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Changes to BBC Parliament & Political Programming

MA
Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today

Up until 1969 their local BBC News came from Manchester!


Wow!

Well, I have that kind of situation now in Southampton.
On my regional news I am likely to hear news about anywhere from Weymouth to Banbury!
Just watching the Meridian South and BBC South weather forecast maps shows how not local the services are!
The huge size of this region is even more noticeable at weekends when there is no Oxford opt out.


The joys of carving up the old BBC South East region which used to be from Banbury to Dover with London in the middle which led to places like Silverstone getting London-centric news while Banbury had news from Southampton. Oxfordshire has had upheaval from ITV as well, losing their former Central South opt for the ITV Thames Valley operation which is now a small opt as part of ITV Meridian.


And pre 1988 Oxford was Central West, and pre 1982 ATV (all) Midlands

The origins of that go back to 1965 when the 405 line Membury site (half way between Swindon and Newbury on the M4) carried the Midlands ITV region, and easily receivable as far south as SW London and Surrey!
LS
Lou Scannon West Country (East) Points West
I've always found it odd that people in Lincolnshire don't seem to mind watching northern regional news. As you say, they are hardly in 'The North'.
Surely people south of Lincoln city consider themselves as part of the English Midlands? Lincolnshire in the East Midlands, politically and geographically.


Up until 1969 their local BBC News came from Manchester!


Wow!

Well, I have that kind of situation now in Southampton.
On my regional news I am likely to hear news about anywhere from Weymouth to Banbury!
Just watching the Meridian South and BBC South weather forecast maps shows how not local the services are!
The huge size of this region is even more noticeable at weekends when there is no Oxford opt out.


Don't the pan-regional Southampton bulletins tend to include maybe only a single token story from north of the Ridgeway at best (and probably tending to be an Oxford city story?), with news from around Oxon/Bucks/Swindon only really featuring in the sub-opt?
SP
Steve in Pudsey Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
The Lincolnshire situation is why YTV like the phrase "the Calendar region" so much.

Interesting that it's Politics North rather than Politics Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, given that they haven't used BBC North as a region name for years, I wonder if they will make a BBC One North ident for it?
Write that down in your copybook now.
MA
Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today

Up until 1969 their local BBC News came from Manchester!


Wow!

Well, I have that kind of situation now in Southampton.
On my regional news I am likely to hear news about anywhere from Weymouth to Banbury!
Just watching the Meridian South and BBC South weather forecast maps shows how not local the services are!
The huge size of this region is even more noticeable at weekends when there is no Oxford opt out.


Don't the pan-regional Southampton bulletins tend to include maybe only a single token story from north of the Ridgeway at best (and probably tending to be an Oxford city story?), with news from around Oxon/Bucks/Swindon only really featuring in the sub-opt?


There was a pan regional bulletin yesterday that featured Milton Keynes!

I was in London a couple of weeks ago, and BBC London's lead story was something in Aylesbury!
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
BBC Parliament has gone back into full presentation mode to cover the re-election of the Speaker after an General Election and the start of the swearing in of members.

Just a pity it looks so... "miserable", not even sure if that's the right word really:
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SP
Steve in Pudsey Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Not Reith'd yet?
Write that down in your copybook now.
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
Not Reith'd yet?


But of course it isn't.
Think we said before BBC Parliament is back of the queue for pretty much anything presentation wise, never mind adopting Reith.
JA
JAS84 Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
Yeah, they didn't even get new graphics last time they got a new ident, causing their DOG to have the wrong logo.
LS
Lou Scannon West Country (East) Points West
JAS84 posted:
Yeah, they didn't even get new graphics last time they got a new ident, causing their DOG to have the wrong logo.


Since the advent of BBC Two's glorious "curve" branding, BBC Parliament is now the biggest branding dog's dinner.
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Still miles better than Oneness.
Stay Local. Stay Safe. Stay Alive.
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WO
Worzel Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Not Reith'd yet?


But of course it isn't.
Think we said before BBC Parliament is back of the queue for pretty much anything presentation wise, never mind adopting Reith.


What? Even behind BBC One? Wink

25 days later

ST
stuartfanning
BBC Parliament has been back covering the Stormont Assembly this afternoon. The Speaker and Deputy Speakers, plus the First and Deputy First Minister have been elected. From 3pm the appointment of departmental ministers will start.
https://www.youtube.com/user/stuartfanning/search?query=headline+news

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