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7 January 2010 1:20 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

For those despatched to the side of a motorway to report on the latest snow news, there are many presentational rules to be observed

Many years ago, when ITV made The Last Place on Earth, a drama about Scott in the Antarctic, concern was expressed by executives about whether "all that snow" would work on screen. Wasn't there a risk, in these days of colour TV, of it looking black-and-white?

When the series was shown, it proved that white is as much a colour in the paintbox as any other and, ever since, broadcasters have been as keen on this white powder as if it were the Bolivian kind, despatching Attenborough or Palin to the poles and clearing the screens whenever there's a freeze.

Yesterday, BBC1 ran "weather event specials" in the morning and evening; while Sky News, unusually, split the screen throughout Prime Minister's Question Time – Westminster hot air »

- Mark Lawson

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