Morning Briefing: 17 March 2014

News networks benefiting from missing Malaysian Airline flight

Bigger than usual audiences are tuning in for news coverage of the missing Malaysian Airline’s flight MH370.  CNN’s non-stop coverage on Thursday dominated the average audience news ratings in primetime while Fox News had higher total viewers over the three our period.

SyFy greenlights space travel miniseries

After signalling it was returning to its roots last week, SyFy has greenlit a space travel miniseries titled Ascension set on a starship of the same name. In 1963, the U.S. government launched a covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the Ascension to populate a new world. Nearly 50 years into the journey, as they approach the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission.

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Regan is one of the co-founders of Throng Media.
If they're on, I'm usually watching Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, 24, Battlestar Galactica, The X Factor, Survivor, House of Cards, Mad Men and the NRL.
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  • Tania

    They’ve found suitcases in the water near the Straits of Malacca now, so hopefully this thing will conclude and bring closure for the families within the next few days.

    • Maggie

      Not meaning any disrespect to you, but this is rumour and speculation – nothing has been confirmed. I’ve read quite a few things over the past few days that seem to be nothing but tiddlywinks. As for the “psychics” reaching out, passing on messages (which are so longwinded and generic it’s not funny) … they should just stop it!!

      I’m enjoying the rolling CNN and FOX content. There’s a good bulletin on CNN now, hosted by an Aussie journalist named Andrew Stevens, who’s based in KL, giving updates, etc. … he’s a pleasure to listen to – speaks in laymans terms, is talking through things I haven’t heard NZ media report … it’s great! (Channel 87 on SKY).

      FOX (or was it CNN?) had an interesting panel of guests speaking yesterday .. former pilots, aviation experts … who all offered a different perspective and were very informative.

      • Shannon Ryan

        The psychics are the most interesting thing about this coverage. They said that the search and rescue teams aren’t competent enough to find the wreckage. They in turn believe that we would never find the remains of the victims, and I’m sure this is correct.

        • Maggie

          I wonder if you’ve stumbled up on the same site I have, where a psychic claims that they have somehow traveled back in time, and have landed on an island with village people who have white paint adorning their faces, who have taken them in. The island has vast beaches, and a lot of dense forestry. The time they’ve been transported to is well in our past and the passengers all knew their fate when boarding the plane – excited at the prospect. I’m sorry, but this sounds like an episode of Fantasty Island to me.

          Worringly, there were two posts on this site from people asking the psychic to make contact with Paul Weeks, which the psychic said they’d be working to do. If this psychic is a fraud then they should be absolutely ashamed of themself.

          Sure, there are some things not being reported in the media – such as that picture of the pilot, which was taken in Auckland, on his Facebook page (what was he doing here?); and the pilot’s family moved out of their house a day before the plane went missing … but equally, there are some veeeery peculiar things being reported that are just too ridiculous for words. The latest one today is that the plane was diverted to some secret location as it had biohazzards on board and is in some sort of quarantine which is being kept top secret.