Slightly off topic, but this seemed the best place to bring it up, but why do they swop the overnight simulcast of the NC between BBC Two & BBC One, leaving BBC Two to 'finish off' with Ceefax?
Can't they keep the simulcast on one channel at a time?
The idea was that:
- All BBC One's 'downtime' should be filled in with BBC News 24, thereby making BBC One a 24 hour service (sort of, this could be argued a lot easier in 1998 than today).
- News 24 should always be simulcast during BBC Two's downtime until BBC One begins simulcasting (making BBC News 24 available to the widest audience possible overnight).
- Any remaining BBC Two downtime should be filled with Pages from Ceefax (I think there's some sort of policy which prevents BBC One and Two simulcasting except in times of national significance?)
Of course, post-switchover it all seems pretty irrelevant and BBC One and Two should just close down when they run out of programming, perhaps leaving up a card advertising the News Channel and iPlayer. Of course, this would highlight how poor both channels late-night offering is; 1am closes are too early.