Radio 4 news bulletins in order:

  • Police in Ghana are waiting for a formal request from Britain to extradite a man suspected of murdering his partner and two children.
  • A 16 year old boy has been stabbed in the streets of London.
  • David Cameron has said he is optimistic of securing a deal of Britain’s  membership of the EU which means there could be a referendum next summer.
  • Sean Penn is facing criticism over his interview with a Mexican drugs Barron
  • New star wars film is the third highest grossing film of all time.

News Values – In my opinion they have put the stories in this order because of the impact that they will have on the listener. People are going to be much more interested and shocked by the fact a British man has murdered his family in Ghana than star wars being the third highest grossing film of all time. By mentioning it first it gives the reader the impression that it is a matter of importance that they hear this before they hear anything else. Also, by following it up with news that can be seen as less important it eases the listener out of hearing the really shocking news.

Style – The news is told in a very formal manner.I feel as though this is because they want the news to be taken seriously and not seen as something to be relaxed about. If the news readers were to tell the listeners about a 16 year old boy being murdered in a relaxed manner, it would give the wrong impression. The broadcast makes me feel like I have to listen carefully and take it seriously which in my opinion is exactly how it should be.

Pace – The reporters speak clearly and concisely. This is effective because for a bulletin they don’t want to overload you with a bunch of information that you wont be able to take in at once. So by making the bulletins short and to the point it enables the listener to get all of the main information they need in a short amount of time. The pace the reporters speak at is neither too quick or too slow. They speak at a pretty normal pace but seem to speak in small amount with breaks in between sentences in order to give the listener a chance to process the information and differentiate between one part of the story and another.

Language – ”Extradite” ”Referendum” ”Revelations” ”Impose” ”Consumers” ”Executive”