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Davidjb1,499 posts since 23 Mar 2001
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Happy 19th Birthday BBC News Channel (or BBC News 24 as was). 19 Years ago today at 17:30 the BBC launched it's first digital TV channel (albeit on analogue cable at the time). The first news bulletin broadcast at 18:00 from studio N9 at BBC Television Centre with Gavin Esler & Sarah Montague. The channel is a very different arrangement these days to back then & couldn't look more different. Always remember the first studio being described by someone as "a car crash in a shower room". Today has been a very busy news day but I thought this subject deserved it's own little topic.

https://youtu.be/1RGDUElqbjI
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MetalGearRex685 posts since 11 May 2016
London London
The channel is a sad shadow of its former self.

It's evident with the amount of World News simulcasts on the channel, and the axing of double headed presentation.

The BBC News Channel has really suffered quite a bit with the DQF cuts in full swing.
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Inspector Sands10,296 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Wouldn't be surprised though if the original channel ran on a much tighter budget than the half channel we have today.

Probably difficult to calculate. In those days it was very much a seperate entity. Now its become very much a core service and integrated into the rest of BBC News, I'd imagine it's individual budget is a lot smaller, but overall a lot more
knack404 posts since 31 May 2010
STV Central Reporting Scotland
Wouldn't be surprised though if the original channel ran on a much tighter budget than the half channel we have today.

Probably difficult to calculate. In those days it was very much a seperate entity. Now its become very much a core service and integrated into the rest of BBC News, I'd imagine it's individual budget is a lot smaller, but overall a lot more


I've had a look at several annual reports from the last 15 years and it's not immediately obvious how it compares due to changes in reporting.

Overall BBC News expenditure is not reported separately. Presently, BBC News channel content costs are broken down as follows: production costs, newsgathering costs, other costs. Presumably radio, nations/regions and programmes such as Newsnight have additional newsgathering costs. And then there's Global News and World Service.

Production costs for BBC News channel/24 were £23.5m in 2015, £30m in 2010 and £23m in 2005. 2000 was £48m but that will include newsgathering costs.
Omnipresent144 posts since 25 Jul 2012
London London
The sad thing is that the News Channel's biggest enemy has always been the BBC itself. There was a lot of internal hostility to it when it first launched and it's clear that James Harding considers the 1/6/10 bulletins a much greater priority.

At present the channel is just existing and like, BBC News Online, not moving forward anymore.
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chris3,935 posts since 6 Jul 2005
Granada North West Today
But the bulletins should have a greater priority. They get good ratings and are well respected.

Online of course should be moving forward, innovating, but contrary to what presentation geeks would like, news channels will I'm sure soon become a thing of the past.