Are The Breaking News’ Are Really Breaking News?

Whenever I try to watch any 24/7 news channels, there is always a “Breaking News”. Every single news is breaking news to the news channels. Does anyone else get annoyed watching this “breaking news” with very little significance?

I try to find what is a Breaking News really mean. According to Wikipedia, a breaking news is a –

current event that broadcasters feel warrants the interruption of scheduled programming in order to report its details. Its use is often loosely assigned to the most significant story of the moment or a story that is being covered live. It could be a story that is simply of wide interest to viewers and has little impact otherwise

While I am writing this Sky News Channel showing a trailer as a breaking news , which is-

“Robert Bennett jailed for six months for driving at 122 mph with son on back of his motorbike”

My first concern is who the earth Robert Bennett is? I started feeling guilty for not knowing Robert Bennett. My sixth sense saying he maybe a new singer or some “celebrity” who took part in Big Brother or I am a celebrity Get me Out of Here type programme. So I decided to find out about Robert Bennett.

Google tells me about few Robert Bennetts, one is junior senator from Utah, one is the professor of Geography department in Cambridge University, one is Mayor of Melbourne Australia between 1861 and 1862[see screenshot]. I can’t imagine any of them were driving a motorbike in UK at 122mph with son on back of his motorbike.

Google Result of Robert Bennett

Google Result of Robert Bennett

Being failed to find out the real Robert Bennett in Google, I decide to go to Sky news website to find out. The first line of the news is – “A dad who drove his motorbike at 122mph, with his son riding on the back, has been jailed for six months”. So he is a dad. Further reading unveils he is a cleaning supervisor, from Barnstaple, Devon.

Sky News Coverage for Robert Bennett

Sky News Coverage for Robert Bennett

The Wikipedia definition of breaking news says, “It could be a story that is simply of wide interest to viewers”. I don’t think he is someone for whom viewers would be waiting patiently to know his fate after speeding.

All of the silly “Breaking News” makes me think, are the news channels drying up for news? Is it that difficult to find out news to fill the slots? Isn’t it the time to wake up the news channels and creating a policy to what to broadcast and what not to? If the news channels are so short of news then why not they covering international news? I am pretty sure there are lots of international news out there with better merit.

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