In hindsight, a better option may have been to broadcast the network and regional bulletins from 10 oâclock on BBC1 as normal and simply direct viewers wishing to continue watching the breaking news on Mandela, towards the News Channel ahead of the regional opt-out, rather than such a massive, on-going duplication of output. Perhaps this is something the BBC will review in future.
It's almost a case of the BBC abusing the amount of spectrum they are gifted with, and this is not just the recent Mandela issue per se.
Radio (BBC and ILR) was brought into line over 20 years ago, with the '
use it, [efficiently]or lose it
' directive regarding AM and FM simulcasting. Tomorrow morning it seems that BBC 1, 2, and the News Ch will be largely simulcasting the same content, sorry but that's not efficient use of channels available.
Here's an idea, leave the funeral coverage on BBC 1, and have the News Channel cover everything else that's going on, and been going on, on the planet ?