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Brecon by-election

(August 2019)

RN
Rolling News Central (East) East Midlands Today
Suspect most people complaining about it would have been in bed at the time anyway. Considering the BBC is being ripped to shreds to keep commercial rival media companies happy it is only right once in a while the commercial sector steps up and takes on PSB responsibilities such as this. Fair play to Sky News considering the audience was likely in the low thousands.


The BBC don't help themselves with that 'The Weekends are different on the News Channel' promo (the one with the washing line of seven garments) . You'd be forgiven for thinking they are deliberatly decending into CNN style fluff programming

What's the name of the song they use for that weekend promo ?
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Worzel Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Suspect most people complaining about it would have been in bed at the time anyway. Considering the BBC is being ripped to shreds to keep commercial rival media companies happy it is only right once in a while the commercial sector steps up and takes on PSB responsibilities such as this. Fair play to Sky News considering the audience was likely in the low thousands.


The BBC don't help themselves with that 'The Weekends are different on the News Channel' promo (the one with the washing line of seven garments) . You'd be forgiven for thinking they are deliberatly decending into CNN style fluff programming

What's the name of the song they use for that weekend promo ?


Ray Merrell, Happy Weekend.

MB
Media Box
Suspect most people complaining about it would have been in bed at the time anyway. Considering the BBC is being ripped to shreds to keep commercial rival media companies happy it is only right once in a while the commercial sector steps up and takes on PSB responsibilities such as this. Fair play to Sky News considering the audience was likely in the low thousands.



And to be fair to the BBC, I'm not sure there was a great deal to report on until the results were actually announced (other than speculation and conjecture).

Although admittedly, I wasn't across what Sky was outputting at the time.
RT
Rich Tea Anglia (West) Look East
AlexS posted:
No special programme on BBC tonight? Normally they would have extended This Week with Andrew Neil to cover the result but doesn't seem to be anything on. Surprised to see no coverage for a by-election that looks set to be quite close, and Boris' first as new PM.

Sky is running a news special with Sophy Ridge and Lewis Goodall presenting live.

It appears that the BBC are opting to show a 30-minute interview with a Labour politician 3 times between now and 5 am rather than show any real coverage of this byelection that Labour has no realistic prospect of winning (but which could well be the first part of the PM losing his majority)...

(the same edition of HardTalk is currently listed as being shown at 0:30,2:30 and 4:30 which I assume is either lazy scheduling or an error in the listings)


And no coverage of the ongoing Derbyshire dam problems? During the 10pm news we were told disaster could strike at any moment?


My own brother has a part in this ongoing major story and is directly involved in the incident room along with all the relevant authorities and will continue to be over the weekend. Word is that certain national media organisations who shall remain nameless are allegedly relishing this dam breaking and flooding Whaley Bridge in order to get a great story and footage. If accurate I hope they are denied that wish. The story is interesting and dramatic enough already without the need for the dam to burst and ruin a whole community for the benefit of rolling news entertainment for the wider masses.
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Brekkie Wales Wales Today
To be fair the prospect of the village flooding is the story - that is why they're there.
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MA
Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
To be fair the prospect of the village flooding is the story - that is why they're there.


Yes, though I've found Judith Moritz's 'tone' bordering on the overdramatic. Stuart Finders this morning was far more measured
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BBI45 Central (East) East Midlands Today
AlexS posted:
It appears that the BBC are opting to show a 30-minute interview with a Labour politician 3 times between now and 5 am rather than show any real coverage of this byelection that Labour has no realistic prospect of winning (but which could well be the first part of the PM losing his majority)...

(the same edition of HardTalk is currently listed as being shown at 0:30,2:30 and 4:30 which I assume is either lazy scheduling or an error in the listings)


And no coverage of the ongoing Derbyshire dam problems? During the 10pm news we were told disaster could strike at any moment?


