IELTS Cue Card 2: An Interesting News Story That You Watched On TV

Describe An interesting news story that you watched on TV

IELTS speaking cue card with sample answer. An Interesting News Story That You Watched On TVIELTS Speaking Task 2.


Describe An interesting news story that you watched on TV


You should say:

  • what was the story
  • which channel showed it
  • what was the news story
  • and explain why the news story was interesting.

Tips for answering this Cue Card Question: 

Note that you are asked to talk about a news story not a news you watched on TV. Do not talk about the news program you usually watch daily on TV that gives different updates of local and international events or the talk show that TV channels broadcast. A news story is usually a broad story of public or historical or national or international interest and is usually lengthier than a single piece of news.
A news story can be usually one of the following topics: 
1. A recent talk of the town topic that gives details of the news or shows live on TV.
2. A news coverage on war.
3. A news made much like a documentary and is shown to the public.
4. A news story on a historical or mysterious topic.
5. A details on a major sporting event.
6. A news coverage on an advanced technology.
7. A news coverage on a social or political issue.
8. A news details on an interesting crime and criminal.
You can mention about a news story that you know about or you watched on TV. Say, which TV channel broadcasted it, when you watched it, how interesting the news story was, what was the main topic of the news story and give some details on the program.
For the questions why you enjoyed it/ or why it was interesting, you can say that the news topic was interesting, the channel represented the news story in a very attractive and interesting way, you learned something new from this program, the program revealed a past mystery/ explained a political/ international crisis and suggested solution, gave facts on a historic event etc.
If you can talk about this topic, you would also be able to talk about the following topics: 
1. Talk about a TV program you enjoyed. 
2. Talk about a documentary you watched on TV. 
3. Describe a program you watched on TV. 
4. Describe an interesting TV program you have watched. 

Model Answer 1:

I have watched many interesting news stories on TV. A news story that I saw recently was on Global warming. I saw it on Star news Channel.

It caught my attention because global warming is a burning issue these days. The whole globe is involved in it. The way they showed the causes and effects was very eye catching.
It was an eye-opener for me. We humans are the cause and we humans only can lessen it.

The news article told how the pollution caused by cutting trees, having more industries, growing number of cars and other human luxuries is leading to global warming. Then it told me about effects of global warming.

There are three main effects. Firstly there is rising sea level. Secondly we are having longer summers and extreme climates. That is to say that the summers are hotter and the winters are cooler. Finally we are having epidemics of diseases like malaria and dengue. This is because mosquitoes and other insects prosper in the heat.

The news article also told how we can lessen this phenomenon by simple measures like not cutting down trees, planting more trees, using recycled materials and saying no to plastic bags.

I felt very enlightened after seeing this news story. I decided to start using recycled things immediately.



Model Answer 2:

Though I do not watch TV that much nowadays, but I often watch the news, documentary and sometimes talk-shows. Many of them are contemporary world news, some of them are political news and some of them are news stories. One such interesting news was a story that covered a case file of police who caught a serial killer. This news story was broadcasted in Fox news and I watched it about one year ago.

The news channel represented the news like a documentary and used some actors & actress and they acted to show the real story. The news story was that the police found some connections among some random murders. They worked hard and suspected that one single person or a group of 2-3 persons were responsible for the murders. They worked for several months to find the killer but each time ended with an unsolved mystery. After 5 years the file was reopened by a special team of police and they started reinvestigating the case. With their endless efforts, elaborate testing, extensive experiments and strong determination they finally started finding connections among the murders. They talked with different people of the places where the murders were committed; they went through every detail of the previous files and talked elaborately with the police officers who were engaged in the case for the first time. With 8 months’ effort, they finally caught the murderer who to my surprise was a housewife of a happy family and the mother of 3 kids. She accepted the fact that she had committed the crime and that was revenge to the people who abused her during her career as a rising model of a suburban area.

I watched the whole news story with great interest. The news story by itself was adventurous and interesting. Moreover, the news channel represented it like a movie presentation which made it more interesting and watch-worthy.