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KM
kman2020 World News
James Reynolds covering the weekend overnights this weekend instead of LVJ and Aaron Safir, as its mostly been since the last time we saw Simon Pusey...
AS
AlexS Central (East) Midlands Today
AlexS posted:
Kasia did the 23:00 half hour from E this evening with Shaun Ley returning at 23:30 for the papers. Just looks like a mess on air with Kasia 21:00-21:30, Mishal 22:00-22:25, Shaun 22:29-22:44, Kasia 23:00-23:26 and Shaun 23:28 until the film review, presumably Kasia again at midnight and someone else from 1am.


As I’ve said before, whilst it may look a mess to some people on screen, please remember that the news operation is more than just the newscaster on-air.

There are multiple back room staff working different shifts and those numbers are depleted due to the social distancing regulations in the building and are further depleted due to weekend work patterns (the latter impacting less so).

The backroom (and on-air) staff need to have proper breaks, shift handovers etc, and the facilities they use must be disinfected to a degree between shifts.

Whilst that happens, largely for staffing and health and safety reasons, things on-air may appear a little disjointed (but only to those of us who watch rolling news for hours on end).

‘Normal viewers’ who dip-in to watch half an hour of news at some point in the evening won’t notice the presence of three different presenters in a short space of time.

I know this is the stuff upon which TVF thrives, but let’s cut these guys some slack, eh? It’s getting boring hearing the same complaint over and over again.

The folks at BBC News (both sides of the camera) are working their socks off to keep this big machine moving, against a backdrop of new rules and regulations that we don’t even realize.

Is there any workplace on the planet that hasn’t been operationally affected by the pandemic? No.

It just appears acute on BBC News because it’s always present and a 24 hour op.

To some extent that is true but at the same time last night took musical chairs to a new extreme that simply wasn't necessary as shown by the fact it hasn't happened on any other weekend. The only reason that Kasia did the 23:00 bulletin is her Polish connections but frankly there wasn't enough about the Polish election within the bulletin for this to be at all logical.
CM
cmthwtv West Country (East) Points West
AlexS posted:
AlexS posted:
Kasia did the 23:00 half hour from E this evening with Shaun Ley returning at 23:30 for the papers. Just looks like a mess on air with Kasia 21:00-21:30, Mishal 22:00-22:25, Shaun 22:29-22:44, Kasia 23:00-23:26 and Shaun 23:28 until the film review, presumably Kasia again at midnight and someone else from 1am.


As I’ve said before, whilst it may look a mess to some people on screen, please remember that the news operation is more than just the newscaster on-air.

There are multiple back room staff working different shifts and those numbers are depleted due to the social distancing regulations in the building and are further depleted due to weekend work patterns (the latter impacting less so).

The backroom (and on-air) staff need to have proper breaks, shift handovers etc, and the facilities they use must be disinfected to a degree between shifts.

Whilst that happens, largely for staffing and health and safety reasons, things on-air may appear a little disjointed (but only to those of us who watch rolling news for hours on end).

‘Normal viewers’ who dip-in to watch half an hour of news at some point in the evening won’t notice the presence of three different presenters in a short space of time.

I know this is the stuff upon which TVF thrives, but let’s cut these guys some slack, eh? It’s getting boring hearing the same complaint over and over again.

The folks at BBC News (both sides of the camera) are working their socks off to keep this big machine moving, against a backdrop of new rules and regulations that we don’t even realize.

Is there any workplace on the planet that hasn’t been operationally affected by the pandemic? No.

It just appears acute on BBC News because it’s always present and a 24 hour op.

To some extent that is true but at the same time last night took musical chairs to a new extreme that simply wasn't necessary as shown by the fact it hasn't happened on any other weekend. The only reason that Kasia did the 23:00 bulletin is her Polish connections but frankly there wasn't enough about the Polish election within the bulletin for this to be at all logical.


The thing is, the news channel isn't designed so someone sits and stares at the screen for 3 hours continuously. You'd loose the plot. I for one, and in the office, have it on in the background and dip in and out whenever I want too.

I can tell you for one, with friends and family who watch the news as well, don't really care who presents it and when. If someone's incompetent, obviously it is noticeable however rare on any news channel as it isn't exactly easy to get onto.

I get that maybe, back in 04 or 05 the news channel was the nothing but UK news channel and had a lot more continuity in presenters. But with BBC One, Mishal has to come in, and Kasia for the election. Whether or not you don't give a flying flamingo about the Polish election or not does not determine whether or not somebody should have hosted it.
SuperSajuuk and Rolling News gave kudos
RN
Rolling News Central (East) East Midlands Today
AlexS posted:
AlexS posted:
Kasia did the 23:00 half hour from E this evening with Shaun Ley returning at 23:30 for the papers. Just looks like a mess on air with Kasia 21:00-21:30, Mishal 22:00-22:25, Shaun 22:29-22:44, Kasia 23:00-23:26 and Shaun 23:28 until the film review, presumably Kasia again at midnight and someone else from 1am.


