News that stales into insignificance

Over recent days The Bug has been poking fun over the outdated clips that a revamped 9Now is now presenting as its latest news items.

Under the “news and current affairs” button on 9Now, Channel 9’s catchup, streaming service are supposedly Nine’s “latest news”.

The latest clips being shown right now (below) include Bindi Irwin giving birth on March 25 – that’s three weeks ago – and a US tornado and a Victorian fatal shooting two days later.

The rest of the clips run back to the beginning of the year. They have stayed unchanged now for some days.

Until recently, that section provided a great service to viewers – namely the entire editions of the major cities’ 6pm news services on the Nine network. Some five or six episodes of each.

So here’s MGH’s beef. We reckon a techno nerd at Nine Entertainment/Channel 9 would have taken fuck-all time to upload them to 9Now.

Only recently, a batch of ads was inserted where the ad breaks on the broadcast program were. It certainly made it harder for us to double-check silly little errors we’ve seen or heard. Still, we got to hate a half-dozen advertisers and their products in the process, something these ad placements seem intent of doing.

MGH thought it worked well otherwise. People only interested in Sydney news could catch up with the Sydney 6pm news program. Makes sense, right? Who in their right min want to know what’s happening in Melbourne?

The new format has individual clips from all over the network and appears to mix straight news with sport and other features. There’s this feeling that it’s all very much change for change’s sake.

Our other beef is that these individual segments don’t include the announcer’s lead-in and they sometimes included the juiciest pieces, such as when Peter Overton began the 6pm news recently with the startling revelation that a flooded creek in outer Sydney that claimed a motorist’s life was the depth of Sydney Harbour.

At least now if we can spot the clip we’re after, we only have to watch one ad and remember never to use the product being promoted.

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There’s an interesting form of words being used in the media following former Australia Post head honcho Christine Holgate’s appearance before the Senate on Tuesday.

ABC’s News Breakfast co-hosts have talked this week about Holgate’s claim of bullying by Prime Minister Scott Morrison “in the wake of the luxury watches scandal”.

Get the inference there? It was a scandal for Holgate to give four senior executives a Cartier watch each two years ago for performing their tasks so well and it was that scandalous action that caused Morrison to froth at the mouth in Parliament with his macho “She. Can. Go.” performance.

MGH also notes that Holgate claimed the watches cost about $3000 each and were the cheapest in the Cartier range. News Breakfast stuck with the $20,000 figure that’s been used over the past half-year, so it would be nice to know who’s right, regardless of the fact that her giving of those gifts has now been found to be both lawful and within her powers to grant.

Ms Holgate was apparently authorised to grant bonuses up to $150,000. She apparently opted for the watches instead although the PM claims she did both. Who to believe more?

Other CEOs have spent much, much more of taxpayers’ money on bonuses to executives but got no angry, overheated, response from the PM, presumably because unlike Ms Holgate they had something swinging between their legs, big or otherwise.