Err,

The nation’s television screens will go blank next week to encourage people to get outside and play sport as part of the official celebrations of Team GB’s historic Olympic success.

ITV will suspend all broadcasting for the first time in its history for an hour on Saturday, August 27, as 2,000 sports clubs throw open their doors to anyone who wants to try out a new sport.

Anyone turning on their TV will see messages such as “We’ve gone running – why don’t you join us?”

What percentage of watching is live to air broadcasting? And will that percentage change for an hour?

23 thoughts on “Err,”

  1. Bloke in North Dorset

    Interesting point. Apart from sport, I think all of our TV watching is time shifted viewing, including news and weather. I even time shift a lot of the sport I watch.

  2. “ITV will suspend all broadcasting for the first time in its history”

    Didn’t they do that back in the 70s/80s during strikes?

  3. Will they be recording all the road accidents (or pregnancies) that people might have because the are not tucked up watching TV

  4. Bloke in Wiltshire

    My guess ITV got offered more money to do that than what they’d make from whatever they’d make in advertising for the normal garbage they show at 7pm in the summer (probably one of those home video clip shows).

    And God, I fucking hate the Olympics now. ‘Oh, did you see Mo won. No, I didn’t, because rhe 5000m is fucking boring, and if a Kenyan had won, you wouldn’t have cared about the result either.’

    And no, this will work about as well as it did in London. Football, rugby, and cricket are huge sports precisely because you don’t need a sports club to open its doors. Football needs a bit of grass, a ball and 4 jumpers. Kids have no dependencies on adults or the state.

  5. Isn’t 7pm on a summer Saturday (also long weekend) a traditionally low viewing figures time anyway. So basically no one is watching anyway

  6. It’s all Margret Thatchers fault or who ever did away with most of the mental health facilities and let those with mental health live amongst us. The result has been that they are now in charge of so many things and telling us what to do even deciding who should be the leader of the Labour party.

  7. Given that there are 3-400 channels and ITV has maybe 6 or 7 of them, it’s hardly “the nation’s television screens will go blank”.

  8. BniC, pretty weird time to be going to the gym, too.

    Anyway, isn’t all this body shaming? And will I get a refund on my TV license?

  9. Having a dodgy cable connection I regularly have the screen go blank. I just change to a different channel.

  10. if a Kenyan had won, you wouldn’t have cared about the result either.

    I don’t understand why anyone cares about the results if a Somalian who lives in the US wins.

  11. BIW

    I said that in a pub. It led to an interesting few minutes of genteel debate. At least they didn’t just glass or ban me

  12. ITV only started breakfast TV in 1983, and they only started overnight broadcasting in 1986. The last overnight shutdown was in 1988, so the TV screens went to a test signal routinely before that.

    And, of course, it’s not going blank if there’s a message telling you to do some sport, is it?

  13. “2,000 sports clubs throw open their doors to anyone who wants to try out a new sport.”

    I hope they have extra staff on to cope with the rush. The roads will be jammed too.

  14. And with only Umpteen and one other channels to watch, plus catch-up and streaming services and the tonnage of crap on ITV, will anyone actually notice?

  15. ‘The nation’s television screens will go blank next week to encourage people to get outside and play sport as part of the official celebrations of Team GB’s historic Olympic success.’

    The punishment doesn’t fit the crime.

  16. Bloke in Costa Rica

    My TV, a twenty-year-old LG CRT model, up and died a couple of weeks ago. It will not be replaced. As it was, when it still worked, my TV viewing consisted of turning it on, flicking through the channels three times, wondering why I had a TV, and then turning it off.

  17. BiCR,
    That’s pretty much me when I’m in the US, which is about half the time. I flick around once or twice, maybe pausing briefly for:

    1) Family Guy or American Dad
    2) 30 seconds of whatever Hispanic soap (which will be some gorgeous woman bawling out some bloke, the scenery moving in tune with her heaving bosom).
    3) 20 seconds of Fox News, which may be crap but there’s often interesting shouting.

    Turn off. It’s mainly adverts anyway.

    Netflix, on the other hand, is amazing.

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