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BBC News beaten by ITV News - At Ten and with Paris coverage

BBC beaten at 10pm as well as with Paris Coverage (November 2015)

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BR
Brekkie
Regardless of which broadcaster won each programme, I think the main conclusion to draw from it is just how relevant and in demand rolling TV news still is. Can you imagine if the BBC News Channel did go online only - what a complete waste. It's times like these that social media and mobile devices just don't cut it. Although social media has its place - nothing beats TV news for giving you a sense of being involved and seeing what's happening while still being presented with facts and analysis. It would be a huge loss to British broadcasting if the BBC News Channel was ever allowed to close. I've lived and breathed BBC News, Sky News and ITV News this weekend and each of them has done a fantastic job.

Exactly. My first instinct upon finding out the news was to turn the TV on, not browse through websites and Twitter and try and piece it all together myself. Social media is very good for pointing you to events, but it needs somewhere to point you too.
LL
London Lite Founding member
I largely watched Sky News and a mix of the French news channels BFMTV and iTele, although I watched part of the special BBC News at 6 on Saturday.

Whatever you may think of Sky on a normal day, breaking news is still their USP and they still do a great job of it. JT and Kay are still on top of their game (regardless of the social media fail on Sunday) on-air and Mark Longhurst with duty reporter Rebecca Williams on Friday night were exceptional. I understand it was RW's first ad-lib on-air breaking news shift, but completely professional throughout.
:-(
A former member
Mark Longhurst was on air from 11pm until 6am wasn't he?
LJ
Live at five with Jeremy
I believe Mark's shift started at 9pm and was on air until 4am at which point Stephen Dixon took over. He was superb throughout the evening. The ratings saw a peak of 5 million - the highest in over 4 years for Sky News.
SK
Skygeek
I believe Mark's shift started at 9pm and was on air until 4am at which point Stephen Dixon took over. He was superb throughout the evening. The ratings saw a peak of 5 million - the highest in over 4 years for Sky News.

Small correction: The REACH was 5 million by the end of Saturday and more like just over 7 million by the end of yesterday, but to be doing close-on a million viewers at 11pm on a Friday night (984k excluding online streaming) is a testament to the power of "old-fashioned TV" and rolling news when it comes to big breaking stories like this.
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