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Andrew Founding member Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
James Vertigan posted:
Oh dear... ITN seem to be having a few knock-on effects from the power cut, they've just lost pictures during a live interview at Waterloo!


With John Suchet trying not to laugh when he came out with the cheesy line "well the powercut seems to have hit us"
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nwtv2003 Granada North West Today
I have been out most of the evening so I have missed most of this, but I thought that this affected South and East London, so fair enough the cut hitting The London Studios, but I'd be certain it wouldn't effect Grays Inn Road as that is on the North Bank of the Thames, even though it's in Central London. But when I got back the coverage on the ITVNC seem to have died down, but BBC News 24 were showing the story and speaking to old Ken himself.
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Whataday Founding member Wales Wales Today
James Vertigan posted:
Oh dear... ITN seem to be having a few knock-on effects from the power cut, they've just lost pictures during a live interview at Waterloo!


Was that down to the power cut or sheer incompetance?

Having said that, it's ITV News, so they probably ran out of cash for the meter. Laughing

Whilst John joked about the lost feed being due to the power cut, Chris Rogers appeared to be deadly serious blaming the power cut when a woman calling ITVNC on her mobile got cut off.
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Were there any news reports about this, or was it covered in the Evening News / 6.55pm bulletins. I suppose C4/five covered the story at 7pm, but I've lost the picture here due to the weather.

Always think it's a bit stupid covering stories like this - the people it affects can't watch it, while the rest of the country doesn't really care!
RT
rts Founding member London London
Amazing to see how wide-spread it was. I was at my partners new house cooking on the new electric-oven when all the power went out. We survived though.
DA
DAS Founding member
RTS posted:
Amazing to see how wide-spread it was. I was at my partners new house cooking on the new electric-oven when all the power went out. We survived though.


And there I was thinking you'd been killed.
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A former member Anglia (East) Look East
James Vertigan posted:

Bloody Ken Livingstone's always trying to put the blame on someone else -


Well it is someone elses fault... not his

Quote:

he's a miserable old sod which is why London doesn't have big New Year's celebrations anymore... and I urge you to vote him out in the next Mayoral elections...


Think you need to get your facts correct:

Apart from 1999 London has NEVER had New Years Eve celebrations. People have always gathered in Trafalgar Square for no particular reason, but this has never been organised by anyone and nothing ever actually happened there.

People were banned from Trafalgar Square last New Years Eve because of the major building work that was taking place
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A former member Anglia (East) Look East
Aston posted:
c@t posted:
Are you sure they are LDN's traffic cameras? Might it not be the case that LDN just pay AA/RAC/Met Police for the use of some of them? I don't, I'm just guessing at that, but it'd be one hell of a job to set up all of those.


LDN use them every morning during Breakfast to show the traffic situation. Mike Embery said that they were BBC London's cameras "usually used to show the traffic situation" - although I was sceptical.

I imagine that they belong to some transport organisation and BBC LDN have some agreement to have FULL access to their systems for broadcast.



They are the Metropolitan Police/Transport For London* cameras which cover Central London and the major conurbations and routes in the Met area. They aren't unique to the BBC, any broadcaster can have access. London Tonight used to use them in the early days and several radio stations/ travel news providers have access.

Broadcasters can't move the cameras, only view. And there are certain rules as to when they can be broadcast - they often point towards a other non-traffic related events which aren't allowed to be used.



* TfL is the old London (Regional) Transport - It is in charge of public transport (although the tube only for the last 3 months) but with added responsibility of roads, taxis etc. It's one of the organisations under the umbrella of the Greater London Authority (not the same as the London Assembly which is the elected bit).

Basically all transport in London except National Rail is run by Tfl, from Riverboats and the Docklands Light Railway to the bus and tube network
CO
Corin
Katherine posted:
Ken Livingstone has apparently ruled out terrorism....


But was he as convincing and eloquent as Mayor Bloomberg?
CO
Corin
BBC WS have reported that the cause of the power outage was due to a fault on the
National Grid . Will the operator be fined for a failure to perform?
OH
ohwhatanight Founding member
Whataday posted:

Whilst John joked about the lost feed being due to the power cut, Chris Rogers appeared to be deadly serious blaming the power cut when a woman calling ITVNC on her mobile got cut off.


Why do you find that TOTALLY unbeleiveable?

The network of mobile phone transmitters are powered by um...let me think..ELECTRICITY!

Of course mobile phone are battery driven but the mast that transmit the signals are powered by electricity!

DOH - you really are more thick that I originally thought!
RT
rts Founding member London London
DAS posted:
RTS posted:
Amazing to see how wide-spread it was. I was at my partners new house cooking on the new electric-oven when all the power went out. We survived though.


And there I was thinking you'd been killed.


In a power-cut? Don't be silly, DAS.

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