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globaltraffic24471 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland

International News Presentation: Past and Present

As part of SVT's revamp of its entire news operation, SVT Aktuellt relaunched this week. The programme is, to some extent, the Swedish equivalent of Newsnight.

With Morgon Studion [Morning Studio] (earlier in 2019), Rapport [The main news on SVT1], Lokala Nyheter [Local News], Sportnytt [Sportsnews], Uutiset [News in Finnish], Nyhetstecken [News signed for the deaf] & Kulturnyheterna [Culture News] now all refreshed, the only remaining element is the shorter Rapport bulletins on both SVT1 and SVT2. Strangely they still haven't relaunched, meaning we have the old theme continuing to run on them, but I'm guessing they should have made the change by next week.

https://www.svtplay.se/video/24741730/aktuellt/aktuellt-20-jan-21-00-2?start=auto


An interesting video with some background on the new studio. It's in Swedish, but gives you a flavour of the set and technical elements of the studio. The interview features Niklas Wollheim - one of the men behind the new look. One point he makes, which is quite interesting, is that he wasn't inspired my news sets of competitors or neighbours. Instead, much of the inspiration came from the recent refresh of France2.

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globaltraffic24471 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland

Good Morning Britain in 2020

It’s worth remembering Morgan comes from
a tabloid news background. He literally works to do the opposite of what you have, rightly, suggested. TV operations - particularly those with a journalistic focus - have a moral responsibility AND a legal one to uphold a clear, unbiased approach to issue led stories. As Prince Harry has made clear, the media in our country has a lot to answer for. It’s frankly quite depressing. I’m not a royalist or, to use the latest buzz word, a ‘snowflake’. I am a decent human being and hate to see organisations that are legally licensed to inform, using their power to influence public opinion and create a Roman style mob rule attitude. The solution is easy. Focus news on news. Don’t be driven by the agenda of newspapers, especially given that they themselves are dying. Reassure where necessary, raise issues only where they exist, don’t stand at the side of public debates goading and inciting. One positive to leave my rant on. Like Twitter and Facebook, this current awful approach to television will soon die. Mr Morgan will merely be a feature on Channel 4’s ‘It was alright in the 20s’ in a decade or two!
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globaltraffic24471 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland

Cheddar News & Cheddar Business

Well apparently these streaming channels such as Cheddar and CBSN and others have figured out a advertising model that apparently works and makes the channels profitable without having to the worry about securing carriage on pay-tv epg's and such, which can be a nightmare for start-up. I wonder where AlJazeera America would be right now had they decided to go the streaming route rather than the financially disastrous pay-tv route..


Cheddar received a massive amount of VC funding in 2016 to aid its expansion, so advertising isn't necessarily driving its growth at the moment, but it will need to in the next year or two or the project will fizzle out.
globaltraffic24471 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland

International News Presentation: Past and Present

The 8 pm news on Valencian regional channel Á Punt got rebranded as "20H NTC"… and the new intro is full of computer chips…

Also, the headlines sequence is very long, even by Spanish standards: nine minutes! At this rate, it's as long as a news bulletin in itself…



Does anyone know why Spanish headline sequences/cold opens are so long?


It’s the weird theory that viewers might want to see the full news bulletin in a short sharp fashion and then be drawn in to watch the whole programme. My guess is that viewing figures drop a lot once that initial 5-10 minute window is over. Try Portugal. They do standard headline sequences but the prime time news shows regularly start and stop at completely bizarre times to prevent viewers from easily switching over at the start of a competitor’s programme!
globaltraffic24471 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland

Cheddar News & Cheddar Business

I've kept a bit of a passing interest in the channel. I don't watch it much but it regularly appears at the top of my twitter feed as I follow it. I hope it succeeds. I love the idea of creating new TV channel formats focused more on news. There's too much of a spotlight on Netflix, etc. The channel was set up by the founder of Buzzfeed, so it isn't just a rich bloke with no knowledge of the media tech scene. Let's see what happens!
globaltraffic24471 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland

New look STV News at Six

For years the Reporting Scotland nightly running order has been:

1. Scottish Govt announcement
2. SNP story/something on independence
3. Glasgow-based crime story
4. Wildlife story from the Highlands
5. Celtic/Rangers
6. Something about Andy Murray
7. Weather


Laughing


It’s sad but true! A lot of SNP supporters use it as an opportunity to attack perceived bias, but I think the reality is far more pathetic. I think the pen pusher management are just running the show in a formulaic fashion out of apathy. It must be incredibly frustrating for staff on the ground, particularly for the new recruits who joined the Nine. There’s now a wealth of talent at Pacific Quay. It’s about time they were given the freedom to flourish.
globaltraffic24471 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland

New look STV News at Six

Have STV stuck with the split presentation from Edinburgh and Glasgow or is it a gimmick which has quietly disappeared in the time since they launched it?


