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I think there should be strict time limits on how often news channels are allowed to display the claim 'breaking news'.
Breaking news should be the start of a new likely-to-be headline story, not a recent update on a pre-existing story, unless it is such a significant development that it is a new likely-to-be a headline in and of itself. Obviously there's a philosophical problem as to what would count as a 'significant development', but with a daily time limit, the news channels would soon figure it out.
I don't even want to be that strict on it, but just to throw a suggestion on the table, a maximum of 4 hours of displaying the words between 8am and 8pm, and a 4 hours overnight would be satisfying for me. Planned national events, like Remembrance Day should be forbidden from claiming 'breaking news' as the Queen lays down her wreath. However, planned national events like a general election could use the 'breaking news' display when announcing the overall winning result, but this would have to come out of the 4 hour allowance and should be planned for in advance.