(james benedict brown) on the road

The headlines tonight…

Posted in Posts by James Benedict Brown on 19 February, 2007

I’ve been living in my new home, a rented room in a big old Strasbourg apartment, for almost a week and a half now. There’s no television, but there is wireless internet that’s generously shared with me by the neighbours upstairs. Before I moved out here, I clicked around the internet to get up to speed on the current affairs of France, Alsace and Strasbourg. There are plenty of useful websites out there (and even the BBC produces regular television programmes from here) but what is almost more revealing than the actual news that’s being reported is the way in which it is presented. The graphics, sounds and design of television news reporting has interested me for a while now, and moving to a new city and a new country has opened my eyes to some different ways or presenting news on the screen.

And with your internet connection, you can watch these programmes as well. Here are just two newscasts worth watching. Click the links for the most recent broadcast of that programme, and notice just how differently the programmes are presented to what you might be used where you are.

France 3 ’19 / 20′ France 3 (one of the state-owned channels) produces a hefty volume of regional programming. Click the ’19 / 20′ logo for the evening news in French, or for something more exotic, scroll down and click on ’19 / 20 Rund Um’ for the daily news bulletin in the Franco-German language of Alsatian.

M6 ‘Le Six’ – a strikingly presented national newscast without a newsreader or set; the complete opposite of the glitzy North American television news programmes fronted by near-celebrity anchors.

…and if you want to see if you can spot the subtle nuances between French-French and Québec-French, try comparing those programmes with some news clips from the Montréal based TV station TQS (click on a news clip and let the trailer run before the clip loads).

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  1. Ecoutez pour voir « …ontheroad said, on 30 April, 2007 at 08:36

    […] 30th, 2007 Earlier this year, I blogged about the French television newscasts that I watch to keep my hand in on what’s going on in the world. Now that I have less time […]

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