Work of Artifice posted:
In a post-analogue UK, having BBC national/international news bulletins on BBC One will become "pointless"
No it won't. It's a legal requirement that BBC One carries news - and, in my opinion, rightly so. If news was just on news channels, all the no-brainers of the country who live on an endless diet of soaps and reality TV would be able to watch BBC One all day without being exposed to the news. Admittedly they probably turn over as soon as the news starts now, but at least a large number of them will see the headlines and if it's something that shocks them will stay tuned.
News isn't just there for nosey people, it's vital to our democracy - if people aren't aware of the issues our country is weaker for it.
I think there's also a lot to be said in favour of proper, self-contained news programmes, as opposed to everything being rolling news.
Whilst I'll dip in and out of News 24 or Sky News during the day, I enjoy watching the Ten for a full retrospective round-up of the day's news, complete with measured analysis and comment - something which isn't always possible on News 24 due to the constantly moving nature of a rolling news channel.
I know the 1, 6 and 10 are simulcast on News 24, but as Sky News has shown, fixed bulletin-style programmes soon fall by the wayside when there's a big breaking story. At least with the current set-up, News 24 can go its own way if necessary and BBC One can continue with the normal news programmes.