We now live in a technical age where we all have access to many news channels from around the world. This should give us a better perspective of what is happening globally.
Much of these news sources are commercial and often their main aim is to sell advertising space in order to survive, and that might give them a certain political slant. My preference is for these channels to present the news, not opinion, so I can make my own decisions. Few channels actually meet that bill.
These reviews are based on my opinion alone.
Firstly, the US cable networks which I class as “tabloid” journalism, more sensational and gossipy in style.
Out of all the channels I have access to this is the worst:
- Not much news, focuses on US politics, mainly Trump.
- Liberal-leaning content, don’t really relay the news from both sides.
- Sensationalises the “news”, mainly speculation and editorialisation
- Presenters either shout or the decibels on the broadcast is set to very high
- Very repetitive repeating the same “news” time and time again
- “Breaking News” can last for days when I consider it to be an old story
- As they focus on the worst-case scenario for the world it’s very grim to watch the channel in the morning but any other time
- Many of the hosts or guests have a Trump book to sell. Love him or loathe him, they are making money from him.
I don’t watch this channel much as the remit is very similar to MSNBC:
- Sensationalism, speculation, editorialisation
- Like MSNBC coverage is politically one-sided.
- When there is real “breaking news” in the US, non-political, they have better coverage than MSNBC. I would prefer to watch PBS for this but they don’t have a 24/7 format.
- Too many dancing graphics on the screen.
- CNN is available globally whereas MSNBC isn’t.
The following channels I class as more “broadsheet” in style; more real news and analysis, therefore, better-respected organizations.
The station has come under a lot of criticism in the past few years due to politically slanted news when the expectation of taxpayers, who partially fund the channel, expect more analysis of how both sides of the political spectrum.
- Good coverage of “breaking news” from a UK perspective. Didn’t really care for their election coverage. Their Brexit news isn’t too bad
- Presenters are generally calm, don’t shout, and intelligent. This is with possible exception to Aaron Heslehurst who I find loud, confusing and obnoxious
- Often I find they cover less news in a half an hour slot than some other broadsheet style TV news channels
Even though CBC is classified as a public broadcaster it’s not the same as the BBC. It is commercial and feels like other channels. However, I do like its news presentation on both radio and TV.
- Good balance of news and analysis. The analysis comes in the form of its program called The National.
- Doesn’t appear to sensationalise the news too much
- Not too many flying graphics during the broadcast
- CBC Radio 1 has no commercials and the analysis type programming is very good
- The other news channels in Canada are a bit more American in style and CBC News feels like a cross between BBC and ITN news in the UK
A UK news channel that is owned by Comcast in the US and is currently the Royal Television Society’s News Channel of the Year, as I write this, the 12th time it has held this award.
- Appear to compress more news into their broadcasts than the BBC
- Available on YouTube so the world can tune in to watch it
- Pretty good on UK related news but often BBC has the edge on this
- Sometimes sways into tabloid format but generally good all-round news presentation
- Been watching SkyNews more than I have BBC News recently.
Broadcasting English language news internationally over YouTube.
- Excellent for world news and analysis
- Of course, best from France related news, but don’t have access to any other English language French news channels
- Good coverage of Africa and the Middle East, better than the BBC
- Calm presenters providing a different perspective on the news
- Good selection of 20 and 30-minute analysis type programming
- Their app isn’t that great but I do get a good balance of breaking news from around the world, and they often beat many other news service providers.
Other News Outlets
There are other news outlets available here in Canada from home and around the world but don’t really watch them enough to assess them in too much detail but will give a quick overview:
- Good Morning Britain is available in Canada but the show is tabloid garbage.
- Fox News is the same but even worse than MSNBC, from a right-wing perspective.
- Local stations from the US for CBS, NBC and ABC are available but feel their news shows showing what is happening in Seattle is not at all relevant to me.
- PBS from the US is available here, they have a 6 pm news show, Newshour, which is very good.
- We will sometimes watch Global News early in the morning, due to lack of CBC at that time of day, however, there are so many adverts splashed all over the screen they make it impossible to watch for any length greater than 10 minutes.