Fascinating to see, I wish I'd been in yesterday to be able to see it in tandem with the broadcast version. In terms of the comparison with much older talkback recordings, I guess things like ENPS
make a great deal of difference, nobody is shouting for scripts, everybody can see if packages are ready, the presenter can see which cameras they are using in the next sequence because it's all pre-planned, so it makes things a lot calmer and a lot less has to be said over talkback.
Yes - ENPS (and BASYS before it) revolutionised news production - though until the mid-to-late 90s paper scripts were still used rather than directing from screen in some BBC News control rooms (BBC World moved to screen directing before the One/Six/Ten I think - News 24 was screen based from launch, and by 1999 BBC One bulletins were)
George was still confirming cameras with Chris, and I think that is still the norm. The FM and Presenter will still be listening for camera direction from the director. The move away from tape TX to server in the early 00s allowed you a clearer view of what material was ready for TX, but even today you are still able to play directly from the edit suite should it not hit the playout server in time.
I was surprised that the "Sonic Sophie" doesn't appear to have multiple voices (like a car sat nav) - it must be confusing when Sophie is presenting to also have her voice doing the counts? Also a bit surprised that there didn't seem to be a count into the regional opts, just a "nations and regions next" followed by "opt out, opt out". Did I understand what Chris said correctly that the system does count that down on the talkback circuit to the regions but presumably not heard in the gallery?
I think you can hear Huw's voice counting out of the regional opt. There may be a separate audio output carrying this count, so it is louder on regional talkback than Sophie's package counts (which are of less interest to Nations and English Regions)