"I'm here in (insert town) in the driving snow, where the traffic is at a standstill, schools are closed, it's minus 20C and there's not a soul on the streets.... except me!
Can't understand why they have to send some poor red-nosed reporter & crew, muffled to the nines to do an outside broadcast just so that they can say 'it's very cold' live on amera with snow in the background. (Or 'it's windy' in a gale, or 'it's very wet' when it floods) We'd still believe them if they were in a nice warm dry studio, surely?
I get so angry when they don't wear hats. All I can think about during their report is the fact they are standing there talking about how unprepared the UK is for snow and failing to see the irony of having flakes of the stuff all over their bare head. They don't exactly look as though they have got to grips with the weather either. There was a guy on the BBC news last night who had about an inch of snow on his head and he just looked so stupid.
We were fascinated by the STV weatherman who had half a head covered in what looked like shaving foam or Mr Whippy. Half his anorak was covered too. Did they tell him not to move or something? I bet he is off with a chill today.
It's so we can see what snow looks like. Unless we see a reporter knee deep in a snow drift we wouldn't have a clue. It's like when they talk about rising obesity rates, we get to see footage of fat people walking and eating.
Its the same when they are doing political reporting. I blame 24 hour roling TV news. It always have to have a picture no matter how banal.
"I'm here outside Downing St were the Prime Minister is meeting with the Cabinet..."
Well yes, but I always want to know when they are going to rush over and press their nose/camera up the Downing St windows to catch a glimpse of what is going on otherwise what is the point in being there?
I often wonder why reporters have to be outside. What difference does it make if Nick Robinson is live at Downing Street at 10 pm? It's not as if DC is about to come running out in his PJs. On Reporting Scotland the other day the reporter woman was standing in the middle of a snowdrift, having risked life and limb on the A9, when two streakers ran past.
Some sweeping helicopter footage or photos sent in by viewers might add a little visual colour to the story. But that bloke in Altnaharra last night, all alone on abandonded streets, shivering his nuts off and holding a thermometer so that we could see it was -17C really didn't have to be there. (We believe you that it's very cold, honest) The locals, wisely indoors, must have thought he'd gone soft in the head.
haha, I agree. It's far too cold to be outside. I'm a newspaper reporter and snowed in 30miles from my patch so just phoning people to find out that there's loads of snow there too. So far today I've written three snow-related articles and no need to venture outside (apart from one brief wade through knee-deep snow to rescue my cat who couldn't work out how to return to the back door after venturing outside this morning).
The lassie on the BBC this morning talking about trains being cancelled had a really nice purple hat on ...