I would not personally advocate non-live news; but i think it is a question worth raising: Is live THAT vital on regional shows like westcountry & border? Sky Sports News & Setanta both record overnight.
But sports news is not the same as news news - and with the exception of major events (the Olympics, World Cup Football) and some sporting events (cricket and rugby) in timezone on the other side of the world, sports news usually only develops during the day and not much happens overnight.
The same is not true of regional news at 1830 - when there are still major news stories that can develop whilst you are on-air or close to air.
I can just see it if the person you've just described as being in a critical condition in hospital in your recording, died 30 mins before TX ... Or a significant incident happened in your region whilst the show was on-air - light aircraft / helicopter crash, local MP announces resignation just before transmission etc.
If you record your "flagship" bulletin at 1830 - then you can't really call yourselves a news broadcaster with any honesty can you?
Could always have a ticker all show and and a crash-in point at the end of the show for breaking news.
Mainstream viewers HATE tickers. A crash opt-point might just work - though would be difficult to engineer in production terms.
As to the setup, a TV senior producer who freelances for us suprised me with her take on ITV regions: she is very experianced in network TV, and with a bit of a beeb background I would have thought she would find the ITV operations understaffed and underfunded - she's quite traditional.
Far from finding the ITV setup (I won't name the regions..) underfunded she was amazed at how unproductive it all was
That doesn't surprise me at all. BBC network and regions are much leaner production operations than many in the industry think - particulary in bulletin production and transmission.
Of course the BBC have more outlets to call on regional colleagues for material than ITV (who have no radio outlets, no news channel, not much of a news website etc.) - and the BBC have run their regional studios on lower staffing levels than ITV for years AIUI.
- How resouces like craft editors were used on the wrong things.
Yep - often problems evolve if you introduce desktop editing, but instead of it being deployed on a "best fit for the treatment" basis, it is deployed on a "best fit for the staff" basis. So you end up with craft editors cutting OOVs for producers who can't drive the desktop editor, whilst a competent journalist who can desktop edit is left to cut a package on their desktop, which they shouldn't have to.
Training is key.
- Little use of VJ's
Yep - though some would say that some BBC operations are overusing VJs. I'm fed up of poorly shot, poorly miced stuff that is bright blue or orange and wobbly...
There is a historic back story for this in ITV though - as a lot of ITV regions have deals with local news agencies, who provide their own crews some times. Inefficient and expensive in some cases - but "it's the way it has always been done" is a mantra often heard.
- Very Poor forward planning
Yep - and how much is co-ordinated with ITN in London? The BBC regions talk to Newsgathering at least once a day about stuff on a conference call, and all the time on ENPS
. Are all the ITV regions and ITN on the same ENPS system yet - or are some ITV stations using iNews etc.
- Wrong people in the wrong jobs
Not just an ITV thing - though how often do ITV people move between regions and ITN. That is one thing the BBC is good at doing - exploiting its scale as a single company. It is possible to work in the regions, in network, outside news, in radio, in TV all in a single career without leaving the BBC - how much mobility is possible in ITV at the moment?
- Many talented staff fustrated at lack of direction & help
Quite a lot of that at the BBC at the moment...
- Little editorial review or direction; no clue what the viewer wants.
- Reporters/newsdesk doing a third of the work that someone at SKY/ITN would do per shift.
Doesn't surprise me.
- Programme producers who would not make runner on a big brother
That sounds about right...
Whilst the studios may be pokey (that cookie cutter Jago set does not help) the kit is good quality and has flexability that does not show on screen.
The kit is OK quality - and certainly not massively inferior to the current BBC English regional model - though AIUI cuts have been made in some places that can be heard and seen on camera where the Beeb have made decisions that are less visible. Some ITV regions do seem to have de-skilled massively - with poor craft skills in cameras, lighting and sound used.
The Jago set does exactly what ITV wanted - unified branding with a lowest common denominator space requirement.
Very difficult to argue that London Tonight and Thames Valley Tonight look better now than London Tonight from The London Studios, and Meridian from Newbury, looked though. (Different argument I realise)
Her opinion is you could double the budget on only see 1% improvement. Crap managment from ITV News Group down to local level.
I was suprised that a TV traditionalist was so critical of waste and inactivity.
Having craft skills, experience and a decent grounding (and common sense for that matter) is not the same as being blinkered and having no eye on the way the industry is developing.
As a sidebar: I did not know NY1 records the links!
Yep - NY1 is a strange beast. They prerecord the studio links onto the VTs
they are linking in to (to avoid the wrong link being played out into the wrong VT etc), and then the combined "Link + VT" is played out automatically. They only refresh the links when the news changes, or the presenter changes.