Sunrise

(Jeremy Clarkson’s voice) Woooooow!

What are we meant to be seeing?

I think he’s referring to the backdrop spread out across the screens. Looks nice and clean if you ask me.

Not sure why some are against these graphics. These were WAY better than the last iteration. The only thing I want to mention about visuals is that the backdrop for Martin Place looks extremely blurry in comparison. Either they get a new camera (which they probably won’t since they’re moving next year) or just use the generic backdrop.

Nat and Matt would make a strong duo.

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It’s good that you can’t see the outline of the individual screens that make up the full screen unlike Nine’s 6pm news in Sydney and many ABC broadcasts. I always think the screen outlines look dreadful. Using a green screen background looks way better in comparison.

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Could that be down to ABC / Nine buying cheaper screens or is it the layout with curved screens.

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Nine News Adelaide also has a similar problem, especially when the skycam is showing a night view. You can see a faded grid pattern seemingly overlaid onto the image.

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Change of tactic this morning in regards to their reporting on Melbourne.

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Good. Now they can do the same for Queensland. Perhaps some positivity might rub off if Sunrise were to be supportive of that state.

In hindsight they should’ve sent Sam Mac or JT to Queensland for 6 months and have them resonate with the audience there. Seems like that was mighty helpful for Today.

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I believe Sunrise’s ratings were improving at the start of this year, but since June they have taken a dive in Melbourne and now Brisbane. Having your presenters locked away in Martin Place just helping the national program.

With so many different situations unfolding in every state at the moment, it might be worth Sunrise introducing local news inserts into Melbourne and Brisbane. Producing a national product in this current market is very difficult.

All three east coast cities are in different situation.

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Adam Boland was onto that years ago. He was just about a decade too early.

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I agree. I think if they want a point of difference, local news inserts are the way to go.

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How feasible would it be for Adelaide to introduce local inserts? They’re already producing local morning news, and some of those stories would likely be repeated on both programs anyway (like some stories are repeated for afternoon and evening news on Seven and Nine).

It just seems more warranted now to cater for local news inserts… as every city is currently in a different position with Covid.

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I’m uncomfortable with this notion that a news program should be ‘supportive’ of a state/territory for a) Ratings considerations and/or b) The sake of it. I say that because it’s an untenable position considering there’ll be times where a program has to be critical of what a state/territory does (eg; when a ‘bungle’ has been made or there’s problems) and/or ‘hard-hitting’ (eg; when a Premier/Chief Minister is being interviewed).

Am I suggesting Sunrise (particularly Sam Armytage) didn’t go ‘too far’ at times over the past 18 months in how they covered/reacted to how certain states have handled COVID? No. What I saying is the way programs like Sunrise cover/approach stories should be based on the merits of the story - not ratings considerations.

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I have noticed a much more measured commentary about Qld of late… even a “good on you Qld” the other day. Hope it’s not too late

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But i would like to see Sunrise critical of all the states. For example Sunrise should be critical of QLD recently completely closing to NSW, ACT and VIC for 2 weeks due to hotel quantine being at capacity for example. People are stranded and were given no notice when they would have known this was happening days earlier and have done some other dreadful things as well and deserve to be criticised for it. Other states didn’t act like QLD did so weren’t critised as much and fair enough.
Ratings shouldn’t matter.

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Friday (27.08.2021): Michael Usher is co-hosting with Nat this morning.

Angie Asimus is reading the news, with Eddy isolating after being a close contact of a COVID case at Martin Place overnight.

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Studio deep cleaned. All have been tested and negative. Kochie was on his day off today anyway.

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Continuing to sit on top of one and other.

More details later this morning apparently.

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Full statement from Seven: Positive COVID-19 case at SUNRISE sends team members into isolation | TV Blackbox

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