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Tonight's "regional" weather forecast.

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Eddie Mair | 17:30 UK time, Thursday, 17 September 2009

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  • 1. At 5:52pm on 17 Sep 2009, cherrytree wrote:

    North West England? You could have fooled me! certainly not from radio Cumbria!

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  • 2. At 5:53pm on 17 Sep 2009, surfing69 wrote:

    what regional accents??? you could have done better. they all sounded quite similar ? where was the west midlands yam yam ?

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  • 3. At 5:54pm on 17 Sep 2009, Alchemist Jack wrote:

    That worked, and it gave me a better idea of the different regions. I vote for strong regional accents.

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  • 4. At 5:55pm on 17 Sep 2009, stinchcombechris wrote:

    The regional accents were most annoying, and bird sounds gimmicky. Quite liked the shipping forecast style, brief and to the point. Can't get too excited about it, never had a problem with current format

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  • 5. At 5:55pm on 17 Sep 2009, Patrick Too wrote:

    I think the NW was our Annabelle - her accent isn't the strongest. Could have found better one's for Norfolk, Midlands and South West England too!

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  • 6. At 5:55pm on 17 Sep 2009, FROGGYTHIERRY wrote:

    Listening from France and being French, I did like the regional accents! It changes from all the usual accent we can hear and allows foreigners like me to make the difference. Keep it going!

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  • 7. At 5:55pm on 17 Sep 2009, HolaLady wrote:

    The regional accents were too 'BBC'. They could have been a lot more 'broader'!

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  • 8. At 5:56pm on 17 Sep 2009, Patrick Too wrote:

    Mind you even Radio Cumbria's been getting a bit posh these days!

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  • 9. At 5:56pm on 17 Sep 2009, jezevans wrote:

    thursdays test was i think the best yet for me..the male,female,male,female,male thing worked well, the accents, i thought need to be more precise to the region though..9/10

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  • 10. At 5:56pm on 17 Sep 2009, ruralwriter wrote:

    With the best will in the world, the Midlands ISN'T just Birmingham. 4 million people live in the East Midlands alone and I'm willing to bet the majority have never been anywhere near Brum! Fairly pointless exercise for us really as most days the Midlands gets ignored in the forecast altogether and we have to guess - are we in the North or the South for our weather today? But as a Geordie, must admit it was nice to hear an accent from the North East!

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  • 11. At 5:57pm on 17 Sep 2009, PugMother wrote:

    How gorgeous! I loved it - stronger accents please. A whistlestop tour of the country.

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  • 12. At 5:57pm on 17 Sep 2009, tombluetit wrote:

    As long as the North West actually sounds like the North West (agree with cherrytreeagain, it was indistinguishable from RP, and I've lived in Lancaster for the last 3 years) and the Midlands actually sounds like the Midlands and not just someone talking slowly (though that is a vital part of our accent ;) then I'm all for it. I think they need to be stronger though, but obviously not so strong that they are inaccessible to non-locals.

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  • 13. At 5:57pm on 17 Sep 2009, blonezone wrote:

    Please let us know which part of the UK your going to start with. Tonight you were quick off the mark with Scotland my area, and by the time I got my ear in it was past my region.

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  • 14. At 5:58pm on 17 Sep 2009, sherbert39 wrote:

    I thought the other ideas were bonkers and great fun, but tonight's made more sense. Stronger accents required though.

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  • 15. At 5:58pm on 17 Sep 2009, Fontwell wrote:

    This was a superb success as far as I am concerned but possibly due to the law of unintended consequences. The whole forecast a) was split into regions b) identified each region before giving its weather.

    Take a hint from the shipping forecast, it's all we ever wanted; tell us the region; give us its weather. What we don't want is "...and later there will be gales and rain sweeping over from Wales to give a cold start to the day in the East midlands..." "What! was that us? What did he say?"

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  • 16. At 5:59pm on 17 Sep 2009, PJohnsonesq wrote:

    Where was Yorkshire, where the East Midlands?
    there are a lot of people in Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Halifax and Sheffield AND Nottingham and Leicester. How many live in Scotland,eh?

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  • 17. At 5:59pm on 17 Sep 2009, pimlicogerry wrote:

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  • 18. At 6:00pm on 17 Sep 2009, Graham Woodier wrote:

    What a good idea - please keep it up. Trouble is with the existing presenter line-up half the other news items will sound like they are Scottish...

