news bulletin vs current affairs programme


Hello everybody:)

I have one question concerning these two "news bulletin" and "current affairs programme". Are they different in any way? Is it that one is shorter than the other? Or maybe they present different news? Can you please dispel my doubts?

Thank you in advance.
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    News is today's news, typically things that have happened in the last 24 hours. (Or for a weekly magazine like The Economist or Time it's the last week's news - news since the previous edition.) 'Current' has a much wider meaning: current affairs are ongoing big stories like the Greek debt crisis, the Arab Spring, the melting of the Arctic ice cap, and so on. A current affairs programme might do a long report (say ten minutes long) on one of these, even if no 'news' has happened about it in the last few days.
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