It’s all change in the media world

Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume
Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume

I’m old enough to remember black and white TV, the days when there were only three channels and Betamax video recorders.

As a journalist for the best part of three decades, I’m well versed in how the advances in technology have changed my profession.

When I started out, I battered out stories on an old Woolworths typewriter, filed them during the course of the week and awaited their appearance on publication day.Now not only are we computerised but were also constantly updating our website and more and more people are consuming the news we produce on mobile phones or tablets.

But the world of television has undergone just as great a transformation.

The screen we watch gets ever larger while the components inside get ever smaller but it’s behind the scenes that the real changes have happened.

DVDs, satellite television and the like have all enhanced our televisual experience, but it’s catch-up which has revolutionised the Hume household.

Missed a programme? Forgot to record it? No problem, just watch it later.

And if you happen to stumble across ‘Line of Duty’ later than your friends, you can even watch all six episodes in one sitting ...