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BBC changes policy on royal/high profile deaths

(February 2010)

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GE
thegeek Founding member
Diana's passing was a Breaking News event, totally different circumstances.
Didn't they end up putting the plan for the Queen Mum's death into action? ("operation Tay Bridge"?) Or was that just the funeral?

It certainly started off as breaking news but turned into an obituary programme - clearing the schedules on the BBC's then four tv channels, with special astons, idents, tribute programmes, church services, the lot.

That said, I'm not sure if even the plans for the Queen's death would trigger all of that. Perhaps Red Bee will have learned their lesson from the Queen Mum and have a more suitable ident, but I wouldn't hold my breath...
JW
JamesWorldNews
Are any of the anchors on today wearing black??????? (Remember that thread, started by, ahem, me.........blushes.)
BR
Brekkie
In recalling the death of the Queen Mother, who was a Category 1 - Broadcasters are given category 1 news in advance of going on air, and it is strictly embargoed, hence not really classed as a Breaking News story. If you watch back at coverage of her death http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Rs2mCEvwl4- The BBC clearly announce - Buckingham Palace has announced that...... Cat 1 announcements as far as the BBC is concerned warrant ONE broadcast across all mediums. Sissons announced: This is BBC TELEVISION NEWS, meaning that all BBC Channels took the announcement, national anthem, flag etc...

The BBC had a holding caption though for around ten minutes. C4 actually broke the news first, with ITV and I believe Five on air before the BBC got there. I guess Sissons was looking for a black tie! Wink
DE
deejay
If I remember rightly for the QM, BBC Two interrupted their programmes as per the plan just before the announcement was due to go-on-air on BBC One. Unfortunately, BBC One then delayed the announcement because News weren't ready. And delayed it again, and again. ISTR BBC Two were on their static 'bounce' ident for about 5 minutes before they joined BBC One.

Static idents have been used for all obits in recent years - they were introduced after they realised they couldn't hold on their live action idents as they only last 30" or so. Up until the era of the dancers idents, there was a special 'family' ident (seen on the Diana obit after the BBC World coverage and before the Martin Lewis news programme at 0630.) It was a blueish background with / B / B / C / losenge on it. It animated slowly and subtly and the laserdisc even had 15 minutes of sombre classical music on it, designed to hold the networks if news weren't ready. There was a new family ident when the | B | | B | | C | blocks were introduced, which was essentially the ribbons ident as used on the BBC Video ident but this was dropped in favour of the networks introducing the report over their own idents. (There was a family clock too ISTR. AFAIK it was never shown.) One wonders if, given what happened on BBC Two for the QM, the idea of a family ident which lasts for minutes rather than for seconds with accompanying music isn't actually a bad idea after all...
SP
Spencer
If I remember rightly for the QM, BBC Two interrupted their programmes as per the plan just before the announcement was due to go-on-air on BBC One. Unfortunately, BBC One then delayed the announcement because News weren't ready. And delayed it again, and again. ISTR BBC Two were on their static 'bounce' ident for about 5 minutes before they joined BBC One.


I was watching BBC Two at the time, and that's pretty much how I remember it. The announcer spoke a few times while the Bounce slide was on to say that they would shortly be joining BBC One viewers for an announcement.

Incidentally, at this point the news was already on Ceefax - before the Peter Sissons announcement.
TE
tesandco Founding member
You don't just have to go off memory. If you look at the youtube link earlier in the thread, that's of the BBC Two cut to the Queen Mother news, with 4 minutes of static Bounce...

You have no idea how much time I have to spend umpiring whiney comments pro and against the monarchy on that clip too. Surprised

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