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Rkolsen1,859 posts since 20 Jan 2014
BBC World
How long are the Christmas Breakfast shows - normal length? Seems like a long time to go with out a cohost unless there’s a lot of prepackaged reports.

I think it’s been mentioned that in the US the Christmas and New Years Day shows are prerecorded with breaks in it for national news (some poor soul coming from an insert studio or DTL for you brits) and the local weather / opts.
London Lite8,591 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
How long are the Christmas Breakfast shows - normal length? Seems like a long time to go with out a cohost unless there’s a lot of prepackaged reports.


Same as weekends, 6-9am with plenty of pre-packaged material. Sat/Sun editions have some content from World/NC, such as the Click short edition and The Film Review.

Christmas Day is live.
excel991,416 posts since 3 Jan 2009
Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
Normally 6-9 (Sunday length, 15 minutes shorter than a normal weekday), with Saturday 6-10 as normal, but not seen this years schedules to confirm. On weekends the 6am hour usually has two 15 minute pre-recorded shows and 7am hour has one, and on Christmas Day/Boxing Day/New Years Day most if not all hours will have a pre-recorded 30 minute show for the second half of the hour - hence why these days usually only have one presenter. (A couple of days are usually shorter on BBC1 due to Match of the Day being repeated, but continue on the BBC News Channel)

Will there be the odd situation on Wednesday 27th of the last regional news being at 0725 due to Match of the Day?
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The SNT Three803 posts since 17 Sep 2005
Anglia (East) Look East
How long are the Christmas Breakfast shows - normal length? Seems like a long time to go with out a cohost unless there’s a lot of prepackaged reports.

I think it’s been mentioned that in the US the Christmas and New Years Day shows are prerecorded with breaks in it for national news (some poor soul coming from an insert studio or DTL for you brits) and the local weather / opts.


Yep, they tend to do a 'best of' and draw on their best interviews from throughout the year. I imagine they'll have to have a rethink, considering two of the morning shows have lost their main male anchors in the last few weeks - but I still imagine they'll be pre-recorded.
Andrew12,538 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Normally 6-9 (Sunday length, 15 minutes shorter than a normal weekday), with Saturday 6-10 as normal, but not seen this years schedules to confirm. On weekends the 6am hour usually has two 15 minute pre-recorded shows and 7am hour has one, and on Christmas Day/Boxing Day/New Years Day most if not all hours will have a pre-recorded 30 minute show for the second half of the hour - hence why these days usually only have one presenter. (A couple of days are usually shorter on BBC1 due to Match of the Day being repeated, but continue on the BBC News Channel)

Will there be the odd situation on Wednesday 27th of the last regional news being at 0725 due to Match of the Day?

Yes and that happens every year, and I have to wonder why they bother doing regional news at all on those days as the audience at 0625/0655/0725 won't be sizeable.

It's also slightly odd that the Saturday one remains 4 hours long, even over Christmas and even in 2015 when it was Boxing Day, when everyone loses track what day it is so there is nothing different about a Saturday to any other day.
excel991,416 posts since 3 Jan 2009
Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
I can see why the regional news situation occurs as it's technically a normal weekday, but yes it's probably the three least watched bulletins at that time of year which go out, and the three most watched that don't

With regards to the Saturday situation, the news channel doesn't normally broadcast it's own output at 9am on a Saturday so maybe it's easier/cheaper for Breakfast to continue to do it, and therefore might as well stay on BBC1 too? If anything I would argue that Breakfast should regularly run until 10am on bank holidays, and on the normal weekdays between Christmas and New Year. As some people may get up later on these days, having news on BBC1 in the 9am hour would probably be off some value.
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Inspector Sands11,945 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Typically here in the US the local regional opts during Christmas Day are actually recorded or preempted even in the largest markets.

I suppose US stations still need some staffing on Christmas day to put our commercials, non networked programmes and other local content.

Here the regional TV operations, in England that is, all close for Christmas as all they do is news. The only people in most regional centres will be those working on the corresponding local radio station - so usually just a presenter and producer and newsreader. But even they are pre-recorded for a lot of the day
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London Lite8,591 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
If we take BBC local radio as an example, in London (the UK's largest market), they'll have a live breakfast show, possibly a mid-morning show and then schedule pre-recorded programming with the exception of hourly news bulletins until 2200.

In Lincolnshire, they're simulcasting BBC Radio 5 Live from 1400-1800.

Even LBC, the national commercial news talk radio station will have some form of pre-recorded programming for part of the day as it's perceived that most listeners will be spending time with family, especially during the afternoon as ratings nose-dive after midday.
peterh183 posts since 6 May 2012
Central (East) East Midlands Today
How long are the Christmas Breakfast shows - normal length? Seems like a long time to go with out a cohost unless there’s a lot of prepackaged reports.

I think it’s been mentioned that in the US the Christmas and New Years Day shows are prerecorded with breaks in it for national news (some poor soul coming from an insert studio or DTL for you brits) and the local weather / opts.


Yep, they tend to do a 'best of' and draw on their best interviews from throughout the year. I imagine they'll have to have a rethink, considering two of the morning shows have lost their main male anchors in the last few weeks - but I still imagine they'll be pre-recorded.