The BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones led an interesting discussion into rolling news and coverage of the protests at the rise of student tuition fees.

Some felt the shocking nature of the images, coupled with a location easily accessible to BBC journalists, dictated a specific response from rolling news services and this may have distorted subsequent coverage of the events.

The discussion then looked at how, despite providing more coverage in terms of time, rolling news actually gives an audience less stories.

Mr Cellan-Jones used the example of BBC News 24’s coverage of the Soham murders. At times the BBC cut away from this story to cover other events. This lost them a large amount of viewers and since then they have mainly focused on one large headline.

Many agreed the format worked best in terms of a breaking event such as the Chilean miner rescue, where the audience feels as though they are watching history unfurl.

Robert Leedham brought up the topic of Raul Moat and Mr Cellan-Jones said: “This story would never have played out the way it had if it wasn’t for 24 hour rolling news coverage.”

The discussion concluded with speculation about the future of rolling news services and whether, given the low audiences they attract, they can survive the ever increasing popularity of online news.

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