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Pete9,031 posts since 18 Jun 2001
STV North Reporting Scotland
No I'm sorry this makes perfect sense. The extended News has messed up the schedules significantly, especially for those who want more news.

You lose the start of newsnight or have to skip regional news. Question Time and This Week are forced yet further into the night time slots. You can't just flick over from another channel at 10.30 and find something on BBC One without having to suffer through a long yet low budget regional bulletin.

15 mins may not seem a lot but when you want to watch two shows on a Thursday it pushes the ending from midnight to quarter past midnight. The later it gets, the more drowsiness can kick in. Mixed with the fact it causes BBC One to lose alignment with all other channels it was a stupid idea to begin with.

And frankly the Ten O'Clock news was 30 mins from 2000-2016. The Nine was 30 mins for 30 years before that. The evening news has only been 45 mins long for two out of 48 years. It was an experiment, it has failed.
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Markymark6,846 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
The BBC is planning to cut the News at 10 by more than 10 minutes in an attempt to stop viewers flocking to ITV and appeal to younger audiences.

Under the plans, which could be implemented as soon as March, five minutes would be cut from the national news, four minutes from the nations and regions bulletins and a minute and half from the weather.


Well, in my view the BBC 10pm news is normally padded put with a current affairs report (something that you'd expect to see on Newsnight) and certainly not anything that relates to an event of that day.

Similarly the 22:30hrs South Today bulletin is heavily padded out with a pointless presenter to reporter 'self interview', that does nothing more than reiterate the points made in the report that precedes it.

I rarely make it to the weather forecasts at the end of the '45 min' sequence these days, without dozing off
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Pete9,031 posts since 18 Jun 2001
STV North Reporting Scotland
Well, in my view the BBC 10pm news is normally padded put with a current affairs report (something that you'd expect to see on Newsnight) and certainly not anything that relates to an event of that day.


Oh thank you, I was just popping back to make the point of the "and here's a six minute preview of tomorrow's Panorama" used to fill time.
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Jay Lee571 posts since 7 Apr 2015
London
Having had a bit more time to digest the news, I suppose I can see it from both sides of the argument.

And if it means the 10 can get back to a shorter and snappier opening sequence (that currently seems to last a ridiculously long up-to-2-mins), that is no bad thing.
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Brekkie31,651 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
I’d guess this is all about the ratings for the programmes that follow it.

It's not as if the news isn't providing the lead in. People switch off at 10.45 because of the content at 10.45.

As others have said it is just undoing what was done 2-3 years ago. In that time Newsnight has actually quietly been cut from 50 to 40 minutes a night - it's now scheduled to finish at 11.10 with the weather getting a 5 minute slot in the EPG.

The savings in this case though are clearly in the regions - in the case of the 10pm news 5 minutes is just the difference between including one or two extra packages which would already be in the can for the news channel or Six.
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all new Phil3,190 posts since 12 Feb 2005
Granada North West Today
Peter Sissons, a former presenter of the BBC’s flagship news programme, condemned the corporation, describing the decision as a “breach of their public duty”.

Does anybody really care what Peter Sissons thinks?

When Peter talks, everybody Sissons.
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