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London Lite6,728 posts since 4 Jan 2003
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Channel 5 general discussion

Despite all that investment, there's only one show I make an effort to watch, 5 News. The last show I ended up watching was the infamous Can't Pay, Won't Pay on My5

CBB on a minute budget and the rest of the output is still not an incentive to watch the channel, except when Wentworth Prison is on.
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London Lite6,728 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London

ITN News Channel

From what I recall, the ITN News Channel could access ITV News copy after it'd been aired on the main ITV bulletins, so they were restricted in what they could actually show. The channel rebranding as ITV News helped a lot with regards to content.

However, for a low cost channel, ITN did punch above it's weight, but hampered by a lack of Freeview airtime which only improved when ITV took it on.
London Lite6,728 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London

NOW TV

Only just noticed that you can access the Live TV streams from the NOW TV Smart Box TV Guide direct now, rather than taking you to the app's channel guide.

Edit: Happened in November apparently.
Last edited by London Lite on 11 January 2017 12:08am
London Lite6,728 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London

Heart Morning News

Don't some Heart stations have different licence commitments to others? I have the feeling that some have a greater news commitment than others, and so maybe this is that more clearly signposted? I may have made it up in my mind but I'm sure there are a few Heart stations that have to do extended bulletins at certain times of the day.


The Heart radio stations have a mix of legacy obligations which they still have to comply with. Cornwall and some of the regional Heart stations are obliged to provide extra speech content, alas the extra news minutes at 6am.
London Lite6,728 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London

Sky News presentation - New studio onwards

From all the tweets I monitored about the show, most were either about her not questioning the PM on social issues, the NHS or daring to question May on Donald Trump than the abrupt cut off just after 11am.

Overall, the fact there are some pre-recorded segments, such as the Tom Watson interview in a cafe and Sophy visiting Boston, Lincs helped to make it distinctive from Marr and Peston.

Those in the Westminster bubble and some viewers praised the new show. Ridge is far from being the final product, but I remember when Faizal Islam joined and we all thought he was wooden, come Brexit and he came out of his shell.
London Lite6,728 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London

New Meridian, BBC South & South East Thread

Ordinarily I'd post this in a BBC One thread, but, well, it would probably get lost at the moment.

BBC One South, South East, Oxfordshire and London have a special debate programme on Monday evening about the woes of Southern Trains, live (I think) from East Grinstead, and presented by Jo Coburn.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08bmsx7


Surprised it's not also on BBC One East (West) as Southern also operate trains up to Milton Keynes.


You could equally argue it's of no interest in the Oxford sub region. I suspect, that for these sort of programmes, perhaps for operational reasons, the Beeb don't seem to split the dual regions, so Oxford carries it because So'ton are, and East-West won't because it's of only tiny interest to just a corner of the sub region ?

Anyway, 19:30hrs, too early, none of the affected commuters will be home by then !


It could be argued that the coverage of the BBC London area will cover the majority of the stations Southern cover up to Milton Keynes, such as Hemel Hempstead and Watford Junction. So really it may only be three stations which may have benefited from BBC One East (West) simulcasting, Leighton Buzzard, Bletchley and MK Central.
London Lite6,728 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London

Sky News presentation - New studio onwards



I get bored listening to her. Forced delivery. Monotone style no energy. But she's clearly liked at sky by important people and clearly delivery and presence is not everything else she would not have her own show and Gamal would not be appearing on mostly nights only.


Worth noting that Gamal chaired the debate about the PM's interview with Sophy after 11.30am today.
London Lite6,728 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London

Sky News presentation - New studio onwards


Remember, she's not just a presenter, but a journalist for which she is experienced in getting stories from politicians.

To be fair - so are Andrew Marr and Robert Peston. It kind of goes with the territory.


Of course, but there seems to be this perception that because some feel she is a poor presenter that she won't be able to do what Marr, Peston and Murnaghan have done previously.