In the days before expanded TV programming, my access to news was somewhat limited. I could tune in the 6 PM National Network News shows… stay tuned at 6:30 P.M. for the local news stories… return at 10 P.M. or 11 P.M. for any late-breaking stories.
Then, of course, I could buy a daily newspaper, sometimes two or even a third, to get a different slant on the same news stories… or even information about a story that didn’t show up on the TV news program.
That wasn’t bad, but it’s nothing like what is available to me today. To begin, I have access to a personal computer. That enables me to read newspapers online for daily information plus access blogs for political and world news. I have a radio… so I can listen to news and information shows in which political opinions about events are expressed every day. They’re informative and entertaining.
But, the best option I have, the one I enjoy more than any other is the non-stop access to news and information available to me as a subscriber to a TV programming service that gives me an almost unlimited menu of TV shows that I can watch and enjoy, including many around-the-clock, “all news-all the time” networks.
The most prominent of these networks are all Cable News Services – Fox Cable News Network… MSNBC (owned and operated by NBC, of course)… and CNN (Cable News Network), the originator of the Total News Network format.
If you like news and opinions on news and politics, you are sure to love any, or all, of these networks. They don’t disappoint because their programming is continuous – always on – and they are able to cover “breaking stories” 24-hours a day, seven days a week, something the major networks can’t match. That means a story that unfolds at 3 A.M. will be covered by a Cable News Network reporter as it occurs. There has never been that kind of instant, on-the-spot coverage on news and events in history, certainly not in the earlier days of television.
But, this is the 21st Century. TV is better than ever before, thanks to the good work of programming providers. They provide a great service and I’m a fortunate beneficiary.