Noni Hazlehurst is calling for a ‘good news’ channel

Noni Hazlehurst is backing up her call for a TV channel solely devoted to producing good news stories after her

Noni Hazlehurst is backing up her call for a TV channel solely devoted to producing good news stories after her epic Logies speech went viral around the world.

The actress was inducted into the Logies Hall of Fame at the awards show last week and used her chance on stage to call out media outlets for constantly reporting on bad news and ignoring all the good in the world.

Her speech was met with applause and a rush of support by people who said they are sick of news outlets dramatising stories and focussing on ‘bad news’.

“It seems to have touched a chord, particularly amongst parents,” she told Fairfax.

“There’s been an overwhelming response from many people here and overseas. I think it’s something that a lot of other people feel the need for as well.”

Some people branded her speech as an attack on television, but Noni says that is not the case at all.

“Those responses exemplify what I’m talking about, looking for conflict where there is none, because that’s the zeitgeist – feed them ruin.”

The actress says she’d love to see a channel that talked about positive community stories and tales about people doing good in the world.

In her Logies speech, she said she feared people were “growing cold” due to the kind of stories that are constantly shoved in our faces on the nightly news.

“With the explosion of technology and the proliferation of screens, we can’t escape exposure to bad news and violent images, they’re everywhere.

“We’re all living under a heavy and constant cloud of negativity … I think it’s because we’re surrounded by bad news and examples of our basest human behaviour. I fear that our hearts are growing cold.

“I’d love a channel that features nothing but stories that inspire us and reassure us, and our children, that there are good things happening and good people in the world. At the very least, a show … that counters bad news with good, encourages optimism not pessimism, that restores our empathy and love for our fellow human beings and the Earth, that redefines reality, that heals our hearts. And by the way, I’m available.”

With the world in such a state of turmoil these days many people say they would love to see Noni’s idea brought to life to feed some positivity back into our lives.

What do you think about Noni’s idea?

Do you think there is too much negative news out there? Would you like to see more good news stories?

  1. Richard Barnes  

    I remember someone tried that some time ago.
    It failed miserably.

    • Joan Robertson  

      Richard is quite correct. Someone did start a newspaper with only good news which failed.

    • Helen Proud  

      Yes we need this type of TV where we don’t have to feel we will be bombarded news item after news item with murders, stabbings, drug offences, domestic violence, anti social behaviour et al. I am giving up TV for TED Talks and radio interviews and stories of uplifting people on podcasts. I can’t waste any more time on negativety and violence on the box.

    • Joan Robertson  

      I haven’t heard of that site Ann but I’ll certainly look it up.

  2. Helen  

    I would love to see a channel with good stories. I have often commented on this same thing. There is a lot of good people with interesting stories to tell. It would be great.

  3. Many years ago a good news station started in America. It failed through lack of interest.

  4. Kez  

    We rarely watch Tv these days. So much garbage, sensationalism and negativity that we watch movies and Tv series online instead for $11 a month. A small price to pay to avoid the above.

    A positive TV channel is a good idea ( as long as it has no syrupy fundamental religious content) but long term, I think people will watch free to air TV less and less. As for watching blocbuster TV series punctuated by commercials every 10 minutes, I would rather buy the Full series DVD for $30.

  5. Val Gamble  

    Brilliant idea Noni.Hope it gets off the ground.I stopped watching the news due to it being nothing but gloom and doom.

  6. Jan Crossland  

    I think it is a great idea. Even if it had to be a bit of the normal doom and gloom at least it could be counteracted by the good news stories. A lot of people I know don’t even bother watching the news any more because everything is so negative.

  7. tracey hollings  

    I think this is a fantastic idea. Everyday news, although we should be aware of it is often very threatening and negative. Anything which encourages optimism, happiness and hope would certainly be welcome in my home.

  8. Robyn Bell  

    Fantastic Noni! I stopped reading the newspaper 40 years ago because of the reasons Noni put forward. Could see no value in all the negativity and realised I went off to work every day feeling dismal. I have never watched the news on TV and am selective about movies. Have recently gone back to reading the paper but only for the local community news. Ignore the headlines that present doom.

  9. I’m a journalist by trade and I’m all for it. Last week I started The Good News Movement on facebook – we have 2000 likes in 3 days and looking to create a community which demonstrates the audience for this.

    Would love you help

    • Victor  

      I love to participate with your movement. I have felt the same way for years and been telling my friends not to watch the news as in reality its not true news but selective news. A number of people get fooled when they see a nice story thrown in at the end of the news segment as if the channel is showing a heart. Those people that select the news for us have in mind money first, us last. Good luck.

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