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AlexS Central (East) Midlands Today
Hamish Marshall presented his final Spotlight bulletin yesterday




Although it is true that Hamish is leaving the departure referred to in that tweet is the one of Laurence Reed from Radio Cornwall.
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kernow
AlexS posted:
Hamish Marshall presented his final Spotlight bulletin yesterday




Although it is true that Hamish is leaving the departure referred to in that tweet is the one of Laurence Reed from Radio Cornwall.


He may have been referring to himself. Hamish did announce his departure last night, in a low key announcement.
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Parker
Simon Clarkes last day at Look Hull. Another good reporter gone Sad
..."at the first sign of danger my pussy's hairs stand on end" Betty Slocombe 27/05/1975
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jolly turnip Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
Simon Clarkes last day at Look Hull. Another good reporter gone Sad

I wish him well, but I do feel he was a poor reporter especially on lives and similar on his stint at BBC radio humberside
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Philheybrookbay West Country (West) Spotlight
With regards to Hamish- he was on Final Score on Saturday being at the FA Cup game Cheltenham Town v South Shields.

9 days later

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Earlie37 Meridian (South) South Today
Laura Trant is due to leave BBC South Today this evening. Keep your eyes peeled for a goodbye with Sally in tonight's show.
Meridian AM and Ballyboy gave kudos
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Ballyboy UTV Newsline
Sad. wonder when she joined?
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HarryB Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
Laura Trant from BBC South currently having her final show with Sally Taylor right now
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Meridian AM Meridian (South) South Today
Nice farewell to her. She said she isn't sure what she'll be doing next.
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Earlie37 Meridian (South) South Today
Sad. wonder when she joined?

According to Sally's goodbye to her, she's been there since 2007 - that was quite surprising as didn't realise she'd been there that long.
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London Lite Founding member London London
I thought Laura had been there for much longer than 13 years. Another talent gone from the regional pool.
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Rijowhi Central (West) Midlands Today


If you're lucky, they might actually bother to at least make umpteen slightly different edits of the report itself to include the crowbarred nugget of regionality. But sometimes the package itself is 100% generic, and the job of reading out statistics etc to link the item to your region is only done by your region's own studio presenters before/after the package.

I hope that BBC regions don't end up with anything that goes down quite that kind of route.


I've suggested elsewhere (it got left in the thread this got split from) that resurrecting Nationwide would be a better approach.

Cut the regional programmes by 10 mins focusing on actual news, the One Show starts 10 minutes early and throws to a couple of regions to introduce a package or live contributor for something lighter/fluffier.

Then play a sting at 7 for the Nations to opt in for the One Show proper. Any region covering a big story can stay on until 7 if they have enough material.


...Or start the Regional News at 6:40 pm, extending the BBC National News to 40 minutes. You still have the ‘News Hour’ that way. ITV Regional News 6 pm programme could also be reduced to 20 minutes instead of the ‘shared content’ which is often nonsense. A shorter, snappier programme might not necessarily be a bad thing for viewers as long as quality is kept high.
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