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Inspector Sands14,535 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Coronavirus | General TV News Coverage


The stand out there for me is the C4 rating, especially as they weren't showing anything of particular note at 8pm (a documentary callled Secrets of Egypts Valley of the Kings).

They were probably watching their news bulletin that preceeded it.

I know we were, in fact I think I've watched more channel 4 news recently not because it's a good bulletin (it is) more that its just on at a good time
Inspector Sands14,535 posts since 25 Aug 2004

BBC Oneness - idents and presentation

At the risk of sounding ancient, we did have a two stage alarm at BH in the old days.
Worked well.
First alarm alerted you to the problem while the in house firemen investigated, if it was a false alarm it was cancelled, if it was found to be real it was changed to evacuate. If no response was received it timed out to evacute automatically.

In this case though it wasn't the alarm that was the problem but the PA system that was letting everyone know that the alarm they will hear is not real.


That's totally seperate issue to what sort of alarm there is in the building.

A former employer of mine had a similar issue with the building management making emergency announcements that might end up on air and had TV same solution as Red Bee - do them at a time when we weren't! Worked well until the time when we had a proper emergency and had to get out. Though the fact all our viewers were told that too didn't really matter in the circumstances
Inspector Sands14,535 posts since 25 Aug 2004

The Big Breakfast

I suppose the route of going for Richard Orford and Rick Adams looking at presenters who’d worked well on kids tv was the same route of Chris Evans who in the early nineties hosted TV Mayham on TV-am.

Not really, Chris's reputation and experience in 1992 was mostly from radio. That's what he was mostly known for. His only kids TV experience was the few weeks on TVam. His radio work and BSB gig was what will have made him wanted for the Big Breakfast. He was an obvious star in the making, it was only a matter of time before someone gave him a big TV break


If anything the lack of success Rick Adams had on the programme shows that kids TV wasn't the best route. That said, Gabby Roslin was from kids tv and later Richard Bacon
Inspector Sands14,535 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Coronavirus | General TV News Coverage

Looking at the details on that VT Clock, would it be the One Show's facilities at BH rather than BBC News that were involved?

I don't know what bit of it suggests that

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Of course where it was edited and where it was played out are entirely different matters.

Yes, and there are two locations on the clock, one part of the clock itself and the other typed in as part of the details about this specific edit. So looks like it was edited at TV Centre which is quite pleasing
Inspector Sands14,535 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Coronavirus | General TV News Coverage


The Sky Enex feed on 16e was of the same VT card so I believe it was fed from BBC to all media

It was played out live from the BBC to everywhere. In fact that VT clock tells you where it was played from!


Okay, but I wasn’t sure if some places would keep it properly embargoed (reputable news organizations that wouldn’t discuss its contents) or if they’d provide a stream for the other organizations.

Sorry I wasn't having a go, of course just having an edit suite name doesn't automatically mean that

In this case no it was played out at the broadcast time from the BBC.
Inspector Sands14,535 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Coronavirus | General TV News Coverage

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Countdown to the Queen's broadcast as shown on the Huff Post Facebook Live stream.


Was it played out to all broadcasters at once or did Sky, ITV, and others have their own version?


The Sky Enex feed on 16e was of the same VT card so I believe it was fed from BBC to all media

It was played out live from the BBC to everywhere. In fact that VT clock tells you where it was played from!
Inspector Sands14,535 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Coronavirus | General TV News Coverage





Would there normally be backup pool feeds supplied from a central Number 10 feed of something like this?

Appreciate things are far from normal, and even if they were it is a Sunday afternoon


It might have just been simply a broken connector in the wall box. Don't know whether the connection is fibre, or copper there, I'm slightly surprised there wasn't a redundant route either from the same box, or another.

No idea if it was a wallbox outside or one inside number 10 that links to the ones outside. I think that the BBC, ITN and Sky and maybe some others have their own connectivity to/from Downing Street.

