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Netizen676 posts since 18 Sep 2004
bilky asko posted:
Netizen posted:
Without wishing to overplay the significance of this change, I have only this to say.

BAS TARDS.


Or more specifically, BASS TARDS.

Ahh very good!
itsrobert6,635 posts since 23 Mar 2001
bilky asko posted:
Netizen posted:
Without wishing to overplay the significance of this change, I have only this to say.

BAS TARDS.


Or more specifically, BASS TARDS.


Haha, good one, Billy Laughing

Like Jonathan, I'm a bit sceptical about where the new programme format is headed. From that short video clip, it seems as though it could be a bit dumbed down. Obviously, we should wait until Monday before we can pass comment properly. I sincerely hope it is as high-brow as before because it was one of the last programmes (along with Channel 4 News and Newsnight) to treat viewers like intelligent thinkers.
Stuart7,592 posts since 13 Oct 2003
itsrobert posted:
Like Jonathan, I'm a bit sceptical about where the new programme format is headed. From that short video clip, it seems as though it could be a bit dumbed down. Obviously, we should wait until Monday before we can pass comment properly. I sincerely hope it is as high-brow as before because it was one of the last programmes (along with Channel 4 News and Newsnight) to treat viewers like intelligent thinkers.

I don't think it was ever intended to be 'high brow' anymore than the 'Daily Politics' or 'This Week'. They are all intended to bring economics and politics to the masses, often with humour and (at times) fairly basic explanations and advice.

I'll be looking forward to the re-launch of WL on Monday. I can't see Declan spoiling the general direction of the show because I always found his reports on BBC Breakfast very informative and easy to understand.

I am sorry to see the end of the fish being chased by the shark though! Crying or Very sad
Charlie Wells3,903 posts since 26 Nov 2003 Moderator
It wouldn't surprise me if someone thought that as they had new presenters they would make the show seem new. However chances are give it a month and it'll probably slip back into its old format (length of time depending on how many complaints they get).
House3,189 posts since 13 Mar 2007
Two words:


Let Down


Naga and Declan have alright chemistry, but...

Arrow What's up with Declan and Naga constantly walking from one place to another
Arrow Absolutely hideous desk with the coins
Arrow They've massacred the theme tune
Arrow I hate the opening titles (compared to the fish & shark)
Arrow It's like they've replaced a great Indian chef with a Sainsbury's curry.
jrothwell972,681 posts since 29 Oct 2006
What's the content like? If the rebrand has been made to bring the show down market (and supposedly up ratings) then it's going to be a tragic loss of a great format. (And they got rid of the fishies. NO-ONE gets rid of teh fishies.)
Breakfast News1,550 posts since 30 Mar 2003
Like everyone else, i agree that the loss of the fishes is a mistake....tbh it was quite an iconic aspect of the brand...

anyway, my problem seems to be that they are trying to polish it up too much...that was the loveablility of the old show....it was a bit rough around the edges, but that made it so endearing.
dbl9,421 posts since 11 Jun 2004
I don't really like the new format so much, I'm sure Declan is highly knowledgeable in finance, but I felt the old format was a lot more relaxed - for people who didn't know much about stock markets and shares it was easier to understand. One thing I don't like is how all the guests sit in the studio like it's a waiting room to speak to the presenters.
scottishtv1,812 posts since 6 Nov 2001
Breakfast News posted:
my problem seems to be that they are trying to polish it up too much...that was the loveablility of the old show....it was a bit rough around the edges, but that made it so endearing.

I agree. What I liked about the old format was how simple and effective it was.

Also, there seems to be less general business news at the start, and "Shaw's Shares" is now effectively cut down to about 20-30 seconds. I liked that bit the best as he enthusiastically went through the market summaries, then highlighted the companies reporting that day and told you a bit about all of their activities and how they performance was affected by normal everyday consumers.

My suspicion is that there is no-one there with that in-depth knowledge (almost geekiness) anymore. Declan's alright but in his interviews it seems like you're watching him and his mates talking rather than him being more on your side, getting the interviewee to give concise relevant answers.

Overall, not impressed. Too many people cluttering up the studio, and ther presenters don't really seem to lead. They could have kept the fish too - were easily recognisable as part of the show.

Just remembered this: They now refer to all correspondents with their surnames which makes it much less viewer friendly. So instead of "Here's Rob with more", or "Simon's been investigating", it's now "Here's our reporter Rob Pittam" or "Simon Gompertz has this report for us". Bleuch.
chris4,386 posts since 6 Jul 2005
The set doesn't look as nice now. I don't like the coffee tables in the middle of the set, nor the desk. Them losing the fish also ment them losing the fish cuddly toys which I thought were a nice touch. The backdrop no longer animates which is a bit of a shame too.
Stuart7,592 posts since 13 Oct 2003
The new Working Lunch was mentioned on Newswatch this weekend. There seems to have been quite a few complaints and one dissatisfied viewer was given the chance to put his comments to Jeremy Hillman, Editor of the BBC's Business & Economics Unit.

He accepted that there had been some 'mistakes' but seemed to be sticking to his guns about the revamp, adding that the programme had been losing viewers in it's previous incarnation for quite a while.

I've seen a few editions of the relaunched programme, and I haven't been impressed. I much preferred the old format (fish and all) despite their many gaffs. It was informative, yet basic without being condescending.

The new set is awful, and looks like something that should be on Living. Having the guests sat at tables as if loitering around some imaginary pavement caf adds nothing to the format. The less said about the desk made to look like oversized coins the better.