BBC WORLD posted:
Did BBC or ITN anchor the Ten from the scene? I would like to think that they did, given that the incident only occurred a few moments from their HQ's.
ITV/ITN anchored from Heathrow for the early evening news. The newly re-launched "News at Ten" was left with a smug Trevor McDonald on his own at 10pm, with a wind-swept Julie stuck on the same crane 20ft above the ground that their advertised "on the spot reporter" had been on only 3 hours before.
BBC fared badly I think, although by the time it got to "Newsnight" they had picked up on the engine failure story. ITV/ITN had coverered it better in terms of possible explanations though (and believe me, that's unusual for me to think that), they had done quite alot of background research when BBC were just messing about doing reports from passengers.
This wasn't just a change in what was on News at Ten, this was evident on the 6:30 bulletin. Is this a real change in editorial control we are seeing?
The news happened to have been broken to me when BBC News was on in the background. After the report, I had no idea what had happened except a plane had fell out of the sky and everyone had survived. I didn't hear anything of it until the ITV Evening News and News at Ten, and they explained it so much better and News at Ten were great with the simulations and explanations.