My own brother has a part in this ongoing major story and is directly involved in the incident room along with all the relevant authorities and will continue to be over the weekend. Word is that certain national media organisations who shall remain nameless are allegedly relishing this dam breaking and flooding Whaley Bridge in order to get a great story and footage. If accurate I hope they are denied that wish. The story is interesting and dramatic enough already without the need for the dam to burst and ruin a whole community for the benefit of rolling news entertainment for the wider masses.

With regards to the lack of coverage, there was special overnight coverage provided by BBC Radio Manchester. However, I will admit that there could have been a bit more coverage overnight. Whilst I don't live in the impacted area, I know people who do live in the area and I still live in the Derbyshire Dales, so I did want to know what was going on. However, being on holiday in Wales at the time (with no internet access) meant that it was slightly frustrating not knowing what was going on back home.


I think this has also highlighted how poorly prepared some broadcasters are. From what I have read, the severe flood warning was issued at around 1:50pm with the evacuation ordered at about 2:20pm. Listening back to BBC Radio Manchester, they led with it during their 2pm news bulletin, but then the main presenter carried on as if it was business as usual. It isn't until Edwina Currie brought it up that the presenter decided to bring it up, before going back to music and other features. I have no expertise in producing a radio programme, but if something that serious was to come through, I'd be getting information gathered and delivered, as opposed to having a brief chat with a former MP on the topic, then playing a bit of music.

Finally, Rich Tea, I hope your brother knows that, whatever role he is playing, it is appreciated by, not just the people of Whaley Bridge, but by the whole county.
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It seems pretty naive to assume news folk sit around in newsrooms hoping nothing serious happens. The more misery the bigger the kick they get. The whole nation is on edge over Brexit but you wouldn't think that watching the news because these twats are positively giddy with excitement. It's a neverending nightmare for most but it's fun for them. Rolling Eyes
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MA
Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
BBI45 posted:

I think this has also highlighted how poorly prepared some broadcasters are. From what I have read, the severe flood warning was issued at around 1:50pm with the evacuation ordered at about 2:20pm. Listening back to BBC Radio Manchester, they led with it during their 2pm news bulletin, but then the main presenter carried on as if it was business as usual. It isn't until Edwina Currie brought it up that the presenter decided to bring it up, before going back to music and other features. I have no expertise in producing a radio programme, but if something that serious was to come through, I'd be getting information gathered and delivered, as opposed to having a brief chat with a former MP on the topic, then playing a bit of music.


Is it actually in Radio Manchester's area ? That bit of Derbyshire seems to be served by Radio Derby ? The transmitter at Buxton carries Derby and not Manchester.

However, I'd have thought the 'go to' service for the folk affected would be community station High Peak Radio ?
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BBI45 Central (East) East Midlands Today
BBI45 posted:

I think this has also highlighted how poorly prepared some broadcasters are. From what I have read, the severe flood warning was issued at around 1:50pm with the evacuation ordered at about 2:20pm. Listening back to BBC Radio Manchester, they led with it during their 2pm news bulletin, but then the main presenter carried on as if it was business as usual. It isn't until Edwina Currie brought it up that the presenter decided to bring it up, before going back to music and other features. I have no expertise in producing a radio programme, but if something that serious was to come through, I'd be getting information gathered and delivered, as opposed to having a brief chat with a former MP on the topic, then playing a bit of music.


Is it actually in Radio Manchester's area ? That bit of Derbyshire seems to be served by Radio Derby ? The transmitter at Buxton carries Derby and not Manchester.

However, I'd have thought the 'go to' service for the folk affected would be community station High Peak Radio ?

I know Buxton had Radio Derby, but after that, I thought it was Manchester. However, Derby did end up carrying the special programme from Manchester, so it could be a choice between the two. As I've said before, Derbyshire is very dodgy. Either way, both seem to have done an awful job at the start.
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However, I'd have thought the 'go to' service for the folk affected would be community station High Peak Radio ?


High Peak is a commercial radio station, recently sold to Helius Media who plan to network the hell out of it from Stockport's Imagine FM. They've been providing a BBC LR style service during live shows since Thursday.

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