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JamesM0984
Central (East) East Midlands Today

From Capital South Wales Breakfast, Matt Lissack is staying on behind the scenes at Cardiff in a management role.


What will there be left to mange in Cardiff ? !


Drivetime shows on Heart and Capital, think there might be an opt out on Smooth still too despite it being on AM there.

Then there's the news and travel operation. If anything that now becomes more important.
Steve in Pudsey9,839 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I am pretty sure the BBC stations aren't delayed, Big Ben, when it's working, can be heard on the radio before it can be heard as sound if you're in Westminster Bridge


5Live on AM is delayed to match the satellite backup, so that if a transmitter has to use that backup it's not a horrible out of sync mess in overlap areas between transmitters on the same frequency.
Write that down in your copybook now.
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Whataday9,773 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
Is local news live on Global stations, and does it come from the main studios? I was thinking, with all these studios going unused apart from Drivetime, is there any other value they can get out of them, such as hiring them out? Every man and his dog has a podcast these days, for instance.
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It depends on the stations, Ex Real has Local news is only required from 6am - 7pm, and around 6 hours at the weekends. In scotland the news covers all three stations.
CraigWills81 posts since 2 Aug 2017
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Is local news live on Global stations, and does it come from the main studios? I was thinking, with all these studios going unused apart from Drivetime, is there any other value they can get out of them, such as hiring them out? Every man and his dog has a podcast these days, for instance.


News is mostly pre recorded shortly before broadcast I believe. Because newsreaders are shared between regions and brands, ie. in the South West, generally speaking the Bristol based newsreader does the Heart bulletins for Gloucestershire and Wiltshire as well as Bristol. And in the North East, the same newsreader generally reads the news for Capital, Heart and Smooth.

It depends on the stations, Ex Real has Local news is only required from 6am - 7pm, and around 6 hours at the weekends. In scotland the news covers all three stations.


Different bulletins will be produced for each brand in Scotland as is the case elsewhere, the bulletins are different lengths for a start and different target markets. The interesting thing for ex real stations, is the fact the 6am news is an extended bulletin about 5-6 minutes long and they also have a 10 minute news programme at 6:45pm on weekdays. I’m guessing the 6am must be going as the main Heart London don’t have an extended bulletin at 6am, whether the 6:45pm Nightly News stays is another matter.
Inspector Sands13,391 posts since 25 Aug 2004
I am pretty sure the BBC stations aren't delayed, Big Ben, when it's working, can be heard on the radio before it can be heard as sound if you're in Westminster Bridge


5Live on AM is delayed to match the satellite backup, so that if a transmitter has to use that backup it's not a horrible out of sync mess in overlap areas between transmitters on the same frequency.

Yep, sorry I should have said FM. I assume that 5 Live doesn't auto switch between DAB and MW?
Markymark6,516 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
I am pretty sure the BBC stations aren't delayed, Big Ben, when it's working, can be heard on the radio before it can be heard as sound if you're in Westminster Bridge


5Live on AM is delayed to match the satellite backup, so that if a transmitter has to use that backup it's not a horrible out of sync mess in overlap areas between transmitters on the same frequency.

Yep, sorry I should have said FM. I assume that 5 Live doesn't auto switch between DAB and MW?


BBC FM Tx distribution is NICAM inside an MPLS wrapper. The latency varies because of that, but is still in the 80-100 ms ballpark. A couple of years ago, while the circuits were being slowly changed over into MPLS, some transmitters were being traditionally fed, others via MPLS, the result was a stutter as the RDS switched between txs.

A few years ago I stood under Big Ben listening to R4 FM. The radio chimes were slightly ahead of the real thing (as you'd expect Smile )
Inspector Sands13,391 posts since 25 Aug 2004

A few years ago I stood under Big Ben listening to R4 FM. The radio chimes were slightly ahead of the real thing (as you'd expect Smile )


I was in Hyde Park when Radio 2 were broadcasting a concert one weekend and I could hear it on the FM radio on my phone a long while before I could hear the sound from across the park
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buster1,734 posts since 15 Mar 2006
London London
What is the obligation for local news after the changes? Aren't they still providing bulletins at the level of the original licences at the moment? If so, does that continue in the new world with the super-regions?
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