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VMPhil9,699 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
This is surprising given the Ident Central relaunch was less than a year ago. I can understand not wanting to keep running such a site, given you've run it in your spare time for so long. But deleting the site without any warning is a bit sad seeing as it was such an extensive archive of TV presentation from the last decade.
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rob7,580 posts since 7 Apr 2001
Meridian (South) South Today
This is surprising given the Ident Central relaunch was less than a year ago. I can understand not wanting to keep running such a site, given you've run it in your spare time for so long. But deleting the site without any warning is a bit sad seeing as it was such an extensive archive of TV presentation from the last decade.


I can assure you that the archive will be in safe hands, with Transdiffusion looking after it, so you'll see it back online in good time I'm sure.

I'm sorry that the site went offline very quickly, the decision was made to close it a couple of weeks ago after doing a bit of soul-searching, and funnily enough, it tied in with the expiry of the domain.

I'm not disappearing completely though, I'm focusing my efforts on something that's much easier for me to deal with.
The TV Booth Podcast / Presblog / NewsPres
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tesandco1,011 posts since 28 Sep 2001
Granada North West Today
Whilst this has come about rather suddenly (especially given Rob only migrated everything to new hosting a few weeks back), I can understand it being abrupt if the domain has just expired. If you were already considering the future, shelling out money just to renew a domain for another year or so probably doesn't make much sense.

I can totally appreciate this decision too. The amount of work that goes into running a pres site far outweighs the thanks you get from many folks, with others making constant demands under the impression you actually owe them something. Ultimately the whole thing just ends up being a huge drain on your life and takes a lot to keep going against. I definitely wish Rob all the best on his continuing projects though. Hopefully they'll allow you to relax a bit more, and can continue to go from strength to strength.
TV Whirl - Still covering UK idents, presentation, teletext and programmes after 18 years
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62305823,374 posts since 19 Aug 2005
As others have said, it has come out of the blue, which is unfortunate. During my time at the site I helped push it in the better direction , While along with rob included a number of other actives: Correct date list, missing list, making WIKI in TV section far better, Rob did try which seems to have gone unnoticed. Thankful the pres is stay in the hands of Transdiffusion.

I left last summer ish due to new adventures, I wish rob well on his new adventures.
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Newsroom24250 posts since 28 Jan 2017
Westcountry Points West


It's always a shame when websites like these close but sometimes other things just need to take priority.

It's nice that you're still going ahead with TV Booth and that you've still got your YouTube channel up. Having said that, it looks like it's been rebranded (again), now to 'Presblog' - both former names TV Live and Ident Central were fine as names and I'm not really sure why you've chosen to rebrand to a look which, in my opinion, is a step back from the brands that you've had previously.

The rebranding is up to you of course, but I'd be interested to know your thinking.
JAS843,957 posts since 26 Aug 2010
Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
This is surprising given the Ident Central relaunch was less than a year ago. I can understand not wanting to keep running such a site, given you've run it in your spare time for so long. But deleting the site without any warning is a bit sad seeing as it was such an extensive archive of TV presentation from the last decade.
Wayback Machine grabbed an archive just a couple of days ago.

http://web.archive.org/web/20190331163215/http://identcentral.co.uk/
62305823,374 posts since 19 Aug 2005
This is surprising given the Ident Central relaunch was less than a year ago. I can understand not wanting to keep running such a site, given you've run it in your spare time for so long. But deleting the site without any warning is a bit sad seeing as it was such an extensive archive of TV presentation from the last decade.
Wayback Machine grabbed an archive just a couple of days ago.

http://web.archive.org/web/20190331163215/http://identcentral.co.uk/


most pages were not grabbed,