In January I questioned the meaning behind those watermarks “First on Nine,” “First on Seven” and “Exclusive.”
Does it mean the network is the only one with access to the news subject, does it mean they are breaking it before other media (or just their direct competition?), does it mean it’s the first time the story has run on the network, or does it mean the camera angles are some sort of exclusive?
It’s confusing however you look at it.
At the time Nine said, ““Our philosophy with ‘First on Nine’ is that it goes on material that is exclusive to Channel Nine at 6pm. We’ll also use it during the day in various updates where the material is being shown for the first time.”
A Seven spokesperson said, “It refers to an exclusive story, story development or vision which we aired first. It’s used when appropriate.”
In any case this yarn about a murder suspect being driven into court ran at the same time in Wednesday’s 6pm Melbourne news bulletins.
A 25-year-old Preston man was charged with one count of murder over the death of 21 year old Werribee man Shaun Wright, who was found in Johnston Street in Fitzroy early on Sunday morning