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RDJ2,888 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today
Not wishing to open a can of worms, but we really could be doing with the calm authority of Alastair Stewart in these times, on air and in wider society.


If other Newscasters self-isolate then there may be no option to ask him back on a temporary basis. Or Sky or BBC could snap him up on a temporary basis as an experienced television journalist.
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BFGArmy628 posts since 15 Jan 2018
London London
Not wishing to open a can of worms, but we really could be doing with the calm authority of Alastair Stewart in these times, on air and in wider society.


If other Newscasters self-isolate then there may be no option to ask him back on a temporary basis. Or Sky or BBC could snap him up on a temporary basis as an experienced television journalist.


Can’t see it myself - ITV have plenty of possible presenters to use from Nina, Mary, Tom, Julie etc to the likes of Ranvir or Lucrezia and even the likes of Steve Scott, James Mates, Geraint Vincent and Chris Ship have done bulletins in the past. I struggle to see a scenario where they’d need to draft Alastair in.
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Ne1L C1,559 posts since 11 Sep 2011
I wonder why the regional news was down to 3 mins today including the weather. I don't know why weekends are so poor when it comes to regional news. It needs to be at least 12-15 mins IMO.


Its pathetic. On average you have 1-2 stories followed by the sports.
Jez10,837 posts since 7 May 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
I wonder why the regional news was down to 3 mins today including the weather. I don't know why weekends are so poor when it comes to regional news. It needs to be at least 12-15 mins IMO.


Its pathetic. On average you have 1-2 stories followed by the sports.


It was even shorter tonight than the weekday lunchtime bulletin, that needs to be 10 mins not 4 and weekends needs to be around 15 mins.
Brekkie33,854 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
Both channels had quite short national and regional slots scheduled today. TBH though Saturday regional news is usually half sport anyway and sadly suspect the periphery local bulletins may go completely soon if staffing becomes a real issue.
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Andrew14,248 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I wonder why the regional news was down to 3 mins today including the weather. I don't know why weekends are so poor when it comes to regional news. It needs to be at least 12-15 mins IMO.

You are aware what is going on at the moment?

They’ve obviously pared it right down on a Saturday so they don’t need as many staff and there is also no sport to report on.

As you will surely be aware regional news is basically the national news at the moment but with regional places dropped into the script.
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Jez10,837 posts since 7 May 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
I wonder why the regional news was down to 3 mins today including the weather. I don't know why weekends are so poor when it comes to regional news. It needs to be at least 12-15 mins IMO.

You are aware what is going on at the moment?

They’ve obviously pared it right down on a Saturday so they don’t need as many staff and there is also no sport to report on.

As you will surely be aware regional news is basically the national news at the moment but with regional places dropped into the script.


Seems like you cant even make an observation at the moment without people being rude Rolling Eyes Cant you disagree with someone without resorting to such comments.

Obviously im well aware of what is going on. I simply made a comment that the regional news was 3 mins long and shorter than usual. They might as well have not bothered getting a presenter and camera crew in for weekends across the however many regional newsrooms to limit contact considering the bulletin was far too short to be of any use.
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Macalolo1,899 posts since 24 Aug 2008
London London
Regional news down from 6:30 to 3 minutes at weekends until further notice, News At Ten has been three minutes longer every night this week, many regions going PAN on their 6pm shows. A way of keeping people informed of their local news whilst not over stretching a team which might end up becoming smaller and smaller because of the virus