It is utterly stupid, and waste of licence-payers' money, having a simulcast of BBC News Channel on BBC One when they bring in a more "senior" newsreader, displacing the NC presenter for 10 to 15 minutes just because the bulletin is being broadcast on BBC One. In terms of the cost-saving exercise the BBC has supposed to have undertaken, why don't they get rid of some of the dead wood newsreaders/reporters such as Reeta Chakrabarti. They got rid of Moira Stuart because she was just a "news reader" rather than a journalist yet she was far better than Reeta, Carole Walker or the god-awful gurning drones on BBC Breakfast.
Also, why do they have to drag out the TOTH
sequence? Why not just titles, with a montage of images of the day, then the bulletin rather than a minute or more of droning preamble/headlines... or are the headlines for the viewers with an attention span of a gnat?
The news theme needs a total refresh after almost 20 years, the constant thunderclaps, thumps and bleeps are pointless and add no gravitas to proceedings. The BBC is supposed to be the voice of authority (allegedly) so why don't they have a rousing yet short theme to match - and consistency across the regions in terms of titles, theme and set. Oh and why do regions have such awful fake backdrops? Do they not employ any decent set designers these days? I can never understand why ITN (sorry ITV News) do the same as well? Surely it's not rocket science to design a decent looking studio that's not going to cost stupid money.
I'll go and get out the right side of the bed now...!