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Nightshift

Regional newsrooms in the early hours (February 2020)

MW
Mike W London London
Kate Garraway used to do Central News throughout the night.
NL
Ne1L C Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
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).


OK maybe a bit of nostalgia but firmly rooted in the present day
Kate Garraway used to do Central News throughout the night.


I didn't know Kate worked for Central. I knew she worked for Meridian.
JT
jolly turnip Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
There was a relatively short time when Central did local bulletins (albeit international, national news as well) through the night. Quite a few examples on YouTube. In the "More Central" branded era. But of course that is 25 years ago now I would say!
SP
Spencer (previously Spencer For Hire) Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Yes, I thought Central did. Not sure if they were in-vision or just the CA reading a few simple headlines.


They were in vision, from the newsroom presenting position which they used at the time for their short bulletins...

Ben, Brekkie and Ne1L C gave kudos
NL
Ne1L C Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Very upbeat theme for a news bulletin.
TI
tightrope78 UTV Newsline
It used to be said that during the Troubles the only BBC newsroom to work through the night (outside London) was BBC Northern Ireland. Not sure of Ormeau Avenue is still manned 24 hours.
SP
Spencer (previously Spencer For Hire) Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Very upbeat theme for a news bulletin.


Central had quite an experimental approach to overnight continuity at the time, using special idents to combine various presentation elements. So the one at the beginning of that video was a Central Presentation endcap, ident and news intro all rolled into one, with no CA.

I guess the idea was to give some flow to the overnight sequence and avoid the need for an announcer. The trouble was though, as you say, Central’s ident music was all quite jaunty, and so could seem a bit jarring going straight into the news.

Incidentally (and apologies for going off in a tangent), Central overnight in the early 90s was the first time I ever saw the use of IPPs on British TV, with Next and Later astons used to promote upcoming programmes on screen towards the end of some shows. Had anyone else ever used them before?
NL
Ne1L C Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Can’t say that I’ve seen it, With reference to the continuity pattern it’s as though Central was preempting the current ITV seamless links.
RD
RDJ Central (West) Midlands Today

Kate Garraway used to do Central News throughout the night.


I didn't know Kate worked for Central. I knew she worked for Meridian.


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NL
Ne1L C Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Thanks. She seems so young.
SC
Si-Co Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Very upbeat theme for a news bulletin.


Incidentally (and apologies for going off in a tangent), Central overnight in the early 90s was the first time I ever saw the use of IPPs on British TV, with Next and Later astons used to promote upcoming programmes on screen towards the end of some shows. Had anyone else ever used them before?


I remember seeing those graphics on Central overnight. Often these took the format of a “now and next“ and appeared a few seconds into the final segment of the film/programme - not unlike the “program return graphics” used by the Australian networks. The only other times I’ve seen these in the UK is on the ABC1 channel that was available a few years ago, and I think Sky One used to use them in place of a bumper/slide coming out of ad breaks.
CEEFAX SUBTITLES BEGIN SHORTLY
NL
Ne1L C Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I believe the history channel has a similar setup.

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