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Asa3,218 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

The Nightly Show

Presumably +1 is literally just a recording of the main channel so their only option is to mask the output with a slide, rather than anything fancy like running more trails.

Unusual to have a prerecorded programme fall off air like that, especially with coloured bars. And shame about the announcer, was it her first night?! Where's Trish Bertram when you need her!
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Asa3,218 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

Red Nose Day 2017

Breakdown a few minutes ago. The picture broke up just as Russell was about to give the total. Sums it up really. It soon went to a BBC One tomorrow night menu slide before the usual breakdown caption in silence for a minute or so.

Really terrible sound tonight - and a suitably apt 'f****** hell' as Russell signed off, just after they'd gone to the VT with his mic still up. I can only assume they've been battling unexpected tech issues all evening.
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Asa3,218 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

Neighbours to be dropped by C5?

I can't really see any other station picking it up to be honest. BBC have been there, done that. They now have a decent and relatively cheap ratings banker in the old time slot.

The days of inheriting a decent audience from CBBC are long gone and so unless the next generation are now purposely seeking out the show on C5, I can only see the audiences dwindling further.

The changing channels announcement was made almost exactly ten years ago which suggests they may only have a couple of months to sort it out. Ten were seemingly disappointed with 700k back then so I wonder how happy they are with 150k (even if it has moved to a sister station)

Of course this could just be 'leak it to the public' in the hope you can then negotiate a better price.

If it goes from the UK, it'll be curtains for the whole show.
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Asa3,218 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

Operation London Bridge: the death of the Queen

An interesting read. It would be very odd to hear a BBC newsreader start with something like β€œIt is with the greatest sorrow that we make the following announcement...”!

Quote:
BBC 1, 2 and 4 will be interrupted and revert silently to their respective idents – an exercise class in a village hall, a swan waiting on a pond – before coming together for the news.

Swan yeah but Exercise Class? Surely not. Worrying though that's it's an up to date list. Hopefully as Blake mentioned, that is still a mistake and the decision hasn't been reversed.

Surely the safest decision is to go to the ribbon BBC ident that has popped up over the last year or so? It avoids the risk of any inappropriate idents (i.e. from a very new rebrand!), can loop forever and looks suitably formal.
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Asa3,218 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

The Nightly Show

There were some sharp edits tonight. And what's with crashing of the music into the theme music too - why not have it playing into the break a la GMB sometimes do?

Wheeled out the millennials quiz again, with Davina seemingly going through the motions. They showed a brief clip of Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned (could have made it half an hour's worth really).

I'm about to throw the towel in, this isn't worth a Series Link.
Asa3,218 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

TV Forum

Yeah. In amongst Nick's playground name-calling and overly dramatic post, he actually makes a good point - and it's the right thing for browsers to be encouraging everyone to move over to HTTPS.

Mixed content is the issue as you mentioned and for here I've been toying between just making the login/register/profile areas secure, or doing the whole site. The certificate was bought last year, it's just getting some time to do it. In the meantime, browsing the site is no less (or more) secure than it was with the previous version of Chrome or Firefox.
Asa3,218 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

TV Forum

Rebooting a server is always a nervy moment but was necessary to fix the bug (details here for anyone interested Very Happy ) But thanks to bizarre firewall rules, when it came back it wasn't accepting any visitors.

Anyway, embedded tweets are back now and should stop the above error too (623058 - you'd included a YouTube link in your post and it tried to go off to the website to get some data, same issue as the tweets)
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Asa3,218 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

The Nightly Show

If I were ITV now I'd be looking at dropping the Nightly Show completely after week 4 rather than just switching them around. I'd also be dropping Kevin Lygo.

I think it would be a real shame if channel controllers couldn't take the odd gamble because of immediate calls for them to be sacked!

They must have gone into it with their eyes fairly open to the fact that it may bomb and therefore be willing to ride the storm (unless it was repeatedly getting less than the average audience of NAT maybe?). If they can stick with the 8 weeks they may as well - a perfect host could come along, or a particular format starts to work.

