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MMcG198625 posts since 14 Dec 2014
UTV Newsline

Actually it'll have been the very end of the CITV simulcast slot.
Yes, other than the CITV simulcasts, UTV continuity and promos are now on air 24/7, something UTV themselves never managed.


Yep. When in UTV Media ownership, we got ITV continuity for a portion of the overnight hours. So, under ITV plc ownership, not only does the channel look infinitely better than it did when owned by UTV Media, usage of the local brand has increased.
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PFMC841,409 posts since 28 Feb 2013
UTV Newsline
They've finally updated the graphics so the aston is only as long as the text in it, and not the full width of the screen regardless of what was in it. Some of those boxes with stock footage in them are still clearly crappy SD quality from when they originally created the titles, and I doubt they'll ever get updated.

Regarding the desk, do we even know if the UTV Live format is going to stay as it was with 2 presenters? Perhaps the 4 main presenters will just take turns, there really isn't any need to have 2 news presenters any more for a regional news programme. The whole "line each" approach to reporting a story with the other making that "glance to the side of their head" motion whilst waiting for their turn to speak is really cheesy and old fashioned. The show can easily be done with just one presenter, as this evenings broadcast has shown.
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rdd3,253 posts since 21 Jun 2001

Actually it'll have been the very end of the CITV simulcast slot.
Yes, other than the CITV simulcasts, UTV continuity and promos are now on air 24/7, something UTV themselves never managed.


Yep. When in UTV Media ownership, we got ITV continuity for a portion of the overnight hours. So, under ITV plc ownership, not only does the channel look infinitely better than it did when owned by UTV Media, usage of the local brand has increased.


To be fair to UTV that was a vestige of the old ITV Night Time service, and generic branding was seen in most regions overnight in pre-ITV plc days. However when UTV and STV got their clean feed, a nasty side effect was that overnight continuity went out announcerless.
MMcG198625 posts since 14 Dec 2014
UTV Newsline
To be fair to UTV that was a vestige of the old ITV Night Time service, and generic branding was seen in most regions overnight in pre-ITV plc days. However when UTV and STV got their clean feed, a nasty side effect was that overnight continuity went out announcerless.


The point is, UTV chose to let the ITV branding through. Even if they didn't want to pay to man their playout, they could've let the automation take care of the junctions.
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MMcG198625 posts since 14 Dec 2014
UTV Newsline
And don't forget that 'Back Soon' slide as a filler.


UTV recorded that off the 90s night-time feed and slotted it in themselves when they had no ads to show. They were still using it some time after that night-time branding had ceased.
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Richard875 posts since 22 Apr 2012
Granada North West Today
And don't forget that 'Back Soon' slide as a filler.


UTV recorded that off the 90s night-time feed and slotted it in themselves when they had no ads to show. They were still using it some time after that night-time branding had ceased.


I just assumed it was some sort of
“Sustaining feed” that was broadcast to all regions, with all others replacing it with ads. Obviously not then. I seem to remember a hearts version with the same music, so presume that was generated by UTV as well?
MMcG198625 posts since 14 Dec 2014
UTV Newsline
I just assumed it was some sort of
“Sustaining feed” that was broadcast to all regions, with all others replacing it with ads. Obviously not then. I seem to remember a hearts version with the same music, so presume that was generated by UTV as well?


You're right - it was on the clean feed in the 90s. However, UTV kept a recording of it and played it out in lieu of ads at night - they were still using it in the early years of the hearts era.