A round-up of the week’s stories and observations.
- TUE 10TH JAN (5PM)
More BBC channels have appeared on Astra 28.2E
- THU 12TH JAN (8AM)
Technical issues affect early morning BBC News programmes
- THU 12TH JAN (11PM)
BBC Northern Ireland’s The View moves in to new Studio B set
- FRI 13TH JAN (10.30AM)
Evidence of Sky postcode remapping for Oxford
- SAT 14TH JAN (3PM)
More spoof BBC continuity from Age of Outrage compilations
- SUN 15TH JAN (2.15PM)
Opting error results in Politics North West airing ten minutes late
Tuesday 10th January
5pm More BBC channels have appeared on Astra 28.2E
More BBC channels have been added at 12421H, 27500 – video and audio.
6411 BBC One Nightlight
6412 BBC Two
6413 BBC Three
6414 BBC Four
6415 BBC Scot
6416 BBC Alba
6417 BBC News
6418 BBC Parliament
6419 BBC RB1
Plus every BBC Radio station currently on satellite.
Courtesy Steve Cowie and @a516digital.
Thursday 12th January
8am Technical issues affect early morning BBC News programmes
The 5am news hour on the BBC News Channel and BBC World News was based in Studio E this morning rather than its usual home of Studio D, due to various technical issues.
Presenter Sally Bundock took to Twitter this morning to explain the programme’s different surroundings due to “no autocue among other challenges”.
The business segment that normally occupies the second half hour was also abandoned due to the problems.
11pm BBC Northern Ireland’s The View moves in to new Studio B set
Tonight’s edition of The View on BBC One Northern Ireland saw the programme broadcast from the new Studio B fixed set for the first time.
BBC Newsline has been utilising the new set since November.
The View is also utilising Studio B’s green screen area again for its Commentator’s Corner segment – the first use of a virtual set on the programme since the resourcing restrictions that came in with the Covid pandemic.
Friday 13th January
10.30am Evidence of Sky postcode remapping for Oxford
BBC One Oxford and BBC One East (West) officially close on satellite on Tuesday. But Sky subscribers in region 71 (Oxford) have already reported seeing BBC One South on 101, which indicates a postcode remapping is taking place.
Region 71 was originally set up over 20 years ago to offer Sky viewers the combination of BBC One Oxford, ITV Central South and Channel 4 Midlands (on channels 101, 103 and 104 respectively).
Central South got merged with Meridian North, Oxford was reassigned to the Channel 4 South ad region and BBC Oxford News was closed down in December.
Saturday 14th January
3pm More spoof BBC continuity from Age of Outrage compilations
There’s some new spoof continuity from the Age of Outrage team in a new compilation of material from the first series.
In the first of two examples featured below, announcer Matt Rosser is heard describing the mechanical device that was the early 1970s BBC One ident, before taking a wry dig at present day idents.
We then move on to a spoof of BBC One’s current ‘Lens’ idents. The action centres around a bowl of fruit. The lens effect kicks in to reveal the fruit in a slightly less ripe state. Exciting stuff.
Meantime, the announcer takes a pop at the BBC One daytime schedule, predicting that tomorrow afternoon there’ll be a programme about antiques, or stuff you can do up, or make into a lamp. “It’s usually a lamp,” he adds.
EXTERNAL LINK: Age of Outrage: Series 1 Compilations on BBC iPlayer.
Sunday 15th January
2.15pm Opting error results in Politics North West airing ten minutes late
This morning’s edition of Politics North West failed to appear at the scheduled start time, 10am. Instead, viewers in north west England saw Politics North, initially.
At about 10.10am, Politics North West finally appeared. The programme was already in progress and there was no apology from the presenter.
Moments after the programme was put to air, it moved on to a package about support for farmers’ mental health. A few seconds after the package started, a shot of the studio was inadvertently put to air briefly, with presenter Annabel Tiffin looking visibly frustrated.
We’re unable to confirm if the programme was pre-recorded earlier in the week, as is the norm in some regions. However, the vision mixing error suggests this edition of Politics North West may have been live.
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PICTURED: Sally Bundock in Studio E on 12th January 2023. COPYRIGHT: BBC.