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News Coverage of Glasgow Incident

26th June 2020

BB
BBI45 Central (East) East Midlands Today
BBI45 posted:
Im quite disappointed in the BBC for having '3 dead' on their homepage for a few hours today, when seemingly thankfully no one has died (apart from the attacker). I guess journalism also died today.

In their defence, that number seemed to come from a source in Whitehall, and the BBC certainly won't the only ones to quote that number of deaths. It might have been an idea to hold back on giving a number until it had been officially confirmed, but when others are saying that there are three dead, you run the risk of being accused of being slow of reporting the facts.


Thats a shame if it came from Government, I had only been checking Sky and BBC most the afternoon and Sky never once had any deaths mentioned.

I can't remember if Sky News said anything explicitly on air, but IIRC, on Twitter, a correspondent quoted an anonymous Whitehall source as saying three deaths. BBC News & LBC News also quoted this number (presumably from the same source). All issued corrections once the Whitehall source rectified the number down to one.

EDIT: I agree with your point that it was disappointing that an inaccurate was released and circulated for hours before an accurate figure was released. However, I think it's important to acknowledge that the BBC weren't the only ones.
Last edited by BBI45 on 26 June 2020 10:03pm
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AN
Andrew Founding member Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
It’s not even the main story on the Ten. A special report on the Yemen takes top spot
NJ
news junkie STV Central Reporting Scotland
The police update seemingly begun once Kelly Anne gave the cue or that's just some great timing on STV News


From looking at Sky News on YouTube, it seems as though she asked/told the police chief if they could hold off for a minute and that she could cue him. There were other voices shouting ‘just cut straight to them’.
RK
Rkolsen World News
Guessing not!





However based on the timecode looks like BBC One is now on national news and coming from studio F?
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SP
Steve in Pudsey Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I'm assuming from Chris's tweet that there is something more to it than it looks. I'm assuming BBC One was in E, News Channel in C and World elsewhere - possibly the studio Newsnight used before the election?

But from that screen it looks like it's the News Channel that's coming through F, but I can't think why it would be.
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JW
JamesWorldNews STV Central World News
Focus on Africa has to go out regardless, even if Channel/World decide not to take it for any reason. Hence, I guess Peter ended up in that studio, wherever it is.
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MI
m_in_m Anglia (East) Look East
Newsnight used E at 1900. I'm presuming that Focus on Africa is coming from a world service language studio.

What F's involvement is confuses me. The screen suggests that the news channel is going through F but why I don't get as the cameras from C have to go via their gallery or did they just feed the camera mix output to F and ran channel from there with Focus on Africa via the gallery for C? Seems overly complicated though when that would suggest F could just run Focus on Africa.
SP
Steve in Pudsey Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
F is effectively a replacement for N10 at TVC, the "clip studio" that used to do 60 Seconds. I know it used to do the BBC London Breakfast opts before D opened. I'm not sure how extensive it's gallery is and whether it could do a full programme on its own?
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MI
m_in_m Anglia (East) Look East
F is effectively a replacement for N10 at TVC, the "clip studio" that used to do 60 Seconds. I know it used to do the BBC London Breakfast opts before D opened. I'm not sure how extensive it's gallery is and whether it could do a full programme on its own?


I've seen some images of the gallery before. Not seen this video before. I don't know if anything changes once 60 Seconds stopped.
AL
ALV World News
From how I put it I'd guess Studio F was not on air and Media Boy was just finding a random unused studio so he can grab his phone and take a picture of the "channel routing path output monitor" and post on twitter. Very Happy NC takes C's output, WN Pres takes Studio L's output (the World Service TV "Ironing Board" studio), and Newsnight gets ready in E at 1830... All the studios have their own gallery.

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On a side note, from previous studio decamping instances, I thought Focus on Africa had a priority and don't have to be "decamped". For example, on 15th Jan 2020, it was WN who decamped to studio A and didn't take FoA to cover the Donald Trump Impeachment Trial; while Focus on Africa gets to stay in the originating studio (Studio B at the time) and broadcast to African stations.

I remembered someone (I think deejay) mentioned FoA is sold to other African stations and it makes financial sense to let the programme stay in its originating studio. How come it's the other way around this time?
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SP
Steve in Pudsey Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I would normally agree with that, except for Chris's comment to the effect that they have had to do something ridiculous to get it all on air, and that the image shows what I assume to be "[Chan]NEL IN F" above the clock
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Shaun Linden Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
BBI45 posted:
Im quite disappointed in the BBC for having '3 dead' on their homepage for a few hours today, when seemingly thankfully no one has died (apart from the attacker). I guess journalism also died today.

In their defence, that number seemed to come from a source in Whitehall, and the BBC certainly won't the only ones to quote that number of deaths. It might have been an idea to hold back on giving a number until it had been officially confirmed, but when others are saying that there are three dead, you run the risk of being accused of being slow of reporting the facts.


Thats a shame if it came from Government, I had only been checking Sky and BBC most the afternoon and Sky never once had any deaths mentioned.


Sky held off for a while before they finally went with the 3 dead and Mark White even saying it was leaning towards terrorism.

There ought to be a new code of conduct for any news outlet that when incidents like this occur you wait until official statements are released.

Talking to eyewitness saying staff were attacked and then seeing 3 dead would bring absolute dread and panic for any family or friends watching the news unfold.

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