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- MON 17TH OCT (2PM)
Neequaye Dreph Dsane’s idents get another week on ITV
- MON 17TH OCT (7.30PM)
BBC London move to Studio B postponed due to technical issues
- THU 20TH OCT (11.30PM)
Newsnight delivers another brutal opening sequence
- FRI 21ST OCT (PM)
Focus issue with studio camera at the start of BBC London
- FRI 21ST OCT (9PM)
PM’s 1990s theme tune lives again in archive segment
- SAT 22ND OCT (10PM)
A few Presentation treats during tonight’s edition of Strictly Come Dancing
- SUN 23RD OCT (11AM)
Technical issue disrupts the start of Politics London
- SUN 23RD OCT (12PM)
Brief breakdown during ITV ad break
- SUN 23RD OCT (8PM)
Old endboard on tonight’s Strictly – with 2021 copyright date
- SUN 23RD OCT (10.45PM)
Another camera focus issue on BBC News
Monday 17th October
2pm Neequaye Dreph Dsane’s idents get another week on ITV
The 1.30pm ITV junction saw the usual rotation of ITV Creates idents. This week, Neequaye Dreph Dsane’s idents get another airing on the channel. They were first used on ITV in October 2020 to mark Black History Month.
ITV: “Neequaye’s work attempts to present an alternative narrative and a reflection of the contemporary black British experience.”
7.30pm BBC London move to Studio B postponed due to technical issues
Tonight’s edition of BBC London was not broadcast from Studio B as planned. Due to technical issues, the programme had to decamp to Studio D.
BBC London had been based in Studio D since 2013. Some weeks ago, the programme moved to temporary accommodation in the green screen Studio A. Tonight, BBC London was due to make its debut in Studio B, at 6.30pm.
However, technical problems in Studio B – believed to relate to the automated camera system – meant BBC London had to move to Studio D at short notice.
The only on-air indication that all was perhaps not well in Studio B was that the weather segment at the end of the BBC News at Six was presented from a separate studio, rather than at one of the screens in Studio B.
Thursday 20th October
11.30pm Newsnight delivers another brutal opening sequence
Tonight’s edition of Newsnight opened with a montage of clips featuring Liz Truss, who today announced her resignation as prime minister.
Rihanna’s 2008 ballet Take a Bow was used as the soundtrack for the stinging opener.
At regular points throughout the 1 minute 45 seconds piece, the lyrics from the song are lined up with the visuals.
As Truss heads to the lectern outside Downing Street to announce her resignation, we hear the lyrics “You look so dumb right now. Standin’ outside my house.”
In another segment, we hear Truss apologising for mistakes, during her interview with the BBC’s Chris Mason earlier this week – Rihanna immediately interjects: “Don’t tell me you’re sorry ’cause you’re not.”
Friday 21st October
7pm Focus issue with studio camera at the start of BBC London
There was a brief issue with one of the cameras in BBC News Studio B at the start of the 6.30pm edition of BBC London.
The presenter’s initial piece to camera was out of focus.
The problem was quickly rectified.
9pm PM’s 1990s theme tune lives again in archive segment
Great to hear the 1990s PM theme tune unleashed again during an archive segment on today’s edition.
This version of the theme – produced by George Fenton – ran from 1993 until 1997.
And since 1997, there’s been no theme tune – only the pips.
Saturday 22nd October
10pm A few Presentation treats during tonight’s edition of Strictly Come Dancing
There were a few little Presentation-related items in tonight’s special BBC Centenary-themed edition of Strictly Come Dancing.
The show began with a special pre-recorded segment, introduced by Huw Edwards, from BBC News Studio B, which saw the professional dancers and judges visit the sets of many well-known BBC programmes, including The Antiques Roadshow, Top Gear, University Challenge, Match of the Day, Casualty and EastEnders.
The opening segment transitioned back to the Strictly studio, where we saw the professional dancers in action again. At the far end of the studio, some old BBC idents could be seen on a large screen.
Tony Adams and Katya Jones’ dance was preceded by a brief glimpse of the test card, followed by a mocked-up version of the 1981 – 1985 BBC One on-screen clock.
The dance routine began on a recreation of a 1980s Grandstand set (though it incorporated a 1990s Ceefax football page).
Sunday 23rd October
11am Technical issue disrupts the start of Politics London
This morning’s edition of Politics London failed to appear on BBC One London at its scheduled start time of 10am.
Instead, London viewers saw Politics North West – albeit minus sound initially – for almost five minutes.
Sound materialised on Politics North West after a few minutes. A short time later, Politics London was abruptly put to air.
The cause of the problem has not been made public.
At the end of the programme, the presenter apologised for the technical problems.
12pm Brief breakdown during ITV ad break
There was a brief breakdown at the start of the first ad break during this morning’s repeat airing of English Football League Highlights.
As far as we can tell, the sponsorship sting failed to play – leaving us stuck on the final frame of the first part of the programme for much longer than usual.
The breakdown graphic then appeared, remaining on screen for almost 30 seconds, The ad break then kicked in and proceeded without any issues.
Thanks to Dylan Loughran for flagging.
8pm Old endboard on tonight’s Strictly – with 2021 copyright date
Tonight’s edition of Strictly Come Dancing concluded with an out-of-date BBC Studios endboard – featuring old BBC Studios branding (and old BBC blocks logo) and a 2021 copyright date.
The endboard used on Saturday’s programme was correct.
Issue originally flagged by @jayforeman on Twitter.
10.45pm Another camera focus issue on BBC News
One of the cameras in the desk area of BBC News’ Studio B (London) experienced a focus issue during the 10pm BBC One news programme.
This is the second such issue we’ve spotted in the last few days. And there are reports of a similar problem during this morning’s edition of Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg.
Thanks to Darren Page for flagging tonight’s issue.
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