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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

BBC News Insanity

Breaking news from the BBC:

A tsunami is expected to hit the north and east coasts of Japan, the country's meteorological agency says. The agency says the tsumami will be at least two metres (6.5 feet) high and could hit Hokkaido and Honshu islands after 1210 GMT. Warnings are being broadcast on all TV channels and radio stations advising people to move to higher ground. It comes after an earthquake of at least 7.7 magnitude hit the Kuril Islands, north of Japan.

They’ve followed it up with one of their almost legendarily pathetic pleas to their readers for ‘interactive’ content – remember, it’s not lazy but is in fact cutting edge to get should-know-better members of the public to do your job for you:

“Are you in Hokkaido? Have you been affected by the tsunami warning? Send us your comments and experiences using the form below,” begs the newly-graduated internet-yokel being underpaid to churn out this nonsense in between bites of his morning bagel (you can practically hear the choking excitement from here).

Erm, is it just me, or shouldn’t a responsible news broadcaster be encouraging people in Hokkaido to follow the earlier-stated advice to “flee to higher ground”, rather than pleading with them to send pointless “where’s all that water coming from?” emails to the BBC’s website?

If I didn’t know better I’d honestly believe this story was a spoof: “There’s a tidal wave a’coming, folks. Don’t worry about inflating the dinghy, just sit tight and tell Auntie all about it”…

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