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bilky asko5,796 posts since 9 Sep 2006
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Alan Carr's Epic Gameshow

Do we know if The Price is Right will be using the US music as shown in the promo or the UK music as it was?

Which UK music? IIRC the UK versions all used different music with the Brucie one using a version of the US music.


The Brucie version used the music from "The New Price Is Right", a syndicated version of the show that lasted from September 1994 until January 1995.

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bilky asko5,796 posts since 9 Sep 2006
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Bauer rebranding 53 stations to The Hits/Greatest Hits

There are other areas where commercial monopolies on FM still play a major influence. Yorkshire Coast Radio has the biggest reach in England, although the licence that covers the Bridlington area is also covered by Viking FM, but the main Scarborough TSA has no competition on FM.


Yeah, I can't see this rebrand improving on Yorkshire Coast Radio's current position... though at least long names are not alien to the listenership.
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bilky asko5,796 posts since 9 Sep 2006
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Coronavirus | General TV News Coverage

I just tried to find the thread of when that happened but stumbled upon this one instead. Interesting how times change.

Fascinating! Would be interesting what the same people who still post here think of her today (e.g. Spencer, all new Phil, noggin)

Reminds me of when everyone seemed to hate Sara Cox when she did Radio 1 breakfast, but warmed up to her by the time she did her Sunday morning show.


"I am not a sexist" in that thread reminds me of:

"Dear Mr. President, there are too many states nowadays. Please eliminate three. I am not a crackpot."
bilky asko5,796 posts since 9 Sep 2006
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)

Bauer rebranding 53 stations to The Hits/Greatest Hits

I know it’s radio but seems a big enough development to warrant its own thread.

https://radiotoday.co.uk/2020/05/most-of-acquired-bauer-stations-to-become-greatest-hits-radio/

Not particularly surprising but disappointing to see the loss of yet more local brands.


How depressingly crap.
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bilky asko5,796 posts since 9 Sep 2006
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)

TV Guide of the Future

I'm not a gamer so this may be possible on the consoles but obviously one of the things with gaming is players being able to talk to each other whilst playing, but that's something I've not seen come across to the streaming market. I know Facebook has "Watch Parties" but AFAIK you can only comment through message on that.

Now obviously if I was watching something I enjoyed with other people virtually I'd do the same as in reality and if they tried to speak to me I'd tell them to shut up, but just wondering if that sort of thing is out there. I'd have thought we'd have heard more about it in recent weeks if it was.


Kast may be the sort of thing you're thinking of?
bilky asko5,796 posts since 9 Sep 2006
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)

Challenge - June 2016 onwards

America's always been about giving away shed loads of money in their gameshows and lotteries, although when you consider they effectively have to give a substantial chunk of it away (something like 40%?) to the IRS and then maybe a smaller chunk to their local state, so the winning doesn't look as generous as it does on paper/screen, although last time I looked into this it was possible to mitigate as an annual annuity, something like 30 payments over 29 years in the case of Powerball which would reduce the tax liability and allow you to keep more of your winnings, which would be reduced in value over 29 years anyway by inflation so...


Indeed, I believe that taxes have to paid up front for prizes on shows, so some contestants on The Price Is Right refuse prizes because of this - though refusal is rarely the case for the Showcase Showdown.

I think Strike It Rich did have more ridiculous prizes, but from what I heard from people who've been on the show, they never got the prizes anyway, just a cash equivalent.


The credits for Strike It Rich mention Red Letter Days (known for such wacky experiences) - presumably even if the cash equivalent was given, they could approach them and take such an experience.
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bilky asko5,796 posts since 9 Sep 2006
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Coronavirus | General TV News Coverage

Unfortunately this saga shows that the BBC needs a new Political Editor. Repeatedly, over the past number of years, the actions of Laura Kuenssberg show that she’s not up to the job. She’s far too often part of the story instead of reporting on the story. I don’t doubt her personal integrity but the BBC’s coverage was hamstrung this weekend due to the fact she was so closely aligned to the story. The BBC wasn’t able to field their top team because she was part of the story. Equally Brillo is up to his neck in it, due to his duties at the Spectator. This is is not a political rant but one of bias in Andrew Neil’s case and shear ineptitude on the part of Laura K.


