Apparently the BBC One coverage tonight will feature regional opt outs at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30. I can’t recall the BBC having done this in previous local elections, or even in general elections. Seems slightly redundant keeping staff in until 2:30am, when there’s not really that much to report in comparison to other elections, though I suppose when most local stations are on air throughout the night tonight it’s not too difficult to put a short bulletin together.
Will be interesting to see which region BBC One HD takes in England tonight or if they use the normal barker during regional slots.
Presumably network will continue considering there are no elections outside of England, so no need for the nations to do anything.
Tomorrow a bit of a mess on BBC2 with an hour at 9am, 12noon and 3pm and the snooker semi-finals interupted accordingly. BBC News has a "Newsroom Live" special from 9am-12noon, then Huw at 12noon and from 2pm-5.45pm. I think they really could have sacrificed the 3pm hour on BBC2.
That seems the likely option, and makes the regional opt outs seem even more unnecessary. It’s not a massively significant event, and not really something people would stay up for so I do wonder, of the viewers who do bother watching it, how many will flick over to BBC One SD for the regional opts, especially if they can carry on watching network and don’t have to bear the mish-mash soundtrack of the holding slide for a few minutes.