Now that TV Ark is back, here's Spotlight's Donald Heighway's opt out just before 7am with the local weather, linking to Nick Witchell in the Broomcupboard. Note the lack of sound after handing back to network - it's not clear whether that was finger trouble from Donald or in London.
Yeeess, delighted to see this again, I remember watching this years ago and was fascinated by it as the first ever bit I'd seen of that mythical morning. In Granadaland we were totally oblivious to the whole thing and I didn't watch breakfast telly in those days (I don't know why, I watched it non-stop the rest of the time) so the first I knew of it was when I got to school and everyone was talking about it. I knew nothing about Broom Cupboard Breakfast Time for ages - possibly not until the interview with Nicholas Witchell promoting Breakfast News in the Radio Times in 1989 when he mentioned it - and it became a bit of a holy grail for me, but I assumed I'd never see any of it because it would never have been recorded. Turns out I've now seen pretty much all of it!
You'd have to say that cutting in to Nick in the Broom Cupboard without sound, and then the first thing you hear is "...communications lines have been cut", it makes it sound even more unsettling and terrifying.
Was it standard to have a regional opt just prior to Breakfast Time beginning at 7? Or did Plymouth just decide to popup as they could say what was going on? (although the presenter is aware he is handing straight over to a bulletin).
Yes, as confirmed here by Sir Neil Miles...
Great to see the Ceefax Pink Panther in that clip, such vivid memories of that. As you can see, the usual sequence would be the BBC1 announcer introducing the weather, followed by the regional weather (seemingly in voice only) and then the announcer would introduce Breakfast Time. Such a lot of clutter in the mornings in those days.
When Breakfast Time first moved to 7am in 1986, for a few months there was the news at 6.30 read by one of the Breakfast Time presenters, but they seem to have abandoned that idea quite early on.