Current affairs producers need to “clean themselves out a bit and take a good look at themselves,” says George Negus.
The veteran reporter says what passes for current affairs these days isn’t his idea of what news is in his book.
You’re not wrong there, George.
Of 60 Minutes he said, “I have a disappointment rather than a criticism – it’s a bit too much like a long A Current Affair.
“And I’m not too sure how they define current affairs these days.
“I’m not sure if it’s all just sort of stuff. It’s not my idea of current affairs, that doesn’t make it wrong, it’s just not my idea.”
The Dateline host said many commercial television executives were underestimating the intelligence of the audience by trying to pass off stories like celebrity fad diets as current affairs, and were too reliant on ratings.
“They need to get clear and decide that there’s certain things that are just not current affairs – they are froth and bubble.”
Negus, who this week hinted at retirement in the near is certainly working the publicity circle.
SBS’ Dateline returns from Sunday February 8 at 8.30pm.
Source: Herald Sun