Newswipe with Charlie Brooker is a British news review programme broadcast on BBC Four written and presented by Charlie Brooker. It is similar to Brooker's Screenwipe series which is also shown on BBC Four. A series of six episodes has been commissioned to run between 25 March 2009 and 29 April 2009.
The aim of Newswipe is to expose the inner workings of news media, just as Screenwipe does to television in general.
The series is a comic, thoughtful and scabrous digest of recent news events. Newswipe also looks at the brilliant or preposterous way the news is presented to the public. Experts are also on hand to pick apart certain stories and analyse the news media's obsessions.
Charlie Brooker comments: "This is new territory for me: I'm no current affairs expert. Just like, I suspect, many people, when I tune into the news I often feel like I've wandered into episode 389 of the world's most complex soap opera. So it's also about:: me trying to make sense of a bewildering and often bloody stupid world."
Like Screenwipe, much of the programme is filmed in Brooker's living room, with shots of him sitting in front of his TV (and laptop) with remote in hand talking to camera, occasionally bellowing insults or sarcastic comments at whatever happens to be shown at the time, interspersed with shots of shows.
S01E03 - 8 April 2009
In this episode, Brooker examines the evolving role of anchors and newscasters in the media, from their positions as simple "news-readers" in the early days of television to their current position of more serious and driven journalists. Also examined is the role of anchors as both ideologues (such as Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity on Fox News) and approachable, familiar figures on early morning television. A tongue-in-cheek piece was also produced by filmmaker Adam Curtis, which charted how the news became an excellent tool for the radical left of the 1960s to motivate politicans to action, before becoming what Curtis now describes as a simple tool of "oh-dearism" which drives audiences to apathy and helplessness.
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