I like the fact that the 1999 changes have rationalised the regional news scheduling.
Different regional programmes hitherto had durations of either 30, 35, or 60 minutes, with start times of either 5.55pm, 6pm, 6.25pm, or 6.30pm. In the latter two cases it of course meant that the national and regional news were separated, with e.g. Home & Away (or whatever) in-between. This always seemed odd to me.
It seemed bloody ridiculous having as little as 15-20 minutes of national/international news, but 30-60 for regional news. Having a whole hour of regional news at all, regardless of how this compared to the national news length, also seemed excessive. I can't imagine how Westcountry Live filled an hour each weeknight. It must've been fluff central.
I'm still a European.