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mark1,568 posts since 27 Jun 2001
London London
As for TF1, a decent effort let down by poor graphics. Even their standard news graphics would be better than they're using. I hope they adapt them for the 2nd round in two weeks time.


It's not impossible. In 2002, they had a terrible set for the first round, covered in metal grilles. It got some bad reviews, so they made quite a few changes in time for the second round.
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Rolling News204 posts since 27 Dec 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
Well I thought he had stop but no, Nicolas Owen has come back to do a shift today. I wonder if he will be on most Sunday Afternoons for the time being?

Following the departures of Gavin Esler and Maxine Mawhinney, it seems as though for the time being at least weekend mornings will be Shaun Ley, with the afternoons being a mixture of different faces, including Nicholas Owen.
London Lite7,051 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
The TF1 set is good but the on screen graphics are really lacking. Not helpful for viewers dipping in and out.

Andrew Neil is not impressed with France24:




All of France 24's resources are on their French language channel. When I watched F24 earlier, they had an English presenter sounding bored and also had sport in the running order.

As for TF1, a decent effort let down by poor graphics. Even their standard news graphics would be better than they're using. I hope they adapt them for the 2nd round in two weeks time.
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BBC TV Centre3,102 posts since 4 Jan 2003
I was at an OB a few years ago, where a Producer was standing in the Satellite truck - leaning against the wall. He was holding onto the a rail in front of the breakers, and did actually knock one off - taking the programme off air! Luckily, it wasn't the circuit that had the satellite coder/HPA on it, and TX was restored quite quickly. It's been a talking point since!


A colleague (very wisely) once stopped me from using the USB port on the aircon control PLC on an OB truck tailboard to charge my phone from mid broadcast. He was quite right too, given the chaos of suddenly having Windows XP and ios being shoved together !

I secretly do love a breakdown as it means we can hear what filler music they have - guess there's no more 'Against the clock' by Murray Munro then (!). Sorry, that was such a TVF comment to make haha. I have not posted for a long time! Laughing

Whilst not TV related I do have my own cautionary tale involving USBs. I managed to take off the onair studio of a radio station as I unplugged someone's USB stick that they were playing music off, and crashed the playout software.

I had brought in some music on a USB stick to play off - I hadn't been in this studio for a number of years and they had upgraded the computers to ones that had USB ports quite close together. Luckily I had some CDs to play so we filled whilst a tech came and reset the computer.

The takeaway from the story...if it's plugged in, leave it the f.ck alone, if it's not plugged in don't plug it in. Wink
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Omnipresent159 posts since 25 Jul 2012
London London
The TF1 set is good but the on screen graphics are really lacking. Not helpful for viewers dipping in and out.

Andrew Neil is not impressed with France24:


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thegeek3,982 posts since 1 Jan 2002
London London
It isn't so much age, but the language older presenters were using and of course, the music. Remember what Matthew Bannister said in the Radio One Blood on the Carpet documentary that you can have people in their 40s broadcasting to younger people, but if the whole cast of characters is completely out of touch with youth culture, it's time for a change.

I've not watched it for ages, but it appears that someone's uploaded the documentary to YouTube. Simon Garfield's book on the same subject is also worth a read.
62305818,775 posts since 19 Aug 2005
STV Central Reporting Scotland
That part of the problem Points of view should be on air for 40 weeks of the year not 20. It should also be more transparent, with Ann was doing it, it felt more like there took note of viewers note about show and didnt waste 5mins of speaking with people or given them tours of the BBC etc.
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rdd2,579 posts since 21 Jun 2001
Might not be new - don't watch a whole lot of La Liga - but I note the host broadcaster is employing an Intel provided 360 degree replay system for tonight's Real Madrid v Barcelona match. Something similar was employed by Fox at the Super Bowl IIRC.