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Brekkie27,783 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
So the BBC are measuring the success or failure of Crimewatch in viewing figures, and not about how useful the calls are for the Police in investigating crimes?

Nick Ross has made a quite valid point though on how an appeal to 15m viewers was far more likely to lead to a lead than airing to 2-3m now.
Shouldn't that have been posted in the "John Logie Baird has Invented Television" thread?
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Andrew12,223 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
So the BBC are measuring the success or failure of Crimewatch in viewing figures, and not about how useful the calls are for the Police in investigating crimes?

Nick Ross has made a quite valid point though on how an appeal to 15m viewers was far more likely to lead to a lead than airing to 2-3m now.

Sadly that's the current TV landscape.

Same as something featured in the press, on the regional news etc
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Steve in Pudsey8,538 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Did all ITV regions show the Crimestoppers appeal spots? These were listed in the TV Times (as a "followed by" line rather than a full listing) so I assume were provided as a public service rather than paid advertising by the charity.

I remember Yorkshire usually showed one before The Bill.
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Si-Co1,651 posts since 2 Oct 2003
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Often the Crimestoppers spot cropped up on Tyne Tees in random junctions and normally wasn’t billed in the TV Times (at least not that I remember). Seen a few examples from other regions which all seemed to use the same musical sting and graphics.
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Inspector Sands11,381 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Surely Crimewatch would have been a very cheap programme to produce. It's mainly blurry reconstruction shots and interviews with the police, with links from a studio.

Surely all you see on air is the swan on top of the water. It would have quite a large production team I'd have thought, teams of researchers and producers as well as the teams making the reconstruction films.

Of course they'd need a lot more if it was weekly rather than monthly
RJG248 posts since 29 Jun 2006
Border (Scotland) Reporting Scotland
Did all ITV regions show the Crimestoppers appeal spots? These were listed in the TV Times (as a "followed by" line rather than a full listing) so I assume were provided as a public service rather than paid advertising by the charity.

I remember Yorkshire usually showed one before The Bill.


For a number of years Border TV's Lookaround featured a weekly police appeal spot, presented by an Inspector (I might have the rank wrong) Bruce Prickett of Cumbria Police.
gottago2,501 posts since 26 Aug 2004
London London
Surely Crimewatch would have been a very cheap programme to produce. It's mainly blurry reconstruction shots and interviews with the police, with links from a studio.

Reconstructions aren't cheap, research isn't cheap, studios and sets certainly aren't cheap. Pile on top of that they were effectively setting up a call centre each time, probably had their own lawyers to deal with the complex, current cases, were effectively keeping a large team employed year round for at most 12 shows while other factual shows can make half a dozen shows in a few months with the same sized team. Crimewatch will have been one of the more expensive factual shows of its kind on air for sure.
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Andrew12,223 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Often the Crimestoppers spot cropped up on Tyne Tees in random junctions and normally wasn’t billed in the TV Times (at least not that I remember). Seen a few examples from other regions which all seemed to use the same musical sting and graphics.


Although the slots seemed random, I bet if this forum had been around at the time, I bet they weren't, and actually turned up at the same times each week.

I can't recall them being billed, although it's the sort of heavy detail that would only appear in the Radio Times.