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RDJ2,029 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today

South West England & CI Thread

New logo for BBC West for use on Twitter and Facebook. Would be a good brand to use on screen.


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January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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YouTube Gold

Ever heard of an eclipse of a satellite? No me neither.

It seems that this was a rare daily occurrence a few weeks in the year when the satellite signal would get blocked off in orbit. Satellite technology is obviously more advanced nowadays so this does not happen anymore.

Super Channel had to close down for two hours whilst this happened. These two videos show them closing down before and starting back up after, even having the whole closedown sponsored by Philips.


Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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YouTube Gold

They look good apart from the purple colour scheme. I always thought Vernon would be a good host of PYCR after doing a good job at it on his Gameshow Marathon and having a personal commendation by Bruce himself on ITV's Avenue of the Stars.
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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New look Loose Women

I've always thought it was a mistake getting rid of the old theme as the new theme really was utter crap and was the weakest part of the 'new-style' Loose Women.

The opener needs to be better suited to the old theme if they intend on reverting back to this theme. Using the sting then the opening theme for the voiceover and walk on doesn't really work and they need to construct the into better to better suit the new (old) music.
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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This Morning

It was on Tuesday's show.

They had an old style 'Welcome Back' bumper as well as an old style next menu. They even had old style graphics during the gadget segment.

They also had the old Sax theme and underscore music. And the logo on the plasma behind them.

For a remake it wasn't bad.
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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Central (South) Midlands Today

Mike Neville has died

There's been some wonderful tributes on the main evening ITV News Tyne Tees and on Look North.

Was nice for Tyne Tees to show one of Mike and Bob's jovial interactions with the paper bags in full. And indeed on Look North they ended the show with Mike's leaving speech in full which I thought was a lovely touch. I could tell that Ian on Tyne Tees and Carol on Look North were both genuinely very sad about the news.

He was an ultimate North East star and legend, and one of the biggest regional personalities that has existed. On par to the likes of Richard Whiteley within the Yorkshire region.

He was a top chap that we won't see the likes of again. He relished in the face of adversity, indeed here he is helping a fresh faced Terry Wogan out on A Song for Europe in 1980 when the voting ends up being tied. He first makes an appearance during the voting at the 50:12 mark.

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January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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Coronation Street

I think The Archers might have something to say about that. Interesting the idea of something starting on the radio and continuing on TV though.


Oh yes they would. Sorry The Archers completely escaped my mind!

February is still going to be a pretty big milestone for Corrie though as it's a record that's unlikely to be beaten.
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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Coronation Street

I wonder if Coronation Street has any plans in store for February 2018?

It becomes the world's longest running television soap opera towards the end of February as it overtakes the duration of US soap 'Guiding Light' which finished in 2009.

Unfortunately Guidling Light spent 19 years before it's television debut on radio therefore Corrie has a while until it becomes the longest running soap opera full stop.
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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Good Morning Britain

Maybe all this reaction has appeared to come as a bit of a shock because Piers has been missing off the screens for many weeks.

I do firmly believe that GMB aren't getting these guests on to make light of their controversial views, it's mainly just getting a controversial guest on so Piers can react outraged by it.

Indeed the guest today they only got on to react to the topic of having controversial guests on their own show and to have a bit of a tussle with Piers which is exactly what happened.
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
RDJ2,029 posts since 25 Oct 2003
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The New ITV & BBC Weather Thread

Jo was a natural.


Jo is a rarity among the regional ITV forecasters who should have gone national at least a decade ago.


Jo did do the National forecasts around a decade ago but only on a cover basis.

I believe we may see more of the likes of Jo and Manali whilst Lucy and Alex is covering GMB for Laura's absence.
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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Dancing on Ice

I do hope they do the show justice. I felt by the time last series ended it was feeling very stale and repetitive and therefore came to a natural conclusion.

I'd be surprised if Jason Gardiner didn't come back as one of the two other judges. And ITV must be throwing a lot of money at this if they are building a custom-made main rink and training rink complex.

I reckon ITV may be building this up again as a potential X Factor replacement and Strictly rival in a few years time if the ratings don't improve for The X Factor and The Voice fails to make the mark ITV hope for.
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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Lorraine September 2017 onwards

The shots of Lorraine in the new titles just seem to look very similar to her JD Williams adverts. And the Live, Laugh, Love taglines are horribly tacky. I quite like the new music however.

