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Less regional editions from w/c 7 April (April 2007)

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Si-Co Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
I remember receiving Cable Guide, well over ten years ago when I briefly subscribed to United Artists (which became Telewest). Can't remember much else about it though!

33 days later

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Ronant
The new look begins next week, with 10 pages of TV listings per day - with more Freeview and Children's listings, Digital Radio listings integrated into the Daily Radio pages, and new Sport and lifestyle pages.

Comparing the prices for subscription in this week's RT and next week's it appears the price will rise significantly above £1. The price is now over £28 for 26 issues, whereas before it was £25.40.
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russnet Founding member
Si-Co posted:
I remember receiving Cable Guide, well over ten years ago when I briefly subscribed to United Artists (which became Telewest). Can't remember much else about it though!


I still got my copy when I was giving it as a freebie when I joined BT Cable in Milton Keynes back in June 1998. It was analogue back then and nothing changes now!
NH
Nick Harvey Founding member West Country (East) Points West
Ronant posted:
The price is now over £28 for 26 issues, whereas before it was £25.40.

Well, if they apply the same calculation to the UK price per week, that would take it from 98p to 1.08.

From what I've heard, it'll be worth that, though. Except for the news wholesalers, we'll all find out on Tuesday.
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Andrew Founding member Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Presumably they will take BBC3/4 etc off of the main listings pages restoring the terrestrial coverage back to how it always was

No doubt this will then create a double spread for all Freeview channels, with pages 7 and 8 then containing Sky/Cable channels and childrens and 9 and 10 being the sport and movies

Regarding the radio pages, if they are integrating digital radio into the daily pages does this mean 4 pages per day?
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brotherton sands
Andrew posted:
This means there is no longer any space for 'On this Day', does this still appear in any other edition?


The Midlands edition still has 'On This Day'.

Andrew posted:
As long as they don't do an England edition like TV Times have, where all the regional programmes are listed in the variations


The fewer and fewer regional variations of Radio Times may be all very well for the barely-regional-anymore world of television, but it makes the radio listings section of the magazine ridiculous!

The current "Midlands" edition of RT lists BBC local radio stations from as far apart as, say, BBC Radio Stoke to BBC Three Counties (Beds, Bucks, & Herts), with uber-basic skeletal listings, in pathetically small writing.

An "England Edition" of RT would make the radio listings section truly ludicrous. Either that or the magazine would have to accomodate a much larger radio listings section by either (A) having far fewer features and articles, or (B) being a really thick magazine, and therefore have an expensive cover price.
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Robert Williams Founding member London London
brotherton sands posted:
The fewer and fewer regional variations of Radio Times may be all very well for the barely-regional-anymore world of television, but it makes the radio listings section of the magazine ridiculous!

The current "Midlands" edition of RT lists BBC local radio stations from as far apart as, say, BBC Radio Stoke to BBC Three Counties (Beds, Bucks, & Herts), with uber-basic skeletal listings, in pathetically small writing.

The London & Anglia edition is just as bad...

Robert Williams posted:
...the BBC Local Radio pages (headed 'Radio in Your Area' Rolling Eyes )...nowadays list a skeleton schedule for every station from Kent to Hereford & Worcester, via Norfolk and Cornwall!

So even though there are four English editions of RT left, there are only three local radio variations - North, Midlands and South, with the same twenty stations needlessly listed in both London/Anglia and South/West/South West. Goodness knows what will happen if/when they launch new stations in Somerset and Dorset, because there won't be room for them!
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brotherton sands
Robert Williams posted:
So even though there are four English editions of RT left, there are only three local radio variations - North, Midlands and South, with the same twenty stations needlessly listed in both London/Anglia and South/West/South West. Goodness knows what will happen if/when they launch new stations in Somerset and Dorset, because there won't be room for them!


It seems very very odd that those two editions should have the exact same radio listings! Shocked Norfolk in the "South/West/Southwest" edition?! Rolling Eyes And Cornwall in the "London/Anglia" edition?! Rolling Eyes

How dumb is that?

The only reason I can think of is that they're practicing for a potential "England Edition".
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Andrew Founding member Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
The radio pages have always been like that (well not always but for at least about 10 years)

The Yorkshire/North East edition contained radio stations for all of the North even before the recent merging of edition with the North West
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madmusician Central (West) Midlands Today
Popped into my local newsagent to see the new look today.

For each day:

Arrow 1st double page spread as now (daytime terrestrial and choices)
Arrow 2nd double page spread as now (primetime terrestrial and primetime planner for BBC3, BBC4, ITV2, ITV3)
Arrow 3rd double page spread for full listings for BBC3, BBC4 etc. Then some of the category's that we had already
Arrow 4th double page spread for the other categories of channels not on the previous page (now includes children)
Arrow 5th double page spread for Movies and Sport

Also there is a sport planner and movie planner page at the start of the magazine.
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Aerial
...and it costs a pound.
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Nick Harvey Founding member West Country (East) Points West
Andrew posted:
The radio pages have always been like that (well not always but for at least about 10 years)

It must be, and have been, different in different areas of England then, as we only started to go as far afield as Norfolk for radio when the South/South West/West combined edition started in april 2005. Up to then, Thames Valley and Solent were about as far east as we got.

As to the price, 1 sems a damn good deal.

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