Intrusic

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That’s a new word: Intrusic.  It means ‘intrusive music’.  I’m getting increasingly stroppy about musical accompaniments to television programmes that do not need them – documentaries for example.

It’s often difficult to understand what people are saying anyway because of their different accents; or their insistence on sprinkling their speech with redundant words such as “So”, “Like” and “Y’know”; or the distraction of their waving their hands about (see randomly selected photos below).  Adding music to the mix just makes it harder still.  If anyone from the BBC or CNN or some similar organisation reads this – please stop it!

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It’s mainly broadcasters such as the BBC World News channel that I have in my sights because they are specifically targeting an international audience.  If I have difficulty understanding what people are saying in my native language, what must it be like for someone listening in their second, third or fourth language?

You get my point.  Stop it.  Now.  All of you.

Breaking News

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Muhammad Ali died 9 days ago. The BBC World News TV channel classified this sad event as ‘breaking news’, cancelled normal programming, and broadcast hour upon hour of commentary and historical footage of Md Ali’s career until his funeral 3 days ago. Then we had live footage of a hearse driving slowly through Louisville.

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Meanwhile momentous news from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Syria, Turkey, Yemen and elsewhere took second place. Now that news takes second place to brawling football fans in France – but I’ll save that for another post.

I mention the BBC because that’s my preferred news channel at the moment. But CNN and Euronews (my other sources of English language TV news here in Armenia) were no better.

Don’t misunderstand me. I remember listening to the fight between Cassius Clay (as he was then) and Henry Cooper (Our ‘Enery) when I should have been studying for my A Levels. I recognise that as sportsman, activist and iconoclast Md Ali was a towering figure – a true celebrity before that term became debased.

There’s good reason to review a great person’s life, achievements and influence in a couple of documentaries, which those most interested can choose to watch. But the extent to which the airwaves were given over to this one event was, to my mind, excessive and showed poor judgement on the part of the programmers.