Saturday, August 29, 1998 Published at 21:05 GMT 22:05 UK
TV fuelled Diana mourning, says Adie
The flowers: Focus of television coverage, according to Kate Adie
Veteran BBC correspondent Kate Adie has said television coverage of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, fed the nation's unprecedented outpouring of emotion.
"What you got that week was not entirely the result of Diana," she told colleagues at the International Television Festival in Edinburgh.
"We now have far more air time to fill and still call it news."
The carpet of flowers that was laid outside Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace in the days following the Princess's death became the focus of TV cameras, said Ms Adie, because the crash site was "too banal".
She continued: "We now have two 24 hour channels - BBC News 24, BBC World, the World Service and Radio 5 Live.
TV news, she said, had followed the example of newspapers in occupying itself more with the "personal, private and confessional".
A culture now existed where reporters were "not even told off" for "wearing their hearts on their sleeves".
"You are expected to show your feelings," she said.
"People are demanding that you show you care as a journalist rather than just report in the traditional way.
"Many more huge stories are going to become more huge and there is going to be more of it."
Ms Adie was addressing a session at the festival on the topic of whether the media merely covered the mass public grief at the death of the Princess, or created it.
Two years previously she had been criticised at the festival for her "cold" reporting of the Dunblane tragedy.