no west aust

by peter valentine
(perth west aust)

ALL of Australia, please?

ALL of Australia, please?

I have just watched the weather on the BBC & it is sub standard. I love the news becaus it is the best, but when it comes to the weather it is sub standard. When you show Australia, the eastern states gets all the coverage & Perth gets someone standing in front of it

What is wrong with you? Are the weather people all slow learners. I have sent emails before telling them west Aust. is one third of the country & Perth is the most isolated capital in the world.

Get your graphics department to make the map of Australia smaller so the person doing the weather isn't standing in front of Perth or cut them out of the map - let me guess, the weather person is South African. I see more of South Africa than I do of Perth. See if you can get it right; please let me guess the editor's name is Richard Craneham.

Barry's Response - Well, this is a familiar sounding problem. I live in Canada and the National weather broadcasters here tend to prefer Toronto and Montreal, and give second-thought to the west. At least they will mention Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, but usually at the end of the same breath.

On the whole, though, they're pretty good. Maybe the Australian weather channel could take a few notes from Canada's Weather Network.

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The type of reply you might want

...from your local weather authority:

It seems like we're in the middle of a storm over our weather coverage, especially when it comes to our friends down under. I get it; when it comes to news, we aim for the best, and we take pride in delivering it. We might have some clouds hanging over our weather segment.

You're from Australia, right? Yes, it's a huge and diverse land, and we've been favoring the eastern states a bit too much. Our friends in Perth and the western part of this beautiful country might have been left out in the cold, or rather, out in the heat.

Now, I want to be clear - we're not here to play favorites. Our weather maps might have been a bit biased unintentionally. As the most isolated capital in the world, Perth certainly deserves its moment in the sun.

What's going on? Were our weather presenters just slow learners? They're dedicated and passionate people who genuinely care about getting the weather right. Even the best of us miss a few raindrops sometimes.

We'll make that map of Australia a bit more Perth-friendly by talking to our graphics department. When we deliver the weather, we don't want anyone standing in front of your beautiful city. By the way, our weather people aren't ALL South African, although we appreciate them.

Hang tight, Perth and Australia. We hear ya, and we're dedicated to making sure you get the weather coverage you deserve. For the record, our editor's name isn't Richard Craneham, but thanx for the info. In the end, it's all about getting the news, weather etc. right.

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