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pad_ehh1,017 posts since 28 Feb 2013
UTV Newsline
I like the fact that ITV seem to be getting the voiceovers (usually the presenter or star of a programme) to actually do a separate promo that says "UTV" at the end. It was always odd we got the talent doing the voiceover and the end was chopped off to have a local CA say the time and day of the programme and "on UTV". It flows nicely now. I wonder if, as you say, it is a new permanent thing. It was a bit boring hearing John on every trailer. Was he the only person they had to do it?
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JKDerry215 posts since 15 Oct 2016
UTV Newsline
We are now a year into the new ITV look for UTV, it feels to me that by January 2018 UTV's local involvement in any announcements will be gone. ITV detest local involvement and UTV, just like Channel TV will be sterilised of any local involvement, except for the basic news presentation.

Their move out of Havelock House next year will be the final nail, UTV brought all this on by themselves with their stupid UTV Ireland channel fiasco. Only STV remains as a truly independent franchise.
dbl8,481 posts since 11 Jun 2004
London London
I'm sure they could have dropped a promo and have the network announcer record something at least? No? Oh.


I looked in at key points on Sunday and Monday and there was absolutely nothing. Centralised playout can have its limitations. We certainly appreciate our live continuity announcers/directors on BBC One NI and BBC Two NI more on occasions like this, where they can react very quickly to such events.

Limitations, but a good Media Planning team would have pushed that in. Or even if it's not via continuity, it could be warning IPPs..oh. UTV doesn't have much of an OSP, apart from promos. *sigh*
DE88173 posts since 8 Jan 2017
We are now a year into the new ITV look for UTV, it feels to me that by January 2018 UTV's local involvement in any announcements will be gone. ITV detest local involvement and UTV, just like Channel TV will be sterilised of any local involvement, except for the basic news presentation.

Their move out of Havelock House next year will be the final nail, UTV brought all this on by themselves with their stupid UTV Ireland channel fiasco. Only STV remains as a truly independent franchise.


Que sera sera.
I prefer the second Grange Hill theme tune to "Chicken Man". Does that make me weird?
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ttt288 posts since 15 Aug 2015
Looks very likely John's contract has ended for the utv adverts. I heard a generic female voiceover again tonight.


To be honest it makes sense for them to do this gradually.

If they made all the changes at once viewers (and the press) would be much more likely to complain.

So by keeping the familiar voices for a while, things are not noticed.

Julian and Gillian will be gone soon enough.
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mr_vivian339 posts since 11 Oct 2015
UTV Newsline
Looks very likely John's contract has ended for the utv adverts. I heard a generic female voiceover again tonight.


To be honest it makes sense for them to do this gradually.

If they made all the changes at once viewers (and the press) would be much more likely to complain.

So by keeping the familiar voices for a while, things are not noticed.

Julian and Gillian will be gone soon enough.


Julian should be promoted to the itv network. Hahaha That would annoy some no doubt
Austin Tatious602 posts since 1 Jan 2016
HTV West Points West
I can just imagine the reaction in London, South East, South etc to Julian's accent. "Now on the ITV..." no, would never work.


It's not so much the accent per se, as ITV plc now do have some NI-accented announcers on the team. It's more the colloquial habits with wording (such as the superfluous use of the definite article in front of the station name) that would be absolute no-nos for ITV plc.

When there was that BBC/UTV simulcast to mark digital switchover, Julian of course pronounced the word "simulcast" such that the first syllable rhymed with "sigh" rather than with "him". Again, that sort of thing would go down like a lead balloon at ITV towers.
I am the one viewer of ITV West News.
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kernow631 posts since 18 Jan 2006
One thing I've noticed on the local announcements on ITV Wales is that the English announcers often say "Cymru Wales" in a Welsh accent.

I wonder how UTV viewers will react if English announcers start saying "Northern Ireland" in a Northern Irish accent.
Austin Tatious602 posts since 1 Jan 2016
HTV West Points West
One thing I've noticed on the local announcements on ITV Wales is that the English announcers often say "Cymru Wales" in a Welsh accent.


Shocked

Do they? Really?

Surely such announcements are either done by someone with a genuine Welsh accent (or a Welsh person who happens to have little/no discernible accent), or at least by someone who attempts to pronounce "Cymru" correctly/authentically (even if they are an English person). The latter is not inherently the same thing as "putting on" a fake Welsh accent.
I am the one viewer of ITV West News.