What a load of nonsense. Sheer nonsense, you might say.
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bilky asko5,796 posts since 9 Sep 2006
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)

What was your favorite regional ITV station growing up?

Ceefax isn't even 8-bit - 8-bit computers can support more than eight colours.


8 colours is 3-bit colour, but notably the BBC Micro and the ZX Spectrum (both 8-bit computers) used 3-bit colour. I don't think it's unreasonable to describe it as an 8-bit aesthetic - especially considering the BBC Micro's Mode 7 Teletext capabilities.
bilky asko5,796 posts since 9 Sep 2006
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)

BBC News (UK) presentation - Reith launch onwards

Victoria Derbyshire was sitting on a stool on the catwalk earlier. Don't think we've ever seen that before.


No clock on the news channel


I always keep a note of the present time written down on a Post It sticker, just in case....

Doing the seconds as well as the minutes and hours must take up a lot of time, and Post-It notes.
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bilky asko5,796 posts since 9 Sep 2006
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BBC Four to become archive channel (p15)

Furthermore, in the case of students the terms and conditions of Netflix will typically allow a group of students living in the same property to share one account while the BBC expects each individual student to pay their own licence fee which further adds to the imbalance in pricing between the two options.


This is untrue. If you are a student, you are only required to pay for a separate TV Licence if you are wanting to watch in your own room if you have a separate tenancy agreement for your room or you are living in halls. A single licence will cover a shared living space in that scenario. If the tenancy agreement is a joint one, then only one licence is required.

Sharing one account is all well and good if nobody at all wants to watch something as the same time as someone else.


I don’t think it’s tenancy agreements that are the issue - it’s whether your room has a separate address


That was taken from TV Licencing themselves.
bilky asko5,796 posts since 9 Sep 2006
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)

BBC Four to become archive channel (p15)

Furthermore, in the case of students the terms and conditions of Netflix will typically allow a group of students living in the same property to share one account while the BBC expects each individual student to pay their own licence fee which further adds to the imbalance in pricing between the two options.


This is untrue. If you are a student, you are only required to pay for a separate TV Licence if you are wanting to watch in your own room if you have a separate tenancy agreement for your room or you are living in halls. A single licence will cover a shared living space in that scenario. If the tenancy agreement is a joint one, then only one licence is required.

Sharing one account is all well and good if nobody at all wants to watch something as the same time as someone else.
bilky asko5,796 posts since 9 Sep 2006
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)

BBC Four to become archive channel (p15)

This is absolutely insane . If you were to create the BBC today, from the ground up, the absolute last thing you be suggesting is "linear TV channel to appeal to the under-30s" and "archive channel to be sold internationally on satellite multichannel providers". I am astounded.

Actually the last thing that you'd suggest is to a pricing models in which a large numbers of viewers are expected to pay 50% more than Netflix in order to access a streaming service that is more limited than Netflix in scope. If the BBC only wants to attract younger viewers to its streaming services they'll have no choice but to reduce the licence fee to a level that works out less expensive than Netflix for such viewers if they are going to attract any younger customers.


50% is only a valid percentage if you're comparing to Netflix's basic service, where you can only watch on one screen, and there's no HD. The licence fee is the equivalent of £13.13 a month, where you get HD, and no limit to the number of screens you can watch on (even on Netflix's most expensive service this is only 4 screens). And do Netflix give you a discount if you're blind or in a care home?
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bilky asko5,796 posts since 9 Sep 2006
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)

BBC Four to become archive channel (p15)

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Are you thinking of Only Connect? That started on BBC Four and later moved to BBC Two.
I'm pretty sure BBC Four had another quiz show as well, which only lasted one series, and I don't think they've done any other quizzes since Only Connect was promoted.

Possibly Only Connect. I knew QI was on BBC Four for a fair chuck of its run, but i didn't know it started on BBC Two.


The first episode was on BBC Two and the second was on BBC Four immediately afterwards, then the following week episode 2 was on BBC Two followed by episode 3 on BBC Four. So the very first episode was on BBC Two first, but the other episodes went out on BBC Four first and I think it followed that format for several series. Not sure whether that made it a BBC Two or BBC Four programme.


It's a BBC Two programme, in the same way Hollyoaks is a Channel 4 programme and not an E4 when they had First Look.
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