Have we just heard Cameron McKenna doing CA for BBC Scotland? Is this his First time doing idents instead of the normal promos?
He's been doing continuity for BBC Two for a wee while. He started on BBC One a couple of weeks ago. He's much missed from STV - we always seem to have the two women now (Toni and the newer one). Maggie Lavender on tonight for the first time in ages. With The Nightshift gone, it would be nice to hear Jim Symon back on primetime!
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One has to ask why is there two CA people? Cameron been doing BBC one again all evening yet some other person is doing BBC two from 10.30pm.
I'm not one of these anti-BBC types, but there is still definitely so much wastage at the corporation. There is absolutely no need for announcers in each of the nations, never mind each of the nations channels. Most countries don't have CAs at all and it works fine. To save a lot of money, they could have a UK announcer and pre-record local announcements. I fear that the BBC is in for a major shock in the next couple of years. Some teams are severely understaffed while others are bloated. A friend recently told me that Fred McCauley's show had 19 people in the team. That's more than the entire staff of the average commercial radio station.
I've always wondered if the BBC would ever at least ditch local continuity announcements, but considering they have survived all the cuts so far I guess they may be something stopping them from doing that or it might not really represent a saving. Irrespective of that, I think it'd be a real shame if we lost the likes of BBC Northern Ireland's presentation team, who do things much better than Network, and have done some really nice idents of their own in recent years. Also, the fact that the English regions all go to the bother to use a local ident into the Six and Ten rather than using the national VO (which whilst previously was also the London VO now just gives a generic announcement) makes it seem as if local continuity is something that is liked within the BBC - I can't see them going to the bother if it was particularly costly to use a prerecorded voiceover twice a day.
But its one thing to put out a local continuity announcement when you're opted out for a local programme anyway, and another entirely to run your own continuity all day while playing out the network feed.