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The best 24 hours news channel for a waiting room?


View Poll Results: Which news channel would you have playing?
BBC News 72 65.45%
Sky News 38 34.55%
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Old 03-07-2011, 20:49
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If you owned a business which dictated the need for a waiting area at reception, ie a small clinic or training centre and you was going to have a TV in the corner playing a 24 hour news channel, which news channel would you have playing. Before anyone says "whats the point in having a news channel on in these enviroments" I have seen them in my local hospital, in many of the waiting areas and the A&E waiting room. It could be useful to keep everyone up to date with things in case something terrible was to happen like a disaster equivalent to 9/11 or if some famous person dies.
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Old 03-07-2011, 21:10
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I would show Sky News, CNN, Sky News or Bloomberg for the Business people
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Old 03-07-2011, 21:23
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I would show Sky News, CNN, Sky News or Bloomberg for the Business people
If it was Sky News you was showing, would you subscribe to the Sky HD pack + News and Events pack and then show Sky News HD?
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Old 03-07-2011, 22:26
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If it was Sky News you was showing, would you subscribe to the Sky HD pack + News and Events pack and then show Sky News HD?
I would yes. Seems you have a bias opinion though judging by your smiley..
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Old 03-07-2011, 22:31
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I would show Sky News, CNN, Sky News or Bloomberg for the Business people
For the business people you should have CNBC It's the channel I would pick if I had a business with a waiting room. However if anyone in the waiting room didn't want CNBC I would put on CNN.
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Old 03-07-2011, 22:53
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Over here IN Gibraltar most places have either sky news or BBC, and places with more than one screen will have both. The pub I frequernt has Sky News on both screens, but they will also put on BBC if something big is happening. same with most coffee places I frequent.
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Old 03-07-2011, 23:42
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Over here IN Gibraltar most places have either sky news or BBC, and places with more than one screen will have both. The pub I frequernt has Sky News on both screens, but they will also put on BBC if something big is happening. same with most coffee places I frequent.
That's fairly similar in Ireland too. My university student bar often has Sky News on and I've been in hotels where they also have it on. Rarely see BBC News on. I did see CNBC in a hotel bar once but I figured they must have known I was coming
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Old 03-07-2011, 23:53
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When I lived in Barcelona most of the mock awful theme bars showed Sky News.

When a major event happened the Spanish bars tended to switch to Sky, during the tube attacks for example
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Old 03-07-2011, 23:58
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I chose the BBC. I very rarely watch 24 hour news channels, but if I do, the BBC is about the only one I can tolerate.
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Old 04-07-2011, 00:08
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Old 04-07-2011, 00:13
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BBC as no ad breaks.
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Old 04-07-2011, 01:27
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I would say BBC news channel because it does appear neutral.
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Old 04-07-2011, 01:34
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Hi I'm new to this so forgive me if this sounds a bit formal but here we go.
Most 24 hour news channels in a public place have no volume in them so you would want the one without ads as you dont know how much time u have in the waiting room. Consequently BBC news 24 wins
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Old 04-07-2011, 03:52
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BBC as no ad breaks.
Yeah, this, purely for the no ads reason.
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:11
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Re earlier comments it must be BBC News or Sky News as it would be wrong to show a foreign channel in a public place.
I would choose Sky News as there's more graphics which is useful in an environment where you would have very low sound level or none at all. Also more interesting screens. BBC is very drab.
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:18
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I have noticed in the past at railway stations, (not sure if they still do it), big screens with a five minute rolling headlines thing from the BBC, Guess like the multi screens headlines choice, with other data like weather. sport in side bars etc.

However as to which to show, is subjective. I get the feeling talking at work, some of the young ones prefer Sky, as it is a brand they associate with sport (which they like/desire), when Sky Sports News was FTA, often if say the BBC had Athletics. Golf or Tennis live they would prefer watching SSN talk about football transfers than watch sport.

I still feel that the BBC is more relevant if you want to know about the UK with it's network of regional/local news supply. In the BBC East region, Norwich may supply to network reporters in advance for a feature, but with reporters having access it seems to the TV network fr5om other BBC local radio news rooms, is something happens in Luton they have people who know the area, something that Sky cannot offer.

So in these polls, to me is it is always what does the consumer want? Sky has the colourfull graphics, the yellow/blues etc the BBC's reds/blacks look less pleasing, eye catching. But strip the imiagary what is the actual content?
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:53
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With the amount of graphics on screen giving information on the story being reported/discussed, I'm sometimes puzzled when I see some places put on the subtitles, especially as there is often a time delay with them, so they don't match what is on screen.
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:11
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I have seen them in my local hospital, in many of the waiting areas and the A&E waiting room. It could be useful to keep everyone up to date with things in case something terrible was to happen like a disaster equivalent to 9/11 or if some famous person dies.
Yes, because if I'm in A&E, the thing I most want to see is news about other people dying...
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:19
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BBC as no ad breaks.
Agreed. I tend to watch Sky News more, but if I owned a business, the channel without the adverts would be a better choice to keep my customers entertained.

FWIW, a nearby Tesco Metro always has Sky News on above the self-check-out queues. Visually it does seem to jump out a bit better than BBC.
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:45
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I would show the landscape channel. Or a life insurance advertising channel.
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Old 04-07-2011, 12:17
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I would show the landscape channel. Or a life insurance advertising channel.
Don't think there's a life insurance advertising channel yet but there's the Ocean Finance channel if you wanted to show that
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Old 04-07-2011, 12:19
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I cant read your post (ad issues) but im going to say BBC News, last thing people want to be seeing is the over excited Sky News and its low quality adverts
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Old 04-07-2011, 12:36
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I cant read your post (ad issues) but im going to say BBC News, last thing people want to be seeing is the over excited Sky News and its low quality adverts
It's hardly the last thing people would want to see, which is why many businesses do in fact choose to broadcast it where their customers can watch it.

Sky News has won news channel of the year at the Royal Television Society awards on numerous occasions. It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's not without merit.
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Old 04-07-2011, 12:44
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for what its worth I can understand why certain types of business's may use Sky Sports News.

As for business in general, I am sure customers will be thrilled to see that the company keeps prices low, but only so low as to be able to afford a Sky subcription.
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Old 04-07-2011, 17:37
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Sky News

If you are not having the volume on, Sky is better as it puts some of the key points on the banners, so it's easier to follow.

Subtitles on rolling news channels are hilarious. I wouldn't bother as they are like preditctive text...usually the wrong word.
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