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- MON 3RD JAN (2PM): RTÉ One lunchtime news programme still off the air
- TUE 4TH JAN (1.30PM): Lunchtime news programme returns to RTÉ One
- TUE 4TH JAN (3.45PM): Final 9pm closedown for CBBC Channel tonight
- WED 5TH JAN (7.15PM): Earlier CBBC close to facilitate pre-launch tests for BBC Three
- WED 5TH JAN (11.20PM): RTÉ One alters its ident line-up for the new year
- THU 6TH JAN (10AM): Nathan Dane talks Ceefax on BBC Breakfast
- THU 6TH JAN (10.15AM): Oneness ident features in Countryfile Winter Diaries
- THU 6TH JAN (12.10PM): First signs of BBC Three being added to Freeview
- FRI 7TH JAN (12.15PM): HD version of BBC Three now added to Freeview
- FRI 7TH JAN (9.30PM): Photos from the final pilot of new BBC News show Context
- SAT 8TH JAN (8.15PM): BBC FA Cup studio within reach of fans
- SUN 9TH JAN (4.30PM): Incorrect ITV Sport branding spotted on ITV’s FA Cup Third Round coverage
- SUN 9TH JAN (8.15PM): One or two mentions for the BBC on The Green Planet endboard
- SUN 9TH JAN (10.25PM): Minor cock-up at the start of BBC Newsline bulletin
Monday 3rd January
2pm RTÉ One lunchtime news programme still off the air
The lunchtime TV news bulletin remained absent from the RTÉ One schedule today. Again, the programme was replaced by a short filler presented by John Creedon.
The announcer provided no explanation for the lack of news programme.
Although the programme had been removed from the TV listings on the RTÉ website, the Soarview EPG still included the 1pm news programme.
Tuesday 4th January
1.30pm Lunchtime news programme returns to RTÉ One
The RTÉ News: One o’Clock returned to RTÉ One today. The programme had been off air during the Christmas period and was replaced by a short filler programme.
RTÉ has now released the following statement:
The non-broadcast of the RTÉ One O’Clock News TV bulletin over the past week was due to Covid related issues beyond our control.RTÉ
We deeply regret the inconvenience to viewers. However, it is worth noting that we have managed to protect our output on TV, radio and digital, during the entire pandemic until now. This was due to the commitment and hard work of staff. But unfortunately, the latest wave had an impact on our teams, as across Ireland. We took the decision to take the RTÉ One O’Clock News off air in order to ensure we could broadcast at 6pm and at 9pm.
The RTÉ One O’Clock News resumed broadcast today and can be found on the RTE Player.
Our thanks to Alex Doyle for his assistance in covering this item.
3.45pm Final 9pm closedown for CBBC Channel tonight
With the launch of BBC Three coming up early next month, the CBBC Channel reverts to a 6.58pm daily closedown from tomorrow.
CBBC and BBC Three will share the same transmission capacity. CBBC will run from 7am – 6.58pm each day, with BBC Three kicking off at 7pm each evening and running until the early hours of the morning.
UPDATE: no mention of the new earlier finish time in tonight’s 9pm junction. And they’ll need to update that downtime graphic with the new transmission hours.
Wednesday 5th January
7.15pm Earlier CBBC close to facilitate pre-launch tests for BBC Three
The new daily closedown time of 6.58pm came into force this evening for the CBBC channel. The change comes weeks ahead of the launch of BBC Three, which will share the same transmission bandwidth as the CBBC channel. BBC Three’s daily schedule will kick off at 7pm.
CBBC is believed to have changed its broadcast hours at this stage in order to facilitate technical testing for BBC Three.
Presumably related to this testing, viewers on DTT and DSAT were presented with a generic ‘Sorry we’re not here right now’ message, whilst iPlayer viewers saw what is believed to be the revised, standard CBBC downtime caption.
Incidentally, the blue/green graphic below was first spotted at c. 5.20am today on the CBBC channel, replacing the long-running animated caption that featured the old transmission hours (7am – 9pm).
11.20pm RTÉ One alters its ident line-up for the new year
RTÉ One has made some adjustments to the scheduling of its standard idents since they returned on 2nd January – and only a limited selection of idents appear to be in use.
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Thursday 6th January
10am Nathan Dane talks Ceefax on BBC Breakfast
Teletext enthusiast Nathan Dane spoke to BBC Breakfast this morning about his long-running project to bring the BBC’s Ceefax teletext service back to life, using data feeds from the BBC website and other sources.
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10.15am Oneness ident features in Countryfile Winter Diaries
You may have hoped you’d never see this particular ident again. One of the early Oneness idents featuring a group of sea swimmers from Clevedon put in an appearance during this morning’s edition of Countryfile Winter Diaries.
12.10pm First signs of BBC Three being added to Freeview
A hidden stream has been added to the PSB1 mux. It’s almost certainly BBC Three SD. Don’t attempt a retune at this stage, as an LCN has not yet been allocated.
UPDATE: later in the day, after the CBBC Channel had closed down, this MHEG caption was seen on Freeview (though this example is from the early hours of 9th January):
Friday 7th January
12.15pm HD version of BBC Three now added to Freeview
Yesterday we saw BBC Three SD being added to the PSB1 mux as a hidden stream. Today PSB3 has been updated to include BBC Three HD – again, as a hidden stream.
UPDATE: later in the day, we were able to view the SD and HD versions of BBC Three via the Divis transmitter. The generic “Sorry we’re not here right now” BBC-branded loop was being broadcast on both streams:
9.30pm Photos from the final pilot of new BBC News show Context
BBC News creative director Chris Cook posted some behind-the-scenes images on social media of the final pilot of Context – “a fresh new take on the news”, presented by Christian Fraser.
The programme launches at 9pm on Monday on the BBC News Channel and BBC World News.
Saturday 8th January
8.15pm BBC FA Cup studio within reach of fans
Put your studio within reach of football fans and the inevitable happens.
This was the FA Cup Third Round match between Hull City and Everton.
Sunday 9th January
4.30pm Incorrect ITV Sport branding spotted on ITV’s FA Cup Third Round coverage
A desk used during today’s ITV FA Cup coverage was displaying an incorrect version of the ITV Sport logo. The ‘SPORT’ text should be presented in ITV’s in-house Reem font. However, the set designers appear to have reproduced the logo using an alternative font.
The non-standard logo was spotted on some ITV Sport productions last year.
On-screen graphics used the correct version of the logo.
Thanks to Jamie Murphy for drawing our attention to today’s airing of the logo.
8.15pm One or two mentions for the BBC on The Green Planet endboard
6 ‘BBC’ mentions on this board – not including the iPlayer DOG.
The opening line is technically inaccurate – there should be a separator of some sort (e.g., forward slash) between “BBC” and “Open University”.
The text block at the bottom also repeats a chunk of what has already been detailed above it.
And given this is a fairly high-profile programme for the BBC, why does it still feature the old BBC blocks logo?
10.25pm Minor cock-up at the start of BBC Newsline bulletin
The electronic control panel for the studio backdrop imagery made an unplanned appearance at the start of tonight’s BBC Newsline bulletin.
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