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Brekkie31,686 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
Nothing too surprising there - actually thought for a while it makes sense to flesh the opt-outs in the Sunday Politics to a 30-minute show, though assumed it would follow an hour long show.

BBC Parliament should really have stopped broadcasting during recess when the red button streams were slashed to one - been frustrating to see that airing reruns whilst sport has needed that extra space. I assume that is where it'll go, but really I'd axe the channel all together now and run live coverage via the red button when in session. Not sure if Democracy Live is still going but they should replicate that via connected TV.


As for "Politics Live" - think it's a good call it might be simulcast on the news channel. Wouldn't be surprised if it is 11.15am rather than 12.15am with the 11am news bulletin cut to just 15 minutes like it's evening counterpart.
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Andrew13,619 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
The BBC have done a good line in spinning there. In reality they’ve axed one of the two national politics shows that airs on a Sunday, and there has been two shows on a Sunday under many different names for decades.

Of course what does this mean for the 10am programme, shifted to 10:30 and with a poorer lead in from the regions rather than Marr?
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Brekkie31,686 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
No happy about this part:

Another 8mins cut from Scotland politics. I wonder if Glasgow will just opt out and have 45min show and replace it 15mins filler?

You're getting a whole bloody channel with an hour extra of news every night. You're hardly being shortchanged.
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Rich Tea476 posts since 16 Apr 2017
Anglia (West) Look East
The BBC has announced significant changes to BBC Parliament and its political programming.

Notably, BBC Parliament will not air when Parliament is in recess . Nor will there be any bespoke programmes for the channel.



About time too. It has never made any common sense for the BBC Parliament Channel to be on air during parliamentary recesses, especially the long summer one. They have nothing to show, except old repeated recordings of previous proceedings. It gets a minimal audience at the best of times, even when showing PMQ's, which gets shown within the BBC simultaneously on the News Channel and BBC2 anyway at the very same time. Let's face it, who, in the height of summer during recess is sitting in front of the BBC parliament channel wanting to watch some weeks or months old coverage from some select committee, an obscure debate from the Welsh assembly or the Commons itself.

The channel has a place, but only when parliament is sitting and at no other time. The rest of the time the space it uses can be made far better use of. How come it has taken all this time to finally wake up and realise this?
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noggin14,378 posts since 26 Jun 2001

The channel has a place, but only when parliament is sitting and at no other time. The rest of the time the space it uses can be made far better use of. How come it has taken all this time to finally wake up and realise this?


Surely it has a place for showing devolved assemblies and the Scottish Parliament too?
Rich Tea476 posts since 16 Apr 2017
Anglia (West) Look East

The channel has a place, but only when parliament is sitting and at no other time. The rest of the time the space it uses can be made far better use of. How come it has taken all this time to finally wake up and realise this?


Surely it has a place for showing devolved assemblies and the Scottish Parliament too ?


Yes. To make clear, "parliament" was being used by me as a cover all. I'm presuming they have a similar summer recesses anyway, and at other times too.
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JKDerry1,696 posts since 15 Oct 2016
UTV Newsline
So, let me get this right, a proper 24 hour BBC channel, BBC Parliament will close down for the following:

One week in November, during the November recess
Nearly three weeks over Christmas
A week in February for the mid-term recess
Nearly three weeks over Easter
Two week split in May and June
And the six week summer recess

16 weeks of nothing on a channel funded by us the licence fee payers. So, are we going to go back to the good old days of the 70s and 80s with a testcard, or a style like Pages from Ceefax.

This is pure stupid on the BBC. How much does it cost them to just air repeats of parliament, repeats of general elections, repeats of other programming.

16 weeks is a lot of time during the course of a year. Saving money yes, but what will they use the space for? Is it going to be a blank channel space, and not used for anything else?

I am sorry, if this is their plan to save the channel, then they should axe it all together, and stream parliamentary coverage online, like BBC Three. Leave PMQs and other major parliamentary events for BBC One or BBC Two. Anyone agree?
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Robert Williams698 posts since 25 Jan 2003
London London
16 weeks is a lot of time during the course of a year. Saving money yes, but what will they use the space for? Is it going to be a blank channel space, and not used for anything else?


Seems highly likely, they already have a channel broadcasting nothing but an animated caption during prime viewing hours every night of the year.
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