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  • 19. At 6:00pm on 17 Sep 2009, Lars Post wrote:

    That worked well, much clearer to identify the appropriate information and easier to retain it, the accents could have been stronger though.

    Told you so.

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  • 20. At 6:00pm on 17 Sep 2009, Briantist wrote:

    That was rather good, reminded me of the old TV Nationwide programme. The alternate male and female voices seems a good idea too.

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  • 21. At 6:01pm on 17 Sep 2009, SinarF wrote:

    Fantastic idea! It certainly got my attention for my area(s) - East Anglia and South East. I hope we hear more weather presented like this.

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  • 22. At 6:02pm on 17 Sep 2009, pauldurdin wrote:

    Brilliant - stayed awake throughout and recogonised 'my' weather. Now what was the weather tomorrow?

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  • 23. At 6:02pm on 17 Sep 2009, Medway Maid wrote:

    First issue - what about people who are not living in the same region that they grew up? They'll 'tune in' to the wrong part of the forecast, won't they, according to this theory.

    Second - what rubbish accents some of those were. That were never West Country, my lover.

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  • 24. At 6:05pm on 17 Sep 2009, funnyJoedunn wrote:

    I think you should try doing the weather in un-bastardised regional accents.

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  • 25. At 6:05pm on 17 Sep 2009, thenorthwalesfox wrote:

    I didn't like that. Some of those accents were debatable and i'd be interested to know whether that was the same duration as the normal 90 sec forecast ?? - not very fair to compare if it wasn't. In a real world, i guess this would be difficult to put in practice on a daily basis (unless all the forecasters were given training in regional accents). If you want a regional forecast why don't you just listen to BBC Cumbria or Wales or whatvever...As a national radio 4 program I'd like to hear the general UK situation.

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  • 26. At 6:06pm on 17 Sep 2009, pimlicogerry wrote:

    Regional weather forecast is wonderful, I usually forget what has been said, waiting for my bit of the country. I hope something similar can be deployed.

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  • 27. At 6:08pm on 17 Sep 2009, JAR2009 wrote:

    Great idea but far better were the north east commentary punctuated with an oooooooh nooooooooo before anything unwelcome!

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  • 28. At 6:09pm on 17 Sep 2009, Dave-at-Bramcote wrote:

    I only recognised the Scots and North East accents. Stronger accents would have made this quite funny, as the bird calls the other night.

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  • 29. At 6:09pm on 17 Sep 2009, pauljam20 wrote:

    Brilliant - great idea! I recognized all the other accents and ignored those forecasts. There is an unexpected problem though, I didn't recognize the one intended for my area (Bristol) until too late, because it was very weak and as a Bristolian it just sounded neutral to me!

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  • 30. At 6:12pm on 17 Sep 2009, attentiveears wrote:

    can bear to hear forecast from all regions except midlands. what a boring and lazy accent this is. and i'm a midlander.

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  • 31. At 6:14pm on 17 Sep 2009, qrjunkie wrote:

    Regional accents ? No thanks. If I wanted that I could try listening to the simply awfull versions of Radion 4 called ''BBC Scotland ''......Or 'Local radio'....yuk.

    Simple, clearly separated, and followng the 'shipping forecast ' structure.

    So far, thats' the most simple, straightforward and intelligible format.
    Unemcumbered by 'audio idents', or uncontrollable variations in 'regional accents' or other attention demanding distractions.

    Straight forward information delivered in a straightforward way.

    why not ? whats' wrong with that ?

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  • 32. At 6:16pm on 17 Sep 2009, RogerCB wrote:

    As a Radio Officer in the Merchant Navy for 10 Years, I think the weather forecast produced a similiar way to the shipping forecast is best! It's specific to the region, that's why!

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  • 33. At 6:16pm on 17 Sep 2009, Angela_Benson wrote:

    I really like the idea of regional accents being used for the weather forecast, although I did not identify the "south-west" one as being from the south-west. I generally find that I cannot take in the weather forecast because (a) it is read too fast, (b) the area is not given first, and (c) the phrasing of the sentences by the newsreader sometimes make the information difficult to understand. I find Rob McElwee the easiest to understand.

