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Inspector Sands13,977 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Newsround

Very sad news about NR being scrapped. Can anyone answer a question. Was it Newsround that broke the news of the Challenger disaster? I ask because I have a vague memory of "Splash" on ITV handing over to ITN.

Yes the first news report on the disaster was Newsround. I remember it quite vividly as I was a space mad 10 year old and we were going to Florida a few months later and hoping to see a launch.


There's a brief clip of it on YouTube
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Inspector Sands13,977 posts since 25 Aug 2004

2019 General Christmas election.


Seems like that post-election programme will inform us how ITV/STV will handle the 9:25am junction when it's in the middle of a program ahead of Lorraine airing from 9am - 10am in the new year.

Why are people still wondering and obsessing about this? It has happened on numerous occasions and there's no issue or mystery as to what happens
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Inspector Sands13,977 posts since 25 Aug 2004

The TV Question Amnesty Thread


.... and as it is CIN time I can mention that the dynamic electronic "co- channel interference" caption system used to put up a Brussels phone number fur donations !!!

So this was a capgen on the recieve side of the channel that apologised if it had reception problems?


I remember in the days when Children In Need had lots of local phone numbers, that ones for Brussels and possibly The Hague or similar appeared on screen in the South East region along with Medway, Brighton, Oxford etc
Inspector Sands13,977 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Children In Need 2019

The London VTs played fine, the picture breakup looked from the wireless digi link on the camera rather than the overall OB. Surprised they didn't have it fixed for hit 2, maybe couldn't run a cable into the building in time.

Not just a building, but the old Mail Rail depot so an underground tunnel. Possibly not the most simple location to broadcast from
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Inspector Sands13,977 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Children In Need 2019

London has gone away from the opt-out quite early to sort out issues.

Watching it back on iPlayer they didn't finish early, they just ended abruptly at the end of their slot.

The animation of Pudsey seen after they ended was the opt in point, it's a bit longer on the network/HD versions so that everyone else can opt back cleanly.
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Inspector Sands13,977 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Taskmaster move to Channel 4 confirmed

I've no idea what channel Taskmaster will end up on but, whichever it is, I really hope it retains pretty much the same format: with the same hosts and similar types of guests (i.e. mainly comedians and not reality or soap stars). Provided it does, then I really don't mind which channel it's on.

Remember it'll be the same company and the same team making the show wherever it ends up. Avalon produce it, and Alex Horne and Greg Davies are managed by them. They won't change and neither should the style of the show, Alex is exec producer and its very much his vision
Inspector Sands13,977 posts since 25 Aug 2004

The TV Question Amnesty Thread

Do any channels still close down at night?

Depends what you mean by 'close down'. Gone are the days when a channel can end programmes for the night and switch off their transmitters, it's all multiplexed data streams. There are channels on DTT whose bits get turned off and used for something else.

If you mean they stop showing programmes then BBC2, BBC4, Cbeebies and CBBC all stop for either a caption or loop. A lot of channels show tellyshopping overnight, they're essentially a different channel as there's no branding and are kept seperate from the traditional programmes
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Inspector Sands13,977 posts since 25 Aug 2004

ITV abandons the South Bank

The thing with the South Bank site is that it's much more of a prime site than Wembley or Granada Studios. They can make many times more money out of that space than they can as TV studios. It's a great location, handy for transport, lots of footfall and amazing views.

Riverside survived with the addition of lots of flats, although it's not primarily a TV studio complex. The other studio complex that backed onto the Thames - Teddington didn't
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Inspector Sands13,977 posts since 25 Aug 2004

TV Breakdown Appreciation Thread

Without wanting to take this thread too much down a serious route, here's the fire that occurred during a recording of a Brazilian kids TV show Xuxa Park:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xuxa_Park_fire

Thankfully no no-one died but its still quite a horrific thing to see, the speed the fire takes hold is incredible

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Inspector Sands13,977 posts since 25 Aug 2004

TV Breakdown Appreciation Thread

Could be worse, I remember one of the presentation editors once saying that his worst nightmare was them all being evacuated due to a fire at TV Centre and forgetting to take a live programme out the schedule. Then at the correct time BBC One cuts to the studio and all you can see is flames licking up past the camera! Confused
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Inspector Sands13,977 posts since 25 Aug 2004

GMB & This Morning to be extended-Official


I wonder if they'll do a throw from Lorraine to This Morning as they do from GMB to Lorraine?

Should be no problem, as they are next door to each other


As soon as Lorraine ends, they start changing sets to Loose Women so a throw will be unlikely.

I think you've misunderstood, I meant a handover like they currently do at 8:30. That is perfectly possible, no problem with set changes


Thinking about it I would have thought they will, the Lorraine/This Morning junction coincides with the start of Homes Under The Hammer. Carry the audience over
Inspector Sands13,977 posts since 25 Aug 2004

YouTube Gold

I didn't know there was a big event like that but it makes sense as it launched before both Sky Digital and OnDigital so no one at home was watching.

The early programmes were shown again once the service was publicly available, and some repeated many times!