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London Lite10,472 posts since 4 Jan 2003
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French TV

So much to absorb there! I'm not surprised Franceinfo is getting a revamp and some new presenters. Sophie Le Saint was obviously moving across. I wonder what will happen to Clémence de la Baume? She impressed on Soir/3 over the summer, surely the time to move her to one of the peak slots on Franceinfo?


According to their press office on Twitter, she'll now take a portion of Fanny Conquy's very long weekend daytime shift: https://twitter.com/Francetele/status/1164437234310963200

Some of these changes to the overall news line-up seem to be desperate in their attempts to attract a young audience, dare I say a particularly "woke" one (an interactive 17h/20h seems to pin this down) - it will be interesting to see what happens. The Soir 3 coming to an end is a huge surprise, as has been pointed out the audience figures are reasonable and on par with Newsnight and not too far off Tagesthemen. The audience will not watch Le 23h in the same numbers and the illusion that this incarnation is the 'successor' to Soir 3 is nonsensical corporate jargon. I hope Francis Letellier and Nora Boubetra will occasionally present the 12/13 and 19/20, when they were titulaire/joker on the weekend editions, their rigour for raw, unfiltered journalism shone through - even at 1am on a Sunday morning their bulletins would never have any fluff/filler. Le 23h will.

Still, good luck to them! CNEWS will never be a patch on iTélé, LCI is very stale and has too many repeats and as for BFMTV I note that their evening line up is now Le Dezoom followed by Le Tonight Bruce Infos ... ok then...


Thanks for the full line-up changes. Good to see Johanna get the morning show alongside Samuel Etienne. Lucie Chaumette promoted to co-presenter of the early evening shift, but disappointed to see Camille Grenu staying on the weekend morning show, although I suspect she'll stay as the number 2 if Johanna is off? Clémence should have been offered a weekday shift, but I wouldn't be surprised if she was pushed aside for Le Saint. The other one of note is Sorya Khaldoun demoted to presenting the weekend 23h bulletins. It wouldn't be so bad if she was offered Soir 3 instead, but this will have a tiny audience.
London Lite10,472 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London

International News Presentation: Past and Present

In any case, the rules on direct simulcasts on the main channels is complex. Whenever Franceinfo has simulcast F2/F3 output, they've had to use a pushback. Incidentally the reason why Franceinfo starts at 0630 on weekdays is because they produce the early morning 0600 bulletin for France 2 as it appears they can't simulcast that bulletin.

Whenever TF1 have simulcast LCI, the branding of the latter has been removed.

I suspect the real reason for Soir 3 being axed is cost. Moving the PSB obligation to have a late night news bulletin to Franceinfo where they already have a crew for that shift already where they don't have to use camera operators will be more cost effective, regardless if the viewership is only 30k in the 11pm slot.
London Lite10,472 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London

French TV

So much to absorb there! I'm not surprised Franceinfo is getting a revamp and some new presenters. Sophie Le Saint was obviously moving across. I wonder what will happen to Clémence de la Baume? She impressed on Soir/3 over the summer, surely the time to move her to one of the peak slots on Franceinfo?

Motus being axed isn't really a surprise, even my French elderly mother is bored with the show, but she'll watch Les Z'amours. Bruno Guillon has impressed since replacing Tex. And she'll watch Nagui's game show at lunchtime "Tout le monde veut prendre sa place"

Those game shows Nagui presents have to be really time consuming to film in long blocks, but they do bring in the viewers in France.

There was one change Quatorzine Neko missed and that's the launch of BFM's latest local tv channel, BFM LYON on September 3rd.

https://www.bfmtv.com/mediaplayer/video/decouvrez-bfm-lyon-votre-nouvelle-chaine-a-partir-du-3-septembre-1181810.html
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London Lite10,472 posts since 4 Jan 2003
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ITV Daytime reshuffle

Just seen the Mirror's report. It's claiming that GMB will start at 6.30 after a news bulletin. Sound like a rejig of TV-AM's early days.


If that's the case, I wonder if ITN will produce it or ITV Breakfast?

Delving into fantasy schedules here, but with a rejig of This Morning.

