Growing up in the country provides you with innumerable experiences that our city brethren can never truly appreciate, or perhaps even understand. One of these things is the local TV news bulletin.
Before the state-wide 6pm news that everyone is familiar with, regional TV networks do their best to prove their local credentials by covering the important issues in the surrounding area. This is a difficult task as these networks cover large areas, have small budgets, and are mostly staffed by people desperate to leave for the capital cities. What you usually end up with is a combination of council meetings, football matches, photogenic school children and any visitor of note who passes through.
The other feature of local news is the ability to tie fame-worthy events and individuals to the local area. Sometimes this is easy, like Albury and Lauren Jackson or Mark Taylor and Wagga Wagga, sometimes it is a little more tenuous, like the time our local media decided to cover the wedding of a northern European lass into an obscure royal family on the basis that she’d spent six months in Wangaratta as an exchange student.
Because the hours between five and seven PM require fairly constant activity to get Buster Boy and the Troll Princess fed and to bed, seeing local news is a rare event, but I was reminded of how wonderful it can be earlier tonight when the mid-north coast news bulletin on Prime moved on to sport. The lead item on the sport report was an update on Le Tour de France, because they needed to report the progress of ‘Upper Corindi’s own Cadel Evans’.
I love local media.