I was browsing the 50 years of television news website and was charmed to read “When television arrived in Australia the ABC Commissioners were concerned that pictures might trivialise the news and decided that no more than two minutes of film should be included in a 15-minute bulletin.”
Well I can see why they thought that – look at today’s news – you only get the news which has the pics – and besides in the 50s all of the clips were accompanied by annoying trivialising music. It’s as if they thought the scary pics would be more palatable if a jaunty soundtrack was played underneath. Listening and watching today it sounds bizarre.
By the way – is it just me – or has Howard lost the plot?