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Whataday7,268 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
It is engrained in the BBC public that they watch news at teatime, if ITV had a bulletin at 8pm everyone would just watch the Six and then not want to watch a bulletin two hours later.


Everyone? The whole country? No point in ITV doing news at all then?

Surely if ITV is 2nd place in news, moving a main news programme to a slot that doesn't compete with the other side is the best chance you can give yourself to make an in-road.

Eventually, one of the main ITV news programmes will fade away - I say it's best for the remaining programme to be in a prime slot that assists the remaining schedule and doesn't clash with the Beeb.
Ne1L C310 posts since 11 Sep 2011
It is engrained in the BBC public that they watch news at teatime, if ITV had a bulletin at 8pm everyone would just watch the Six and then not want to watch a bulletin two hours later.


Everyone? The whole country? No point in ITV doing news at all then?

Surely if ITV is 2nd place in news, moving a main news programme to a slot that doesn't compete with the other side is the best chance you can give yourself to make an in-road.

Eventually, one of the main ITV news programmes will fade away - I say it's best for the remaining programme to be in a prime slot that assists the remaining schedule and doesn't clash with the Beeb.



That leaves 8PM. Would that be viable? I mean would viewers actually settle down at primetime to watch news on ITV? Mind you having said that it would help with the drama quota and films not being cut in half:


A possible schedule could be:

6.00 Local Programmes
7.00 Soaps
8.00 ITV Network News
8.30 Documentary?
9.00 Movie or 2 hour drama
11.00 ITN Late News
Brekkie27,111 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
It's been great having The Last Leg on every night during the Paralympics though and surprisingly it's actually worked quite nicely pre-watershed. Obviously it is a different beast to a late night chat show and this time around has a specific focus, but I think as long as a show doesn't try and overstretch itself and finds it's own identity it has a real chance. Obviously guest presenters make that a bit trickier but really do think it is the right way to do it - effectively a number of pilots where hopefully you'd get a natural contender for the full time role emerge.

However a show likes this needs to be allowed a change to grow and develop, and also to let it's audience find it. Putting it at 10pm before it's even ready would be the worst thing they could do for it and almost certainly doom it to failure. Let it develop at 10.40pm outside of primetime and it might just work - not out of the gates but overtime I'm sure it would.
Shouldn't that have been posted in the "John Logie Baird has Invented Television" thread?
Stuart6,531 posts since 13 Oct 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
It is engrained in the BBC public that they watch news at teatime, if ITV had a bulletin at 8pm everyone would just watch the Six and then not want to watch a bulletin two hours later.

Nobody said it was 'engrained'.

As a result of decisions made by the main broadcasters, we have major programmes at 6pm (BBC), 7pm (C4), and 10pm (ITV/BBC).

These have changed over the years and are not fixed, but it's only ITV that seems to see it as a 'moveable feast'.
AlexEdohHD13476 posts since 25 Jul 2014
London London
Britain copies too much from America. Can't we just have a new ORIGINAL idea from ITV? I mean I don't mind them being inspired by imports, but this? This is too much.
AlexEdohHD13, Fan of BBC, ITV, and Channel 4 Programmes.
Inspector Sands10,722 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Britain copies too much from America. Can't we just have a new ORIGINAL idea from ITV? I mean I don't mind them being inspired by imports, but this? This is too much.

How do you differentiate between copying from a foreign programme and being inspired by a foreign programme (which this is)?

How much is 'too much'?

Original ideas are hard to come by these days, that's just the way it is. Putting a chat show in that slot 5 days a week is certainly something that's not been done here