Derbyshire viewers again left without BBC East Midlands Today bulletins

Derbyshire viewers were again left without BBC East Midlands Today bulletins this morning (Friday) in what the corporation has described as a ‘temporary arrangement’ brought about because of Covid. Instead, news from the East Midlands was included in BBC Breakfast bulletins for the whole of the Midlands.

In a tweet this morning, BBC East Midlands said: “Like many organisations, the BBC has been affected by Covid-19. This morning, news from the East Midlands will be included in bulletins for the whole Midlands.

“This is a temporary arrangement. Our normal output will resume as soon as possible.”

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Replying to the statement, one Twitter user said: “OK, that’s fine. Where do I apply for a TV licence rebate?” Another commented: “This is becoming a regular occurrence.”

Indeed, it is not the first time Derbyshire folk have been left without BBC East Midlands Today broadcasts. Many viewers were surprised and upset to find that the East Midlands Today bulletin on the evening of March 23 and subsequent early shows had been replaced with West Midlands news.

At the time, the broadcaster said that BBC East Midlands Today broadcasts were dropped as a result of ‘significant staff disruption caused by Covid’. Some viewers responded by saying they were unhappy with the decision to air from Birmingham as they had tuned in hoping for news more local to them.