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Andrew13,208 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
No, minimum disruption for all viewers for a statement of nothingness. For once the BBC did absolutely the right thing.

Regardless of the PM's statement being rather dull, it was still the Prime Minister addressing the nation. To shove it on BBC Two is a touch disrespectful.

TV companies shouldn't drop everything every time the PM snaps her fingers. They got the maximum audience tonight - had they switched the football to BBC2 their viewers wouldn't have had the choice to watch the news after the match.

The only knows stake they made really was staying too long on BBC2 - it should have been kept to just the statement.


I believe your opinion on the PM is clouding your judgement there, she’s still the PM. In any case they aren’t dropping everything as she made the announcement at news time. Let’s just say if tonight was one of those nights where ITV News at Ten isn’t at ten, we wouldn’t have heard the end of it.
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itsrobert6,201 posts since 23 Mar 2001
Granada North West Today
No, minimum disruption for all viewers for a statement of nothingness. For once the BBC did absolutely the right thing.

Regardless of the PM's statement being rather dull, it was still the Prime Minister addressing the nation. To shove it on BBC Two is a touch disrespectful.

TV companies shouldn't drop everything every time the PM snaps her fingers. They got the maximum audience tonight - had they switched the football to BBC2 their viewers wouldn't have had the choice to watch the news after the match.

The only knows stake they made really was staying too long on BBC2 - it should have been kept to just the statement.

The BBC have effectively produced two networked news broadcasts tonight - one on BBC Two at 10pm and one on BBC One. So, why couldn't they have put the football on BBC Two, showed the main Ten on BBC One, including the live PM's statement, then followed the football up with a news special on BBC Two? Surely they could have simulcast the News Channel if they didn't want to produce anything special? That's another way everyone could have got what they wanted and the PM could have been given the chance to reach the BBC One audience live.
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BFGArmy216 posts since 15 Jan 2018
London London
You have to consider too that people in the BBC political team might have some ideas from sources about what the PM might be about to say and this would've affected how they scheduled it. If it had been her stepping down maybe they might have cleared BBC One but that wasn't the case so we'll never know
Whataday9,230 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
Given all the toing and froing on the BBC tonight, we opted to watch ITV instead. Although News at Ten didn't start bang on 10pm, they just finished the bongs in time for the PM stepping out onto Downing Street. All very smooth, followed by plenty of high quality reports of the day's events and a live discussion with Robert Peston.


ITV News also had a live stream of the podium on its social media which showed about 3 minutes of the door before the PM walked out.
Night Thoughts190 posts since 24 Jan 2016
London London
So maximum disruption for some irrelevant FA Cup Third Round Replay that could easily have been shifted to BBC Two without anyone bating an eye lid. it’s not as if it’s the World Cup.

No, minimum disruption for all viewers for a statement of nothingness. For once the BBC did absolutely the right thing.

Regardless of the PM's statement being rather dull, it was still the Prime Minister addressing the nation. To shove it on BBC Two is a touch disrespectful.


Given all the toing and froing on the BBC tonight, we opted to watch ITV instead. Although News at Ten didn't start bang on 10pm, they just finished the bongs in time for the PM stepping out onto Downing Street. All very smooth, followed by plenty of high quality reports of the day's events and a live discussion with Robert Peston. The only minor hiccup was losing the link to the reporter in Downing Street but that was after the statement and they quickly recovered.


She's addressing journalists rather than addressing the nation. If she wants to address the nation, she can have a formal ministerial broadcast any time she likes (she'd just have to allow the opposition to hold broadcasts in response).
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ChipperBird49 posts since 20 Jun 2017
Anglia (East) Look East
I get the feeling BBC Two were supposed to leave the coverage but due to the statement being quite short and due to it being uneventful and therefore without the need of much comment, Huw wrapped up earlier than expected, and once Clive appeared they were stuck with it. The EPG didn’t change until after this point. The news channel coverage was fairly weak for a BBC Two outing with pre recorded interviews and the like and definitely weak for what some viewers probably thought was the Ten, so I’m not sure it was planned to air to such a wide audience.


To be fair to the Beeb on this one, the last time the Lectern got dragged out, there was a good half hour or so before May actually came out to talk (post evening long cabinet presentation of the WA)

With that in mind, they didn't know for sure if statement would be at appointed time + how long the statement might be, and may of needed Hwu and Laura to stall for time with talk of the days events. She was relatively prompt on this occasion at least. On BBC1 they said things along the lines of "the PM is expected to make a statement around 10pm"

Laura K also tweeted prior that due to the badge use on Lectern - it was known that it wasn't going to be a surprise resign. So on beebs part, not sure what they thought would happen really.

That said there certainly seemed to be slight confusion within the BBC News team on what was happening with BBC2 - I got the impression that Hwu's team fully expected BBC2 to go back to it's normal schedule as he called it a "short news update" - but then switched to in-studio with a presenter who didn't know it was being simulcast with BBC2 - I assume he must of been told at some point as I switched over to the footy instead.

Would of loved to be a fly on the wall of whoever had to quickly act to set everything up though (the gallery? Not sure how it works at the beeb these days) - I'm sure choice words were uttered and Number 10 will be asked to please refrain from using the Lectern for boring repeat statements in future.

In any case the political report teams can probably take a breather now till Monday at least.
JamesM0984580 posts since 21 Jun 2018 Recently warned
Central (East) East Midlands Today
I agree that the decision makers probably had a good idea of what the speech was going to contain, and this will have had a bearing on what ended up happening. You've also got to bear in mind that 95% of May's statements don't exactly contain massive bombshells, and previous form suggests she isn't going of her own accord no matter how many setbacks. For better or worse she is going nowhere - she's a survivor.

Frankly, I'm more pissed off with myself for missing 5 minutes of the footy to watch a "meh" address unto the nation.

The only real mistake was putting Newsnight up against the Ten. They'd have been better to slide the original schedule by 35 minutes to allow for that.