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by Malcolm Young

News Weekly, June 1, 2002

I was dismayed to read Max Teichmann's article about the relative merits of the SBS and BBC news services (NW, May 4) and indeed find his viewpoint amazing.

He writes that "he felt an immediate sense of relief" when SBS was replaced by a BBC service during the recent short-lived industrial action. Further, he asserts SBS uses "ventriloquist doll presenters" to introduce the news.

I am sure Mary Kostikidis and Anton Enas will be glad to hear that! Are they so lacking when compared to their BBC peers?

Mr Teichmann then goes on to tell us the BBC service is about world news, inferring that SBS is not because "it is weighed down by the bleatings and importunings of local pressure groups".

I think he probably means the ABC news, but for his information on the day I read his article, world news occupied the first 22 minutes of the SBS 6.30pm news slot, leaving 8 minutes for local and miscellaneous detail.

I would suggest that is not unusual. I also disagree with Max Teichmann about the BBC news service.

They may not be slick, as he says, but they may very well be a little slap-stick. Rather as if they were discussing a series of news flashes minute by minute with Afghanistan or Jenin no more important than a football match in Paris.

They do not seem to be "engaged with the news", and if this can sometimes be a good thing I suggest it is not a good thing when one is talking about growing poppies in Burma.

The BBC news is inferior to SBS. It may be that Mr Teichmann is suffering from a nasty allergy and in that case he should be instructed not to watch any SBS news service, and especially a foreign film - perish the thought - lest a cure can not be found.

It is odd that Mr Teichmann cannot see that not all of us reading and viewing the various news services are unable to recognise bias and political correctness when we see it. You edit it out.

Keep SBS. Dump the BBC.

Malcolm Young,
Mosman Park, WA

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