'Bring out the gaffer tape for slashed shirt...' blog discussion

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  • What a silly waste of time. Would the piece have had less impact if it had been delivered in the studio, or nearby street?

    I'm fed up of seeing news and other reports pointlessly delievered on-site, as if the viewers only believe that what's being said carries weight when it comes from a "location". What's the point of showing a journalist stood (for example) outside 10 Downing Street?

    This kind of thing just patronises viewers, wastes journalists' time, and needlessly wastes money, causes pollution, etc.
  • williham
    williham Posts: 1,223 Forumite
    Yeah it does seem a rediculous waste of time/money/environment to travel to wales for something that could have been done anywhere?!
  • JPS29
    JPS29 Posts: 1,607 Forumite
    Granted reporting can be done form anywhere. But would you honestly want to watch reports that only came in from a presenter in a studio rather than onsite, would get a bid tedious. Also maybe they were hoping for a genuine case study at the airport, such as, have you changed your holiday money yet, are you withdrawing abroad, try our way versus your way and save xxxxxx

    We all know whats going on in Afghanistan and Iraq so do you two take the same line when reporters go on site there and add to that Bangkok.

    I actually prefer on location reporting as I feel it more personal and more effort has gone into it, LESS PATRONISING, much better than someone who has just researched for 10 mins on internet and then reads a pre recorded script in a studio
  • bylromarha
    bylromarha Posts: 10,085 Forumite
    I've been Money Tipped!
    "I don't believe in many things but I do believe in duct tape" - LOST, season 6 finale

    Repairing shirts, fixing tubes...

    The list of gaffer tape saves is endless :rotfl:
    Who made hogs and dogs and frogs?
  • horsechestnut
    horsechestnut Posts: 1,446 Forumite
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    Very good idea. I have been know to staple the hem of my trousers up when the thread has come unravelled until I could get home to sew it.
    I now usually carry a tiny sewing kit in my handbag.
  • MSE_Martin
    MSE_Martin Posts: 8,272 Money Saving Expert
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    What a silly waste of time. Would the piece have had less impact if it had been delivered in the studio, or nearby street?

    I'm fed up of seeing news and other reports pointlessly delievered on-site, as if the viewers only believe that what's being said carries weight when it comes from a "location". What's the point of showing a journalist stood (for example) outside 10 Downing Street?

    This kind of thing just patronises viewers, wastes journalists' time, and needlessly wastes money, causes pollution, etc.


    Not quite sure how I'd have been able to help people flying save money on a studio. The idea of the film was a makeover clinic of travellers.

    Of course we could've advertised for people travelling brought them to the studio (prob from around the country so people don't complain of regional bias) so that'd been about 20 train tickets instead of just mine - plus hospitality. We'd also then come up against rules of unfair self-selection of people.

    Also I think you perhaps need put this in perspective. Prime time TV costs about £1,500 a minute - £100,000 per hour. Travel costs are negligible the cost of a studio is FAR more expensive than sending a camera and presenter to an airport. An hours studio time is about 20 times the cost of doing that.
    Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert.
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  • joolsybools
    joolsybools Posts: 1,595 Forumite
    Glad I'm not the only one that has days like that! It's been a funny week, don't take it to heart! ;)
  • bylromarha
    bylromarha Posts: 10,085 Forumite
    I've been Money Tipped!
    Can't see the gaffer tape and am looking closely for it! The team did a good job. Well done Watchdog!
    Who made hogs and dogs and frogs?
  • MothballsWallet
    MothballsWallet Posts: 15,852 Forumite
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    edited 10 June 2010 at 9:16PM
    Is Martin the new MacGyver? Could he take over from Richard Dean Anderson in the MacGyver movie? Stay tuned...

    To be serious for a moment, I couldn't see anything wrong with your shirt, mine look a complete mess compared to yours - how do you keep them looking in such good condition? (I'm after tips here.)

    Btw, you featured the Nationwide Gold credit card on your piece - I've only got the normal one as I don't earn enough to qualify for a Gold card, is the normal one just/almost as good as the Gold card abroad?
  • Tigsteroonie
    Tigsteroonie Posts: 24,954 Forumite
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    Couldn't tell your shirt was ripped, Martin. Perhaps you could oblige us fans by ripping it off completely and showing off your bod? :p
    :heartpuls Mrs Marleyboy :heartpuls

    MSE: many of the benefits of a helpful family, without disadvantages like having to compete for the tv remote

    :) Proud Parents to an Aut-some son :)
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