I'm not sure if I'm lucky or not, but I can now receive two local tv channels. I'm in central Manchester but can receive Liverpool TV s well as That's TV.
That's TV seem to have dropped the "Manchester" tag, though it did feature in the opening titles of their "news" programme earlier this year, but as they have special coronavirus opening titles at the moment so don't know if it is temporary. Originally it was called "That's Manchester, Headline News", in January I noted it had changed to "That's TV, Manchester Headline News", but this week has been branded as just "That's TV, Headline News". breaks seem to be replaced with generic "government advice" slides.
They have also now an hour of 80's music video between 6pm and 7pm each night branded as "That's 80's" (which you can see the end of above). I'm not sure if this is related to coronavirus or not as they still have the usual "news" programme for two hours from 7pm. "That's 80's" does have news, weather and travel information on screen as well, though I'm sure the travel info would be more useful in the morning, rather than when you've just got home from work (in normal circumstances) - though some of the information is a bit dubious, not sure delays between Cardiff Central and Gloucester are too relevant to Manchester residents. I assume they are just taking a feed from all the train companies operating through Manchester Piccadilly.
My God, that's horrible for so many reasons. The 80s-style ident for
is pretty good, and technically the news intro is fairly good although there is stuff in The Gallery here that surpasses it in quality.
But I was staggered when I saw it transition to "GOVERNMENT MESSAGE: STAY AT HOME PROTECT THE NHS SAVE LIVES". There is a place for (very valid) government advice, and it's not in the news intro, it's in the news itself where it can be reported properly and discussed.
I don't know why, but I felt very uncomfortable seeing a government slogan right there in the title sequence - it made it feel (fairly or otherwise) like the rest of the programme would be rather less than impartial regarding the legitimate questions that could be asked about government performance during Covid-19. I can only imagine they anticipate that they might get some financial crumbs off the government table if they can be seen to push the government message so heavily.
And it should be
. You'd think a channel with an apostrophe in its actual name would be able to use it correctly.