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all new Phil2,966 posts since 12 Feb 2005
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BBC News Channel Presentation - 21/03/16 onwards

Wow, that is telling, the Labour spilt its not the top story its swindon car plant closing.

It's telling of what?

Sounds fair enough to me. Honda closing its Swindon factory is a big story, even ignoring the Brexit angle, its a massive blow to the economy in that part of the country. Over 3,000 jobs at the plant itself and who knows how many thousand in the supply chain and connected businesses in the region.

That affects real people compared with a few shadow ministers, most of whom no-one's heard of.


Its non story what those 7 mp did, no one cares about them.

I’d say that very much depends on where your political allegiances lie.
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all new Phil2,966 posts since 12 Feb 2005
Granada North West Today

BBC News Scotland | News at Nine

I think there is a strong argument for a public service need for these BBC Scotland-style channels in the other nations and the English regions.

I certainly don't begrudge Scotland for having more content tailored to that nation. I am more jealous that the rest of us have to make do with 24 minute regional news magazine where they stop showing news halfway through to concentrate on stuff the One Show rejected.

Regional content has dwindled and dwindled. Outside of the regional news and the odd political thing, there's nothing. Not even those cheap 'heres some footage of where you live shot from a helicopter' things that were being served up in the early 2000s.

I appreciate that funding the BBC isn't from an infinite pot, and no, I don't have the answer for that. But that's not to say it shuldn't be looked into.

I know in Poland, regional (and to some extent local) is on the dedicated TVP3 network. Germany has a different model too.

I wonder if having a regularly updated (but not necessarily live) NY1-style news-wheel channel might be workable (and economical).

Let’s not forget, a lot of the National news on the BBC isn’t relevant to Scotland due to the nature of devolved government, particularly when it comes to things like health. This doesn’t really apply equally to English regions.
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all new Phil2,966 posts since 12 Feb 2005
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Changes to BBC Parliament & Political Programming

A double shame - a) that Andrew Neil is stepping down and b) that the show is therefore ending. No doubt it’ll be replaced by something more “accessible” and “relevant” but ultimately less watchable (see also Politics Live).

I think I suggest her for any gig that comes up, but Emma Barnett could successfully take the show on. She’s razor-sharp and witty.
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all new Phil2,966 posts since 12 Feb 2005
Granada North West Today

X Factor

Daily Star reporting the 'civilian' version has been axed in favour of a Celebrity edition.


I expect Gemma Collins is already signed up. Rolling Eyes

I’d say that’s a given - didn’t she sing on a show quite recently? They should try and entice Rebecca Loos back.

Only thing on my mind is how this would fit alongside I’m A Celeb. To have 2 celebrity challenge shows running side by side seems a bit too much, given they’ll no doubt be fishing in the same pool for participants too.

I think this is a good way to give the show a rest without a rest, though.

Edit - All Together Now as per the post above Wink
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all new Phil2,966 posts since 12 Feb 2005
Granada North West Today

X Factor

I hope this is the much-needed rest that has been rumoured for the show. They need to take a couple of years out, let the talent pool grow again, and come back with a bang.

In fact I was watching The Greatest Dancer on Saturday, and I thought at the time that this is how fresh and modern X Factor should look. If (when) they come back, I hope it’s with a renewed focus and energy.
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all new Phil2,966 posts since 12 Feb 2005
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BBC News at 10 to be shorter

This will cause a stir but here goes....

From my perspective the phalanx of news channels, websites etc have long done away with the notion that we must watch the news at a certain time. BBC News, Sky News, CNN, Al Jazeera etc broadcast 24/7 365 (or 366 in a leap year) so we can simply catch the news when we want to and not when the BBC etc want us to. I understand the need for ratings and I also understand the feeling of those who feel that watching the News at ten o'clock is part of British life.

I genuinely feel that Newsnight on BBC 2 should be reformatted into an hour long bulletin with the first 30 minutes dedicated to news and the last 30 minutes looking at stories in depth with maybe Sportsline afterwards and lasting for an half hour.

Now excuse me while I duck for cover...

Nothing wrong with having an opinion like that.

For me, I think there’ll always be a place in the schedule for a news programme at a set time. Just because there is access to news elsewhere, it doesn’t mean that people will go to that instead. It’s like having a song on my phone that I love - but I’ll always turn the radio up when it’s played on there whilst practically never opting to listen to it. A lot of us just want that decision of what to watch or listen to be made for us.
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