A round-up of the week’s stories and observations.
- THU 16TH MAR (11.15AM)
Ryan Tubridy to step down at Late Late Show presenter
- FRI 17TH MAR (4.15PM)
Freeview PSB three fully regional in northern and central England
- FRI 17TH MAR (11.30PM)
New signed idents from Channel 4
- SAT 18TH MAR (6.30PM)
BBC’s North East and Cumbria news service off air this weekend
- SUN 19TH MAR (12.15PM)
Additional Channel 4 DOG for new reality show
Thursday 16th March
11.15am Ryan Tubridy to step down at Late Late Show presenter
Ryan Tubridy is to step down as presenter of The Late Late Show at the end of the season. Tubridy has fronted the programme – the longest-running chat show in the world – since autumn 2009.
Speaking about his decision Tubridy said: “It has been a privilege to host the national institution that is The Late Late Show for the last 14 years.
“I want to thank the tremendous teams of producers, researchers, crew and executives who have done the hard work to keep the show on the road over the years. Many have become dear friends.
“Also, to the viewers, I am so grateful for the loyalty you have shown to The Late Late Show, week in, week out.
“Not only did you raise €30m for Irish charities, including over €15m for children’s charities all over the island that are particularly close to my heart, but you showed incredible generosity of spirit for which I am profoundly grateful.
“I was often touched by the kind comments of viewers stopping me on the street or at the supermarket on a Saturday to say ‘thank you’ or ‘well done’ for highlighting an issue that affected them or their families on the previous night’s show. Go raibh maith agaibh.
“And finally, to my family who stood by me every day of every week, year in, year out. To my daughters especially, they put up with so much and I am as grateful to them as I am awestruck by them.”
Friday 17th March
4.15pm Freeview PSB three fully regional in northern and central England
The PSB3 (Freeview HD) multiplex has now been fully regionalised across Northern and Central England to mirror the current BBC regions and ITV sub-regions ahead of regional BBC One HD launch. South, SW, W and E England yet to be done fully (S,SE and E still one “region”)…
…London is already standalone. Freeview HD regional structure was previously based on ITV macro regions in England, meaning it wasn’t possible to regionalise HD channels in the same way as SD.
11.30pm New signed idents from Channel 4
Channel 4 has been celebrating Sign Language Week 2023 (13th – 19th March), marking 20 years since British Sign Language (BSL) was formally recognised by the British Government.
A number of Channel 4’s best-loved shows aired with BSL interpretation throughout the week – including signed episodes of Channel 4’s comedy content, on Channel 4 and E4, such as The Inbetweeners, Derry Girls, GameFace and Friday Night Dinner.
Signed idents created by 4Voice, Channel 4’s in-house announcer team, in collaboration with the Equity & Inclusion and Access Services teams, launched on Channel 4, E4 and All 4, promoting the channels’ comedy nights.
Saturday 18th March
6.30pm BBC’s North East and Cumbria news service off air this weekend
Engineering work at the BBC’s Newcastle studios means viewers in the North East and Cumbria will receive their TV news courtesy of BBC Look North in Leeds this weekend (and Monday morning).
Sunday 19th March
12.15pm Additional Channel 4 DOG for new reality show
There’s a new reality show in town (Rise and Fall) – and so Channel 4 has the obligatory DOG (Digital On-Screen Graphic) in the top corner of screen.
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PICTURED: Ryan Tubridy speaking on RTÉ Radio 1 about his decision to step down as host of The Late Late Show. COPYRIGHT: RTÉ.