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BBC Election 2019 with Talkback

1 year on...

JO
Josh
Chris Cook just uploaded the first part of the BBC Election Coverage with talkback to commemorate it being 1 year:
Last edited by Josh on 15 December 2020 1:33pm
It looks like someone's bleached the Minions.
VM
VMPhil Granada North West Today
One year? That was more like five years ago… wasn't it?
NE
News96 Look North (Yorkshire)
Well it feels like 5 years after what has happened since.
AJB39 and Roger Darthwell gave kudos
RN
Rolling News Central (East) East Midlands Today
Whenever I watch things like this it only increases the respect I have for news presenters.
RI
Richard Granada North West Today
Fascinating. Interesting (and understandable) that most of the pre-10pm section was recorded. Seamlessly back to live just before 10.
DT
DTV Meridian (South) South Today
Fascinating. Interesting (and understandable) that most of the pre-10pm section was recorded. Seamlessly back to live just before 10.


I knew that parts of the sequence were pre-recorded - as its physically impossible to get from the different parts of NBH as quickly as Huw did - but I assumed that the studio bits were live. I suppose its largely in the interests of timing and smoothness. That sequence is so necessarily timed to end on the bong of Big Ben and a presenter mincing their words could screw up the whole opening section (and it also isn't a great look for a marathon TV programme if your presenters are messing up that early).
DV
DVB Cornwall West Country (West) Spotlight
Am I hearing this correct at 215954 what 'figures' are being requested by the gallery, the graphics or were they kept in the dark about the exit poll result until the rest of us knew it?
RK
Rkolsen World News
Am I hearing this correct at 215954 what 'figures' are being requested by the gallery, the graphics or were they kept in the dark about the exit poll result until the rest of us knew it?


The results are definitely known as quickly had the difference and facts as “the worst labour result”. As for the results they probably didn’t to risk it to going to air. I bet was a producer there waiting to click OK to generate the graphic.
Don’t let anyone treat you like you’re a VO/SOT when you’re a PKG.
RK
Rkolsen World News
They do take it seriously.





Surprising to me. I’d assume journalists would be trusted. If the people in the gallery know ahead of time what’s what enough to build graphics and the script why shouldn’t Huw and the others know?
Don’t let anyone treat you like you’re a VO/SOT when you’re a PKG.
TJ
TedJrr Anglia (East) Look East
.... .I bet was a producer there waiting to click OK to generate the graphic.


I bet that there's some security around the exit poll data.

Notwithstanding a clash with the Representation of the Peoples Act if an opinion poll were published when the actual polls are open, the headline result must also be a serious piece of intelectual property.

ITN, Sky and the BBC comission the poll, which is embargoed, but US broadcasters, and the likes of Agence France Presse, as well as overseas web sites will have been chattering about the UK election all day. They will even have sort of opinion/exit polls of their own, but none will be as accurate or as complete as the BBC/Sky/ITN's.

You can bet that they don't want that to get into the hands of anyone who wouldn't respect an embargo until they get to announce it first. Even then they'd want credit on web sites and Fleet Steet's first editions...
UB
UBox Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
They do take it seriously.





Surprising to me. I’d assume journalists would be trusted. If the people in the gallery know ahead of time what’s what enough to build graphics and the script why shouldn’t Huw and the others know?

Huw would have known the figures. If you watch the shot about 30 seconds before polls close the camera pans over the top of the desk and would have shown the exit poll figures on air. You can't broadcast these until exactly 10pm.
VA
valley
There’s a load of security round the exit poll. Quite often only three or four people in the building will know the figures until about 21:59:50 - probably only the graphics producers and a statistician or two. I’ve seen journalists told to move desks at 21:45 as the analysis started to occur. Key people in the gallery would be told moments before 22:00 what the key outcome would be in order to check that the graphics they were about to put on-air were correct...!

At least in Sky’s case the autocue had loads of XXXXs in place of the “headline”, and Dermot just ad-libbed.

(Obviously I’m excluding those actually involved in the preparation of the exit poll itself - the Michael Thrasher and John Curtices of the various broadcasters - who will be at another location.)

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