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deejay2,648 posts since 5 Jan 2003
Central (South) Oxford
I don’t think local tv was ever really going to work in the U.K. Its not the USA, tv hasn’t ever worked in the way the us market works, even in the days of the old regional structure of ITV. The technical standards of some local broadcasts are a turn off, especially when at times you can’t hear what’s going on, or billed programmes simply don’t appear. Plus, add in the fact that linear tv is less popular than it once was, and audiences are harder to get.
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EastEngland489 posts since 3 Jun 2017
Tom just got replaced with a white screen after the headlines in the 7pm hour. It was only briefly but it just looks a mess and most of these issues they are taking longer to be sorted now its automated...When Tom Rayner got replaced with the sky news logo this morning it stayed on screen until they cut back to Stephen and Gillian in the studio


Top of the hours and going into and coming out of breaks tend to be particularly problematic - there was just a weird live wipe before the coming up sequence just now as well for no apparent reason.

MaxSkyNews Seemed to suggest some stuff is now operated by the Newsroom now rather than the Gallery though



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BFGArmy9 posts since 15 Jan 2018 new member
London London
To be honest we've slowly seen a move to more filler programs and documentaries over the last year or so anyway - over December and the first half of January for instance there was a lot of the same old documentaries being shown every day, sometimes multiple times a day.

Today Trumps first year is on at 6.30pm, Hotspots is on again at 9pm, like it did yesterday and The Pledge is now being shown four times a week (8pm Thursday, midnight Friday/Saturday, Saturday afternoons and Sunday evenings

It's certainly heading towards less wall to wall news coverage.


That said most hours you can still expect a full hour of news on the hour. I think Sky does much better than most news channels with the filler programmes.

Certainly it's nowhere near as bad as say CNN International can be on weekends where if you time it badly bar headlines updates you're left waiting hours for another news bulletin.
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cityprod1,546 posts since 3 Oct 2005
Westcountry Spotlight
The sad thing is that this form of local TV is doomed, because companies tried to do too much too soon, and rather than build up carefully to a service that people and advertisers would buy into, they tried to run before they could walk. Now all this merging is killing the format, and before too long, it'll be another ITV clone, that is, one company, one schedule, across all the franchises. Whether the survivor will be Made TV or That's TV is up in the air, or even if either one survives.
richard h1,312 posts since 11 Apr 2003
Of course - but we're seeing more now - I can only remember The Pledge being on twice a week before and from what I can see with the new series it's now four times. Sundays between 7.30pm and 10pm there is only half an hour of news coverage. Rest is The Pledge, Sportsline and Niall Patterson on Sunday highlights.

Hotspots is weird, it's not altogether clear if it's a regular series (and if so when new episodes air) the episode numbers don't even appear on Sky Q, it seems yesterdays episode was a new one but the first new one for some weeks after showing the same old episode time and time again.

Have we seen them break into these programmes before for breaking news?

The Glass Box hasn't been in use all day from what I've seen (but I've not saw every hour or anything like it) I'll be curious what is going to be done tonight for the Press Preview and if they will be back there.


I agree about Sundays. I don't bother with Sky news on sunday evenings for the reasons you said above

Also less effort seems to be going into the overnight coverage now repeating the 23:30 press preview at the bottom of most hours
richard h1,312 posts since 11 Apr 2003
Tom just got replaced with a white screen after the headlines in the 7pm hour. It was only briefly but it just looks a mess and most of these issues they are taking longer to be sorted now its automated...When Tom Rayner got replaced with the sky news logo this morning it stayed on screen until they cut back to Stephen and Gillian in the studio
EastEngland489 posts since 3 Jun 2017
Of course - but we're seeing more now - I can only remember The Pledge being on twice a week before and from what I can see with the new series it's now four times. Sundays between 7.30pm and 10pm there is only half an hour of news coverage. Rest is The Pledge, Sportsline and Niall Patterson on Sunday highlights.

Hotspots is weird, it's not altogether clear if it's a regular series (and if so when new episodes air) the episode numbers don't even appear on Sky Q, it seems yesterdays episode was a new one but the first new one for some weeks after showing the same old episode time and time again.

Have we seen them break into these programmes before for breaking news?

The Glass Box hasn't been in use all day from what I've seen (but I've not saw every hour or anything like it) I'll be curious what is going to be done tonight for the Press Preview and if they will be back there.
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Brekkie28,058 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
They always have aired more pre-recorded stuff over Christmas though and there has been a little bit extra over the last week in preparation for the move. Quite true though they are less afraid to dip away from rolling news coverage.

Back to the studios and are the weekend arrangements broadly the same as on weekdays - i.e. new studio for Sunrise, glassbox for most of the rest of the day?
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EastEngland489 posts since 3 Jun 2017
To be honest we've slowly seen a move to more filler programs and documentaries over the last year or so anyway - over December and the first half of January for instance there was a lot of the same old documentaries being shown every day, sometimes multiple times a day.

Today Trumps first year is on at 6.30pm, Hotspots is on again at 9pm, like it did yesterday and The Pledge is now being shown four times a week (8pm Thursday, midnight Friday/Saturday, Saturday afternoons and Sunday evenings.

It's certainly heading towards less wall to wall news coverage.
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