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  • 34. At 6:18pm on 17 Sep 2009, Davy-S wrote:

    I preferred it. Like the Shipping Forecast, this regional weather forecast covered the the UK in a sequence of areas, each giving a short, simple synopsis. Made it easier to focus on the weather for me and thankfully stripped of the peculiar language of the usual gabble. No 'bits and pieces', 'sharp showers' or the ubiquitous 'easing down'

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  • 35. At 6:18pm on 17 Sep 2009, Sid wrote:

    It was all going so well till you got to the midlands ...

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  • 36. At 6:28pm on 17 Sep 2009, madmitch69 wrote:

    As a Londoner remembering your regional accent weather forecast worked for me; ... ... it's a shame I live in the Highlands of Scotland ;-)

    Mostly, the male Scottish accent makes my toes curl ¦-( ... ... whereas the female Scottish accent is a 'turn-on'.

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  • 37. At 6:42pm on 17 Sep 2009, Humberview wrote:

    I live in East Yorkshire. Yorkshire and Lincolnshire were missed off the weather forecast, or were we supposed to be part of the Georgie, North East?

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  • 38. At 6:43pm on 17 Sep 2009, Victor_Delta wrote:

    Totally agree re lack of sufficient regional differentiation in the accents. However, accents apart, the different voices made each regional section much clearer in my view.
    Best test so far! Keep up the good work (has the radio weather forecast ever had so much attention before!?).

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  • 39. At 6:43pm on 17 Sep 2009, thenorthwalesfox wrote:

    Why are people so obsesed with wanting to hear there own county or town mentioned? In a short forecast thats not going to possible unless you give the weather presenters more time. RE. 16 PJohnsonesq - East Midlands is in the Midlands and Yorkshire is in Northern England? It's like me saying where was Kent mentioned? IT WAS...in the East Angia and South East England bit!

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  • 40. At 6:45pm on 17 Sep 2009, Sid wrote:



    Just as a matter of interest ... why are there six days left to listen again to this morning's shipping forecast?

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  • 41. At 6:49pm on 17 Sep 2009, littleislandlass wrote:

    Favourites so far are last night's forecast with weather sound effects and tonight's "regional" forecast. They both kept my attention and will have to take in the geraniums now ground frost is coming!

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  • 42. At 6:51pm on 17 Sep 2009, litody92 wrote:

    This is certainly on the right lines, however shaky some of the regional accents might have been - but wouldn't it overrun the 3 minutes usally allocated?

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  • 43. At 6:58pm on 17 Sep 2009, msliz-by-the-sea wrote:

    That was good but the accents weren't necessary. Alternate male and female voices and/or stating the region would probably be fine.

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  • 44. At 7:19pm on 17 Sep 2009, sarahbooney wrote:

    I would think that most people who listen on the radio to the weather forecast are only interested in the forecast for their own region. Reading the forecast in a regional accent is one way of separating out your own region.

    However hidden behind this idea are also :
    (a) the possibility of using clearly defined regional names which would be used by ALL forecasters for all forecasts
    (b) perhaps always using the same order for the regional forecasts.

    I find that it is too easy to just listen with half an ear to the radio forecast waiting for a trigger word to get my full attention. Then before I know it I have missed my region's forecast.

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  • 45. At 7:20pm on 17 Sep 2009, 45tink wrote:

    I agree that accurate regional accents could help, but it might get annoying after a while! I did find that having different voices reading forecasts for each region made it easier to remember. I didn't catch whose idea it was, but thought it was helpful.

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  • 46. At 7:31pm on 17 Sep 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    No sorry, seemed quite impractical although reasonably easy to listen to. Who is going to pay for six or eight different people to read the forecast when one will do?

    And ditto comments about the East Midlands.

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  • 47. At 7:36pm on 17 Sep 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    I liked it. My own regional accent was recognisable, but quite - for want of a better word - mild.

    JAR2009, are you thinking of Ruth Archer?

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  • 48. At 7:38pm on 17 Sep 2009, djblogger wrote:

    Tonights weather forecast was the best yet. The accnts are a good thing and the content of the weather forecast was better. More precise and shorter. Well done

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  • 49. At 7:47pm on 17 Sep 2009, Craggo wrote:

    Not a bad effort but still sounded like "The BBC". Dont be afraid to allow real regional accents to be used-it will be appreciated.

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  • 50. At 8:06pm on 17 Sep 2009, puzzledpamela wrote:

    The other day I heard the 1755 weather forecast broadcast in the style of a shipping forecast and I thought it was good - clear, concise & easy to remember.

