Is there any reason why they don't rebroadcast a different regions Regional News programme or alternative programming?
I find it quite astounding that they would force people to switch channels with the holding caption, potentially not to a BBC channel, when they could try and hold on to viewers if they broadcast something else, even if it is for a completely different region.
The problem is, if they broadcast anything at all on the BBC One HD channel, be it BBC London News, the BBC News channel, or a different region every day, many viewers would just stick with that, thus damaging ratings for the regional news programmes. Broadcasting a caption is only way to, in effect, force viewers to switch over.
In the early days of digital, when BBC One was not set up for regional opt-outs in England, they used to broadcast UK Today, simulcast with News 24, in place of the regional news at 6.30. Maybe the regions weren't keen on that being done, hence these days a different view is taken.
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