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Steve Williams2,520 posts since 1 Aug 2008
I can recall Major's resignation announcement also breaking into BBC1 at the same time - I think they took off Newsround, an episode of The Machine Gunners that Children's BBC were re-running at the time, and Neighbours.


That's right - I remember it was actually announced on Newsround as breaking news, then they went to another story, and thirty seconds later were faded out for a newsflash. That seemed quite surprising at the time because the convention those days was that you didn't do newsflashes during CBBC. As you say, a different era then in terms of news channels.

On ITV, they were showing England in the Rugby World Cup, so all they could do is put a banner on the screen, and eventually John Taylor the commentator read it out ("The players certainly not aware of that").
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Whataday9,240 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
I can recall Major's resignation announcement also breaking into BBC1 at the same time - I think they took off Newsround, an episode of The Machine Gunners that Children's BBC were re-running at the time, and Neighbours.


That's right - I remember it was actually announced on Newsround as breaking news, then they went to another story, and thirty seconds later were faded out for a newsflash. That seemed quite surprising at the time because the convention those days was that you didn't do newsflashes during CBBC. As you say, a different era then in terms of news channels.


I remember this too. Looking back, it seems odd to fade out Newsround when the presenter could have handed over to the newsflash, explaining what was happening in the process.
neonemesis165 posts since 23 May 2012
London London
Some of the reports are citing sources that "the palace is being kept informed". That sounds like she's standing down?


I can't help but think that too, why would the palace need to be informed otherwise?


As the Queen is head of state I would expect the Palace to be informed of all significant developments as a courtesy if nothing else.
JamesWorldNews7,592 posts since 22 Aug 2004
STV Central BBC World
Just what the world needs right now: Trump and Johnson in charge...........

Anyway, back to Brexit: it's getting a helluva coverage over here in my part of the world. It really is a huge global story.

Is ITN going open ended yet or what are they up to?
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Steve Williams2,520 posts since 1 Aug 2008
I remember this too. Looking back, it seems odd to fade out Newsround when the presenter could have handed over to the newsflash, explaining what was happening in the process.


I remember whoever the presenter was (Chris Rogers?) very gingerly reading the news off a bit of paper, so presumably they knew about as much as what was going on as we did.
thegeek4,621 posts since 1 Jan 2002
London London
I remember this too. Looking back, it seems odd to fade out Newsround when the presenter could have handed over to the newsflash, explaining what was happening in the process.


I remember whoever the presenter was (Chris Rogers?) very gingerly reading the news off a bit of paper, so presumably they knew about as much as what was going on as we did.

I just went to see if I could find a clip of it, and discovered this clip of the leadership election Major triggered in 1995. The music they've picked for the theme tune seems even more appropriate today.
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