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Rolling News784 posts since 27 Dec 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
At the time (circa 2001) Peter Sissons and Michael Buerk were considered the top BBC1 newscasters. But on News 24 and World, Gavin Esler and Nik Gowing held a similar status. They would always be called in if a major story broke. Like deejay says, it doesn't seem to exist anymore for the continuous news channels. Remember, back in those days it was very, very rare for any simulcasting to go on outside of overnights. So News 24 and World had their own pool of presenters who were largely unknown to each other's viewers.

Of course, it led to the occasion in the wake of 9/11 when Michael Buerk presented alongside Gavin Esler on the News 24 set! That was an incredible rarity!

EDIT: In fact, I uploaded a video of it several years ago. It's an old-style Real Player video file but it's playable in VLC media player if you have it.

https://up.metropol247.co.uk/itsrobert/BBC%20News%20Special%20(Michael%20Buerk%20%20Gavin%20Esler).rm


Very rare indeed. I think there's only been a handful of occasions when the national presenter has joined the News 24/Channel presenter.

Only ocassions I can think of have been the above with Gavin Estler and Michael Buerk, an Azores summit news special with Huw Edwards joining Jane Hill on the News 24 set.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-MAGx_n9WI

The 2000 TVC power cut with Darren Jordan presenting alongside Carrie Gracie from the old Westminster newsroom set.

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When Colonal Gaddafi was captured with Mishal Husain joining Jane Hill in N6 (although Mishal was on a World News shift at the time, I think it still counts).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puKNlk9AAMA

I haven't counted Peter Sissons and Chris Lowe in the mix as they became dedicated News 24/Channel presenters post their time fronting BBC One main bulletins. Although, come to think of it, did Sissons also present the weekend BBC One update simulcasts from N8? I can't really remember?

I think there might have been a few occasions around 2007 when the likes of George Alagiah and Sophie Raworth did stints on the news channel in a bid to increase the high profile names on the channel. I also believe, but correct me if I'm wrong, but that was also around the time Huw Edwards started presenting his BBC 5 O'clock News hour (as it was then).

Nowadays you'd just get the World News presenter joining the News channel presenter or vice versa.

George Alagiah and Maxine Mawhinney also presented News 24 together at the start of the Iraq War:



There was also the occasion when Saddam Hussein was executed and Peter Sissons joined Ben Brown on the News 24 set (although I'm not sure if Peter actually still was a network presenter at this point?):

DVB Cornwall8,318 posts since 4 Dec 2003
Westcountry Spotlight

Would that have been an issue in 1979? The transmitters were switched off every night and always came back on. Probably more of a issue with the older 405 line ones too

It was an issue years later once things went 24 hours. I remember being told that when the original BBC UHF transmitters were replaced they had trouble turning the outgoing ones off as the switches that once were used every night hadn't been used for years and wouldn't turn off. They had to turn the main breakers off instead


I'm presuming that the worry was a prolonged switch off rather than overnight. Some equipment would have been live during the overnight closure, heating circuitry etc. especially on the high powered ones. A complete shutdown would be different.
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commseng235 posts since 8 Dec 2016
London London
It used to take about 25 minutes to bring the whole BBC chain up, from Crystal Palace to Baltasound, which is why pulse and bar was radiated for 30 minutes before Test Card F or Ceefax in Vision.
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Larry the Loafer5,558 posts since 2 Jul 2005
Granada North West Today
Their logic was the drama would keep the viewers coming back each night, and if the episodes were weekly, they might've lost interest. Funny really that we're now in the era of box sets and some people can't cope with not being able to watch the next episode of something right away.
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Inspector Sands13,671 posts since 25 Aug 2004
I believe that the ITCA (Independent Television Companies Association) proposed to the IBA that the transmitters be shut down in mid September rather than continue with the caption. This suggestion was denied by the IBA primarily due to fears that post strike some wouldn’t come back on line properly resulting in more expense and delay in re-establishment of service.

Would that have been an issue in 1979? The transmitters were switched off every night and always came back on. Probably more of a issue with the older 405 line ones too

It was an issue years later once things went 24 hours. I remember being told that when the original BBC UHF transmitters were replaced they had trouble turning the outgoing ones off as the switches that once were used every night hadn't been used for years and wouldn't turn off. They had to turn the main breakers off instead
gottago2,823 posts since 26 Aug 2004
London London
I’m surprised TCM’s never gone free to air. It doesn’t rate particularly well and clearly Sky felt its HD slot could be put to better use. There’s a decent market for old film channels on Freeview that will only eat away further at its ratings if it continues to remain a pay channel.
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Sh1ruba220 posts since 13 Jan 2019
Central (West) Midlands Today
Speaking of TCM Movies, their French counterpart TCM Cinéma is launching the same on-screen look as the UK and Spain versions on 2nd September.
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Back in 2018, TCM channels in the Middle East and Greece rebranded with this new logo.
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Also TCM in Africa was rebranded as an African version of TNT that same year, whilst TCM Asia was closed on the 2nd January this year after more than 24 years on-air. The Nordic version closed in 2017.

And it's worth noting that TCM Movies here in the UK and TCM Cinéma in France both celebrate 20 years on air this year.

The Latin American version was rebranded back in 2015 and with that, the channel started to drift away from showing archived MGM and Warner movies from the 30s and beyond. It began showing series and films from the 80s, 90s and 2000s.
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