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BBC One's 'Circle' Idents

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NBC News, MSNBC, ABC News and others from across the pond

Jesus wept. That headline sequence takes an age to get through just to start a full news bulletin.

Imagine watching that unfold with David Muir announcing the headlines while you're watching him at home every night. It feels excessive, tedious & looks like a chore to watch it all the time. Why did ABC News in America take it to this level if the viewers become eventually annoyed to make them not watch the bulletins after a short period of time.

I don't get their strategy if they think this new headline sequence was a good idea in hindsight.

While I agree with you that the WNT headline sequence goes for far too long, their viewers must not have a problem with it considering it's the most-watched news bulletin (and indeed recently, the most-watched show full stop).

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TV Licence Fee Decision

It's not even 24 hours since the announcement was made and the debate about the decision is already doing my head in. I wish the people who're criticizing the decision would explain how much of the BBC they would cut in order to fund the reportedly £745 million it would have cost the broadcaster (seeing they're now funding the free licences Pension Credit recipients will get, not the government) to keep giving free TV licences to everyone above 75.

It seems like the tabloid newspapers and people criticizing the decision (for some crazy reason) think providing free licences wouldn't cost the BBC anything when if they spent 10 minutes actually reading the documentation about the decision (like I did), they would have realized that:
The new scheme will cost the BBC around £250 million a year depending on take-up. Had the BBC copied the Government’s scheme, the extra costs on top of around £500m would have meant unprecedented closures. In practice, we expect this would mean the closures of BBC Two, BBC Four, the BBC News Channel, the BBC Scotland channel, Radio 5live, and a number of local radio stations, as well as other cuts and reductions.

Sorry for the rant but seeing the uninformed debate has really frustrated me - especially because the BBC were between a 'rock and a hard place' in that they would have been crucified for whatever decision they made