Still got it, and the ratings are actually increasing leaving Reporting Scotland way behind.

Surely the growing gap between STV News and Reporting Scotland should be a major concern for BBC Scotland (the division, not the channel)?



It is. A new presenter’s been hired, new theme and studio and the programme is featuring more reporters from The Nine to create a fresher feel. Sadly none of it has much impact. Ultimately the editorial decisions are to blame. Rep Scot feels sluggish, parochial and out of touch. The ratings will continue to fall for some time. Change is needed behind the scenes urgently.
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globaltraffic24471 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland

New look STV News at Six

They get the extra bank holiday here, put they pay for it in Easter, when they do not get Easter Monday bank holiday.


On the whole though Scotland still gets one day extra in bank holidays per year (St Andrew's Day in November), and in Northern Ireland you get two extra!

True, shame England and Wales are not treated the same and given their respective saints days as a holiday.


Okay. Let’s start 2020 by ensuring people don’t spend the rest of the year utterly lacking any knowledge! The reason for the 2nd Jan holiday in Scotland is not:

A- Because Scots are lazy drunks and need another day off to recover.
B- Anything to do with getting one over the English (St Andrews Day is optional and it’s ‘recommended’ that companies who respect this as a day off [very few do!] agree to take another bank holiday back from staff entitlement.


We have the 2nd off because traditionally we celebrated ‘Hansel Day’ in Scotland on the 2nd January. In deeply Presbyterian Scotland, Christmas was actually banned for many years. To get round it, the 2nd January became a de facto Christmas Day. Very few people seem to know this anymore, although you’ll still encounter some older folk referring to ‘hanseling their house’ (cleaning the house to start afresh) or ‘hanseling a gift’ (handing a gift to someone as a small gesture).

Lesson over. Back to TV stuff!
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globaltraffic24471 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland

International News Presentation: Past and Present

Local news presentation has been shocking on SVT for some time now. It’s disappointing as they have some great regional hubs such as Malmo, located in a nice converted tram shed, and Goteborg, based in a nice glass waterfront building. Goteborg ‘SVT West’ used to have a real newsroom backdrop and a window over the harbour, but it slowly vanished over time. They should make better use of the regional bases. Here’s hoping that may happen. The new local backdrops feel very temporary so here’s hoping!
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globaltraffic24471 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland

NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC, NBC affiliates and TODAY

Does anyone know if NBC moved out of ITN/Greys Inn Road. During today’s impeachment hearings they had their chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel live from London. I’ve never seen this space before at ITN and their small insert studios there don’t look like that. So I’m wondering if they’re moving into the Sky campus or perhaps this is a new DTL camera (the ones the have at ITN are the newsroom and a monitor wall backdrop) or perhaps he was originating from somewhere else completely. Regardless it’s a new aesthetic from the current DTL / plasma backdrops they had before.

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I don’t know for sure, but I think they have already moved. This tweet from a recent guest in the NBC News London green room has Sky Sports on in the background. It also looks more like a Sky corridor, if that makes any sense! Recruitment for the global news channel is underway so it makes sense for their team to be in Sky Campus already.
https://twitter.com/glennkirschner2/status/1160259016234295296?s=21
globaltraffic24471 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland

BBC Breakfast - 16th July onwards

If the press were to follow the same rules as broadcasters, it would die and we would have nowhere near as much investigative journalism as we do now.

I’m clearly not going to persuade you but as a journalist working in broadcast media, I am wholly and undoubtedly in favour of living in a country where people and papers can say what they want freely.


Even when it descends into personal insults?

I find it hard to believe that describing someone as having “a Mr Spock hairdo and owl eyes” is acceptable in any situation.

One can put arguments forward in an opinion piece quite legitimately and forcefully without resorting to personal insults.

That quote was just unnecessary.


Sadly, the newspaper columnists are unstoppable. A pencil pusher somewhere in the industry has decided, quite incorrectly, that a recipe of insults and poorly researched commentary is going to save the sector. It won't. Newspapers are dead. We're witnessing a 'zombie industry' propped up by venture capital funds hoping and praying for some kind of return on investment. I recently visited such a newspaper. The office resembled an insurance sales office from the 90s. Old furniture, a fowl smell of damp and sweat. It was by far the most depressing experience of my life. I felt sorry for the journalists working their socks off, knowing they won't have a job in the next few years.

