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London Lite11,023 posts since 4 Jan 2003
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French TV

In what would appear to be a sort of 'crisis management exercise' Franceinfo has made rare in-season changes to its lineup today, notably weekday evenings and weekend daytimes:
- The daily magazine programme moves to 21h (with a new climate programme appearing on alternate Fridays)
- Patricia Loison will now do both her previous roles and those of Céline Bosquet for Franceinfo soir , including Le 23h

https://www.francetvpro.fr/franceinfo/communiques-de-presse/franceinfo-canal-27-les-nouveautes-a-partir-du-lundi-6-janvier

Although there is no Franceinfo soir tonight due to striking, I have to say these changes have seemingly worked, the duo works much better than presenter A plus B (and C in this case) - I always think the Franceinfo style where a (usually male) lead presenter is assisted by a deputy (usually a female) is somewhat archaic for a modern channel, it's as if the lead presenter daren't read their own headlines. In this new format, the presentation is shared and the evening flows better. Something to think about for the other tranches IMO.


To give Franceinfo credit, they have two female anchors on the morning show at the weekend and appear to have a higher percentage of presenters from minority groups compared to the other domestic news channels.
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London Lite11,023 posts since 4 Jan 2003
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The Late Late Gay Byrne Irish Television Thread

I know the VM2 News on Two bulletin at 10pm has been dumped presumably because of Love Island, but they may want to reconsider that decision and bring it back regardless. The Two bulletin is always the first to be dumped due to football or an ITV 'event'

The VM News on Two was dumped before love island started, and Love Island is airing on Virgin Media One this year so the News on Two wouldn’t be affected.


It makes no difference, football, I'm a Celeb or Love Island being on V1. They dump the 10 regardless when VM1 has the 'big' shows on, despite the news being on a different channel.
London Lite11,023 posts since 4 Jan 2003
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Good Morning Britain in 2020

The comparisons between Breakfast and GMB are unfair really. One caters for older audiences that want a quick news digest (until 8.30) with a more leisure/entertainment lighter format at the tail end, while the other is a shock jock/fluff hybrid aimed at housewives.

Morgan's monologue at 6.30 is right out of right-wing American talk radio.
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London Lite11,023 posts since 4 Jan 2003
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Britbox UK - UK SVoD Platform.

Weird isn't it - and you get the Sky version in full 1080i50 at a ridiculously high bitrate Surprised


iPlayer on Sky distribution is handled by Sky via their CDN I believe - so the BBC doesn't have to 'pay per bit' (so higher bitrates don't cost the BBC anything).

Sky, it seems, are keen for their Catch Up service to be decent quality it seems, with Sky content also usually having a Dolby 5.1 audio track if the linear transmission did.

All4 and ITV Hub on Sky are 1080i25 at a decent bitrate. On their web streaming versions they are 576p25 at a low bitrate (adverts are 360p25 - or were last time I checked)


Just checked Love Island and it's 896x504 on the standard ITV Hub. Amazon's ITV Hub+ channel is 1920x1080.
London Lite11,023 posts since 4 Jan 2003
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Changes to BBC Parliament & Political Programming

Finally caught up with "politics london" from Sunday. Format very similar to the weekday Politics Live show with the use of straps to inform the viewer what they're discussing. There was a slightly dumbed down feature on veganuary with some voxes from Borough Market followed by a debate with the three MPs.

However moving to Millbank has improved the show, Samantha Simmonds did her intro and opening link after the titles from the video wall with VT being played from it. Something that the weekday PL show should consider.

Samantha Simmonds is a competent presenter, but not a political hack which was missing compared to the Glinka era of the end of Sunday Politics London. If anything, the gig should have been offered to Ellie Price who still reports for Politics Live.

Juniper are still producing the show.
London Lite11,023 posts since 4 Jan 2003
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Love Island - Winter

Complaints on social media that the live stream of ITV2 on ITV Hub went down tonight for tonight's first show.

Do people not have actual TVs anymore?


I have got friends who don't have TVs, and only watch programmes on their phones or laptops.

Also, when they talk about programmes they're watching, they tend to refer to things like Netflix or iplayer, rather than channel names.


Going through the tweets, some use their phones because their parents were using the tv to watch other shows like Vera.
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London Lite11,023 posts since 4 Jan 2003
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BBC regional politics refresh

Elizabeth Glinka gets the 'politics midlands' gig, leaving Newsnight in the process.



London Lite11,023 posts since 4 Jan 2003
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Does Newswatch = Points of View?

So much for Newswatch being a low budget show when they're going to go over with Ahmed's compensation.

Have to confess that I'm shocked about the ruling, but I don't blame Samira for going ahead with the tribunal.

IMHO, in this day and age, do we really need Newswatch, which itself is filler and Points of View? It's not like viewers don't have other avenues to complain about BBC content without the need to pay talent for 10-15 mins of output.

I think that’s a valid conversation. But isn’t really relevant to that rights and wrongs of this discussion.


But it is an important part of the conversation. They chose Samira Ahmed, a BAME feminist who didn't take any nonsense from the BBC regarding their pay policy regarding Newswatch. They could have chosen a presenter who wouldn't have rocked the boat and Newswatch would have carried on as cheap 10 minute filler with nobody caring or indeed watching, unless they're half asleep watching Breakfast on a Saturday morning.

Instead Ahmed raised the profile of Newswatch thanks to her tribunal and now have a format that has gone way over budget thanks to her justified actions. It's not just Ahmed who's in the money, other talent will now look at their contracts and believe they should have been paid more for producing cheap fodder.
London Lite11,023 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London

Does Newswatch = Points of View?

So much for Newswatch being a low budget show when they're going to go over with Ahmed's compensation.

Have to confess that I'm shocked about the ruling, but I don't blame Samira for going ahead with the tribunal.

IMHO, in this day and age, do we really need Newswatch, which itself is filler and Points of View? It's not like viewers don't have other avenues to complain about BBC content without the need to pay talent for 10-15 mins of output.
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London Lite11,023 posts since 4 Jan 2003
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French TV

I wonder if any of our French commentators would know when and why France Télévisions are allowed extra commercial breaks in daytime since around November last year?

I've largely seen these breaks go out on France 2 during game shows, but not every show has breaks in the middle of shows.