No - you've got it backwards.
The Andrew Marr Show is a programme on BBC One only. It is scheduled on BBC One 0900-1000 on Sundays, but doesn't generally get produced when Parliament is in recess. Looks like the team behind BBC One scheduling scheduled the show during recess, but the team making the show didn't think they were making one... (In the industry this is known as a 'cock up')
So the team supporting BBC One Playout (i.e. NC1) rang TC7 - the studio that made The Andrew Marr Show - to line-up before their scheduled transmission, only to find nobody there. As a result they instead took an hour of the BBC News Channel - which would be producing an hour of output anyway - as the News Channel didn't (and doesn't) routinely take The Andrew Marr Show.
So the show team didn’t know. That’s a major screw up.
On the phone so can’t edit (without messing up the post). Was it a scheduling error from Playout or the team not show up?
I don't think I found out who was 'to blame' - I think there were issues on both sides. Blame is seldom useful, what is important is making sure it doesn't happen in the future. Chances are an email was missed and a secondary check not made.
If it was a latter wouldn’t people notice that a portion of staff weren’t showing up or somehow through out the week certain materials weren’t being sent?
Ha ha ha!
Billings for news shows (and I think all shows) will have a place holder made by scheduling - so the show would have been listed generically. Weekly talk shows like this may have a production team in the week of just two people - and if they work in their own office - who would see them not come in? Or, in fact, they may well have been coming in as usual and instead just working on forward planning future shows.
Not sure what 'certain materials' you are talking about. Other than a billing there isn't much that happens other than 'on the day'. Bookings and Billings are all semi-automated, and the operational and 'live' team would only be booked for the Sunday broadcast.
I imagine during a show like that there’d be meetings with producers, networks and news division heads.
You'd imagine wrong... Shows like this in the UK are pretty independent. There may be a weekly meeting that programme teams went to in News, but it wouldn't be unusual for the editor of one show not to be there. It would be unusual for the show to have to meet with any Network teams - commissioners, controllers etc. as News output is pretty independent of networks day-to-day. (There may be meetings about overall strategy - but content decisions are editorially independent day-to-day)
However in this case nobody in the news structure would have imagined that the show had been scheduled - as it was a weekend when Parliament was in recess I believe?
That perhaps guest lists would be released so it could be promoted ahead of time (maybe in the NaT and the regions if a MP or someone else was appearing). And that any transportation arrangements and accommodations that would normally be booked weren’t being made.
Again - you're approaching this the wrong way. It's more a case that nobody would have assumed the show WERE going to be broadcast that weekend - other than scheduling. News, the production team, other operational teams wouldn't be expecting there to b a show - so wouldn't have been worried nothing was happening. (That doesn't mean it was a mistake by scheduling, just that a misunderstanding or miscommunication between teams wasn't picked up).
Shows like Marr would be booking their transport on Saturday evening, and probably wouldn't release guest lists until quite late on (the Saturday evening news might trail them - but wouldn't expect to if there wasn't due to be a Marr).
Also find it strange (from an American perspective) that shows go on hiatus when parliament it in recess. There’s still so much going on behind the scenes even if there’s nothing scheduled on Capitol Hill.
DC and Westminster are very different places. Our MPs are usually back in their constituencies during recess - and politics slows down, as the Commons and Lords are not in session..
Last edited by noggin on 23 November 2017 10:16am