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