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Jon7,585 posts since 11 Apr 2005
Central (West) Midlands Today

The FA Cup to be shared by the BBC and ITV

You’d think they’d be able to buy BT out of their current contract to get it a season or two earlier.

That would rely on BT Sport being interested in such an arrangement - I suspect they want the viewers more than selling the rights on.

Yes, it really depends what the reasons BT didn’t win the rights post 2021 is, if it’s because the FA wanted a free to air partner then you’re probably right, if it’s that BT don’t value the rights at as much as ITV do, I could well have seen them doing a deal.
Jon7,585 posts since 11 Apr 2005
Central (West) Midlands Today

Radio Studio Design

It’s becoming increasingly common for big commercial radio stations to design their studios with video in mind. With these being kind of TV sets - with the likes of Jago designing them - within radio studios it seems appropriate to put this here as others may well be interested.


Of course LBC and other Global stations have been doing this for a while.

talkRadio seems to have moved into News UK HQ today, and I think their new ‘set’ is rather nice and a lot tidier than LBC’s efforts.



Also works better than sister station talkSPORT's new 'set', as I don't think scrolling text look is that great.



Talking of LBC, I know they’ve not long changed theirs.
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Jon7,585 posts since 11 Apr 2005
Central (West) Midlands Today

International News Presentation: Past and Present

From Sky News:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBUOO9EeGQU

By the way, 3 things. I’m here.. in Australia. Second, the ABC is taxpayer-funded. Third, it’s required by law to be impartial.

Also, I don’t think calling a conservative candidate a “c***” - and in all-caps on screen as well just for good measure - is particularly tame, to use your word. Even if it is a ‘newstainment’ program.

Also, it may be “tame” to you but the Communications Authority found it breached its charter. That’s the point.

I’m not sure what the video you posted proves, as all the clips of the ABC are without any context.
Jon7,585 posts since 11 Apr 2005
Central (West) Midlands Today

The Crystal Maze


But yes, the original set cost a fortune to build and another fortune to run, it ate electricity like there was no tomorrow.


Is that why it was nighttime in the Aztec Zone sometimes?

I’m sure that was artistic decision, rather than them not being able to find 50p for metre. It only happened rarely in later series and tended to be when Aztec was the final zone IIRC.
Jon7,585 posts since 11 Apr 2005
Central (West) Midlands Today

Eurovision 2020 - Netherlands - NOS - AVRO-TROS


Cyprus and Greece exchange points for very obvious, and non political, reasons


Non political reasons? It's completely political. Cyprus is divided between Greece and Turkey, the majority being Greek. So they vote for Greece, and Greece vote for them to tighten their grip on Cyprus. To say that's not political is just weird, plain weird.
Every year 12 points from England to Scotland and 11 to Wales etc

And none back for England. Wink Also I didn't think we could give 11 points.
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Jon7,585 posts since 11 Apr 2005
Central (West) Midlands Today

ITV 2019 idents and presentation - ITV Creates

I think this something which probably looked good on paper but the execution didn't live up to it.

It could have been more interesting with perhaps more of a set around the letters or maybe the letters lit in different colours.

It’s not great but I guess it adds to concept of ITV creates somewhat that it isn’t great.
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Jon7,585 posts since 11 Apr 2005
Central (West) Midlands Today

Eurovision 2019

I think its time we just pulled not only our participation in Eurovison but all of the cash the BBC put in so we can effectively get a bye as we have not got a hope in hells chance of winning any more, and I am sure all that cash could then be used by the BBC to produce more quality shows here in the UK like Line Of Duty, ect.

Eurovision is doesn’t cost much compared to the likes of Line of Duty, and it does well in the ratings.

We don’t win because we don’t try.
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Jon7,585 posts since 11 Apr 2005
Central (West) Midlands Today

Eurovision 2020 - Netherlands - NOS - AVRO-TROS

The song was as good as the result.


Well that's completely untrue. The song was fine. To say that the reason we came last was in any way to do with the song is just burying your head in the sand. Complete la-la land.

You said it, “the song was fine”, most of the others were better than fine. I doubt anyone across Europe was stopping themselves from voting for us because it was their favourite song but they don't like Brexit.

People used to blame our involvement in the Iraq War, but then we upped our game and did alright. We started doing badly again well before Brexit.
Cyprus and Greece exchange points for very obvious, and non political, reasons


Non political reasons? It's completely political. Cyprus is divided between Greece and Turkey, the majority being Greek. So they vote for Greece, and Greece vote for them to tighten their grip on Cyprus. To say that's not political is just weird, plain weird.

Or many Cypriots vote for Greece because they consider themselves Greek, and therefore vote for themselves in the same way we would if we could and visa versa. Not to mention the mutual cultural similarities they will have which mean they'll like the same kind of music and have heard each others songs on the radio.

Those two countries voting for each over isn't going to make much difference to the overall result.

Look at Israel, people thought they didn't do well for political reasons anymore, then they did something people liked and was interesting, then they won.


It’s extremely arrogant to think we are owed votes and the rest of the world is so obsessed with us and Brexit or whatever is going to form part of their judgement.
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Jon7,585 posts since 11 Apr 2005
Central (West) Midlands Today

International News Presentation: Past and Present

A reminder of how Sky News Australia is Fox News in all but name under Murdoch.




Until I clicked on that I thought it was going to be parady.