John Harris

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Trite, glitzy, superficial. No wonder television news is such a turnoff | John Harris

Viewers will only return when broadcasters abandon their crass formats and boost content and context

Hang out the bunting and contain your excitement, if possible: party conference season is once again upon us, at a time when old-fashioned assumptions about politics look more fragile than ever. The rise of Jeremy Corbyn is the latest unprecedented development. Ukip’s gathering this weekend proves that they have not gone away, and the great political reformation in Scotland continues apace.

The public will largely ignore the kind of pseudo-events that will define Labour’s time in Brighton this week and the Tories’ forthcoming turn in Manchester – yet many broadcast and print journalists will honour these events with a credulous blankness, before a deep sense of anticlimax sets in.

Related: Lib Dem conference diary: What do delegates know that the rest of us don’t?

If it’s going to have any kind of future, TV news needs to uncouple itself from the these staid ways and get out more

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