Thursday, August 24, 2006

A dilemma and a challenge

This is an AP story in yesterday’s Chicago Sun-Times :
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Sweden’s state broadcaster SVT showed a little too much when it mistakenly showed a porn movie in the background of a news broadcast.

Viewers of a five-minute news update at midnight Saturday could see explicit scenes from a Czech porn movie on a TV screen behind a news anchor.

The monitor -- one of many on the wall of a control room visible behind the studio -- normally shows other news channels during broadcasts. But staffers who earlier in the evening had watched a sports event on a cable channel -- which often shows X-rated films after midnight -- had forgotten to switch it back, said news director Per Yng.

“This is highly embarrassing and unfortunate,” Yng said. “It must not happen again.”

A producer quickly spotted the sex scenes and ran into the control room and turned off the monitor, Yng said. He said there had been no complaints from viewers about the mishap, but “enormous interest from media.”
Since I read the article I've been trying to come up with a snappy line about it. So far I've got:
  • (In a conspiratorial whisper)Do we tell Katie Couric about this?
  • (With world-weary authority) Local news is going to get real interesting during the next sweeps.
Can you come up with others? (Keep 'em clean; this is a family blog.)

2 comments:

Jean-Luc Picard said...

I heard about this story; it did make me laugh.

How about: 'The news has now been moved to an after 10pm slot'

or:

'News has been bought by the Playboy Channel'.

Edie said...

News Briefs & Bare Facts

Reports in Detail

- - TV Midnight News

Escalating News

- - TV, Your New-s-ource

And then I wonder what the news-caster was saying at the time:

World events?
“Seems a remedy for world peace is in the making…”
“After meeting with peace-keepers, - - and - - agreed to resolve their differences. Cease-fire is in effect.”
“The Prime Minister found himself in a delicate situation today when…”
“Condalisa Rice showed disappointment after meeting with…”

Sports?
“While some may think polo is boring…”
“It was a fine day in Woman’s Hockey, fine indeed…”
“There was excitement today in the National Baseball League…”
“…and this is sure to go down in the Sports Hall-of-Fame!”

Health?
“Doctor’s are insisting that twenty minutes of vigorous, well-paced, exercise will reduce cholesterol…”
“The study indicates that this remedy has worked on lab rats—with a 100% success rate—however, it seems that not all variable were accounted for, so the new question is: what is the missing variable that made this cure such a success in the rodent population?”
“Being that stress is the number one culprit of today’s major heath concerns, our Guide to Health is offering an exhaustive list of ways you can reduce stress.”

Weather?
“People are finding some relief after the heat-wave.”
“The barometric pressure is on the rise.”
“This just in…A TORNATOE HAVE BEEN SPOTTED…YOU ARE ADVISED TO TAKE COVER!”
“A new study in the cause of global warming indicates over-population as the key factor.”