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Mr Continuity0 post since 24 Jan 2017
The announcement into Central News in the West Mids was a complete mess this evening - the Ident ran (guess which one? ... correct Mr Kemp again) - the music kept running no announcement - then it cut in late - ident faded onto Michelle the presenter as the announcement continued over her opening words!

Incidentally no mention of Carlton - just itv1 on the announcement - Chris Langmore said he fav local saying 'Good Evening this is ITV1, now from down the road and across the region a complete update of todays teatime news and sport'.

This was exactly the same announcement that went out on HTV West - cutting back on the regional announcements already!
M D R0 post since 10 Oct 2001
It didn't just happen for the people who see the Birmingham edition, you know. Continuity in this region is the same across the three 'sub-regions'.
In the 'East' region, the titles were frozen until the annoying continuity man shut up, then they were played as usual and straight into Emily.
I don't like pathetic new announcements, such as the ones used for today's Central News, where he says about getting the latest from 'down the road and across the region'. I mean, the M1 and M69 are big roads, and 'the region' is always such a flimsy word to use.
And why does Martin Kemp have to be in front of Central News all the time, with his false smiling showing off his yellow teeth? Very tedious.
Then Trisha came up before the ITV Weekend News, and Davina before the evening movie.
M D R0 post since 10 Oct 2001
And why did the announcer say 'the latest news and sport'?

1. It wasn't the 'latest'- I saw most of the reports at lunchtime. They don't even bother to revoice them for later showings now.

2. There is never any sport on Central News (East) on a Saturday (probably because it comes between The Goal Rush and the national news and sport bulletin).

People in Coventry and Leicester who see Central East don't want the same announcement as those in Taunton and Bridgewater who see HTV!!!
mike stand130 posts since 5 Jan 2003
Mr Continuity posted:
The announcement into Central News in the West Mids was a complete mess this evening - the Ident ran (guess which one? ... correct Mr Kemp again) - the music kept running no announcement - then it cut in late - ident faded onto Michelle the presenter as the announcement continued over her opening words!

Incidentally no mention of Carlton - just itv1 on the announcement - Chris Langmore said he fav local saying 'Good Evening this is ITV1, now from down the road and across the region a complete update of todays teatime news and sport'.

This was exactly the same announcement that went out on HTV West - cutting back on the regional announcements already!


So, I guess the thrust of this one is that we MUST eradicate repitition.
Hey, I've got a good idea. Why don't each of the regions re-employ just one of the former announcers who have knowledge of the local schedule/programme info and get them to pop into there booth, blow away the cobwebs and pre-record a weeks worth of anno's in, say, two hours. I'm sure the 'out-of-workers' would relish the thought of earning a little extra dosh....but then that all sound too easy doesn't it?
Lets just carry on with the 'no interest-lets-get-on-and bash-it-out attitude' and continue clipping every local anno. Who cares anyway.!!!!
cwathen3,377 posts since 27 Dec 2001
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How does local continuity work at ITV1 now anyway?

Does the network duty anno record all the regional variations, or what?

*A* network announcer records all regional variations. It may not be the actual duty announcer, as quite often they appear to be recorded in advance (and reused at times - I really don't think it'll be long before almost all regional links come from a library of pre recorded ones they have and new links are generally not recorded at all).

They are sent out to the transmission centres at Central, GMG South, GMG North, HTV Wales, and London (I presume the London links just get sent to the next room though). Although HTV Wales still has it's own continuity, they have to handle Westcountry's transmission and so still have to deal with the regional links system.

The regional centres then play out the idents and overlay the prerecorded links onto them at the appropriate times - regional continuity does still come from your local transmission centre, it just isn't made there any more.
M D R0 post since 10 Oct 2001
And regional announcements have become tackier since the new ITV1 (like in the late starting of the voiceover yesterday).
When it was Carlton Central, it all must have come from Birmingham, but now since the rename, the London controllers don't seem to care as much, which is a shame, because Central and Carlton Central's presentation always seemed more creative than other regions'. But now we have ITV1 Carlton for central England, it would seem standards have slipped in this area of ITV1.
The camera work on the idents can't be faulted- they have begun to grow on me, as they use more of a selection of them now (despite Martin Kemp, Davina McCall and Ant and Dec being their favourites still).
Andrew11,522 posts since 27 Mar 2001
At 12.30pm this afternoon we got the generic announcement into 'The Making of The Royal'

"You're watching Yorkshire on ITV1" complete with a lot of time left before the programme started!
Dr Sigmund Mohammad0 post since 24 Jan 2017
cwathen posted:
Quote:

How does local continuity work at ITV1 now anyway?

Does the network duty anno record all the regional variations, or what?

*A* network announcer records all regional variations. It may not be the actual duty announcer, as quite often they appear to be recorded in advance (and reused at times - I really don't think it'll be long before almost all regional links come from a library of pre recorded ones they have and new links are generally not recorded at all).

They are sent out to the transmission centres at Central, GMG South, GMG North, HTV Wales, and London (I presume the London links just get sent to the next room though). Although HTV Wales still has it's own continuity, they have to handle Westcountry's transmission and so still have to deal with the regional links system.

The regional centres then play out the idents and overlay the prerecorded links onto them at the appropriate times - regional continuity does still come from your local transmission centre, it just isn't made there any more.


Thanks for the info, cwathen.

I can't say that i've heard any "regional" continuity on Anglia since the new look. Although Anglia News is usually preceeded by a local announcement (not on all bullitins though), it is done by somebody completely different than the network anno, which thinking about it, leads me to belive that your theory of a library of local continuity announcements is probably already in use - they all sound the same, anyway.

To be honest, I can soon see a day when most TV channels all sound like Discovery Sci-Trek, Civilisations and Travel and Adventure etc.