Attack on the US
a week to elapse since the tragedies of September 11, events which
cut the US physically off from most of the world for days, we think
it timely this month to consider the way the media including radio
handled coverage of the events and also both their strengths and weaknesses.
Every time we put our thoughts into order, something happened to change
things and from one vantage point we can only offer a snapshot at
best but here goes.
The first day.
Inevitably as thoughts began to move from covering
the actual events to considering what could and should be done
and analysing what might have led up to the events, the situation
began to change.
What is needed now.
A chance for satellite radio .
Television will still play the larger role in covering forthcoming events but it seems to us that radio could be very well placed to complement that service. In particular, US satellite radio companies have a chance to put together a strong service without the same massive costs that television will face and, for the first time for many years, effectively provide a common service over the whole of the US.
They will have the channels to provide not only continuing news cover but versions of that including existing US channels such as CNN and whatever NPR can put together plus international ones such as the BBC World Service; We'd even suggest that in this case a feed of Radio Moscow's English language service would be of great value to those in the US public who want to gain an alternative view.
What will happen and the time scale we do not know but if ever there was a time when satellite radio could perform a valuable service as well as helping itself, this seems it!
To have a national radio service in such times seems to us of tremendous potential value; this does not devalue the worth of news feeds on existing terrestrial channels but it would certainly be a tremendous addition to their output.
Any views? Please comment
on the above. For that matter, if you can put the time aside,
we'd like your "Guest comment" pages this year to stimulate
more feedback and dialogue.
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