It’s a century-old love affair: Britain and its regular dose of the News. And it’s certainly not been affected during that time in any great way by the many dramatic changes in how we access it – from print and broadcast to ever-increasing online platforms and apps like Bing News.
Historically, of course, newspapers were the place to find the news of the day. A hundred years ago, The Daily Mirror was Britain’s biggest selling picture paper, shifting a million copies a day, while The Times was so powerful in those days it was credited with bringing down the World War One government.
Broadcast soon became equally popular for Britain’s regular news fix, initially via the BBC, whose radio transmissions kept us informed during World War Two. Then came television, which really found its place in the nation’s living rooms – and hearts – in 1953 as 20 million Brits tuned in to THE news event of the decade: the Queen’s Coronation.
Fast forward to 1967, and as Big Ben’s iconic ‘bongs’ opened ITV’s News at Ten for the first time, a pattern of daily news consumption was set that would run for the next 30 years: the morning paper, the evening catch up in front of the telly, and then everyone went to bed until the cycle started up again the next day.
Enter rolling news in the 1990s, and the arrival of 24/7 broadcast channels such as Sky News, dedicated to providing a never-ending supply of news, comment and reaction. This ultimately paved the way for the digital revolution at the start of the 21st Century – with the internet, smartphones and social media (particularly Twitter) becoming the place where news lands first. Sometimes things even became news just because they happened on social media…
And in 2014 we’re faced with a proliferation of news sources from the moment we wake up – from the latest revamped Breakfast TV and radio news programmes to commuter free sheets and Facebook. And that’s before you even get to work. The challenge now is to find a way of absorbing this constant, on-going news delivery process, which is the thinking behind the latest wave of online news aggregators, such as the Bing News app: these are created by a team of people pulling together the best news from multiple sources globally, while they also exist as a place where you can curate your own news sources, so you never miss a thing.
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With the sheer volume of never ending stories, photos, videos and content now published, broadcast and posted online in the name of ‘news’, the likes of the Bing News app are set to help us assimilate, access and share the news we want (and sometimes don’t want) to know about – while keeping alive Britain’s love affair with the News for another 100 years.
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