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  • 51. At 8:06pm on 17 Sep 2009, phil wrote:

    Regional accents to make people actually listen to weather forecasts?
    That's ridiculous.
    If people are really that disinterested then let them "not listen" as they are doing at present.
    There are enough of we INTERESTED people out there who listen to programmes because they're interested.
    As for the others?
    It's best summed up as "you can't educate pork".
    Forget them and concentrate on genuine LISTENERS!

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  • 52. At 8:10pm on 17 Sep 2009, bigtom1940 wrote:

    A great idea, and a lot of fun, but the accents were very BBC'ised. I must admit that if tomorrows weather is important to me, I go to the BBC weather site. It always seems quite accurate, and is very easy to research various regions.

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  • 53. At 8:22pm on 17 Sep 2009, karlAwilliams wrote:

    ...I thought the regional accent thing went really well, overall. Yes, some of the accents could have been a little broader - I still think Mr McGowan might have made it funnier and therefore more memorable - but for me this was definitely the best this week. To be fair though, the alternation between male and female voices was a master-stroke, and I think even the multi-voiced Alistair may have struggled with that particular feature...

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  • 54. At 8:51pm on 17 Sep 2009, karlAwilliams wrote:

    ...I have to admit, it was lovely to hear all the different accents spoken by bona fide locals (even if some were a little too 'bbc')...

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  • 55. At 9:25pm on 17 Sep 2009, Geordeeee wrote:

    Whey Man. Av never laffed sur much and felt sur happy in arl me life listen ta tha wevver. Absalootly fantastic. The Geordie lass was arl a bit posh mind. Could dee with some reel strong uns to make it reely work. Ya naa - sur strang that yer haf ta be lurcal ta get what its on aboot.

    Whey it really made me day livin here in ... Merseyside.

    seriously ... you have hit the JACKPOT!!!!!! please PLEase PLEASE keep it up (my first ever blog comment)

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  • 56. At 9:30pm on 17 Sep 2009, PJohnsonesq wrote:

    30 thenorthwalesfox should move to England. Does he think that North Wales weather is the same as South Wales weather just because the BBC decides to call the area Wales? Yorkshire weather varies from Bridlington to Harrogate and beyond.The North-East is not Yorkshire and Humberside. I know because I was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In York , we have at least five different local ways of speaking. There is no such thing as a Regional accent ( except of course for the Mummersett burr). Generally only the uneducated speak pure "localese" because they have stayed away from school, where their (note the spelling thenorthwalesfox) accents are ironed out. Pity 'tis too!

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  • 57. At 9:40pm on 17 Sep 2009, anencephal wrote:

    Didn't work for me at all. Living on the South Coast I didn't know which region I was in so therefore wasn't sure which part of the forecast applied to me. I also wouldn't have a clue what the local accent sounds like.

    I think this approach is far too impractical - how would you determine how big or small a region is and hence which is the appropriate accent to use?

    I'm also not sure what "problem" this is trying to solve. If people can't remember or don't listen to the forecast, so what?

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  • 58. At 10:30pm on 17 Sep 2009, annasee wrote:

    I liked listening to the accents, but thought they could have been much stronger. North-West - didn't recognise that at all. Or South west either. Were you afraid of being accused of parodying local accents? Or since they were BBC announcers, is it just the case that really strong regional accents don't make it into employment on the airwaves?

    So busy listening to the accents didn't really take in the weather itself.But I still enjoyed listening. It's a really interesting interactive experiment, isn't it?

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  • 59. At 10:37pm on 17 Sep 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Yep, Where was Yorkshire?

    Surely when we end up with DAB multiplexes then Radio 4 could actually briefly go "LOCAL" for the weather? After all FM and longwave spilt and broadcast different stuff. So Generic weather on long wave, Local weather on DAB

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  • 60. At 10:44pm on 17 Sep 2009, LettieLawsonHope wrote:

    This just highlighted for me how good the shipping forecast version was

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  • 61. At 04:41am on 18 Sep 2009, lickleflicka wrote:

    Bring back RP, I say, and stop trying to make the weather entertaining. We are already motivated to listen so gimmicks just get in the way of the information. I often just glaze over nowadays, with the gabbling, the trivial emphases, and the distracting overviews of weather systems making their way hither and thither. I don't care where they come from or go to - I just want to know when it's going to be rainy or cold here!

