No TFC on my SBS

Filipinos abroad usually update themselves on news from home through the internet and other media.

For Filipinos here in Australia, we have a choice of subscribing to The Filipino Channel or Pinoy TV. Subscription to these providers, however, is a bit pricey so for some the internet is a good alternative where you can also watch some of the broadcast in full but not in digital-clear quality sometimes. For me, I usually wait for the free TV feed from SBS where they show the news presentation from ABS-CBNs Isang Bandila or TV Patrol Linggo sans the entertainment news. :)

However, I missed yesterday’s show.

Somebody at ABS forgot to deliver the goods. :( well no worries, we get it from other means. :D

Lessons learned from liveblogging

As some of you might have learned, I’ve liveblogged the Pacquiao-Cotto fight. It was fortunate that we recently subscribed to a cable provider and our issues with our internet connection were resolved prior to the scheduled fight. I was so excited because this was my first time blogging an event live. I was all ready–drinks, laptop, iPhone for the quick photos among others.
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When Journos spill the beans

Journalists are trained to be as objective as possible, however, there are inevitable times when a journalist’s bias or emotion about a story shows. There are cases when a journalist will inevitably show emotion especially if he/she is covering a human tragedy. It is inevitable, sometimes, for journalists, whether broadcast or print, to show some emotions

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Egos and Evaluation

There are people who are very proficient in what they do that some of them could easily wield the pen (or keyboard in our case) and use it as effective as punching another human being (that they get a number of lawsuits). Well, sadly most of the time, with prolific writers and good journalists (both broadcast [new media and traditional] and print) ego is a bad ‘better half’ of ‘being good.’

A good example of the marriage between ‘good’ and ego is exhibited in this video:

I recalled Lenggai and her post about post-mortem meetings when they hold evaluation meetings in the broadcast industry. Now, I guess in situations such as this one, they might never sit down in a meeting. :D

Media trends in Australia, Philippines and Thailand

Just a quick observation of the general media trends in the three countries that I’ve been based in. I can say that as to balanced programming, by and large, Australia might be on the right track but this is just a quick assessment. :) So, here’s what to expect with media outlets in each country.

Philippines
I might not be an authority on this now but as far as I can remember news tend to be “crowded” with entertainment news. First thing in the morning, there might be morning shows on TV, this will be followed by talk shows with topics ranging from personal development to showbiz. A noon time show will follow then followed by either a soap opera TV or showbiz talk show. A children’s show might follow, then news then movies or another three to four hours of soap program again. Before coming to Thailand, I remember news programs being relegated from prime time to almost late night (or the cheap time slots, which is close to midnight).

Print media, as most of my Filipino readers know, tend to be mainly politics if not crime focused (well, that’s news in the country anyway). By and large, most of the print media tend to be entertainment focused as with tabloids.

Thailand
News and current affairs in Thailand tend to be “sporty.”After a morning show, which is basically much like a radio talk show on TV, programs that follow will be news and entertainment. There are some noon time shows, which are almost like the Bubble Gang show in the Philippines, then these will be followed by sports news again (mostly football/soccer). Then usually news are on by 6pm. They also have soap operas here but mostly are fantasy in topic, although it differs from season to season (themes might be country to family drama). One thing I like in Thai media are the good funny commercials they have, pretty good! :)

Australia
Just like Thailand, most of the programming on Australian TV are sports news (football/rugby or cricket). There is a morning show, which is followed by children’s show, then talk shows from the US and then an Australian soap opera then children’s show. Programs on prime time include US TV series (CSI, NCIS, Californication, Heroes, Australian Idol among others) and Australian talk shows.