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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is in hospital

OC
Otis Crump

As you say ITV would probably let the likes of This Morning and Loose Women handle it.


God help them if it's a Friday with Alison & Dermot...


Wasn't going to bring it up, but I was wondering, even if it was Mon-Thurs, would they parachute Eamonn and Ruth in, with them having a more journalistic background?


Phillip's done nearly 20 years of daily live journalism on This Morning, while Holly's done over 11, so I'd guess they'd be deemed as capable to handle the situation.
JW
JamesWorldNews Central World News
This thread: peak TVF. It’s like an episode of Two Doors Down. Award winning. The speculation, drama and scope of story/thread-creep is bordering on pure comedy, despite the rather serious thread topic.

From the sublime to the ridiculous. We should all win a BAFTA for this coverage. In fact, this is the only place currently covering the DoE story! It has slipped out of view on all other news websites.

I hope I’m not tempting fate......
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Blake Connolly Founding member London London
This thread: peak TVF. It’s like an episode of Two Doors Down. Award winning. The speculation, drama and scope of story/thread-creep is bordering on pure comedy, despite the rather serious thread topic.

From the sublime to the ridiculous. We should all win a BAFTA for this coverage. In fact, this is the only place currently covering the DoE story! It has slipped out of view on all other news websites.

I hope I’m not tempting fate......


I especially like the fact that about four pages in someone gave an answer to something that people continued to speculate about for the rest of the thread.
BL
bluecortina
The minute it’s announced that the DofE has died, ITV will go to ITN for open ended coverage.
BS
Ben Shatliff Granada North West Today
It has just been announced by Prince William that the Duke Of Edinburgh is ok and Doctors are keeping an eye on him.
TH
Thaedur New member Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
Duke of Edinburgh: William says Prince Philip is 'ok' and doctors are 'keeping an eye on him'
The Duke of Cambridge winked as he made the comment during a visit to a vaccination centre in King's Lynn, Norfolk.

https://news.sky.com/story/duke-of-edinburgh-william-says-prince-philip-is-ok-and-doctors-are-keeping-an-eye-on-him-12225600
DD
DemonDays Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
It's interesting, this ident business. I've just seen some BBC 2 pres from the 31st August 1997 (Princess Diana's death); Silk is used after Martin Lewis' midnight newsflash, and then, after the news in the morning, Diary and Water Reflection are both used.

Paint and B&W Copper Cut-Out would've been poor choices for a car crash story - to word this as delicately as possible, they're a bit too evocative of certain aspects of the incident - but, for the passing of a Cat 1 figure in less grisly circumstances, they'd be perfectly utile. Optics could've been used, Steam could've been used, Balloon could've been used, even Blade and Neon, perhaps.

My point is this: if a 'bridge' went down during 91-97, BBC2 would've been able to to keep the day's pres varied throughout the day, while remaining suitably circumspect and respectful. After 97, there's Swan, too, while BBC1 has its balloons - pretty much any of which were suitable.

In the current setup, BBC2 is well catered for - but what happens to BBC1 if there's a big Cat 1 death? There's the distinctly royal Event Safe ident to lead into the news, Logo to lead back into an adjusted BBC1 schedule after the news...and then what?

The answer is that it'd be much like a visit to Whinlatter: Forest trails for the rest of the day.

There's a distinct lack of versatility within the present bunch. I know we all like to criticise Oneness, but it's especially striking given how one of the utility idents - Bhangra dancers (Edinburgh) - would probably be considered the least fitting ident for such an occasion.

I've currently got a BBC1 continuity concept in my head that I'd like to develop a little.
Last edited by DemonDays on 22 February 2021 2:06pm
IS
Inspector Sands

This is what I've expected too, because IIRC there was a mention that Philip, Charles, and William are the only three besides the Queen herself to be on a "Category 1" list. Considering how wall-to-wall the initial Diana coverage was when she wasn't Category 1, I could see things really getting out of hand, although of course that was also a shocking breaking news story in how it happened so the enduring coverage actually made sense on that level.

As you say the death of Diana was a very different thing. It was a massive news story because it was a sudden shocking incident and totally unexpected. The death of Philip whenever it happens won't be as big a news story as it's kind of expected, he's 99. Coverage will be more looking back at his life, whereas Diana had that, and a news story of the accident and all that came with it.

The death of the Queen is a different matter, that will be the changing of head of state too, that's a very big deal especially one that's been in the job so long. That will be wall to wall, Philip won't, at least after the first few hours. Look at what the coversage of the Queen Mum was like - another consort to the monarch
PH
Philheybrookbay West Country (West) Spotlight
Talking with my flatmate- as well as idents which are deemed as not correct for a death- we got onto TV programmes which could be rested if needed?

Would we get comedies or soap for example- if the storyline is deemed offensive (death/murder etc).

Equally what could return as a gentle settler?
JO
Jonwo
I think we’re getting ahead of ourselves, broadcasters aren’t going to drop shows where people are murdered or die if Prince Philip or The Queen pass on. As sad as a death is, it’s part of life.
AL
alexjac0788 Meridian (South East) South East Today

As you say ITV would probably let the likes of This Morning and Loose Women handle it.


God help them if it's a Friday with Alison & Dermot...


Wasn't going to bring it up, but I was wondering, even if it was Mon-Thurs, would they parachute Eamonn and Ruth in, with them having a more journalistic background?


I can't see them doing that. After essentially demoting Eamonn & Ruth, it would look bad for the This Morning & ITV bosses if they had to cast aside the main presenters for a big story.

As for Friday's line-up, there was always the question of how Alison & Dermot would handle a big news story if one broke mid-programme. I remember a few years ago when a snap election was called whilst Eamonn & Ruth were presenting; they obviously handled it beautifully. I can't see that being the case with the former.
FU
fusionlad Founding member West Country (West) Spotlight
Jonwo posted:
As sad as a death is, it’s part of life.


Umm.

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