A separate source said audiences will start noticing the centralisation approach when regional news content stops focusing on their specific region
This seems to suggest that something akin to ITV plc regions' shared feature items may be happening... 🤨
Is that necessarily a bad thing for some stories? There have always been pan-regional news stories (e.g. those affecting rail franchises) that multiple regions produce reports for, surely producing one report for multiple regions makes more sense.
A single shared report for things like rail franchises, stories from genuine reception/editorial overlap areas, and maybe even a certain degree of region-stretching (within reason) on occasion so that Region B can have a piece of a big story from a locality to which Region A really has the "proper" claim, is indeed eminently sensible.
Similarly, some stories may genuinely have an angle from different (not necessarily neighbouring) regions: e.g. if someone from Northumberland is involved in a boating accident off the Cornwall coast, or whatever.
But often the ITV plc "aggregate" items are a general England/UK topic (e.g. the state of the housing market, or something), with a tiny bit of "set-dressing" to link them to each region.
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.
Last edited by Cold Open on 24 October 2020 10:46pm
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