The Australian ABC net generously churns out audio live streams and videos on demand in any area you fancy watching on its Web site. Thus, beside the news bulletin and the news brief, you can get 24h news on a continuum of snapshots, which is updated three times a day.
Today, on December 14th, 2006, the first story announces the take over of the national airline, Qantas, by the group Airline Partners Australia. The deal may be worth 11.1 billion but some faces are pulled.
The next topic has to do with the death of an aboriginal citizen in custody, which has stirred anger and use of the word racism among the native community.
The wildfires in Tasmania and Eastern Victoria keep the country on alert, although no sign of panic is shown. That is the fourth story among those leading the gallery of thumbnails displayed below in this news and current affairs page.
The other short videos briefly cover the Safety Bureau investigation on a train derailment in Darwin, the nation’s desire for the return of an Australian detainee in Guantanamo Bay, the fear of ecological extinction of the Reef sharks, and calls for the international community to investigate allegations of torture that took place after recent riots in Tonga.
Basically, the rest of the world seems to be mentioned only with the story of the hunt for a serial killer in the UK. I am intrigued.
Could it be that the size of the Continent enhances its distance from other global areas? Or is it a natural disposition of an island culture? I am now compelled to check against other more or less homogeneous entities.
How much do the United States and Latin America TV news on line, for instance, show interest in what happens outside their borders?