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September 11th attacks - 19 years ago

BBC News coverage

LL
London Lite Founding member London London
I'm sure I've mentioned it many times before over the years, but my memory of the events unravelled while out, I was listening to XFM radio in London when Ian Camfield mentioned about the first attack. I got back indoors and had CNBC on, which had the late Mark Haines being professional, but as shocked as every single person was that day, when the second plane hit, I stuck with the CNBC coverage as both towers fell down.

I've seen coverage from other channels online afterwards, but the CNBC coverage and Mark Haines's commentary will forever be imprinted in me, especially after the towers came down.

It's also worth checking out the radio coverage from that day. 1010 WINS from New York is even more powerful with the descriptive commentary from the journalists and eye witnesses who reported into the station.
SO
Soupnzi London London
I'd just got home from school and the news was on all the channels, which was always a bad sign. I think Diana's death was the only other time before then I remember that happening.

Wasn't it ITN who ended one of their bulletins that day with a piece of music where a cymbal crash co-inciding with the plane hitting the tower, which got them into trouble with the ITC?

It was a bulletin the next day...a 9pm special I think. As it says here they synchronised the music with the towers collapsing
https://amp.theguardian.com/media/2001/nov/12/september112001.broadcasting
DV
dvboy Central (West) Midlands Today
The moment BBC One joined News 24 at the end of Neighbours, where the rolling coverage on BBC One started. IIRC this was the first time a rolling news 'story' from BBC News 24 was simulcasted during the daytime on BBC One.


Many people think that but the Concorde crash in 2000 was simulcast on BBC One and BBC News 24. I was in the foyer at Pebble Mill at the time.
Hello, good evening, and remain indoors.
MA
Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today

Most broadcasters can't re-run their entire day's footage again as there's issues with picture rights. As I recall all footage from all broadcasters was pretty much being pooled and broadcasters could poach whatever they needed.


It's a case of taste and decency isn't it.
The attacks were deliberately set up to be visual spectacles, in a location were multiple live TV coverage would be assured. Replaying the horror of it all kind of misses the point
WO
Worzel Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)

Most broadcasters can't re-run their entire day's footage again as there's issues with picture rights. As I recall all footage from all broadcasters was pretty much being pooled and broadcasters could poach whatever they needed.


It's a case of taste and decency isn't it.
The attacks were deliberately set up to be visual spectacles, in a location were multiple live TV coverage would be assured. Replaying the horror of it all kind of misses the point


Well yes, but it didn't stop CNN running almost all of their day's coverage on the 10th anniversary did it?
MA
Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today

Most broadcasters can't re-run their entire day's footage again as there's issues with picture rights. As I recall all footage from all broadcasters was pretty much being pooled and broadcasters could poach whatever they needed.


It's a case of taste and decency isn't it.
The attacks were deliberately set up to be visual spectacles, in a location were multiple live TV coverage would be assured. Replaying the horror of it all kind of misses the point


Well yes, but it didn't stop CNN running almost all of their day's coverage on the 10th anniversary did it?


That doesn't make it acceptable
BA
Bananas
I'd just got home from school and the news was on all the channels, which was always a bad sign. I think Diana's death was the only other time before then I remember that happening.

Wasn't it ITN who ended one of their bulletins that day with a piece of music where a cymbal crash co-inciding with the plane hitting the tower, which got them into trouble with the ITC?

It was a bulletin the next day...a 9pm special I think. As it says here they synchronised the music with the towers collapsing
https://amp.theguardian.com/media/2001/nov/12/september112001.broadcasting


I remember watching that at the time and finding it really powerful.
BH
BillyH Founding member London London

Well yes, but it didn't stop CNN running almost all of their day's coverage on the 10th anniversary did it?


Was it in the right aspect ratio that time? For the 5th anniversary it was put in that odd fake-widescreen effect that keeps the middle the same but expands the sides, something I associate with Wetherspoon TVs about a decade ago.
Member since 26 May 2001
SA
StarlightArthur New member World News
I'd just got home from school and the news was on all the channels, which was always a bad sign. I think Diana's death was the only other time before then I remember that happening.

Wasn't it ITN who ended one of their bulletins that day with a piece of music where a cymbal crash co-inciding with the plane hitting the tower, which got them into trouble with the ITC?

It was a bulletin the next day...a 9pm special I think. As it says here they synchronised the music with the towers collapsing
https://amp.theguardian.com/media/2001/nov/12/september112001.broadcasting


I remember watching that at the time and finding it really powerful.


Hello, my first post here.

I think this is the clip/music in question at 1 hour 22mins.

GE
thegeek Founding member London London


I've seen coverage from other channels online afterwards, but the CNBC coverage and Mark Haines's commentary will forever be imprinted in me, especially after the towers came down.


Mark Haines was a great broadcaster - I used to watch Squawk Box despite having little interest in much of the content; he made it engaging regardless.

CNBC's coverage from the day is on YouTube here, should you want to re-live it.
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JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
I'd just got home from school and the news was on all the channels, which was always a bad sign. I think Diana's death was the only other time before then I remember that happening.

Wasn't it ITN who ended one of their bulletins that day with a piece of music where a cymbal crash co-inciding with the plane hitting the tower, which got them into trouble with the ITC?

It was a bulletin the next day...a 9pm special I think. As it says here they synchronised the music with the towers collapsing
https://amp.theguardian.com/media/2001/nov/12/september112001.broadcasting


I remember watching that at the time and finding it really powerful.


I thought that at the time, but watching it back it's easy to see why it offended people.
RD
RDJ Central (West) Midlands Today


I love the gravitas of Trev’s announcement at 53:30 about Coronation Street being moved to ITV2.

I do hope ITV use him for the introduction announcements for the next rebrand of ITV News, or for News at Ten at least.
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