In any case the story selection and writing style was quite different to normal operations, so it did take a decent amount of time to put together from the newsroom side.
Really ?! 30 seconds worth of colloquial copy ! ?
If so, it's no wonder the regions can't cope with 'breaking news' !
Well excuse me.
The style for this update was very prescriptive. It was designed to reach an audience that didn’t normally engage with any other BBC news output, so couldn’t therefore be a simple cut and paste from the 1800 headlines. The guidelines were two stories, both of regional significance and with good pictures, but
the 1830 lead. (1830 may have led for example on a rather dry ongoing court case - right for the 1830, wrong for the 2000). Then a regional weather forecast. It was far more ‘Newsbeat’ in writing style than classic regional news, and therefore required thought.
It’s far harder to write good 10” copy that tells the whole story than a standard 25” package intro.
And when I’ve worked in a region dealing with breaking local news, everyone in me experience has risen to the challenge. It doesn’t happen often, especially
an opt, but when it does, ive always felt it was dealt with professionally.
Two minutes regions...