6-6.30: ITV Morning News
6.30-9: GMB
9-10: Lorraine
10-12.30 This Morning
12.30-1.30 Loose Women
1.30-2: ITV Lunchtime News/ITV Regional News
2.00: Judge Rinder
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BBC regional news - Now with added Reith

Before ViLoR most local radio stations were using Mark III desks, a classic BBC in-house designed mixing desk. As I understand it, they were all constructed and deployed centrally starting in the late 70s-80s as local radio stations came on stream. (There was a Mark IV but only a few sites got them). These wonderful desks soldiered on right up until the end.


As well as the Mark IV anything refurbished or moving since the early 200s and until ViLor got Calrec digital desks. These have all been replaced by ViLoR but in sites like Nottingham, Leeds and Hull would have been installed a the same time as the TV installation.


It's not just the Beeb BTW, I think Belfast's ILR Downtown Radio (lost track what it's called now) were still using their original 1976 desks into this decade ?


Still called Downtown Radio. They have a sister station Cool FM which replaced Downtown on the Belfast FM frequency in 1990, while Downtown continues on AM in Belfast and FM across the rest of NI.
London Lite10,472 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London

BBC News (UK) presentation - Reith launch onwards

A huge spider just 'attacked' a guest on Afternoon Live just now. A spider was crawling on the camera providing the live shot for the Glasgow skyline backdrop.

Sean had to apologise and explain that the guest was not actually sat in front of a real window.


I'm counting the seconds before there's a Daily Express click bait article published


Spider TERRORISES BBC guest.
London Lite10,472 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London

Whatever happened to...................?

Longhurst last seen at ITV Westcountry, though suspect he's not there any longer. Infamously "fired" from Sky News thanks to an incident involving Owen Jones (who later denied it had anything to do with him after he walked off mid interview though it wasn't the first time and it wouldn't be the last time he did that) in 2016.


Before Sky News he was a presenter of BBC South Today, he suddenly left there too, without an on air mention, the local papers claimed he was doing voice over work for radio ads, which they (the BBC) 'frowned upon'


I was about to say that Longhurst was also on TV:am in 1989, but I think this was before Sky took over the contract when TV:am made the news team redundant before the franchise moved to GMTV.
London Lite10,472 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London

Movie interruption - why?

I remember watching Schindler's List on one of the ITV spin off channels, where it's one of those movies where commercials are fine, but to have the film interrupted by some post-grad 20 something journalist being over enthusiastic about some celeb gossip was just too much. United 93 is another film that really shouldn't have that filler in the middle of it.

You can just about get away with it on ITV2 where the programming is younger skewed, but on 3 and 4 is a big ask.
London Lite10,472 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London

BBC regional news - Now with added Reith

What’s really annoying over the Pennines they have proper modern 21st century facilities yet we are left with 90s technology in Yorkshire, it’s a joke.

The whole English regions thing is a joke, but the argument is would HD improve the content, probably not. 15 or so times the cost of Plymouth’s Tech upgrade - is it worth it when the corporation is trying to save money?


And it's a fat lot of bloody use certain English Regions (e.g. Plymouth, Salford) having been made in HD for ages, when they *still* can't actually sodding well be watched in HD. Rolling Eyes
They’ll have to go HD, and indeed be broadcast in HD at some point surely

Even if is 10 Years, 20 Years...


...the twelfth of never...


BBC London is shown in full HD during Breakfast on the NC at 0627. Bulletins at 57 and 27 past each hour use a pushback for sign language.

You can see the benefits of Plymouth and Salford in HD during the News Nationwide segment on Afternoon Live when they go to those regions and also see how bad the other English regions are in SD.
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London Lite10,472 posts since 4 Jan 2003
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TV Forum



Chrome today has a market share the same as Internet Explorer had back in 2009, however up until Windows 10 it was still bundled and waved at you on installation (it is still in Windows 10 but depreciated in favour of Edge).


It seems that people only used IE or Edge in recent years to download Chrome and that was it.
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London Lite10,472 posts since 4 Jan 2003
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BBC News: Presenters, correspondent & rotas

My guess is that Ben was meant to head to Breakfast to cover any summer leave including main pres and then Steph revealed her news which threw the rota up in the air. I'm going to predict that Ben will head up to Salford to cover Steph when she heads off on maternity leave. He could also step in and cover Watchdog?


Victoria Fritz may be another possibility for the Watchdog maternity gig as well. Knowing our luck, it'll be Amol Rajan covering that along with everything else that's on offer!