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Steve in Pudsey7,758 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
It used to be so rare to have to play out a 'bomb tape'. Didn't GMTV do it once in its final years, and was noticeably ancient?

You do start to wonder about their broadcast continuity plans. Even TV-am came up with a plan B for the 1987 storm. Some arrangement with ITN to do something basic (even just rip and read headlines and linking to standby packages kept at ITN for the purpose) from the studio providing the London opt outs for example.
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Whataday6,814 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
Curious that the standby tape doesn't make any mention of the fact that it's not a normal programme. Do ITV assume that their viewers won't notice, so feel no need to mention it?


It seems to be standard procedure not to mention anything as they wouldn't know the reason. It could be something trivial such as a technical fault or something far more serious, and to give a vague reason for the pre-record could cause alarm to viewers.
Asa3,184 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today
I wonder if they might update the emergency tape now, given it's aired a couple of times. I'm sure there's enough suitable material since that recording that can be used.

Another GMB thread is just what TV Forum needs.

Hm? This is actually interesting though… rather have this split into its own topic than in a topic I will never read


Yeah, the generic thread gets some deserved stick every now and again but I think it's a cheap shot to complain about a new topic in the topic itself when it's actually been on track and a decent discussion.

I wonder if anything was damaged in the fire? If so: how does it impact other shows filmed in that studio?

Reading pretty much any news article on the subject will give you that answer.
rdd2,533 posts since 21 Jun 2001
Possibly due to the confusion with getting Lorraine to air. Sounds like it was touch and go whether it would get on air until the last minute. Wonder if the planned standby was something UTV Ireland didn't have rights for so they did their own thing and didn't get the message that Lorraine was good to go until it was too late?


Oddly enough, it is now on the UTV Player for anyone that really wanted to watch it.
Andrew11,525 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Curious that the standby tape doesn't make any mention of the fact that it's not a normal programme. Do ITV assume that their viewers won't notice, so feel no need to mention it?


It seems to be standard procedure not to mention anything as they wouldn't know the reason. It could be something trivial such as a technical fault or something far more serious, and to give a vague reason for the pre-record could cause alarm to viewers.


Exactly, it could be a minor issue effecting just GMB, or a major incident effecting all of London, how to word it to cover both extremes would be quite difficult.
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Steve in Pudsey7,758 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
You could do it quite easily "due to circumstances beyond our control we can't bring you GMB at the moment. We're trying to get things back to normal as quickly as we can, but in the meantime..."

Incidentally is anybody else a little surprised that the fire brigade announced it as being a fire in the post room rather than simply an office?

That makes it very easy to jump to conclusions about what may have caused the fire, which I would have thought they would wish to avoid
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thegeek3,905 posts since 1 Jan 2002
London London
You could do it quite easily "due to circumstances beyond our control we can't bring you GMB at the moment. We're trying to get things back to normal as quickly as we can, but in the meantime..."

yes, that's the kind of thing I had in mind - the 'pre-recorded' bug aside, they seem to be acting as if it's topical, rather than a 'best of'.
Ronant914 posts since 22 Feb 2006
I turned on at 7.20 this morning. Don't know why I never watch GMB. My first thought was, oh it's just a prerecorded show for a bank holiday, that looks pretty bad.

When Dinner Date came on and GMB was still on the EPG I was thinking they must of just thought late on it wasn't worth doing a show on a bank hol which will get pathetic ratings.