International News Presentation: Past and Present

(11-09-2023, 05:55 PM)Edogawa Ranpo Wrote:  With a new look for Serbia's Prva comes a new look for their news bulletins!
Here's the opener for Vesti Prve u 18h 
(12-09-2023, 07:25 AM)W. Knight Wrote:  And this is the new Jutro open (apologies for the loss of quality in advance - I have to compress it to get it through Metropol!): 

For the news service is quite an improvement compared to what they had before. The straps, however, look like a direct copy of RTP Telejornal. And for Jutro, it looks like a jumbled mess: they wanted to retain the GMB-like headline sequence, but they changed the intro, straps and (the somewhat bland) music. I don't mind the new Vesti music, even if it replaced the custom piece of music they commissioned at considerable cost from the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Over to Switzerland and RSI's Telegiornale has a new look! 
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Today is an important day for Mexico, as it is the anniversary of two deadly earthquakes which happened in 1985 and 2017 and rocked most of the central part of the country, including Mexico City. As a result, today the country is having country-wide national emergency dry runs in order to make citizens prepared for any earthquake or natural disaster that might risk their communities.

Here’s how the national media covered the 1985 earthquake. That earthquake had serious ramifications for the national broadcasters, specially television channels: Televisa’s downtown Chapultepec HQ was heavily destroying, leaving the broadcaster’s four national channels dark for most of the morning and afternoon, before eventually resuming programming after installing makeshift galleries and a newsroom at their San Ángel Inn (Coyoacán) studios; in contrast, then-state-owned Canal 13/Imevisión, located at the much more earthquake-prone zone of the Ajusco mountains, suffered only from a power cut and was able to quickly resume broadcasting thanks to an emergency power outlet, and began informing for hours on the situation.

On the radio side, Radio Fórmula was the most affected, as the broadcaster had its building destroyed, and leaving most of its stations silent for days; only the FM stations (located out of the Torre Latinoamericana, in the downtown zone) remained on air simulcasting rival Radio Centro in a temporary basis; other radio conglomerates (including Radio Centro) resumed broadcasting after the power cut, dropping their normal programming in favour of continuous coverage.

Radio Red (then owned by Monterrey media mogul Clemente Serna Martínez) was a notable case, as it was the only station which remained on-air during the quake and was the first to report on the seriousness of the situation, even if News Director José Gutiérrez Vivó was away in Japan, preparing for a special series of programmes analyzing the situation of the country. The station had continuous coverage of the situation for nearly a week, leading to increased ratings and credibility, plus a boom on talkback radio formats which still continues to date in Mexico City. 

In 2017, the quake was felt much harsher in Mexico City, but, given the increased level of security and civil defence plans, the death toll was much less serious; however, saying the level of damage was minor is an understatement. On the TV side, Televisa and TV Azteca courted strong controversy over the level of coverage, by moments rousing the tabloid and hyperbolic; this was quickly showcased (the day after the quake) by the supposed case of a disappeared girl; over time, TV Azteca was forced to tone down the level of the coverage, but Televisa continued exploiting the case for longer, with reporter Danielle Dithurbide on the scene of a school destroyed by the quake, where the victim was (supposedly) lingering.

However, two days later, TV Azteca was the first to break the news that the victim was inexistent and was not a casualty of the destruction; it was soon followed by investigations from independent news outlets Proceso and Aristegui Noticias over inconsistencies on the supposed identity of the non-existent victim. By the afternoon, the National Army confirmed the inexistence of the disappeared girl; the aftermath of this led to Televisa’s ratings dramatically sinking, on the benefit of TV Azteca, whose ratings skyrocketed (at times, its news channel ADN40 was even beating all the classic national FTA networks); newcomer Imagen and the public media also received a strong boost in viewer figures from the debacle of the situation.

Unlike the 1985 quake, TV was the dominant medium this time: all TV networks remained on the air during the situation, and eventually canceled their normal programming for at least five days to cover the ongoing situation, whilst only the talkback radio stations set aside its daily programming for rolling coverage (with music and entertainment stations sticking to normal scheduling). However, most stations interrupted its regular schedule (at least in Mexico City) to trigger their emergency alert system, which much more basic than the ones existing (for example) in Japan and Taiwan, consisting only of a sound alert. 

Last year, and for the third time round, another earthquake struck the central part of the country, just only minutes after the national dry run. That quake was much less violent than the other, as its epicentre was located in the state of Colima (with the harshest aftermath limited to the immediate zone of the aftershock). The quake caused the national networks’ afternoon news bulletins to begin earlier than planned. 
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  • Frances

Along the same lines, today marks the 24th year since the 1999 earthquake in Central Taiwan.

Here's a look at how local TV channels reported on the quake. Since the quake occured at the early hours of the day, there wasn't instant live news coverage - an on-screen roller would be suffice. 
  • TTV, then still controlled by the government, displayed a roller of text on the side, denoting the earthquake.
  • CTV, then controlled by KMT, put up a newsflash caption stating the quake's epicenter, the resulted power outage and damages (around 1 minute in).
  • FTV, the island's first publicly-owned commercial station, simulcast CNN's coverage, despite having their own cable news channel for 2 years (around a minute and half in, in terrible signal).

This is a detailed report from another government broadcaster CTS' Evening News that night: 

And this is TTV's special report, specifically 30 hours after the fact. 

Over in Hong Kong, this was how TVB News reported the earthquake that evening, utilizing footage of their sister cable channel, TVBS-N. 

Watch this space...
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