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  • 62. At 09:51am on 18 Sep 2009, shppingforecastfan wrote:

    Last afternoon I concentrated so hard on trying to recognise all the different regional accents I missed the forecast for my region. It was fun though.

    Originally from the west country, I was a bit disappointed I couldn't really recognise the south western accent, that is, until the word 'cloud'! It was said with an accent on the 'ou' bit so it sounds a bit like 'ooow'! Good to hear.

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  • 63. At 10:18am on 18 Sep 2009, LorneGifford wrote:

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  • 64. At 10:47am on 18 Sep 2009, Chris wrote:

    I think the major problem with listening to the weather forecast is recognising the relevant information that applies to your area. The "regional accent" idea goes a long way to overcoming this. The way the weather forecast is presented by skipping around all over the country makes it very hard to find out what your own weather is, I often get to the end of the forecast and realise I've picked up little or no information about my region. The attitude of the presentation is that it is "weather" based, i.e. it is declaring how the weather develops around the country from the point of view of the meteorologist. What we need is forecasts based on the listener's requirement. The forecasts from years ago did this, region by region, but now it seems that the forecasts are squeezed up just to provide more time for trailers. The old format inevitably led to some duplication of information for areas with similar forecasts but at least you knew the forecaster was going to talk to you about YOUR area. Please bring back a forecast focussed on the needs of the individual listener for his own region i.e. shipping forecast format.

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  • 65. At 10:48am on 18 Sep 2009, sianelsp wrote:

    If it is memory that is a problem perhaps this is because we can remember between 5 and 9 pieces of information in short term memory. So what do we really want to know - will it rain? will it be hot or cold, might there be any danger elements (e.g. ice). What about "Wales - cloudy, cold, showery tonight, sunny tomorrow" Alternatively what about using it as a story "James looked and the cloudy sky and shivered from the cold night air, wincing as it began to shower. "I hope the weather forecast is right and its sunny tomorrow" he thought. Both in the regional accents as I found them much easier! Noises too distracting!

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  • 66. At 11:10am on 18 Sep 2009, Liz Verran wrote:

    I loved the bird sounds and the sound effects but the regional accents were too mild and it lead to a lot of repetition. You have a presenter whose Northern Irish accent is much stronger (it drives me nuts). I think you need a stand-up comdian(ne) taking off the accents, so they are more of a caricature. Anyway, keep up the good work, I'm a weather freek. (Love the shipping forecast if I'm awake, which I often am) - pardon the split verb.

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  • 67. At 11:24am on 18 Sep 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Perhaps the forecasters could try something along these lines:

    Opening, very brief summary, i.e. the trend

    Then how that trend will work across the regions.

    Finally, areas which will escape the trend.

    Useful, too, to repeat key words relating to weather features.

    Along these lines, perhaps?

    "The prevailing feature for tomorrow will be high winds from the south west.

    These winds will work their way across Cornwall and Devon and West Wales and into the South East the Midlands by lunchtime. Eventually the winds will peter out across eastern areas.

    The North will escape these winds and will have a mild and generally dry day, with a few showers developing perhaps in the afternoon.

    Scotland will be mainly dull, but dry.

    Northern Ireland can expect some strong breezes, but will remain generally dry and cool."

    Just a thought.

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  • 68. At 11:47am on 18 Sep 2009, Celdie wrote:

    Really liked the London voice. It was lively, easy to focus on and remember. Also Philip Eden made the sentences shorter and sharper so the forecast was a big improvement from the usual unmemorable jumbly waffle.

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  • 69. At 12:41pm on 18 Sep 2009, tony_lavelle wrote:

    The shipping forecast style by Peter Gibbs was brilliant. The regional accents version was only good because it was carefully scripted and forced a clear region-by-region structure on the content. Presumably the readers were NOT meteorologists and that may have helped too.

    No more "best of the brightness" either please. It doesn't tell anyone what THEIR weather will be, which is the whole point.

    Is anyone at the BBC taking all of this constructive criticism on board?

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  • 70. At 1:55pm on 18 Sep 2009, Jane Bird wrote:

    I really enjoyed the regional accent differentiated weather forecast worked really well. I would guess that it's a bit of pulavar to put together. It certainly kept my attention throughout, and it would be my preferred format so far.

    The shipping forecast style weather, although very clear, is also somewhat hypnotic and I can lose concentration in the same way that I do with the current forecast format. But I could get used to it.

