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Ne1L C1,402 posts since 11 Sep 2011
This is a spin off thread (after a fashion)of the one regarding LBC News.

Do the BBC and ITV regional newsrooms work throughout the night. Obviously they're active during elections etc but is there a permanent presence.
Mouseboy332,792 posts since 10 Feb 2014
Thats a interesting question. Curious as well, if there is at least minimal staff overights especially in the very large cities like Manchester/Birmingham/Glasgow etc. I wouldnt think they necessarily have presenters or reporters on staff in the regions. But i would imagine at least a couple of producers to monitor things over night. But maybe some knows for sure.
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Markymark7,575 posts since 13 Dec 2004
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This is a spin off thread (after a fashion)of the one regarding LBC News.

Do the BBC and ITV regional newsrooms work throughout the night. Obviously they're active during elections etc but is there a permanent presence.


I very much doubt it ! Are any of the 22:30 ITV bulletins even live ?

Although I assume staff start turning up at 04:30 ish for the breakfast stuff ?
Ben Shatliff1,129 posts since 30 Aug 2003
Granada North West Today
This is a spin off thread (after a fashion)of the one regarding LBC News.

Do the BBC and ITV regional newsrooms work throughout the night. Obviously they're active during elections etc but is there a permanent presence.


I very much doubt it ! Are any of the 22:30 ITV bulletins even live ?

Although I assume staff start turning up at 04:30 ish for the breakfast stuff ?


The ITV Granada Reports 22:30 update is definitely live as they have had live OB.
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itsrobert6,438 posts since 23 Mar 2001
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I think it would be a bit dangerous in this day and age to pre-record news bulletins in their entirety. Given how quickly news spreads now on social media, it would be quite embarrassing if a pre-recorded bulletin didn't cover something major that had broken. I'm thinking in terms of something like the Manchester arena terrorist attack.
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Ne1L C1,402 posts since 11 Sep 2011
I know that during the heights of "the troubles" in Northern Ireland/Ulster the Belfast newsroom was the only one outside London to be open 24 hours a day. As itsrobert noted the rise of social media has probably made round the clock newsrooms a necessity.
noggin14,704 posts since 26 Jun 2001
Thats a interesting question. Curious as well, if there is at least minimal staff overights especially in the very large cities like Manchester/Birmingham/Glasgow etc. I wouldnt think they necessarily have presenters or reporters on staff in the regions. But i would imagine at least a couple of producers to monitor things over night. But maybe some knows for sure.


Salford (aka Manchester) would be an exception to other English regions in BBC terms as it is the home of Breakfast 7-days a week - so has an overnight operation permanently I'd expect.

I wouldn't expect the run-of-the-mill English regional newsrooms to be staffed overnight once local radio is taking 5Live, though production journalists will be in before the first morning bulletin I'd expect.
Ne1L C1,402 posts since 11 Sep 2011
Thats a interesting question. Curious as well, if there is at least minimal staff overights especially in the very large cities like Manchester/Birmingham/Glasgow etc. I wouldnt think they necessarily have presenters or reporters on staff in the regions. But i would imagine at least a couple of producers to monitor things over night. But maybe some knows for sure.


Salford (aka Manchester) would be an exception to other English regions in BBC terms as it is the home of Breakfast 7-days a week - so has an overnight operation permanently I'd expect.

I wouldn't expect the run-of-the-mill English regional newsrooms to be staffed overnight once local radio is taking 5Live, though production journalists will be in before the first morning bulletin I'd expect.



OK probably not presenters but how about online reporters. BBC Radio Manchester/BBC NW being one example.
Brekkie33,357 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
HTV Wales Wales Today
I think just like at 6pm every ITV region puts out a late bulletin live, with a sub-region pre-recorded shortly beforehand.

I thought this topic might be a bit more nostalgic and about whether any regions had news bulletins overnight in the early days of 24/7 television. Obviously ITN did headlines throughout the night (were they the same time in all regions or did they do bulletins at different times to accomodate the various night time schedules).
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