Author Topic: The quality of writing on the BBC News website  (Read 38492 times)

buttgammon

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Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #120 on: January 27, 2020, 07:32:04 PM »
Not the website and admittedly no fault of any editors, but at the Auschwitz memorial service on BBC news 24,Dr Mengele shows up on the subtitles as Dr Middle England.

Sick of the lefty bias if I'm honest

It would've been more fitting for the BBC to have a debate between a Holocaust survivor and a Nazi for 'balance'.

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Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #121 on: January 27, 2020, 09:20:18 PM »
The lack of answers on the BBC News site constantly annoys me. When a headline is, for example, 'Why the Queen eats beans' it would be appropriate to say why, rather than just regurgitating for 12 paragraphs that she does. Or 'How Truro discovered pleurisy' should not link to an article that mentions in passing that the discoverer of pleurisy came from the town.

It should be simple - ask a question (albeit implicitly) and answer it.

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Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #122 on: January 27, 2020, 09:28:52 PM »
The lack of answers on the BBC News site constantly annoys me. When a headline is, for example, 'Why the Queen eats beans' it would be appropriate to say why, rather than just regurgitating for 12 paragraphs that she does. Or 'How Truro discovered pleurisy' should not link to an article that mentions in passing that the discoverer of pleurisy came from the town.

It should be simple - ask a question (albeit implicitly) and answer it.

Someone should develop a browser filter that removes the opening clause from headlines (and the question mark, if there is one). Hey presto - today's hot news is 'The Queen eats beans' and 'Truro discovered pleurisy'. Cuts out the cockteasing and you don't even have to read the article now.

Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #123 on: January 28, 2020, 12:09:46 PM »
The Guardian is going the same way.

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Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #124 on: January 28, 2020, 01:59:59 PM »
Here's what I grabbed

British basketball has reacted with "sadness" to the "shock" news that Robert Archibald, the only Scot to play in the NBA, has died at 39.

FEEL VERY "SAD" NOW

of course it's a fucking shock, be a bit weird if they were expecting it

Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #125 on: January 29, 2020, 12:03:14 PM »
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Narciso Elvira, a Mexican retired Major League Baseball player, has been killed in his home state of Veracruz. Elvira, 52, was shot dead along with his 20-year-old son. No arrests have been made, but police suspect criminals were behind the shooting.

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Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #126 on: February 18, 2020, 04:08:39 PM »


Hardly a watershed moment but I see they've apparently given up even trying to not make their headlines read like autogen clickbait

Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #127 on: February 18, 2020, 06:26:02 PM »


Hardly a watershed moment but I see they've apparently given up even trying to not make their headlines read like autogen clickbait

And both you and I clicked it.

buttgammon

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Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #128 on: February 18, 2020, 07:29:58 PM »
I've read that phrase about ten times now and still don't understand it. Is the gist of it 'read this article so you can convince yourself the headline makes some sort of grammatical sense'?

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Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #129 on: February 18, 2020, 10:10:01 PM »
In the future we will all speak fluffed Kilroy.

Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #130 on: February 28, 2020, 07:36:02 PM »
Literally every line here is punishing.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/gymnastics/51678910

Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #131 on: February 28, 2020, 09:58:41 PM »
Literally every line here is punishing.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/gymnastics/51678910

Holy shit. I was desperately looking for the Newsbeat or CBBC banner at the top. How the fuck does that pass as sports journalism?

bgmnts

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Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #132 on: February 28, 2020, 10:01:17 PM »
To be fair I think the author may genuinely be a teenager.

https://twitter.com/amyguarddt?lang=en

Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #133 on: April 09, 2020, 10:33:31 AM »
Hey everybody! Check out these cool "dancing" mice!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-52216847/dancing-mice-spotted-on-quiet-tube-platform

GRAVE PRONTO.

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Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #134 on: April 09, 2020, 10:40:47 AM »
My gerbils used to dance like that when I was a kid.  I sent a letter to Terry Wogan about it, but the cunt never responded.  Death was a fitting reward for this oversight.

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Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #135 on: April 09, 2020, 01:41:54 PM »
I keep coming (snort!) across the link for the guide on the BBC website on how to wank yourself off properly, which I find really offensive as I am considered something of an expert, locally.
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Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #136 on: April 09, 2020, 02:20:32 PM »
BBC Guides are the PITS OF OUR TIME (e.g. the BBC Guide to Being Prim in Good Company; the BBC Guide to Being a Right Thinking individual; the BBC Guide to Post-Normal Tweeness for Former Rebels)

But their wanking guide is decent, to be fair

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Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #137 on: April 17, 2020, 12:03:45 AM »
Some how this is one of the worst things I’ve ever read:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200415-how-to-make-pizza-like-a-neapolitan-master

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When you think of Italy’s most memorable dishes, its beloved pizza will most likely be among your top five, if not top three, favourites.

No obvious clangers, but it’s just...shit. “Top five, if not top three”. Christ.

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Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #138 on: April 17, 2020, 12:05:46 AM »
They're right 'cos I can only think of pasta, pizza and lasagne.

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Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #139 on: April 17, 2020, 12:11:47 AM »
And even that’s only two things.

Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #140 on: April 17, 2020, 12:18:08 AM »
Garlic... and bread complete the top 5.

Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #141 on: April 17, 2020, 08:28:43 AM »
Dolmio smoothies is probably number 2.

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Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #142 on: April 17, 2020, 08:52:04 AM »
Corkscrews, tubes, Action Man bowties...

sirhenry

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Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #143 on: April 17, 2020, 09:29:56 AM »
Ice cream and kittens

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Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #144 on: April 17, 2020, 09:32:17 AM »
Sacla green, Sacla red, Sacla firey chilli.

Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #145 on: April 17, 2020, 09:38:09 AM »
My Italian friends are bemused that we've elevated pizza so much. To them, a pizza is more of a light lunchtime thing than the stodgy, greasy dinner item that we've made it. The best analogy was that it was like ordering a cheese and pickle sandwich with too much butter for your main and paying £15 for it.

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Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #146 on: April 17, 2020, 09:49:52 AM »
My Italian friends are bemused that we've elevated pizza so much. To them, a pizza is more of a light lunchtime thing than the stodgy, greasy dinner item that we've made it. The best analogy was that it was like ordering a cheese and pickle sandwich with too much butter for your main and paying £15 for it.

Your Italian friends haven't got a clue what they're on about then.

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Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #147 on: April 17, 2020, 10:44:34 AM »
Italian
Hearty Italian
Italian herbs & cheese
Grain wheat
Honey oat

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Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #148 on: April 17, 2020, 10:46:53 AM »
BBQ Flamingo and Horse in Southern Sardinia

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Re: The quality of writing on the BBC News website
« Reply #149 on: April 17, 2020, 10:48:59 AM »
My Italian friends are bemused that we've elevated pizza so much. To them, a pizza is more of a light lunchtime thing than the stodgy, greasy dinner item that we've made it. The best analogy was that it was like ordering a cheese and pickle sandwich with too much butter for your main and paying £15 for it.

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