As all the other UK BBC news threads seem to be closed, I'll post this here.
I've noticed there's no early evening BBC 1 news bulletins on Christmas day & Boxing day this year, only very late night round-ups at 23:25 on Xmas day and 22:45 on Boxing day.
Ok, the BBC might think people want a break from the news this year, but this does seem unusual. I'm guessing a specific BBC 1 newsreader won't be brought in on these days and the lunch and late night updates will just be dip-ins to the NC? Maybe it's cuts related as well.
Last year there was no early evening Christmas Day news, but I'm sure a presenter was brought in just for the late BBC1 news. This year whilst there is no early evening Christmas Day bulletin, there is a 'BBC News Update' just before Strictly Come Dancing. I'm sure I've seen elsewhere it's scheduled for a minute! Potentially the first time there has been a standalone 'headiline update' on BBC1 since the 8pm summary stopped? Whilst I'd rather BBC1 did offer a full early evening bulletin, at least any developing stories (if there are any) can be broadcast to a BBC1 audience and the audience directed to the News Channel for more information
The one time last Christmas there was a 'dip in' to the News Channel for a main evening bulletin was the New Years Day late news, which was only scheduled for five minutes. (There had been a full length early evening bulletin with dedicated presenter). This time around there is a full length late as well as early evening bulletin so I can't see a NC 'dip in' here - and NYD will be a busier news day than normal with the end of the Brexit transition period
It’s also notable that the Six and Ten and the regional news reduce down to short holiday bulletins one day early this year as well. The last full length ones are the 22nd
The combined late evening news slot between national and regional on the 23rd is 40 minutes, so whilst not the usual 45 minutes (and not at 10pm), longer than normal holiday provision. The One airs as normal on the 23rd as well, so it's just the Six that is notably shorter.
Perhaps the oddest news arrangement is Channel 4, which goes to 5 minute bulletins this weekend, back to normal on Monday for one day, then back to 5 minute bulletins from Tuesday until January