A rather bleak post, I know, but it's the reality we face. Pick up a paper today, smell it, read it from front to back page. Enjoy it. We'll soon look back on them with rose coloured glasses, wincing when Channel 5 has a show entitled 'The most shocking newspaper columnists of the naughties.'
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globaltraffic24471 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland

London Live

12 people should be enough to produce a reasonable enough output. You don’t need Sky News levels of staffing to produce local TV. You just need to be creative, smart and news savvy. Sadly, the team is clearly inexperienced and has never been that fussed about producing good telly. Kill it off. It’s a waste of time.
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globaltraffic24471 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland

International Presentation

The font's bland, but I guess it's all about the logo at PBS.

The centralisation argument is strong, but I would imagine there would be an outcry if anyone tried to mess around with the PBS structure too much. The localised network structure enables local decision making, local programming and a nuanced approach, targeted to specific demographics. It's grossly underfunded, but the will is there, and it works.
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globaltraffic24471 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland

Sky News | 14TH OCTOBER 2019 ONWARDS

Kay has already justified gaining the Sunrise slot in my view. In just a few weeks she's generated more headlines/viral moments than SJM did in years at the helm - and none have been for Kay gaffes either. Her interviews with Richard Burgon were brilliant TV and really showed him up and her empty-chairing James Cleverly is getting a lot of notice and praise on Twitter.

Yes attention seeking stunts for the twitter bubble is exactly what we want in our journalists.


While it clearly is a bit of a stunt, it's well within the show's right - and our right as voters - to be told when a politician refuses to do interviews with broadcasters who may challenge them. We're in an election. Politicians are campaigning for our votes. They have a duty to appear before the public. If they don't, they can expect to lose votes. It's not complicated. Media Guido's post was clearly complete B*S, unless James Cleverly is capable of doing an interview on BBC Breakfast and LBC at exactly the same time.
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globaltraffic24471 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland

Reporting Scotland Refresh

Why would they ditch the map for generic globe? Seems lazy as f tbh


Scotland, more than any other nation, feels a need to be seen as equal to the UK wide news.


It does, but a globe normally means 'global news'. If it continues to just cover Scottish news, it feels a bit weird! Still think they've missed a trick by not allowing BBC Scotland to create its own brand, embracing and developing the 9 look.
globaltraffic24471 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland

Reporting Scotland Refresh

Right, let’s see some mocks based on my predictions! I could be way off the mark, but I think we could see the following:

1: Reporting Scotland titles and logo changed to bring the look inline with the 9.
2: Titles and music for both the 9 and Rep Scot changed to bring more consistency to the BBC Scotland News brand
3: Reporting Scotland set moves in to the 9 set. (I really hope this prediction is correct as there has been overwhelmingly positive reaction to the 9 set.
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globaltraffic24471 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland

Sky News | 14TH OCTOBER 2019 ONWARDS

I may be wrong, but I got the impression from Kay’s tweet that the whole channel is to undergo a brand refresh in the new year; rather than just Millbank. All the ingredients are there for it - new owners (who are also in the final stages of launching a sister news channel), a few recent new sets that all seem very temporary (relit Kay set, new business set), and a move away from the old simple news format back to the personality driven shows.
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globaltraffic24471 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland

The Late Late Gay Byrne Irish Television Thread

These days it doesn't even need to be a dedicated fibre link, you'd assume that both the Irish Government and RTE would have a decent bandwidth Internet connection to stream something half decent quality

RTE are traditionalists by heart - I remember one RTE technician saying to me that he was surprised that in nearly every studio based programme you will notice RTE still insist on having table microphones - The Late Late Show, Prime Time, Ray D'arcy Show etc all have them, whereas in the UK very rarely will you see a table/desk microphone, as they all rely on clip on mics on presenters and guests - RTE insist on the old style mics too. I always remember seeing the Gay Byrne Late Late Show on Channel 4 in the early 1990s, and they had huge stick microphones on Gay's desk.


That's as much a style thing, as a technical requirement. It's one albeit small way of RTE appearing more influenced by European TV than British. French TV continues to insist on desk mics and it's almost always for no reason other than aesthetics.
globaltraffic24471 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland

Sky News | General Discussion

Here is the revised line up

* The Early Rundown with Niall Paterson at 6am,
* Kay Burley @ Breakfast at 7am,
* All Out Politics at 9am.
* Colin Brazier and Jayne Secker stay for the mid morning slot at 11am
* 2pm The Sarah-Jane Mee Show.


It feels like Sky News is finally moving in the right direction. A bit more personality injected into the content, and a return to more high-profile presenter coverage!
globaltraffic24471 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland

Al Jazeera English | Refresh 2020


A lot of the anchors seem to have left for TRT. I'm not sure what statement that makes about TRT, those anchors, and/or AJ's inability to retain talent.

