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p_c_u_k1,769 posts since 27 Mar 2004
Putting Lorraine on earlier would mess things up for people tuning in specifically at half 8 for the show, so isn't really an option. ITV's done pretty much all it can here really.

Ideally there should be a way for the regions to get on air should something like this happen. As I recall the regions used to handle GMTV playout (indeed, that's what got UTV in trouble back in the day when they broke in for some breaking news one morning). I'm guessing it wouldn't be simple for English and Welsh regions, though STV and UTV on that basis would be able to take control. However, with ITV in control of the franchise they wouldn't be able to without permission, and crashing in and out of a recorded programme/some adverts would look untidy/cost money.

It's such a rarity I'm guessing it's not really seen as a major issue, to be fair.
Inspector Sands10,529 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Ideally there should be a way for the regions to get on air should something like this happen. As I recall the regions used to handle GMTV playout (indeed, that's what got UTV in trouble back in the day when they broke in for some breaking news one morning). I'm guessing it wouldn't be simple for English and Welsh regions, though STV and UTV on that basis would be able to take control. However, with ITV in control of the franchise they wouldn't be able to without permission, and crashing in and out of a recorded programme

There's presumably nothing to stop them (ITV) inserting a regional news bulletin whenever they want during the standby programmes. I'd have thought it's no different to any other news bulletin, albeit cued from Chiswick rather than the studio.


All it would take is someone to organise it and get playout and the regions to agree a time. Though when the person who would organise/approve that is out in the pavement or at home I imagine it's difficult