There was extra money for the longer regional late bulletins and mostly this was spent on reporting staff, camera staff for lives and support in the galleries.
The majority of extra effort for the extended regional late bulletins was actually achieved by moving resources away from the lunchtime bulletins, which already had a very small audience.
The management idea was that exciting new material could be created for the late bulletins with frequent live hits.
In reality very little local news happens after 7pm so most of the output has just been re-runs from the 6.30 programme. When live hits are used they have often just been a reporter standing outside a dark building talking about a story that had been originally covered by another reporter earlier in the day.
The fact that the Friday late news (both national and local) has always been shorter with little, or no, complaint from the public has emboldened the bosses to extend the pattern through the week.
The question is whether staff will be reallocated to lunchtime bulletins, or the opportunity taken to make staff savings with the huge budget cuts in sight needed to fund the over 75s licence shortfall.