Refreshed countdowns are up! Aired just before News at 5.
Hint: glowing numbers are gone
Correct me if I’m mistaken but someone said the countdown plays automatically in the background on a loop in the Mosart running order and when all the trails finish playing out from said running order it joins the countdown in progress? Are the numbers burnt in for the final 90 seconds or are they generated on the fly?
Mosart plays the countdown at 60 or 90” to the top of the hour depending on which countdown has been templated to appear. It plays from a source that’s not generally used for anything else at that time of day (but is used during programmes). There are usually a number of trails in the running order up to the top of the hour and the directors run through them or drop them as required to make the maths work, joining the countdown to soak up the slack.
There’s also a numberless looping “countdown” which runs all the time and is used by news channel ahead of national bulletins on bbc1 that start at an odd time (often at weekends) and when there are reasons for starting a bulletin not at the top of an hour. It’s also useful on the odd occasion when the real countdown doesn’t start for some reason. It’s also seen occasionally during a breakdown, especially one that is considered to be temporary (there is a more formal breakdown slide and a recorded backup of the previous hour for more serious breakdowns).
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