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?"
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.