#METROBLOG: Reality TV Show Coverage: Defining a Purpose

Okay, we’re going to have a little quiz in this entry, I want you to look at this article about what happened in Celebrity Big Brother last night printed in the Metro this morning and define its purpose:


This is the sort of question you’d be given in your bog-standard journalism class. And its also a trick question as literally no answer you could give would hold water to me. E.g you might say one of the following:

1. Well its reporting on the events of a television show to readers who may be fans and act as a dialogue between the two.

or 2. Its advertising the show to those who may or may not be aware of it and encouraging them to join in with the hype.

Neither of these are concrete reasons for this article though because when you read the article, its just flat out saying what happened on this television show the other night. Your life and perspective will not be enchanced whatsoever if you have seen the show and subsequently read this article. Or if you usually watch but haven’t seen it yet, its totally useless and spoils what happens in it. Or if you don’t watch it you obviously don’t care and have it advertised to you elsewhere anyway so…..yeah, I still can’t see any justification for an article reporting this. It basically translates out as this:

Its the same with Game of Thrones and the Apprentice, two of the shows the Metro has been accused of spoiling in the past, literally NO ONE gains anything by reporting on the sequence of events in a television show. Something to do with a TV show OUTSIDE of the TV show maybe, that serves a purpose, provide some backstory or background to do with the production for people interested or some sort of opinion or commentary but what this article and pretty much 90% of all coverage of reality TV does is just say: THIS HAPPENED. Which I know is what news is for, but when what you’re reporting on has been broadcast on TV where literally 100% of people that care will have already watched it…can’t exactly see any genuine reason for anyone to do something like that. Even if they were adding something to it like an opinion or an interpretation, reality TV especially is pretty straightfoward, what you see is what you get and what you get has been specifically edited to make you think a certain way about what you see. Its hardly a talking point or something open to interpretation, you might as well publish something like this for all the good its gonna do:

So in short: if all you could be arsed to do when you wanna vicariously gain attention from a TV show is just watch the TV show along with the 3 million other people in Big Brother’s current audience and then write it down in an article, then it doesn’t qualify to be in a newspaper. If you don’t have any insight there isn’t exactly a point.