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Asa3,239 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

BBC.co.uk - site cutbacks & beyond

https://account.bbc.com/signin I do like the way the login page serves up a background image based on where you've come from (Graham Norton for TV, Jo Whiley for Radio, Attenborough of course by default)

I wonder what the reason is behind that page being hosted on the BBC.com domain and whether it's caused any confusion from people thinking it's trying to spoof the .co.uk site?

The TV Licensing point is interesting, they're being upfront about data use from the start I suppose but handing over email addresses is surely pointless? Given people will use throwaway accounts, name+service@domain style addresses, accounts for other family members etc. I can't see what benefit it would bring.
Asa3,239 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

ITV Launch New Promo Styles

Still love that clock, 'let's repeat our logo 12 times'!

How did it used to work for trails? Say YTV were promoting a Corrie episode. Would Granada provide clips to any region that wanted it and they'd edit a trail as they saw fit? My 1982 clip on YouTube has a seasonal network trail and someone mentioned it's in the TVS font so presumably certain regions were given the task of doing those?

I suspect when all the mergers started happening that duplicating trails was one of the first things to be stopped.
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Asa3,239 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

Sky News presentation - New studio onwards

Fair enough to point it out, but do you not have anything better to do than post a moment-by-moment account, complete (somehow) with a sense of moral effrontery?

Stop haranguing people who are having a perfectly fine conversation on here. You are not a moderator and do not need to post thinly veiled digs about how people are spending their time.
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Asa3,239 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

Saturday Night Takeaway 2017

It felt like six weeks of promos for and one final hour-and-a-half advert for Disney World. Not the future of tv I look forward to.

Not sure this kind of event is ever going to be regular in the future though! They're damned if they do or don't. I think it would be a shame if shows avoid popular tourist destinations for fear of it being seen as one big advert. We live in a very commercialised world these days, are the public not a bit more savvy to what is an ad?


Technically a top show, as it usually is. I'm sure it's not a simple operation - didn't Singalong have basically no delay?! Have a look at Simon Hardwick's tweets for details about the cue dot too!

I know black credits probably save all sorts of bother but it looks so much better when they do something a bit different, especially on an entertainment show like SNT. There had obviously been some communication as Pres didn't do a squeeze either.
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Asa3,239 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

TV Forum

So the site has moved to HTTPS today. Hopefully you won't really notice any difference but let me know if you see any pages fall out of being secure (I'll soon set it so only secure content can be served up). Secure/non-secure posted images should continue to appear ok but non-secure embedded videos will now only be shown as a link. YouTube/Vimeo and some other site links where I know they're now secure have been automatically updated.
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Asa3,239 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

Channel 5 to revive Blind Date

They're filming tonight at Studio 2 of TLS. Preview of the titles and what looks like the set on the screens.



Mel Sykes stepping into the shoes of Graham Skidmore as V/O.
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Asa3,239 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

The Nightly Show

Yeah, Fake News at Ten should have been punchier...and funnier.

Still, the show in general did have a great pace. The titles worked well with the guests names (very SNL!) and so much better for having a house band. The backdrop was much nicer and they finally did the music-into-the-break Thumbs up

Feel sorry for that woman though, never meet your idols I suppose.
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Asa3,239 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

New look BBC One - Jan 2017

When did that third one air? Laughing

They're all so rubbish that I can barely bring myself to comment on them anymore, which is a real shame. Truly Poundland Rhythm & Movement idents. I'm just counting down the rest of the year and hoping that whoever signed this off is nowhere near the next rebrand.

The oneness theme still seems odd - aside from the word appearing on the idents for a couple of seconds there's literally nothing else going on with it. No long term campaign running through the junctions, no trails, nothing.
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Asa3,239 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

Happy 20th Birthday Channel Five

If only they'd had the foresight to have thought of a format that could have used regular members of the public trying to beat particularly clever people.

Like others, I was a big fan of the presentation. It was bold, new, glossy (a bit American?), just great. And 5 News had a pace that had never been seen before, hourly updates and a cracking theme. I remember recording it on cassette just so I could do my own bulletins Laughing
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Asa3,239 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

The Nightly Show

Presumably +1 is literally just a recording of the main channel so their only option is to mask the output with a slide, rather than anything fancy like running more trails.

Unusual to have a prerecorded programme fall off air like that, especially with coloured bars. And shame about the announcer, was it her first night?! Where's Trish Bertram when you need her!
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Asa3,239 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

Red Nose Day 2017

Breakdown a few minutes ago. The picture broke up just as Russell was about to give the total. Sums it up really. It soon went to a BBC One tomorrow night menu slide before the usual breakdown caption in silence for a minute or so.

Really terrible sound tonight - and a suitably apt 'f****** hell' as Russell signed off, just after they'd gone to the VT with his mic still up. I can only assume they've been battling unexpected tech issues all evening.
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Asa3,239 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

Neighbours to be dropped by C5?

I can't really see any other station picking it up to be honest. BBC have been there, done that. They now have a decent and relatively cheap ratings banker in the old time slot.

The days of inheriting a decent audience from CBBC are long gone and so unless the next generation are now purposely seeking out the show on C5, I can only see the audiences dwindling further.

The changing channels announcement was made almost exactly ten years ago which suggests they may only have a couple of months to sort it out. Ten were seemingly disappointed with 700k back then so I wonder how happy they are with 150k (even if it has moved to a sister station)

Of course this could just be 'leak it to the public' in the hope you can then negotiate a better price.

If it goes from the UK, it'll be curtains for the whole show.
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Asa3,239 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

Operation London Bridge: the death of the Queen

An interesting read. It would be very odd to hear a BBC newsreader start with something like β€œIt is with the greatest sorrow that we make the following announcement...”!

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BBC 1, 2 and 4 will be interrupted and revert silently to their respective idents – an exercise class in a village hall, a swan waiting on a pond – before coming together for the news.

Swan yeah but Exercise Class? Surely not. Worrying though that's it's an up to date list. Hopefully as Blake mentioned, that is still a mistake and the decision hasn't been reversed.

Surely the safest decision is to go to the ribbon BBC ident that has popped up over the last year or so? It avoids the risk of any inappropriate idents (i.e. from a very new rebrand!), can loop forever and looks suitably formal.
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