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.