I’ve been away from the world of TV news, by which I mean news about TV, for the best part of two weeks. Part of my job at The Stage, apart from burbling about the world of telly and editing the rest of our paper’s online content, is overseeing our web development strategy. That’s taken up a huge amount of my time recently — and will continue to do so, as we’re looking at rewriting every single line of code that drives the various sections of our website throughout 2012.
Last week, for example, I was out of the office every day, working with a company that is developing a new website for The Stage that will launch later in 2012, or possibly early 2013. This has little to no relevance to the TV Today blog, other than to explain why last week’s news that CBBC and CBeebies shows are to be phased out from transmission on BBC1 and BBC2 went uncommented upon.
In hindsight, maybe that’s a good thing. Because if I’d been commenting at the same time as the overpaid, overindulgent, underinformed commentators in the mainstream press were divulging their opinions about the “demise of Blue Peter on BBC1”, my main response would have been “what kept you so long from noticing a trend that’s been building for years?”