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LNN move to ITN confirmed.

(October 2003)

SE
Square Eyes Founding member
When London Tonight vacate their wonderful studio with views of the Thames, any chance that GMTV might take it on ? It was fab when they moved in there temporarily, and would give them quite a backdrop to present a breakfast show from.
:-(
A former member Anglia (East) Look East
News room posted:
I agree whole heartedly. London Tonight used to be the most fantastic regional news programme on tv. Under the editorial eye of Mark Sharman (founding editor) and when it was 60 mins long, LT was just unmissable tv. When it was chopped to 30mins and transmiited at 6.25 it was still in good shape, but when Sharman left, things began to change. IIRC SImon Bucks (the then ITN Lunchtime News editor moved over and replaced him, got rid of Fiona Foster and began changing the format, which included the titles, music and so on. The original LT music was magnificent!


Yep, agree (although IIRC Fiona Foster left to go elsewhere, not 'got rid of'), the reaosn for spliting the programme in 2 were quite sound - 6 o clock is not a good time for regional news in London due to the commuting time of most london workers. Thames moved to 6:30 and LNN would have stayed there if it wasn't for the national news moving to that slot (of course 7:00 would be an even better slot for both sides - but that's not availiable).

I see LT rarely, but when I do the content is very sparse, a big story, a couple of shorter ones, couple of OOVs and then lots of sport. One advantage of being made by ITN is that they can liase with the national team more to ensur no duplication of content - something which the BBC regions do throughout the day
:-(
A former member Anglia (East) Look East
Square Eyes posted:
When London Tonight vacate their wonderful studio with views of the Thames, any chance that GMTV might take it on ? It was fab when they moved in there temporarily, and would give them quite a backdrop to present a breakfast show from.


It would be nice, but I can see 2 problems: firstly it's too London-centric and secondly it's not very warm and cosy like the current studio
NR
News room
Larry Scutta posted:
News room posted:
I agree whole heartedly. London Tonight used to be the most fantastic regional news programme on tv. Under the editorial eye of Mark Sharman (founding editor) and when it was 60 mins long, LT was just unmissable tv. When it was chopped to 30mins and transmiited at 6.25 it was still in good shape, but when Sharman left, things began to change. IIRC SImon Bucks (the then ITN Lunchtime News editor moved over and replaced him, got rid of Fiona Foster and began changing the format, which included the titles, music and so on. The original LT music was magnificent!


Yep, agree (although IIRC Fiona Foster left to go elsewhere, not 'got rid of'), the reaosn for spliting the programme in 2 were quite sound - 6 o clock is not a good time for regional news in London due to the commuting time of most london workers. Thames moved to 6:30 and LNN would have stayed there if it wasn't for the national news moving to that slot (of course 7:00 would be an even better slot for both sides - but that's not availiable).

I see LT rarely, but when I do the content is very sparse, a big story, a couple of shorter ones, couple of OOVs and then lots of sport. One advantage of being made by ITN is that they can liase with the national team more to ensur no duplication of content - something which the BBC regions do throughout the day


She did leave, but that was because she knew she wasn't going to have her contract renewed. Fortunately for her CNN had shown an interest and so it wasn't so bad after all.

This Morning dont seem to have too much of a problem with their studio being too London based. I think the LT studio could be pretty perfect for GMTV.

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