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Coronavirus | Television News Coverage

(February 2020)

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AN
Andrew Founding member
The Beeb will be slated for that, the ‘holding the government to account’ part that people hold great importance in, is now airing to 5 people on the news channel.
GM
GMc
In Scotland, we had an awkwardly-placed IPP directing viewers to the BBC Scotland channel at 7.45pm.
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AndrewPSSP, TheMike and fusionlad gave kudos
JO
Jonwo
The Beeb will be slated for that, the ‘holding the government to account’ part that people hold great importance in, is now airing to 5 people on the news channel.

I'm doubt the BBC really care at this point.
MA
Meridian AM
BBC1 leave the Press Conference journalists questions early to go to Strictly??? Wow!


It's really not good for the national broadcaster. How is the dancing show more important than one of the biggest announcements ever, which affects the whole country?? Cutting of the Prime Minister and telling viewers to switch to their (pathetic) news channel to see the rest of it?!! I know Strictly is popular, but surely it could wait!!
A lot of people wouldn't have bothered turning over to the news channel and won't see the important explanations that the PM and his scientists are giving. Staying on One would have captured a lot more viewers for this important moment.
Again, Sky News coverage has been faultless.
UL
UsuallyLurks
BBC1 leave the Press Conference journalists questions early to go to Strictly??? Wow!


It's really not good for the national broadcaster. How is the dancing show more important than one of the biggest announcements ever, which affects the whole country?? Cutting of the Prime Minister and telling viewers to switch to their (pathetic) news channel to see the rest of it?!!
A lot of people wouldn't have bothered turning over to the news channel and won't see the important explanations that the PM and his scientists are giving. Staying on One would have captured a lot more viewers for this important moment.
Again, Sky News coverage has been faultless.


It wasn't the BBC who delayed the conference for hours.

Besides, most will have known what was to be said considering the Times story broke nearly 24 hours ago.
SP
Steve in Pudsey
A lot of people wouldn't have bothered turning over to the news channel and won't see the important explanations that the PM and his scientists are giving. Staying on One would have captured a lot more viewers for this important moment.
Again, Sky News coverage has been faultless.


That's apples and oranges. The BBC News Channel has been pretty good too. BBC One is not a dedicated news channel, so comparing it to Sky News isn't really appropriate.
PO
Popular21
All I say is if anything is going to test a presenter, it’s tonight and Reeta did an amazing job! Throwing from one interview to another and didn’t look phased.
AN
Andrew Founding member
All I say is if anything is going to test a presenter, it’s tonight and Reeta did an amazing job! Throwing from one interview to another and didn’t look phased.

They should let her go home now, and bring someone else in for the late bulletin
SP
Steve in Pudsey
Don't want to get into Rota chat, but this must be quite a rare occurrence for Reeta to be only on the News Channel, not a BBC One simulcast?
BF
BFGArmy
All I say is if anything is going to test a presenter, it’s tonight and Reeta did an amazing job! Throwing from one interview to another and didn’t look phased.

They should let her go home now, and bring someone else in for the late bulletin


Or *gasp* get the on-duty News Channel presenter to do it.
VM
VMPhil
A lot of people wouldn't have bothered turning over to the news channel and won't see the important explanations that the PM and his scientists are giving. Staying on One would have captured a lot more viewers for this important moment.
Again, Sky News coverage has been faultless.


That's apples and oranges. The BBC News Channel has been pretty good too. BBC One is not a dedicated news channel, so comparing it to Sky News isn't really appropriate.

Yes, as long as the announcer directs the viewer to BBC News for the extended coverage, or they put some sort of caption over the next programme, I don’t really see the problem in this day and age.
BF
BFGArmy
BBC1 leave the Press Conference journalists questions early to go to Strictly??? Wow!


It's really not good for the national broadcaster. How is the dancing show more important than one of the biggest announcements ever, which affects the whole country?? Cutting of the Prime Minister and telling viewers to switch to their (pathetic) news channel to see the rest of it?!!
A lot of people wouldn't have bothered turning over to the news channel and won't see the important explanations that the PM and his scientists are giving. Staying on One would have captured a lot more viewers for this important moment.
Again, Sky News coverage has been faultless.


It wasn't the BBC who delayed the conference for hours.

Besides, most will have known what was to be said considering the Times story broke nearly 24 hours ago.


Indeed, if it was particularly important too you’d have hoped the government would’ve mentioned it in the briefing which was on BBC1 - it was only the press questions that were just on the News Channel and any important additional takeaways from press questions would no doubt feature anyway on subsequent BBC1 bulletins/Breakfast.

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