This shot just shows how cold and bare the set seems. Even Lorraine said herself that she feels as if the studio has been burgled and that it's quite a stark change.

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January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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Lorraine September 2017 onwards

If you look closely at the clock you can see that the introduction was pre-recorded just before they went on air.


You mean the clock on the wall. I've been replaying the clip and staring at the on-screen clock for ages until I've realised that!

The Lorraine theme replicated the Daybreak theme and still did to this day. Naturally it needed a new theme and therefore it would probably be no surprise if it's similar to the GMB theme. I'm guessing they're going to be trying to get the shows more closely intertwined together as they'll more than likely be sharing studios in a years time at TVC.
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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20 years since the death of Princess Diana

I'll say it again. I was broadcasting that afternoon, and the PA 'snap' flashed up on my screen wires in the studio at 4.15, with a strict embargo until 5pm.

Either Peter was in canteen until 4.40 or something went very badly wrong with the pre-annoucment preparations, in claiming 'it was a surprise and I didn't have enough time to prepare'. You had 45 minutes, like the rest of us to head into obit mode.

But then IRN didn't cover themselves in glory announcing the news either.


It's also documented in the ITV programme 'Newsflash - Stories that shook the World' that on the ITV News that evening Mary was not aware of the news until the news bulletin that she was anchoring had finished and they were in the ad break waiting to come back on the air to break the news.

Surely if the news was known about before and embargoed they wouldn't have ended the news bulletin and would have made arrangements with Network to remain on the air? Even if it meant shoehorning another standby story in until they could announce the news.
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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What are people's thoughts on this?

An apparently normal BBC1 closedown but including a Newsflash with a complete unknown News face and in a completely black studio in a very close up shot.

Slightly eerie and it seems faked but it's apparently real.

Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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Granada Reports

Interesting to see that the documentary marking 100 days since the Manchester Attacks which was broadcast nationally was credited as an 'ITV News and Current Affairs Granada Reports' production.

This must be the first time in a very long time a production from one ITV region has gone out nationally (barring the obvious Coronation Street etc.).
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January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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20 years since the death of Princess Diana

I was only 7 at the time. I didn't really understand or comprehend the news at the time, but I did know who Diana was and I understood that something bad had happened.

Mainly because my parents wouldn't stop watching the TV all day. And in those days if ever I got to see the Nine O' Clock news, it meant I was way over my bedtime and I really shouldn't still be up. So when I was seeing the studio all day that day, I knew from that it was pretty serious news as it was coming from the 'grown-up studio'.

Nowadays in the multi-channel world, it's easy to just change the channel and watch what you like no matter what in the world might be happening. But in 1997 when most households only had access to five channels, all broadcasting rolling news, it was pretty hard to escape what was happening hour-by-hour and day-by-day which is probably what intensified people's emotions and the public's reaction to the news, something we'll never experience the likes of again.
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January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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The Nightly Show

If they did decide to bring it back, they'd have to completely reinvent it, stick with one main host and be 100% confident in a 5-nightly show running at 10.45 every night.

Is there an audience to be found at that timeslot? Probably not a very large one. It's probably not worth bothering with.

I guess ITV have learnt their lesson to pilot shows more intensively before committing 5 weeks of transmission in a major slot in the schedules.
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January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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Sir Bruce Forsyth RIP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_L3UQp11Wjk


Good grief. That's pretty dire. Many of the gags are just pure unfunny or I just don't get them at all. How on earth did it get a second series?! ITV's sitcoms in this period were all pretty awful.

From when I was younger, I have memories of Bruce narrating the children's show 'The Fiddley Foodle Bird'. This was shown on CBBC well into the late 90's when Bruce migrated back to ITV.

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January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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Sir Bruce Forsyth RIP

It's a shame ITV didn't drop last night's Piers Morgans Life Stories to show the Bruce Forsyth one instead of the Barry Gibb one.

I do hope ITV pay tribute to him somehow given that it was on ITV that he started his television career, and to show there is no bad blood since his bitter breakup with LWT and YTV as explained a few posts back.
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January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006