New Directions, New Challenges
Edited By Stephen Cushion and Richard Sambrook
Chapter 1: Have 24-Hour TV News Channels Had Their Day?
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Have 24-Hour TV News Channels Had Their Day?
RICHARD SAMBROOK AND SEAN MCGUIRE
In 2014, we wrote two articles for The Guardian website on the future of 24-hour TV News channels.1 As a former Director of BBC News and former Head of Strategy for BBC News, we had been instrumental in the launching of a number of news channels, but felt there was now little recognition of the imminent impact of digital and mobile platforms on their function and performance. The articles were polemical—intended to provoke debate in an industry we felt had been insufficiently innovative in response to digital technologies and which had fallen into some complacency.
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