013 at 12:59

In my opinion it is a step too far.  A funeral is a very private thing that should be limited to friends and family only.  There is a trend for this sort of public grief nowadays which seems very bad taste to me.

26/09/2013 at 13:11

Its TV.

Its all about entertainment, even the news, even the weather. Even the biggest disaster on the planet is broadcast masquerading as concern but its still made to be entertaining.

26/09/2013 at 15:12

This wasn't just some some cameras live outside the church. This was live minute by minute coverage of the whole thing. I couldn't watch it but kept putting it back on and it seemed to be blanket coverage. A murdered girl had a funeral. Yes we get that and maybe that should be reported but it just seems like sheer voyeurism to watch the whole thing. I wouldn't go to a funeral just because I was intersted in the death. I would go if I was a close friend or family member. So why  would i want to be a viewer watching the whole thing? 

26/09/2013 at 15:37

Completely agree SR.


26/09/2013 at 15:46

So presumably there was also a corrispondent commentating ? What was he saying; and there is the mother who is crying, and there are 2 friends looking very sad. Sick b#st#rds

26/09/2013 at 15:51

The newsreader just read the headlines. " hundreds of voyeurs attend the funeral of ...." Surely she meant hundreds of mourners?


26/09/2013 at 15:58

24hr news has a lot to answer for.

Shame the BBC is unable to resist joining in.

Commentator said this (paraphrased, but close)   "You can see from the way the coffin is being carried, just how lightweight it is.........  Nobody has been able to find little April's body and all that can be buried are the tiny fragments found by police"

Crass reporting 

Edited: 26/09/2013 at 15:58
26/09/2013 at 16:54

Some of you lot must be watching it just so you can be appalled ?  

I can't comment on how it's being covered as I've been at work all day, it may have been crass, but I still don't see that covering the funeral is necessarily so.   

26/09/2013 at 17:10

Funnily enough I put it on to get the latest news. The annoyance of not getting the news on the news channel was not the worst of it. Like i said, I felt so sickened by it I had to turn it off.

26/09/2013 at 18:17

i agree that it isn't news. very cheap (as in cost, not taste) and lazy journalism.

but i don't agree that the coverage is intrusive. the funeral (street procession, horse-drawn hearse) was a very public event. i don't think anyone's grief was exploited.

26/09/2013 at 18:34
popsider wrote (see)

Some of you lot must be watching it just so you can be appalled ?  

I can't comment on how it's being covered as I've been at work all day, it may have been crass, but I still don't see that covering the funeral is necessarily so.   

Well I haven't watched it at all. Covering it would be expected, possibly even live if the cameras were only outside the church but inside?  Ghoulish.

But let's face it, it's all faux sympathetic stuff - the media would be gutted if paedophiles stopped killing little girls.

1 to 20 of 37 messages
Previously bookmarked threads are now visible in "Followed Threads". You can also manage notifications on these threads from the "Forum Settings" section of your profile settings page to prevent being sent an email when a reply is made.
Forum Jump  

RW competitions

RW Forums