It's trivial to raise these issues given the difficulties we are all facing but it's a TV Forum so I wonder what lockdown would look like for UK TV?
Presumably the live output (ITV daytime for instance) would be cancelled / scaled back. Maybe additional news bulletins in the schedule.
Presumably advertiser's will withdraw from commercial TV if shops/retailers are closed.
Soap episodes may run out & high profile programmes pulled due to lack of advertisers?
Big increase in ratings?
Do we know the impacts on broadcast TV schedules in Italy?
I'm Italian, so I can help
RAI,the Italian public broadcaster, has almost completely altered its schedule. Live shows, except for the news or "interview-based" programmes such as Che tempo che fa (with comedians such as Luciana Littizzetto), the latter becoming now more informative than anything, have been dropped. RAI is now airing only pre-recorded "episodes" of game shows, what they have in store until they won't run out (when they will, they'll just air repeats), especially "L'eredità" and popular "I soliti ignoti" (I soliti ignoti now is only airing repeats where they still had a public).
But when they air them, they decide to show a ticker beneath the DOG
with something like "this has been recorded before the ordinance n. etc.", in order not to confuse people
RAI Due especially, has changed a lot of its schedule to have more kids shows in the morning (in addition to RAI Gulp and RAI Yoyo; our CBBC and Cbeebies), in order to entertain the younger ones, like the old times, compared to more newsy RAI Uno.
RAI Tre has more spaces devoted to regional news.
RAI "digital channels" such as cultural RAI5 are even more dedicated to cultural stuff than ever.
Mediaset, the main commercial broadcaster, is going through similar paths, but obviously less "cultural"
La7, the other commercial broadcaster, has even more news than usual
People can only move for working reasons, so even unnecessary interviews are banned
BTW RAI, Mediaset, La7, Discovery ITtalian channels all decide to show a bumper promoting hygienic awareness
Sky Sport 24 (the Italian SSN) is now back on air, but only live for a much more limited time, otherwise, archive stuff. Sky Sport Uno (Sky Sports Main Events), has become quite "patriotic" with the hashtag "forzaitalia" and the Italian flag in addition to the DOG,,showing Football World Cup from 2006, when Italy won
Advertising minutage is "normal" I'd say, but there are some government promotions, notices and stuff, advising people to only go out when necessary. The hashtag #restaacasa (stay at home) is popular and used even by TV channels.
But paying TV stations and more minor channels just don't care
Obviously TV has never been so watched, and TV viewing ish huge, since people are forced to stay at home
EDIT: I also add, advertising now is more focused on supermarket goods
Last edited by Kunst on 15 March 2020 8:07am