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Licorice Allsort (previously The Pear Returns) 24 posts since 24 Dec 2013
Would certainly be nice to hear a new theme tune for BBC News.

The beep theme tune has been going for nearly 20 years with slight remixes and variations over the year's and in my opinion is far less superior compared to the Orchestral theme tune from the 90's.

With any future revamp I hope they record something different.
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BFGArmy194 posts since 15 Jan 2018
London London
I know I've agreed with a few times now but the headlines sequence point is one worth making - and the 2nd video on Rolling News's point is a prime example. Removing the video parts alone on the first 2 headlines would save 20 seconds alone and the videos don't add anything the presenter couldn't themselves.

Though I wonder if the headlines are done to that length so that they act as a summary for viewers should they not want to watch the whole bulletin.

While the BBC headline sequences go on, I do find the same issue with the introductions to news stories on ITV's News At 10. The headlines are fine but the "conversational" style means often when introducing an item it can take a while to get to the actual story.
Richard864 posts since 22 Apr 2012
Granada North West Today

While the BBC headline sequences go on, I do find the same issue with the introductions to news stories on ITV's News At 10. The headlines are fine but the "conversational" style means often when introducing an item it can take a while to get to the actual story.


That is true. It’s too informal. It the “you’d be forgiven for thinking Theresa May’s week couldn’t get any worse” style which I find grating.
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Andrew13,088 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
That’s a deliberate style on the ITV News at Ten though


I agree the BBC headlines go on too long, as well as the clips, it’s the irrelevant lines “We will have the latest on this story and find out what will happen next. Also on today’s programme...” you don’t say.

Interesting that ITV News still keep them short and snappy
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Worzel4,277 posts since 8 Jan 2008
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Don't know if someone's been reading this but the top of hour headlines on Afternoon Live are pretty short today.

Four quick headlines, to the sport preview and weather look ahead - no 'also ahead' and straight to the titles. Lasted less than a minute.
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p_c_u_k2,069 posts since 27 Mar 2004
On whether the substance of the bulletin itself is problematic - for me, opinion is creeping in too much these days. There's a very fine line between analysis and opinion and some BBC reporters are creeping into the wrong side of it.
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JamesW8 posts since 29 Jun 2018
Anglia (West) Look East
I have read and enjoyed this thread. Overall in terms of presentation I would like to see BBC news become more comprehensive again. Today on the Six you get at most about 7 stories sometimes as little as 5 with a couple of items in brief. A while ago some videos were uploaded on Youtube (sadly now removed due to copyright) of the N Witchell era and the programme then covered 10-11 stories. Also I think there should be more international news especially on the Six.

As for the jingles and pips yes it it is time for a complete revamp and also to tidy up the bulletins especially the endings with nice clean headline sequences.
mccanmat521 posts since 15 Jul 2005
It’s the same with so many programmes now... so much padding out of what’s coming up...and recaps of what we’ve already seen... homes under the hammer a good example of that... imagine how much more original parts of a programme we could get by cutting the coming up stuff and just getting on with it
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