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  • 71. At 3:16pm on 18 Sep 2009, skylark451 wrote:

    Please can the awful & predictable phrases 'spits & spots' & ' mist & murk' be excised from the forecaster's vocabulary. Especially 'mist & murk', which spreads a sense of gloom, whereas plain 'mist', gives us each a chance to interpret it, perhaps looking forward to some beautiful scenes.

    I don't want either my mood or that of people around me, set by the morning's weather forecast! As someone said, JUST GIVE US THE WEATHER!!

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  • 72. At 3:55pm on 18 Sep 2009, bass-singingmum wrote:

    I have long thought a shipping forecast style would be best, and when you tried it the other day I realised I was right. It's much clearer and easier to follow than a chatty style. I'm sorry if it's boring to read out. The other ideas you have tried are just gimmicks, they don't help the purpose of the forecast, to convey clear information.

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  • 73. At 4:33pm on 18 Sep 2009, Blogcat wrote:

    I liked the weather in the style of the shipping forecast, but just love listening to the SF anyway, it is rather poetic and makes you think of wild seas!

    I thought the regional accents one might be fun, but spent the whole time listening to the accent rather than the weather and trying to work out if I could have identified the accent if I hadn't known where it was supposed to be from. As many others have said the accents were not broad enough really and everyone sounded BBC'd (sorry). If you are going to use regional accents lets have really good strong ones!

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  • 74. At 4:36pm on 18 Sep 2009, Nickshaw781 wrote:

    The regional accents didn't work and where did the BBC get these people? No way did they represent the accents from many of the regions.

    The best I have heard this week is the forecast that was presented in a similar way to the shipping forecast, clear, simple and easy to understand.

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  • 75. At 5:23pm on 18 Sep 2009, TerryS wrote:

    When Eddie announced that the weather forecast would be presented using regional accents I thought 'Great, that should be interesting'. But what a let down - where were the regional accents? They all sounded much the same to me - I could barely detect any differences. I live in the West Country and thought the accent supposedly from here was very weak.

    Come on PM, repeat the exercise but with some REAL regional accents!

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  • 76. At 11:00pm on 18 Sep 2009, mindweather-girl wrote:

    Agree with many others, that the law of unintended consequences came into play alongside yesterday's 'regional' accents: Area first (essential whatever the format) then male/female/male/female voice got the attention.

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  • 77. At 09:14am on 20 Sep 2009, Helena-Handbasket wrote:

    I agree the regional accents were too 'mild' - but too far in the other direction and it might tip over into incomprehensibility. I live in the midlands, and accents vary from my native Herefordian 'Oooh-Arrr, git orf moi Laaaaaaand!' to the 'DoodLAY Twang?' (and that's just the range west of Birmingham), I do actually venture out of the area from time to time, an so might on occasion have an interest in weather in other parts of the country.
    Studies* have shown that humour is a great way to get people to listen better, and last week's bird noises - they sounded too surprised to be birdsong - certainly had me chuckling away, picturing the studio filled with perches and the obligatory long stick with which to poke the various birds and achieve that all-important, attention-grabbing "Awk!"...
    SO! My suggestion, or rather my 'variation on a theme' is as follows: Regional greetings to top and tail each specific bit of the forecast, so we know when to start/stop listening.
    Suitable voices that spring to mind include:
    Peter Sallis (as Lancashire's Wallace) Ay-Up Lad!/Grand!
    Ruth Jones (as South-Walian Nessa from Gavin and Stacey) Weather is it?/Tidy!
    Robbie Coltrane (as shouty Scottish Man) SEE YOU!/Smashin'!
    Michael Macintyre (for our elders and betters in the South-East) Air-Hellair!/I say! Brah-voh!
    Etc., etc.

    Example: Ay-Up Lad! Northern England: cloudy, with western and northern areas having rain at times. Windy in the northwest. North eastern areas mainly dry with clear spells and also some sunny intervals. Grand!

    Not entirely sure the perch/pokey stick scenario would work, so recordings would probably be the way to go...

    Oh - and preferably the shipping forecast style inbetween (far and away the best style in my opinion).


    * Insert relevant reference here.

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  • 78. At 09:44am on 20 Sep 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    H-H 77, Are you related to Helena Handcart?

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  • 79. At 1:37pm on 20 Sep 2009, Helena-Handbasket wrote:

    Not that I'm aware - unless she's incredibly witty and amusing, in which case - absolutely! *nods lots*

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