It's an interesting one, as I'd imagine STV (and certainly Grampian and Border who would also be expected to show the PPB) would be examples of smaller companies that might be expected not to bother generally. I wonder if all 15 companies actually had the ability to insert opt-outs onto C4 (just in case they were needed) and they just elected not to use them?
I guess all you'd really need would be a pair of slide scanners, a basic mixing desk and the ability to patch in the announcers mic (or a cart machine for recorded stuff).
Why would they need all that? All it would have needed is a VT
machine to play the PPB. Any announcement and slide would just be on the tape too... all pre-built and ready to go
Indeed. What also springs to mind are schools progs, where the Scottish companies and/or UTV may well have opted out. Again nothing more than a VTR required
Although with schools programmes, more surrounding presentation would have to be transmitted. I wonder if a copy of the roto and clock (with the correct “coming next” programme title burnt on) was included on the VT and this was backtimed appropriately?
I’ve never seen an example of Scotland or Northern Ireland opting out of ITV Schools on 4. I’m told this might actually have been done from a different site than one of the regional companies, though it would make sense for UTV or STV to just opt out of their Channel 4 feed - but the C4 STV feed would then need to be routed to Grampian and Border (and this wasn’t a normal procedure on C4) which may be why it was done differently.
The only talk I’ve heard of how this looked on air was a “glitch” a few seconds after the preceding roto had faded in - so evidently that was the opt point. When the nations were due to opt, C4 did delay fading up the “next programme follows shortly” text, presumably to give them a chance to opt out without broadcasting the incorrect text. I would like to hear from anyone in Scotland or Northern Ireland who witnessed this, or may even know more about it.
I remember hearing that in the early days of C4, an additional programme occasionally appeared on Scotland transmitters after closedown (political coverage relevant only to Scotland, I think). They weren’t allowed to opt out of any C4 programming so this was the only way to show this additional programme (except perhaps in the afternoon before startup).
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