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JB
JBie
They got away with simulcasting quite extensively during the initial Covid lockdown so I'd assume that they'd have been able to make the case that it was necessary.

Thanks, I'd wondered how they would manage in an emergency.
LL
London Lite Founding member
They got away with simulcasting quite extensively during the initial Covid lockdown so I'd assume that they'd have been able to make the case that it was necessary.


And done well too. What TF1/LCI and France 2/Franceinfo do during simulcast shows for breaking news is they'll remove the majority of the on-screen graphics from TF1 and France 2.

Franceinfo during the first part of the pandemic took over the TéléMatin branding for a few months and ran it on France 2 from 6-8.30am which worked well. Franceinfo viewers still had the lower thirds, while France 2 had one line of lower thirds only along with the TéléMatin clock.
Worzel and Roger Darthwell gave kudos
WO
Worzel
Franceinfo oozes class as a channel. It looks like its been built in the last decade. Its a route Sky News should've gone down really when they moved into Sky Central.
LL
London Lite Founding member
The downside to Franceinfo is that it isn't a 24 hour rolling news channel. It's off-air from midnight to 6am which is filled with a France 24 simulcast with live programming from 6.30am-midnight.

It also takes a lot of time off, the station is currently on a break for two weeks, returning to normal on March 1st with only two full length bulletins at breakfast and the 11pm bulletin with a 15 minute bulletin every hour for the rest of the day. (It will go full length for breaking news, such as a Covid briefing)

When France goes for the traditional grand vacance every summer, the other news channels use jockeys during July and August, yet Franceinfo reverts to the same skeleton service for two months of the year.
WW
WW Update
Another major technical breakdown, this time in Italy, when the afternoon news on Rai Uno was left without any access to video content. Finally, the anchor tossed to a stock market report from Milan, and that segment was followed by an early weather report:

Roger Darthwell and TheMike gave kudos
MI
TheMike
For anyone interested in capturing news services: The hyperlocal news service from Germany's WDR will be fully HD next week on Astra 19.2 transponder 21.

All 11 editions of Lokalzeit will for the first time be available in full HD (the WDR HD stream currently switches to SD when the regional news starts, except in Cologne).

For readers in the UK, imagine if the BBC replaced regional news with bulletins based on each local radio area. For example in the West Midlands, imagine if Birmingham, Coventry & Warwickshire, Hereford & Worcester, Shropshire, Stoke and Wolverhampton all had their own local programme - that's how the WDR regional structure is for the state of North Rhine Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen).

News article in German https://www.dwdl.de/nachrichten/81711/wdr_bald_alle_lokalzeitsendungen_in_hd/
RD
Roger Darthwell
For anyone interested in capturing news services: The hyperlocal news service from Germany's WDR will be fully HD next week on Astra 19.2 transponder 21.

All 11 editions of Lokalzeit will for the first time be available in full HD (the WDR HD stream currently switches to SD when the regional news starts, except in Cologne).

For readers in the UK, imagine if the BBC replaced regional news with bulletins based on each local radio area. For example in the West Midlands, imagine if Birmingham, Coventry & Warwickshire, Hereford & Worcester, Shropshire, Stoke and Wolverhampton all had their own local programme - that's how the WDR regional structure is for the state of North Rhine Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen).

News article in German https://www.dwdl.de/nachrichten/81711/wdr_bald_alle_lokalzeitsendungen_in_hd/

I wonder why WDR is so localized, as far as I know no other Drittes Fernsehprogramm in Germany has such a localized structure
WW
WW Update
By the way, this is what the transition from the pan-regional WDR Aktuell to the Lokalzeit "opt-out" (in this case, the Cologne edition) looks like:

WW
WW Update
For anyone interested in capturing news services: The hyperlocal news service from Germany's WDR will be fully HD next week on Astra 19.2 transponder 21.

All 11 editions of Lokalzeit will for the first time be available in full HD (the WDR HD stream currently switches to SD when the regional news starts, except in Cologne).

For readers in the UK, imagine if the BBC replaced regional news with bulletins based on each local radio area. For example in the West Midlands, imagine if Birmingham, Coventry & Warwickshire, Hereford & Worcester, Shropshire, Stoke and Wolverhampton all had their own local programme - that's how the WDR regional structure is for the state of North Rhine Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen).

News article in German https://www.dwdl.de/nachrichten/81711/wdr_bald_alle_lokalzeitsendungen_in_hd/

I wonder why WDR is so localized, as far as I know no other Drittes Fernsehprogramm in Germany has such a localized structure


Each ARD broadcaster is organized differently, but perhaps WDR's localization has something to do with the fact that North Rhine-Westphalia, the Land (state) served by WDR, is by far the most densely populated part of the country -- it has a population comparable to that of the Netherlands -- and has contains several major cities.
MI
TheMike
Unfortunate presenter name
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From: https://youtu.be/mYP7GfC7iBU where you can see the simple intros of all 11 Lokalzeiten.

And proof you don't need an eloborate studio (UK local channels take note). Lokalzeit often tops WDR's ratings each day.

(Note: not [yet] HD, despite misaligned DOG saying so)
UK
uktvwatcher
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EM
Emily Moore
For readers in the UK, imagine if the BBC replaced regional news with bulletins based on each local radio area. For example in the West Midlands, imagine if Birmingham, Coventry & Warwickshire, Hereford & Worcester, Shropshire, Stoke and Wolverhampton all had their own local programme - that's how the WDR regional structure is for the state of North Rhine Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen).


They tried this - in exactly these regions, I believe - on the BBC in the early 2000s. I recall it being slightly odd, because BBC Staffordshire TV covered the whole county of Staffordshire rather than mapping the TV output to the local radio services (Radio Stoke doesn't cover places like Lichfield or Burton). It was a nine-month trial which concluded and was never repeated.

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