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thegeek Founding member London London
Bringing things back vaguely on the topic of presentation, I noticed that ITN had added a large projection screen to the atrium for last night's programme:

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itsrobert Founding member Granada North West Today
I think that might be partly related to some building work going on at Gray's Inn Road. They've been working on the reception area on the floor directly above the Channel 4 newsroom. It's had some implications for them and recently I understand that the newsroom operation had temporarily moved onto the atrium floor. For a few months, the background of the lifts opposite the C4 studio has been faked. I was half expecting someone here to notice, but it seems to have gone without mention. I guess that means they have done a good job!
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Brekkie Wales Wales Today
For a few months, the background of the lifts opposite the C4 studio has been faked. I was half expecting someone here to notice, but it seems to have gone without mention. I guess that means they have done a good job!

So the bloke from Cambridge Analytica was right then - it's fake (lift) news!
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Hatton Cross Central (West) Midlands Today
And to be fair, I've always thought given how many 'Channel 4's' there are not just in the US but around the world - the UK Channel 4, did a great job in nabbing www.channel4.com as their web address.
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Inspector Sands
And to be fair, I've always thought given how many 'Channel 4's' there are not just in the US but around the world - the UK Channel 4, did a great job in nabbing www.channel4.com as their web address.

Yes, as I mentioned earlier the forums on their site in the early days used to get people commenting on programmes on their local 'Channel 4' partly because it was .com therefore must be American
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Richard Granada North West Today
And to be fair, I've always thought given how many 'Channel 4's' there are not just in the US but around the world - the UK Channel 4, did a great job in nabbing www.channel4.com as their web address.

Yes, as I mentioned earlier the forums on their site in the early days used to get people commenting on programmes on their local 'Channel 4' partly because it was .com therefore must be American


All 5 main channels were .co.uk originally (well if you go back far enough, the BBC weren’t*) but now only the BBC is, at least primarily.

*originly www.bbcnc.org.uk.
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Steve in Pudsey Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
And to be fair, I've always thought given how many 'Channel 4's' there are not just in the US but around the world - the UK Channel 4, did a great job in nabbing www.channel4.com as their web address.

Yes, as I mentioned earlier the forums on their site in the early days used to get people commenting on programmes on their local 'Channel 4' partly because it was .com therefore must be American


All 5 main channels were .co.uk originally (well if you go back far enough, the BBC weren’t*) but now only the BBC is, at least primarily.

*originly www.bbcnc.org.uk.


The bbcnc.org.uk was an early ISP (BBC Networking Club) which a few programmes, notably Points of View, used for email before bbc.co.uk became available. I'm not sure that it hosted programme websites?
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And by the way, local news operations in America don't send reporters all over the world, .......

Its not unheard of actually... But if you only ever seen Hollywood films (ie Anchorman) or sitcoms you might think that.

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cityprod West Country (West) Spotlight

And by the way, local news operations in America don't send reporters all over the world, .......

Its not unheard of actually... But if you only ever seen Hollywood films (ie Anchorman) or sitcoms you might think that.


But its rare enough that someone who has watched hundreds of local tv newscasts around and about, has never seen any of these happen before, so might not be aware. Plus, these all related to stories back in the US, and at least one of those stories looks like it might have come about because their reporter was holidaying there, rather than being sent there to cover the story.
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Rkolsen World News

And by the way, local news operations in America don't send reporters all over the world, .......

Its not unheard of actually... But if you only ever seen Hollywood films (ie Anchorman) or sitcoms you might think that.


But its rare enough that someone who has watched hundreds of local tv newscasts around and about, has never seen any of these happen before, so might not be aware. Plus, these all related to stories back in the US, and at least one of those stories looks like it might have come about because their reporter was holidaying there, rather than being sent there to cover the story.


It depends on the station and the story. It’s been a while since a station in Baltimore went abroad but some notable examples were sailing on the USNS Comfort (a Hospital ship that was then based in Baltimore) and spending some time in Haiti after their earthquake; a trip Africa’s Maryland; a documentary about Auschwitz.

WUSA sent a reporter to Tarawa atleast twice about bringing US soldiers home that were buried there. The reporter was just there within the past month.

WPLG in Miami actually set up a Cuba bureaux. They have a reporter and photographer there. I think they are physically at the AP bureaux but I don’t know how many reports are filed.

But I think most Americans understand ITN, ITV News, Sky News, and the BBC best. Channel 4 News probably sounds too local unless they maybe added a modifier such as the UK’s National ITN Channel 4 News just like if they referred to ITV was channel 3.
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Inspector Sands

But I think most Americans understand ITN, ITV News, Sky News, and the BBC best.

You reckon? My experience is that most people's idea of British TV is that it's the BBC and nothing else... except 'Thames' whatever that is, because they make Benny Hill (an ident so well known it got a parody on The Simpsons). Part of that is that BBC America isn't purely BBC programmes despite its name.


Many people think Downton is a BBC production for example and one of the most well known BBC programmes stateside is 'Masterpiece Theatre'... which isn't even a programme here let alone purely BBC content

As I say though, this isn't a 'stoopid yanks' thing, it works both ways.... Look at our former Culture Secretary's understanding of American local TV when he came up with the idea for our local TV network
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Inspector Sands

All 5 main channels were .co.uk originally (well if you go back far enough, the BBC weren’t*) but now only the BBC is, at least primarily.

Which is understandable considering its national broadcaster status.

Channel 4 and 5 having .com is understandable I suppose as the American stations tend to have their callsign in their URL and I can't think of any other TV companies that use those brands.

Wasn't Apple once trying to use the brand iTV for something.

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