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all new Phil3,262 posts since 12 Feb 2005
Granada North West Today
Kinda don’t get the point in the change tbh

Dont understand either there's nothing wrong with Business Live, this sounds like an attempt to mix Business Live with a hint of Victoria Derbyshire for a global audience.

Presumably for the same reason they show travel and technology shows - there’s an audience beyond those who just want hard business news. Worklife suggests a link to work-life balance, with well-being being very much on organisations’ agendas these days, so I’d suggest it’s quite a clever move.
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chris4,242 posts since 6 Jul 2005
Granada North West Today
Presentation style very much like Business Live but the stories feel much more consumer-led, and less focus on markets. Reminds me of when Working Lunch relaunched with Declan and Naga, and that went well.

Let me get this straight...they're launching a programme called "Worklife" at a time when most working people in the UK will already be at, or on the way to, work? Rolling Eyes


I can’t work out who this is aimed at. UK and Europe it’s on too late, US too early. Business Live at least felt like something you’d watch at your desk before starting work at 9.
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London Lite10,711 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
Going by what I watched this morning, the core format is still Business Live with the same features on at the same time, complete with the same walk on to the catwalk at the start of the show and a very brief markets update after doing a throw to whoever is in Singapore or the US.

The main difference seemed to be the editorial seemed to be slightly dumbed down, such as when Sally was explaining the lead story about Unilever which was a tad patronising and the final VT seemed to be designed for online rather than tv.

The viewer comments being shown on-screen seemed to work, even if I find them gimmicky.

The branding though is terrible and should be changed.
Worzel4,749 posts since 8 Jan 2008
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Going by what I watched this morning, the core format is still Business Live with the same features on at the same time, complete with the same walk on to the catwalk at the start of the show and a very brief markets update after doing a throw to whoever is in Singapore or the US.

The main difference seemed to be the editorial seemed to be slightly dumbed down, such as when Sally was explaining the lead story about Unilever which was a tad patronising and the final VT seemed to be designed for online rather than tv.

The viewer comments being shown on-screen seemed to work, even if I find them gimmicky.

The branding though is terrible and should be changed.


The music reminded me of a softer version of the 2013 Watchdog theme. Laughing
BFGArmy399 posts since 15 Jan 2018
London London
Such a pointless change. Business Live was far punchier.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m00098kc/worklife-07102019


My guess is that audience research suggested that Business Live felt too 'hard business' and was appealing to too narrow an audience. Softening the approach may well be an experiment to see if a wider audience can be appealed to ?


I would hope that wouldn't be the case - Business Live contained business news without being too obsessed with stocks, bonds and other things that other business shows often care a lot about. If anything it was maybe not hard enough (I like the 'Inside Track' section but it was hardly aimed at finance types)

I'm still not sure I particularly get this change - it seems the same programme, only a bit dumbed down, a BBC World presenter instead of Ben Thompson and a worse name and look. I get why CNNI & Sky News are making the changes they have (The Brief, Your World Today, Kay @ Breakfast) but this does feel change for change's sake.
AlexS747 posts since 19 Oct 2016
Central (East) Midlands Today
Such a pointless change. Business Live was far punchier.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m00098kc/worklife-07102019


My guess is that audience research suggested that Business Live felt too 'hard business' and was appealing to too narrow an audience. Softening the approach may well be an experiment to see if a wider audience can be appealed to ?


I would hope that wouldn't be the case - Business Live contained business news without being too obsessed with stocks, bonds and other things that other business shows often care a lot about. If anything it was maybe not hard enough (I like the 'Inside Track' section but it was hardly aimed at finance types)

I'm still not sure I particularly get this change - it seems the same programme, only a bit dumbed down, a BBC World presenter instead of Ben Thompson and a worse name and look. I get why CNNI & Sky News are making the changes they have (The Brief, Your World Today, Kay @ Breakfast) but this does feel change for change's sake.

Maryam Moshiri has recently left the pool of business presenters and Ben Thompson is at Breakfast for presumably the next year without replacement so it appears as though this move is as a way to reduce costs (presumably they'll be a lot less business presentation from freelancers such as Ben Bland and Tadgh Enright going forward).
harshy6,214 posts since 24 Mar 2001
Yeah both presenters employed by BBC global news so its a cost cutting exercise, pros nice orange colour scheme for the studio, the music is quite nice and kind of soothing which is a strange feeling to experience on a business programme and the titles animate fluidly and has a different concept to the usual globe with photos from a stock library (unfortunately BBC biz live for a large part of its run had poorly airbrushed world business report titles)

Cons well its got that skyline background they should have been more daring and used that fabulous orange backdrop and others have remarked it does feel a bit dumbed down.