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RDJ1,856 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today

ITV disaster recovery testing - CNWEST


Might want to have a read through this thread from 9 years ago:
http://tvforum.uk/tvhome/itv-network-transmission-issues-27932/


Indeed as seen later in that thread, ITV had to schedule further planned maintenance because of this one morning at South Bank.

This caused no regional bulletins could go out during GMTV and they had to decamp from Studio 5 for the morning too.
And when the regional update during This Morning was broadcast, the southern half of the country got to see Central West which had a pre-prepared mix of stories from a few regions and was branded 'ITV Regional News', though the backdrop was still of Birmingham.
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
RDJ1,856 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today

The New ITV & BBC Weather Thread

John Hammond leaves the BBC at the end of this week. His last forecast is after tonight's Ten on BBC One.


Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
RDJ1,856 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today

The Nightly Show

Something doesn't seem quite right with that breakdown.

The breakdown slide appeared before the show or the sponsor bumper actually appeared to fall off air, and then some fairly generic colour bars and tone appeared shortly after.

There also seems no logistical reason that ITV played out the whole second part in full forcing the rest of the schedule to become late, especially so considering the show is pre-recorded. Part of me is wondering whether ITV caused this so that viewers tuning in to the news at 10.30pm got to see the end of the show unexpectedly with the hope of them tuning in to watch the show in the future.

Maybe I'm just looking at it with a cynical eye, but given the show didn't even look like it fell off air before the slide appeared I think I'm right to be cynical.

On a lighter note, it's nice to hear the trusty ITV breakdown music is still in use, and has been for over a decade. Just a shame they didn't play the whole piece rather than a short looped version of it.
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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RDJ1,856 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today

Red Nose Day 2017

What a shame RND seems to be a shadow of its former self. Though I do think it hasn't been any good for the past ten years really.

If you're going to broadcast for seven hours... you need to have 'must see' material to keep the viewers in. Apart from the Love Actually reunion, they had nothing else of any decent quality.

I'd rather them do two or three hours of quality television than seven hours of pure cr*p.

There's an urgent rethink needed as to how both Red Nose Day and Children in Need can continue if the current setup can't come up to scratch.

The other networks used to schedule rubbish against these shows as they would anticipate a huge loss of viewership. I dare say this is not the case anymore.
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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RDJ1,856 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today

YouTube Gold

I think it's been mentioned before of its similarity. Eitherway it's a fab theme tune... always one that sticks in my head.

This was the original format of three families taking on the challenges before it got tinkered with a few series in with members of the public undertaking challenges. Clips of which have been posted on the forum as of a few weeks ago.

To me this was the best format and the simplest. The series got flack and how Cilla didn't really suit it. I don't think it was that bad and I think Cilla done the best she could with it. This was more of a family friendly 'You Bet!' which finished the year before.
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
RDJ1,856 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today

Eurovision 2017

Interesting. I was actually going to post wondering if the EBU might offer a satellite link but then decided that was ridiculous so didn't post it!!


It's understandable that the EBU would offer this option, as to ensure the contest stays as un-political as possible.

However the singer will not experience performing in the arena in front of thousands of people and presumably will just be beamed live from a studio. That surely would give them an unfair advantage? Yes she still will be performing in front of a TV audience of millions but nerves won't be probably as bad as doing it in front of millions on TV and also the thousands at the arena.
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
RDJ1,856 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today

The new NEW Central West and BBC Midlands thread

I like Matt. I see him as Bob's successor when he eventually retires (If Wesley Smith doesn't get chosen before him!).

Steve seems quite suited as the main Sports presenter and occasional main host.

Meanwhile Bob's only been back for one day and he's back off again now! Maybe I'm guessing Bob will be back properly once Matt starts his GMB stint.
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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RDJ1,856 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today

Good Morning Britain

Oooh the Weather bug is back in the form of a bar showing three cities at a time. That's an improvement.

And there is plenty of room in the clock bug. I'm guessing that's incase another situation like last year's Brussels incident happens again and the clock couldn't fit in the time past 10am.
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
RDJ1,856 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today

YouTube Gold

Two interesting things from this clip from a Sunday morning on Anglia in 1990. Firstly a programme that was an Anglia and TVS Co-production (Did two ITV companies co-producing ever happen on any other programmes?).

And secondly we see a brief snippet of an interlude! I thought they were very much banished from any station by 1990!

Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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RDJ1,856 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today

The Nightly Show

This is only a problem if we lived in a world where ITV is the only source of news available. You mean to say that from 7pm you can't look at the news on a smartphone, check the internet or watch a news channel ?


It's not that I'm not aware of the news... it's the context of it. I would only read the news on my phone or on websites during the day and certainly would not have time to watch it, which I think applies to a lot of people.

Therefore when they're using snippets of Donald Trump's news conference from that day, that would have certainly been the first time I've seen it, which is slightly bewildering when they're mocking something I'm only just seeing for the very first time.

If the show was broadcast after News at Ten then people would have something to reference to, and therefore can see the funny side of what they're mocking. It doesn't quite work the other way round which is how the set up is at the moment, unless you're lucky enough or have had the time to watch the news earlier that day.
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006