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Coronavirus | Television News Coverage

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Andrew Founding member Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
With it being News Channel only, they ran a headline sequence at 5pm assuming the press briefing would start a few minutes later

But no Alok came through the doors at 5pm on the dot, so they had to abandon the headlines half way though

You'd expect them to be at least on BBC Two, when you consider they simulcast BBC News for hours on end at the drop of a hat, its a strange decision to stop showing the briefings when they've shown 80 briefings not lead by the PM up to now
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Steve in Pudsey Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Was there anything of importance announced in the press conference or just an update on the figures?
Write that down in your copybook now.
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DVB Cornwall West Country (West) Spotlight
A simple rule if it's the PM - BBC One - if not BBC News only. It's not rocket science to appreciate that any restriction changes would be announced by the PM and of import to the population in general. It's just posturing otherwise. There's a news bulletin to carry the content in sixty minutes time on BBC One.

The ministers (and PM for that matter) should have course schedule their appearances at these for four or five minutes past the hour to enable all news outlets to run a headline sequence as usual on the hour leading into the conference.
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m_in_m Anglia (East) Look East
A simple rule if it's the PM - BBC One - if not BBC News only. It's not rocket science to appreciate that any restriction changes would be announced by the PM and of import to the population in general. It's just posturing otherwise. There's a news bulletin to carry the content in sixty minutes time on BBC One.

The ministers (and PM for that matter) should have course schedule their appearances at these for four or five minutes past the hour to enable all news outlets to run a headline sequence as usual on the hour leading into the conference.

I'd suggest that Matt Hancock or Rishi Sunak might also warrant BBC One.
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Cardiffian Wales Wales Today
There wasn’t really anything new in the Press conference today but it’s pretty poor show with BBC1 not showing it. I believe both BBC1 Wales and BBC1 Scotland both still show the nations conferences live.


There's no BBC Wales/Scotland/NI News Channel, but when it comes to Covid, there is a BBC England NC.
By this I mean if there are even minute changes to England's lockdown restrictions they'll get reported in depth on the BBC NC. If the same happens in Wales/Scotland/NI, there'll be a few seconds of 'in other news' narration over footage of people walking down the street and that's it. There will only ever be in depth reports if there are major Covid restriction changes in the nations, as we saw in mid-October when the nations started their lockdowns before England.

Before I'm piled on and called a Welsh nationalist, you still can't ignore the fact that many 'national' or 'UK' journalists still don't get devolution when it comes to Covid, or devolution at all.

When it was announced that England was going into lockdown, but Wales, Scotland & NI were already in tighter restrictions and so would be out of lockdown before England, Reeta Chakribarti asked Hugh Pym live on air "why are the devolved nations so out of step with England?" Rolling Eyes
Last night in Nick Eardley's report on the 10, he referred to "the country being in lockdown". The UK is made of of 4 nations, all with different policies for Covid in place and only one of the 4 UK nations currently is in lockdown. On the 10pm BBC 1 UK news, which 'country' are you referring to Nick?

Huw Edwards is the only UK news anchor I ever see referring to Matt Hancock correctly as "the Health Secretary for England" or Gavin Williamson as "the Education Secretary for England".

Yes, this is all nuance, but it's vitally important nuance during a national crisis when many, esp older people, find out what rules they have to follow from the TV news. So when we still have a very England biased 'national' news operation coming out of London, bar rare examples such as Huw Edwards who correctly refer to the nuances between the nations on air, it's vital that BBC 1 in the devolved nations still carry their govt's Covid briefings, because the 'national' operation in London won't cover them elsewhere, like on the NC.
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Andrew Founding member Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
A simple rule if it's the PM - BBC One - if not BBC News only. It's not rocket science to appreciate that any restriction changes would be announced by the PM and of import to the population in general. It's just posturing otherwise. There's a news bulletin to carry the content in sixty minutes time on BBC One.

The ministers (and PM for that matter) should have course schedule their appearances at these for four or five minutes past the hour to enable all news outlets to run a headline sequence as usual on the hour leading into the conference.

But what about when when one of the medical or scientific experts give a detailed explanation of what the current situation is? Shouldn’t that be on BBC One, or just left for the media to report one sound bite with no context, and in the case of some organisations, that would be a sensational click bait sound bite

We’ve had press conferences before where there were no ministers at all, that were on BBC One
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Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
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Whilst I don't disagree with the principle, Matt Hancock, for example, is the "Secretary of State for Health and Social Care" for the UK, it just so happens that some of his responsibilities, such as for the NHS, cover England only, and are devolved elsewhere, but others do cover the whole of the UK, and he is a UK cabinet minister, so it is wrong to call him the 'Heath Secretary for England'.

The current situation does show a problem with an over-centralized media, and it was also shown when England adopted tiers, and the centralized media struggles with that as well. I also hate the BBC's phrase "postcode lottery" when something differs from area to area, often for quite valid reasons.

However, the BBC News (and others) will seem "England biased" when England accounts for 84% of the UK population. Regional and local media don't seem to gain much traction in the UK - and there are various reasons for that.
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TheSebastian
The UK Government Health and Social care secretary has little to do with the Nations. Its not just over NHS matters, but all the public health (PHE} and clinical advice (NICE) activity. All heath and social care policy are split. Very little is UK wide and nothing 'public facing' with just medicine and medical device regulation and Who membership representation left UK wide.

So more clarity on this when reporting would be better.
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cmthwtv West Country (East) Points West
The government is to end its boycott of Good Morning Britain.




(This could be worthy of its own thread, so feel free to do if feel appropriate.)
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
(This could be worthy of its own thread, so feel free to do if feel appropriate.)

Asa really should give all users the New Topic button. Wink

Just hope GMB focus on the pandemic and not the boycott. Have to wonder aswell if the exit of Cummings and Cain (or as C4 News call them, the Mitchell Brothers) is just a coincidence or if one or both of them were behind the boycott.
Turns out nobody had 2020 vision.
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Soupnzi London London
(This could be worthy of its own thread, so feel free to do if feel appropriate.)

Asa really should give all users the New Topic button. Wink

Just hope GMB focus on the pandemic and not the boycott. Have to wonder aswell if the exit of Cummings and Cain (or as C4 News call them, the Mitchell Brothers) is just a coincidence or if one or both of them were behind the boycott.

I think it’s all about Cummings and Cain. Cain particularly had often been the target of Piers’ anger, and was obviously at the centre of moment when Boris ‘hid’ in the freezer.

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