A lot of AJE staff went to TRT when it launched its international channel. Not only is it very similar type of channel to AJE, as I understand it their setup was essentially a copy of how AJE was at launch with the 4 centres. So recruitment wise it was a perfect fit to transfer over, particularly for those who wanted to progress if there weren't any promotion opportunities at AJ.


AJE had problems and a lot of staff turmoil at the start, and the London office has had some disputes. But I don't think AJE has a particular problem with staff retention but it is different and that's because of it's location. I know people who have gone to work for them and other middle eastern broadcasters who intended to just do a few heads, it's tax free and cheap to live so they can save up some cash and get some sun (I know the benefits given to AJE staff relocating to Doha at launch were very good). It's not for everyone though so some might not last that long, however if you've gone to the trouble of relocating that far people tend to make more of an effort to stay the course.

In the case of TRT I imagine the opportunity to do essentially the same job in Istanbul rather than Doha was a big attraction.


I’m not sure what the current set up is at TRT but at launch they brought in an independent production company to help them get the channel looking professional and on air quickly. The company is led by a number of former execs from channels including Sky News and CNN, which probably helped when they were trying to lure some high profile faces across. The factor about Doha is also a big pull. A lot of TRT output comes from London, so I guess the AJE guys who had struggled to get a transfer over the years decided to bite the bullet. It’s like anywhere. Your situation dictates these moves rather than management issues. And for what it’s worth, I’ve heard Doha is an incredibly boring place to live! Most people assume it’ll be like a mini Dubai, but it’s far from it.
globaltraffic24471 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland

The Late Late Gay Byrne Irish Television Thread

The future is not looking good for RTE judging by this article - https://www.rte.ie/news/2019/0906/1074361-rte-finances-note/

It seems big changes will have to be made at the Irish national broadcaster, if it is to survive the big change in the Irish licence fee in a few years time.

"RTÉ staff have been told that the broadcaster's current financial situation is unlike anything it has seen before and that it is reassessing everything it does."

Could this mean the closure of a number of their television and radio stations? I get the sense the axe will certainly fall on RTÉ News Now very soon.


My guess is it could mean the closure of RTE Two and the closure of some DAB stations.

Ultimately RTE could become the first example of the scaling back of large European public broadcasters. The BBC has needed to take similar action for years but tends to buckle under public pressure. In the long term I believe almost all European PSBs will operate with one TV channel, 1 or 2 radio stations and a small digital offering of some kind. We shall see!
globaltraffic24471 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland

Global Radio axes all regional/local breakfast shows

So another set of local stations are set to rebrand, although interestingly this time it’s a “brand licensing agreement” instead of a buyout.

https://radiotoday.co.uk/2019/09/quidem-enters-brand-licensing-agreement-with-global/

Not too sure why they wouldn’t just sell these stations to Global because they surely lose all editorial control? 20/21 hours a day will come from London, plus all the journalists are being transferred to Global.

Obviously no idea how this works from a profit point of view, but it’s got to be attractive to both Global and the shareholders at Quidem!


In short, it allows Quidem's management to make their own profits, without doing any work. Global provides the content and sells the advertising. It's a good way of avoiding ownership dominance issues. Global already operates the model with Communicorp. It's quite commonplace in Europe with brands like NRG. Think of it like McDonalds or Pizza Hut. Chances are your local McDonalds is not owned by the multinational corporation, but is in fact a franchise arrangement with a local owner.
globaltraffic24471 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland

Sky News | General Discussion

Sky changed their graphics in 2018, so not too long ago. BBC News's prior graphics were from 2013.


This is actually laughable. Sky´s package (core graphics, ToTH and lower thirds) is from May 2015! Nothing changed in 2018 except a lowercase logo and the addition of there title cards in the same style than 2015. They even reverted back from new news wall graphics used in late 2017 to the old 2015 style of 2015. So actually even a step backwards !


It's time for Comcast to take the bull by the horns and re-brand its raft of recently purchased channels, including Euronews and Sky News. If others won't shift the old brand alignments, Comcast needs to. Cut all ties. This is embarrassing having any association with such poor quality right wing rubbish.
globaltraffic24471 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland

Elections 2019

Authorities in the UK would almost certainly not enforce any action on UK citizens or media organisations simply reporting exit polls elsewhere. It’s all a bit of a strange anomaly. A little like UK viewers being banned from text voting in Eurovision! My guess is that the election watchdog felt it made sense to play it safe and apply the same rule to all elections here in the UK. There is - to some extent - an argument for applying the rule across the EU. A number of exit polls are suggesting a green wave and a rise in pro EU votes, which could motivate similarly minded voters in countries yet to vote to get out and follow the trend.