More4 is the new L!ve TV

Just caught More4 for the first time tonight. Not impressed. It made L!ve TV look professional: trailers cut off by the adverts; iffy aspect ratios that crop the picture too much; and, horror of horrors, when airing the first episode of The Daily Show that most British viewers will see, you do not screw up the picture until the explanation that this is a “best of the last two weeks” show has finished, thus completely confusing everyone watching. I’d seen all the episodes and I wasn’t sure what was going on, and with the poor editing that went into this one-off “global edition”, I’m pretty sure no one else had a clue what was happening either.
Still, brand new Daily Show tomorrow, so fingers crossed that they can press the ‘play’ button without screwing it up.

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  • I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.