As I’ve said before, whilst it may look a mess to some people on screen, please remember that the news operation is more than just the newscaster on-air.

There are multiple back room staff working different shifts and those numbers are depleted due to the social distancing regulations in the building and are further depleted due to weekend work patterns (the latter impacting less so).

The backroom (and on-air) staff need to have proper breaks, shift handovers etc, and the facilities they use must be disinfected to a degree between shifts.

Whilst that happens, largely for staffing and health and safety reasons, things on-air may appear a little disjointed (but only to those of us who watch rolling news for hours on end).

‘Normal viewers’ who dip-in to watch half an hour of news at some point in the evening won’t notice the presence of three different presenters in a short space of time.

I know this is the stuff upon which TVF thrives, but let’s cut these guys some slack, eh? It’s getting boring hearing the same complaint over and over again.

The folks at BBC News (both sides of the camera) are working their socks off to keep this big machine moving, against a backdrop of new rules and regulations that we don’t even realize.

Is there any workplace on the planet that hasn’t been operationally affected by the pandemic? No.

It just appears acute on BBC News because it’s always present and a 24 hour op.

To some extent that is true but at the same time last night took musical chairs to a new extreme that simply wasn't necessary as shown by the fact it hasn't happened on any other weekend. The only reason that Kasia did the 23:00 bulletin is her Polish connections but frankly there wasn't enough about the Polish election within the bulletin for this to be at all logical.

I had a moan myself a couple of weekends ago about this 'issue' but what we have to remember is there is more people involved to a news broadcast than whoever is sat in front of a camera. We know nothing about current logistics and staff availability behind the scenes other than what the occasional insider reveals on Twitter and such. It's not simply a case of switch the camera on and read the autocue. Yes if you're someone who likes to spend 5 hours on a Sunday evening avidly watching a rolling news channel you might pick up on strange rota patterns but an average viewer* couldn't really care less whos presenting and much less likely to notice a different anchor appearing on screen.

*not that for one moment am I suggesting we are not 'average', lol
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SuperSajuuk and Steve Williams gave kudos
HA
harshy Founding member
So that’s why world viewers get one hour of Victoria Derbyshire on weekdays.
KM
kman2020 World News
As Katty Kay was opening World News America today, her feed from her basement studio froze.

They immediately switched to Tim Willcox on set in London, which begs the question... do they have a London anchor on set for both Katty and Laura's WNT broadcasts in case their from home feeds drop?
AS
AlexS Central (East) Midlands Today
As Katty Kay was opening World News America today, her feed from her basement studio froze.

They immediately switched to Tim Willcox on set in London, which begs the question... do they have a London anchor on set for both Katty and Laura's WNT broadcasts in case their from home feeds drop?

Previous posts here and elsewhere would suggest that there's always someone on standby in London for WNA even when it comes from the Washington studio.
VA
valley
As Katty Kay was opening World News America today, her feed from her basement studio froze.

They immediately switched to Tim Willcox on set in London, which begs the question... do they have a London anchor on set for both Katty and Laura's WNT broadcasts in case their from home feeds drop?

Almost certainly.
I'm not sure about the BBC, but whenever Sky News is being presented from an OB, there's always a presenter in a studio (or close to the studio, if it's a more "resilient" line such as Downing Street or Ab Green) in case there is a failure.
KM
kman2020 World News
AlexS posted:
As Katty Kay was opening World News America today, her feed from her basement studio froze.

They immediately switched to Tim Willcox on set in London, which begs the question... do they have a London anchor on set for both Katty and Laura's WNT broadcasts in case their from home feeds drop?

Previous posts here and elsewhere would suggest that there's always someone on standby in London for WNA even when it comes from the Washington studio.


Interesting... I guess I can see it for the current home studio set up but I'd assume the lines from the Washington and New York studios would be robust and have redundancy built in.
KM
kman2020 World News
And they lost Katty again while a package was running halfway through the program. Back to Tim in London.


Katty's back with "Clearly Tim and I should be doing a doubled headed program today."
VA
valley
AlexS posted:
As Katty Kay was opening World News America today, her feed from her basement studio froze.

They immediately switched to Tim Willcox on set in London, which begs the question... do they have a London anchor on set for both Katty and Laura's WNT broadcasts in case their from home feeds drop?

Previous posts here and elsewhere would suggest that there's always someone on standby in London for WNA even when it comes from the Washington studio.


Interesting... I guess I can see it for the current home studio set up but I'd assume the lines from the Washington and New York studios would be robust and have redundancy built in.

Yes... but it gives them extra resilience in case of a widespread power failure (beyond the limits of UPS/generator backup), etc.
JW
JamesWorldNews STV Central World News
Ben Bland of World News appearing as a correspondent on Breakfast again today, for the second time in a week.
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