Some BBC observations not just limited to news (which I'm more than happy for people to disagree with):
-I do find it odd that some of CBBC is broadcast while their viewers would surely be at school. Would it maybe make sense for BBC News to take those hours (say 9am-3pm) which means there'd still be a significant news offering in the daytime. Cbeebies is slightly different given it's a much younger audience.
-I can't say I'm sure what 5 Live is meant to be these days. In theory it's meant to be a rolling news and sports radio station. It still does the latter very well and while you do want a variety of programming you can't really call it a rolling news station when you have the likes of Laura Whitmore, Scott Mills (I like both but you wouldn't a story breaking with them on air) and Nihal and Sarah Brett's incredibly lightweight shows.
Is there an argument maybe to, as messy as it sounds, in theory to combine 5 Live and the News Channel's daytime and late evening operations - to give 5 Live some gravitas and ability to handle rolling news and diversify the news channel output a bit.
-Similarly if we're looking at radio stations, 1Xtra feels the sort of thing the commercial sector could provide and Radio 4 Extra similarly feels a bit superfluous.
-With the News Channel I can't say I've ever really got the 5. If Huw's not anchoring it, it's essentially somebody being brought in to present one hour that really isn't that different from the others. Feels a bit of luxury that the BBC maybe can't afford these days.
-Speaking of that, it's been mentioned many a time but bringing in a separate newsreader to do the weekend evening bulletin again feels a bit of a luxury. The content isn't that different (if at all) from what's on the News Channel all day plusit's an additional presenter to pay and most of the News Channel presenters are perfectly capable of anchoring a bulletin. And I know there's the preparation argument but at weekends the back half-hours are mostly recorded programs or don't involve the on-duty presenter plus currently there's a 90 minute block from 8.30-10 where seemingly however big a domestic story is, the on-duty presenter won't be used. So combine that all and that's considerable preparation time for a 15-20 minute bulletin
Last edited by BFGArmy on 25 January 2020 1:40pm