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James Martin0 post since 12 Sep 2001
c@t - it might have been you that said this on another forum but don't the US networks all switch to the region that the story is happening in?

Say, Al-Queada come along with a big H-Bomb and flatten Leicester. Now wouldn't you expect the network to go to ITN in London? Whereas if it was like America, the network would go to Central News East.

If we did switch to ITN, would Central be allowed to do their own thing and show Central News instead?
Tom410 post since 31 Mar 2017
Not sure about ITV, but BBC1 certainly cuts into programmes to announce breaking news. The most recent, I was watching 'Aunties Bloomers' on BBC1, then suddenly they went to a static BBC1 logo and a voice-over "This is BBC1. We interrupt this programme for an important announcement". Then the news came on about the Queen Mother's death.

When Diana died, many of the satellite channels kept on with their normal programming (I was watching TCC), but kept putting a message on during the ad breaks "Please turn to BBC News for an important announcement from Buckingham Palace".

I also heard that on Sept 11, someone was watching ITV, and suddenly it cut to the ITN newsdesk (without any announcement) for coverage of the attacks in New York.
tvboy0 post since 31 Mar 2017
c@t posted:

I was quite surprised LNN didn't do anything on Potters Bar.


They did. There was a London Today Special on around 3 that afternoon up until the ITV News Headlines.
cat2,491 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Tom41 posted:
Not sure about ITV, but BBC1 certainly cuts into programmes to announce breaking news. The most recent, I was watching 'Aunties Bloomers' on BBC1, then suddenly they went to a static BBC1 logo and a voice-over "This is BBC1. We interrupt this programme for an important announcement". Then the news came on about the Queen Mother's death.

When Diana died, many of the satellite channels kept on with their normal programming (I was watching TCC), but kept putting a message on during the ad breaks "Please turn to BBC News for an important announcement from Buckingham Palace".

I also heard that on Sept 11, someone was watching ITV, and suddenly it cut to the ITN newsdesk (without any announcement) for coverage of the attacks in New York.


All of the channels cut into broadcasting in the event of major news. For events of national/international significance then obviously broadcasters will opt out. However, ITV *REGIONS* in themselves don't often opt out of network programming to cover breaking news in their area.

The strap across the bottom of almost all satellite channels was actually "Turn to Sky News".

I didn't actually know about the LNN special but it's still not really the same, is it? I mean, the accident was being reported at around 1-ish, wasn't it? The ITV regional stations just seem incapable of covering much "as-it-happens," not that wall to wall coverage is particularly beneficial, however.
James Martin0 post since 12 Sep 2001
Tom41 posted:
I also heard that on Sept 11, someone was watching ITV, and suddenly it cut to the ITN newsdesk (without any announcement) for coverage of the attacks in New York.


Nearly - ITV1 was showing Crossroads at the time and they were just coming up to the end of the 1st half - which played out fully. (I'm not sure wether the Surf sponsorship ad played out, can anybody advise me on this?) We then got a "We interrupt this programme to go to the ITV newsdesk for a special report." with a ITV1 logo and London announcer - presumably sent down the same feed as Crossroads was. Then it was straight to Kirsty in the studio.
nwtv0 post since 31 Mar 2017
I remember on the day that Diana died with the captions on the Sky channels, I think Flextech were telling us to switch to the BBC as I remember seeing this on UK Gold. Nick, MTV, VH1, QVC etc were telling us to watch Sky News and Cartoon Network telling us to switch over to CNN. On that day I also remember Granada Plus transmitting a couple of hours worth of Sky News and Granada Talk TV on it's last day of transmission showing Sky News. On Sky channels I think that there were no ads just a caption saying for more coverage of Diana's death please switch over to Sky News.