And I'll bet that when NAT returns it'll have neither gained or lost viewers. They seem to be stuck on the same ratings, well beaten by the BBC, and nothing is going to change that.

As for the show, I enjoyed the millennials quiz (even if Zippy was having an off night). Last night was pretty much just a chatshow which was a shame. I switched over to the The Late Late Show afterwards and saw James having some fun in the gallery trying to get the show to start, then a feature with Samuel L Jackson. And with all the enthusiasm that doesn't seem to be coming across on TNS. A big gulf between the shows.
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Asa3,218 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

TV Forum

Cheers, it looks like the embedded tweet on that page caused issues. I've removed it for now and will see what the problem was. I've also put in a job that runs every few minutes correcting the page counts if they get out of sync. Not ideal but until I can pin down exactly what causes it, it should help.
Asa3,218 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

The Nightly Show

They need some new Young presenters

ITV will see it as needing the big talent to draw viewers in in the first place. If they had launched it at 10.40, out of the glare of the spotlight and fuss over NAT then it could have a relative unknown (like Corden) and allowed to build up a decent following - then maybe move it to a better slot.

It worked for TV Burp...when they eventually realised!
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Asa3,218 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

The Nightly Show

2nd Night 1.36m

Ouch. Probably a combination of poor lead in from PTTW (1.98m) and those who didn't bother coming back after the first night. I thought it was a little better last night. It'll be interesting to see how much ITV hold their nerve. Benidorm should give a few viewers tonight, especially as there's football on the other side - and the potential of no news at ten on either channel.

It affected the news last night, which was down to 912k.
Asa3,218 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

The Nightly Show

A bit like Paul O'Grady does late.

Exactly. Wasn't horrific but certainly wasn't great and I think some goodwill from casuals tuning in on opening night will have been lost. That needed to be far grander - better guests for starters (the ventriloquist pretty much just got into a bag). If they've supposedly done that many pilots, it should have hit the ground running.

And what was with the bit at the end where they started to just walk off the stage? Weird.
Asa3,218 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

ITV Launch New Promo Styles

Ahh that's a bit of a shame, I really liked the old style - especially the seamless transition into another trail. This doesn't look too bad though, although I've only seen the pics on here.

If the breakbumper has changed, I wonder if GMB have been given a heads up as one of their into-break titles does that nice fade into the first frame of the bumper.
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Asa3,218 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

The Nightly Show

I wish it well too and will certainly be watching. We have nothing similar this side of the pond so it's brave of ITV to have a stab. It's got to be quite a compelling option though to encourage people to tune in night after night. It needs a Carpool Karoke style hook. Rotating the hosts could work well or completely bomb - someone you like will only end up doing it for a week then disappear. At least the team can treat it as a series of on-air auditions for a potential second series.

And I sort of understand the animosity but News at Ten will never again have a privileged and secured position in the schedule. ITN/ITV can rebrand it and invest as much as they like, channel controllers will simply come along and see that slot as too lucrative for just news.
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Asa3,218 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

Channel 5 to revive Blind Date

Yeah he was on the Fight for Saturday Night documentary and explained they'd tried a couple of tweaks "which you shouldn't do because they never work" and he'd said to Cilla's son acting now as her agent that she should 'consider what she'd like to do' - basically bow out gracefully or it'll be axed. In the end she used the final tweak, the live ep, to announce it. Nicely done.
Asa3,218 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

New look BBC One - Jan 2017

But I guess you'd then you'd have lots of video files for every variation of presenter? Possibly easier to have a couple of idents and then many sound clips. Think this was how it was done in the old clock days.

Was it a rare presenter on Look East that day, maybe they hadn't recorded a newer version?

That reminds me, South East need to fix theirs - the announcement with Ellie Crisell is the worst cut-and-shut version going.