No idea which broadcaster was handling the presser feed today but presumably if the issue was in theirs then swapping over to another broadcasters might be possible.... if the type of connection is compatible and the wall box isn't locked!
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Inspector Sands14,535 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Coronavirus - Impact on live/recorded shows

In radio, Kelvin McKenzie’s station LoveSport is to stop broadcasting for the time being https://radiotoday.co.uk/2020/04/love-sport-takes-time-out-during-coronavirus/

It was struggling for a while, very few listeners and a few months back they frequency swapped from one of the best MW frequencies in London to one that only covers North Nondon presumably to save money

I wonder if that it's a way of closing it down without losing face?
Inspector Sands14,535 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Coronavirus - Impact on live/recorded shows

One thing I've noticed with home-recording of shows is that the picture quality is pretty good, but some of the audio is awful. HIGNFY is a good example - Stef's audio was decent but then she was presumably using the same equipment she's been using for her own programme. The others were all over the place, both in terms of quality and level. I was watching Stephen Colbert interview John Oliver the other night and not only was the audio quality rubbish but the tone they used to beep out the profanities was a lot louder.

Radio and podcasts don't seem to have a problem with this, presumably they send off microphones which are the same sort of standard as the telly people do cameras.

Mind you....


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Inspector Sands14,535 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Coronavirus - Impact on live/recorded shows

Looks like Milkshake on Channel 5 are running out of studio links, most of the programmes today are being linked by voiceover and graphics. Presumably their lead time was only a week or 2


As I mentioned above, Cbeebies has the same issue but I think they record 3 weeks ahead - they ask for birthday cards 4 weeks in advance. Will be interesting to see what they do, most of their links aren't that specific and they seem to have some generic ones too, but I imagine it wouldn't be long till they've been repeated too much
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Inspector Sands14,535 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Filming from Home

Night Thoughts posted:

I was struck by how clear Paul Merton's connection was on HIGNFY - wondering if he does voiceovers or radio stuff from home and uses a high-quality connection for that

I wouldn't have thought so, I think he's not known for not being that technically savvy, he doesn't have a mobile phone. I can't think of anything he or his wife does that would require it.

I think Steve's suggestion of recording it locally is the most likely way, although that would need someone to go to his house to set it up - the shot was too good for it to be done without some crew
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Inspector Sands14,535 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Filming from Home

ISDN is still a thing, but only just. BT is turning it off by 2025 and haven't installed it for a while. AIUI a lot of ISDN connections now are actually via IP.

It still gets used a lot in radio, a lot of studio-studio and back up studio-transmitter links are ISDN.
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Inspector Sands14,535 posts since 25 Aug 2004

BBC 1 | Daily Kitchen


Jack Monroe is not a chef.

Funny you should say that:




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Like I said, most of Jack's recipes are to me a very middle class idea of solutions for living on a budget


Reminds me of when I heard someone describe spaghetti bolognaise as 'posh food'

What is a working class solution for budget food? Beans on toast? Pasta and ketchup? We had her risotto the other day, it was very basic - only about 5 ingredients and it was very nice. Is that working class or middle class food?
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Inspector Sands14,535 posts since 25 Aug 2004

BBC 1 | Daily Kitchen


And this show will be going head to head with This Morning, which has proved itself to be public service broadcasting personified over the last few weeks.

Jack has appeared in the cookery slot on This Morning a few times in the last couple of months, her first TV I think. They've missed out somewhat, it might even be those appearances that put her in the running for the new show.


She's better suited to the BBC, her recipes aren't going to bring in the high budget food advertising that other celebrity chefs do. Why would M&S advertise during her show when she's using a can of 20p tinned tomatoes?
Inspector Sands14,535 posts since 25 Aug 2004

BBC 1 | Daily Kitchen

She might well have been offered or thought about for her own show but her TV experience has been limited. Her recent appearances on This Morning went down very well, but she was very nervous and unpolished - by her own admission.


She is the perfect choice for these times, her cookery is based on really tight economy and cooking with limited ingredients. Perfect for those times when you have 4 cans of chickpeas and some leftover bacon in the cupboard and don't know what to do with them.

She's been doing a Twitter feature called lockdown larder helping people cook meals with odd ingredients they have at home. A sort of real life Ready Steady Cook
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Inspector Sands14,535 posts since 25 Aug 2004

BBC News (UK) presentation - Reith launch onwards

The reason it's not done by phone is because it's 2020 and there's no need to. Plus audience expectations are higher than they used to be. Broadcasting a reporter on the phone with a still photo of them holding a phone is just not acceptable any more.


Even the worst quality Skype call is better than a mobile phone call quality. They can be just as unreliable too
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