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Inspector Sands10,531 posts since 25 Aug 2004

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.

They probably do, but that doesn't mean it's necessarily something that could be set up in the sort of timescale seen this morning. TV-am would have had a few hours to arrange their alternative and still had access to their building.


GMB had 2 minutes notice for a 90 minute programme, by the time they all got to ITN and set up it might not have been worth it
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Whataday7,116 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
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..."


The tape may be played when there is no intention of getting things back to normal. As said, there's any number of reasons such a tape needs to be played out which is why it's best not to mention it.
TVMan211 posts since 22 Dec 2014
Don't ITN keep a locked off camera in the back of the ITV Newsroom, which can be on air in an emergency? They could have gotten a reporter to read the headlines at 7:30 and 8 and then cut to the local bulletins
Worzel3,385 posts since 8 Jan 2008
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
There's some still photos of the incident here.

http://www.itv.com/news/london/update/2016-03-25/pictures-show-smoke-coming-from-itvs-good-morning-britain-office/

I don't think a fireman's hat really suits Kate Garraway though...

http://www.itv.com/news/london/2016-03-25/fire-at-itv-forces-good-morning-britain-off-air/

Lucky it didn't happen on Tuesday, especially with the Breaking News from Brussels that day.
Steve Williams1,815 posts since 1 Aug 2008
They probably do, but that doesn't mean it's necessarily something that could be set up in the sort of timescale seen this morning. TV-am would have had a few hours to arrange their alternative and still had access to their building.


GMB had 2 minutes notice for a 90 minute programme, by the time they all got to ITN and set up it might not have been worth it


Indeed, it was exceptional circumstances today, especially with it being a Bank Holiday so the show was shorter, fewer people were about to sort things out and make decisions and the audience would be lower anyway because people were having lie-ins. So in the end when it was clear they weren't coming back any time soon, they presumably decided it wasn't worth it. Be different if it was a normal day with a full-length show and presumably not a skeleton staff.

As you say, it was different for TVam because they were on air for three and a half hours on a normal weekday and there was a major news story, so they needed to get on air in some form. Plus TVam was a more complicated affair to deal with because it was all self-contained and not part of the ITV network, so if they weren't on air it would have been a blank screen, whereas today ITV continuity were able to take over and show repeats like they would every other time a show goes off air, so it's less important.
Steve in Pudsey7,887 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Don't ITN keep a locked off camera in the back of the ITV Newsroom, which can be on air in an emergency? They could have gotten a reporter to read the headlines at 7:30 and 8 and then cut to the local bulletins


They had a presenter ready to go to do the London regional news, who I'm sure could have read national headlines and done a bit of continuity in and out of the standby tape. As could any of the regions if it was difficult to use ITN for contractual regions.

Some very straightforward ways of at least getting a basic news service out.
Write that down in your copybook now.