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Brekkie34,774 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
HTV Wales Wales Today
Also I’m sure tabloids read this forum, as suggestions like the rationing of soaps was discussed here yesterday.


Just think when they're all working from home rather than going out and talking to the people concerned in order to report the facts that journalists will have to just sit at a computer repeating something someone said online with zero verification at all. How on earth will the industry cope? Wink
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Inspector Sands14,779 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Why? They want to keep all the schools open and seems to suggest they'll shift the Easter break to do it. Why lob family programmes and films in when the target audience won't be around?

As I said when restrictions are brought in. I know 'they' say they want to keep schools open but it's fairly inevitable they will close in the next couple of weeks. Certainly a lot of schools are gearing up for the scenario.
Brekkie34,774 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
HTV Wales Wales Today
Disney+ have bought forward Frozen 2 to launch next week while they literally have a captive audience.

Extra news would be an easy way to fill some scheduling holes but only a matter of time you feel till at least one region has to go into temporary shutdown.
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Kunst466 posts since 29 Jun 2016
BBC World News
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
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Rexogamer113 posts since 25 Jan 2018
London London
I was watching BBC1 and just had a thought - what about Songs of Praise? The singing bits are quite major and quite a few of the singers are elderly so I wonder what’ll happen with that.
Arqiva, just switch to DVB-T2 already...
madmusician948 posts since 2 Jun 2006
Central (West) Midlands Today
I was watching BBC1 and just had a thought - what about Songs of Praise? The singing bits are quite major and quite a few of the singers are elderly so I wonder what’ll happen with that.

They've got literally years worth of the hymns in the archive, so they could do without recording any new hymns for ages.
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TVLand188 posts since 9 Aug 2019
UTV Newsline
Dancing With The Stars in Ireland have brought their final forward to tonight. There will be no audience and only essential staff will be in attendance.

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JKDerry2,564 posts since 15 Oct 2016
UTV Newsline
I was watching BBC1 and just had a thought - what about Songs of Praise? The singing bits are quite major and quite a few of the singers are elderly so I wonder what’ll happen with that.

Songs of Praise is recorded months in advance. Remember they recorded the Easter programme alongside their Christmas programme back in 2006
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gottago3,115 posts since 26 Aug 2004
London London
It will be interesting to see if any channels end up putting out repeats of some of their recent under performing shows to try and make them a success and plug gaps in the schedule. A bit like how the BBC repeated Fawlty Towers during the ITV strike and it became hugely popular. Maybe ITV will use a few of those old ITV Encore originals that no one watched.
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