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Asa3,468 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
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Happy 18th birthday

Happy Birthday TV Forum! I feel like it comes round quicker each year, scary.

For fact fans, the forum actually began a few days earlier with a very basic messageboard, no registration required. I quickly saw there was interest so installed some proper software on the 22nd and manually copied each post over so that it was as seamless as possible.

This is an example of how the messageboard page looked. For full authentic effect it must be viewed in IE5 with 800x600 resolution Smile
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Asa3,468 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

The Sport Thread

Noel Edmonds BACK on Saturday night BBC One

...would be the clickbait headline if I was a certain newspaper but did anyone see the introduction to MOTD Live tonight? It began with an old school "Saturday night entertainment on BBC One" animation and announcer (not sure the voice but someone will definitely recognise!) with lots of quick clips of Two Ronnies, NHP, Parkinson, Basil Brush etc. A nice effort for only about a minute's VT.

(Cue my usual whinge that Pres could have got in on the act with something suitably retro too.)

And it was all presented widescreen/pillar boxed as necessary. The BBC Sport team should provide a handbook to all the other departments/production companies on how to show old footage properly!
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Asa3,468 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

BBC News at 10 to be shorter

Have I missed something because apparently that post started a flame war.

There's three types of posts going on: TV news about Brexit, general Brexit talk and non too subtle political posts. The first is great and the second is tolerated to an extent. The third isn't and you've now posted several times along those lines. We get it, and this isn't the forum for it.
Asa3,468 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

The Sport Thread

They didn't show any moving pictures, though - they showed still images.

On Football Focus? They definitely showed video of the incident, the VAR and Rashford’s penalty.


I’m enjoying Quest’s EFL coverage, Colin Murray managing to be informed and interested with a relaxed style. Last night they admitted they made a mistake with the set in the first programme that one person called “Dracula’s basement” - it was very red. But they briefly changed the lighting back to it while talking about Blackpool last night.
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Asa3,468 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

Global Radio axes all regional/local breakfast shows

My partner’s car radio somehow manages to flick seamlessly from DAB to FM to prevent signal drop-out on the BBC national stations (and possibly others).

Yeah, it's very handy. I guess it's based on the RDS IDs being the same between DAB and FM? I think I've heard it both seamlessly and not (i.e repeats on the way back to DAB) so I wonder if some stations are deliberately delaying FM. Would they really be likely to do that though??
Asa3,468 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

BBC News at 10 to be shorter

But you are saying they’ve axed it altogether. I think the Beeb have bitten off more that they can chew in that case, you can mess around with many things, but mess about with the weather...

There was a national forecast as normal with Sarah Keith-Lucas, just Spotlight didn't take it. Can't see them getting away with that for very long otherwise surely every region would be doing it.
Asa3,468 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

BBC Three returns to TV on BBC One

Ah so they did bother with a bespoke ident - very nice. Strange that Scotland didn't get the memo. And NI do a NI specific version (complete with Subtitles caption that nicely disappears on one of the wipes).

Network ditch the duty announcer but the Nations don't. And a mixed bag with the DOGs (double DOGing on iPlayer).
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Asa3,468 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

TV Home - Automated recordings of BBC idents

Has the database borked?! Idents are showing as zero appearances - even BBC TWO's 'Feel Good'!

I upgraded the database version at the weekend but paid more attention to making sure everything was working on here rather than TV Home! Turns out one of my queries was now invalid so defaulted to zero. All good now, just labelled this week's ITV idents too.
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Asa3,468 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

This Time with Alan Partridge

Enjoyed the show, certainly felt there was enough there to laugh at (this from someone who always preferred I’m Alan Partridge to Knowing Me Knowing You). A few reviewers have said episode 2 is better.

We are used to seeing Alan at the centre of his world, and now he is a temp.


Possibly not for long having read next week’s description which seems to imply the other presenter has died...freeing up Partridge to become permanent co-presenter. Presumably with Alan featuring in the wonderfully cringing opening titles from ep. 3!
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Asa3,468 posts since 22 Mar 2001 Administrator
Meridian (South East) South East Today

BBC Scotland - the launch

Not liking the informal continuity into Politics Live. "It's Dom here"


All announcers have been told to name check at start of their shift. As Jennie did last night.


I like it

Yeah, it’s been happening for a while now - particularly the first morning junction on BBC Two and into The One Show on BBC One.