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EnhanceTV :: Feature Articles :: Nightly TV News: the directors' cut

Nightly TV News: the directors' cut
Nightly TV News: the directors' cut 
The following news directors answer key questions about nightly news production:

Marco Bass, State (Victoria) editor, Current Affairs, Australian Broad-casting Corporation (ABC)
Richard Burgess, Network News Director (national), WIN TV
Steve Carey, News Director (Victoria), Channel Seven
Phil Martin, Director of News and Current Affairs (national), Special Broadcasting Service (SBS)
Dermot OBrien, News Director (Victoria), Channel Ten
John Sorell, News Director (Victoria), Channel Nine.

What makes a top news story?

ABC
Its a complex mix of things. The importance to the community in which the event happened is ultimately the deciding factor and the degree of importance is, of course, a matter of judgment for professional journalists based on, usually, years of experience in the business.

WIN TV
First and foremost, the story has to be local. We provide a local news service, not a composite, national and international news service. If a story is local, its going to be of interest and of relevance. They're the two key words.

CHANNEL SEVEN
Something that has broad-brush appeal, something that affects everybody from the mums and dads, to the battlers, to the kids and the oldies. I like stories that really affect everyone and particularly families but it comes down to basic news good judgment and what is a story. Its that old quote, "A good story's a good story's a good story".
 

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Learning Areas Media Studies
Level Secondary, Tertiary
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