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“Ratings are not the only measure of news to bring”

On september 3, will start on the Canvas the four-part series of “Thank you” was about 40 years of television journalism. The programme makers spoke with more than 30 journalists of the past and the present. In the first episode, the question “What is news? “. Belga said some of the protagonists in the series.

Reader Wim De Vilder will find that the amount of viewers allowed to play a role in determining what is in a journal. “The public broadcaster is paid for with taxpayers’ money. You may expect that programs that for a wide enough audience to be attractive. But that it is the only measure would be to something in the news or not, is bullshit.”

The Vilder responds thus to a statement of Walter Zinzen, that in 1967 the public broadcasting began. “The only thing that matters are ratings. The media will have the news that the viewer would like to see, apart from the question whether it is relevant,” said Zinzen in an interview this week in Humo appeared.

“The ratings we got, only at the arrival of VTM in 1989, red.)”, recalls former newsreader and Matter-presenter Dirk Sterckx. “With the review of those figures was laughing, but I found it fascinating to know who had looked and why. Until then, we knew, after all, out of nothing.”

Already there were, however, letters from viewers. “Of the former vlaams blok (Flemish Block (now Flemish Interest, ed.) we knew, for example, in the early nineties, that a system had to be yellow postcards, protestkaartjes, flock to spread,” recalls Sterckx.

The letters then are the tweets as of now. “I am very happy that I was allowed to learn to present in the times that Twitter and Facebook didn’t exist yet”, says Phara de Aguirre, who in 1994 at the public broadcaster started to work. “Now, the people have already an opinion about you even before the end credits.”

Nieuwsreporters are now under heavier pressure than in the past. “I’m still going when there is no middagjournaal was,” says De Aguirre. “You came in the morning and you had a whole day time. You could kind of talk go to dinner with the crew. If you bad luck had, you needed a piece for the broadcast of 18 hours. Otherwise, you had time to 19.30 hours. It’s completely different now. You start in the morning to an item, and after the afternoon you will make still another.”

“Reporters should not only be for tv have a deadline to meet. There is sometimes also requested something for the radio to provide something for online to write a tweet to send, and possibly even an Instagram-story to deliver. That is extremely heavy,” says De Vilder.

The technological progress that the current generation of journalists “larger luggage” should have. “I doubt sometimes whether that is the case,” said Sterckx. The Vilder agrees: “Many young people think that they are ready to be a journalist when they have a movie or make a piece of present, while the luggage is often lacking. I give the board to a first broad study to study. The journalistic quality will come later.”

The technology enables journalists also exposed to public criticism. How does it feel if the Us president’s media “enemies of the people”? “Journalists sitting in the corner where the blows fall”, responds The Vilder. “It is a trend in a number of places: it is said that the filter of journalism is no longer needed. While I just think that journalism is needed more than ever. There comes every day a tsunami of information, which the ordinary citizen is very difficult to make a distinction between what is real or fake. I think that a public broadcaster there is a huge role and I hope that that understanding will continue to exist.”

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