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Neil Jones5,847 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
E4 have picked up Batwoman. Strange that Sky One apparently didn't want it.


They did want it, apparently, but looks like they were caught napping by Channel 4:

https://www.geektown.co.uk/tvairdates/batwoman/ posted:
[as of 6/12/19] Sky say they have the rights to broadcast Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and Legends Of Tomorrow, and will be showing these seasons in full.

However, Sky has not managed to acquire the rights to broadcast Batwoman… This is due to them having been already acquired by “another party”, but they do not know who has acquired those rights and do not know where or how the series will be broadcast in the UK.

There were some stories going around saying Sky weren’t broadcasting the crisis event at all. Those stories are incorrect. They are, however, holding the 4 crossover episodes they do have until early 2020.



So, yes, this will mess up the crossover on Sky One in the UK, and I think we can say that Sky is just as annoyed about that as the UK Arrowverse fans. But if the rights aren’t there to buy because someone else has them, there really isn’t anything Sky can do about it…
JAS844,344 posts since 26 Aug 2010
Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
That's weird. Either they left it too late then or they were outbid, either way the programme buyer at Sky didn't do their job properly.

In theory this means the show will get a higher reach (because it'll be on Freeview first run, whereas the others only appear on Freeview years behind on Paramount and Pick), but the episode involved in the Crisis crossover won't make a lot of sense, as people without Sky won't have seen part 1, and it's now likely that Sky will air parts 3-5 before E4 airs part 2. That's just going to encourage piracy, which benefits neither broadcaster.
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Steve in Pudsey10,509 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Channel 4 have dropped plans to move its continuity announcers to Leeds because of "reliability concerns"

https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/business/channel-4-decides-not-relocate-team-new-leeds-headquarters-1370062?fbclid=IwAR2BZxGI29qt2irs0Z-bIAJonSZy8snsysx68h8i8xx1LZ73i02q4jNIfM0

I guess there is some validity to that, having continuity announcers co-located with playout means that if all of the outside sources into playout fail you still have an announcer to apologise and fill, although that doesn't seem to concern the BBC who now have an announcer based at RedBee's Salford studio working into pres at W12.
Write that down in your copybook now.
Inspector Sands14,159 posts since 25 Aug 2004

I guess there is some validity to that, having continuity announcers co-located with playout means that if all of the outside sources into playout fail you still have an announcer to apologise and fill, although that doesn't seem to concern the BBC who now have an announcer based at RedBee's Salford studio working into pres at W12.

That's different though as Red Bee have playout facilities in Salford so they're not necessarily working into W12.


What Channel 4 were planning on doing sounds more like what Westcountry used to do - playout in Cardiff, remote announcer in Plymouth. Seems a bit odd to have that one job in a different place, though presumably in London they're already seperate from their C4 colleagues but not their Red Bee ones
Last edited by Inspector Sands on 22 January 2020 6:19am - 3 times in total
Inspector Sands14,159 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Don't forget Red Bee/Ericsson (coz they are all the same group), do already have a significant presence in Leeds?

They do, so issues of resiliance seem surprising. Unless they aren't allowed to use the facility for other clients. Or now they've a place on the other side of the Pennines they're planning on moving at some point