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Inspector Sands10,449 posts since 25 Aug 2004
I was thinking the same, it does seem odd to have a whole other gallery sitting there in reserve. Maybe it's because of the complexity of the VR? Though if they're in so much trouble that they can't use their main gallery they should be happy just with a basic setup just to get them on air.

You're right in that the BBC have the advantage that they have multiple studios to relocate into (and they do that as a matter of course every day) though they are of course a very different type of output, they aren't just doing 2 hours of bulletins a day.
Rkolsen1,076 posts since 20 Jan 2014
BBC World
I was thinking the same, it does seem odd to have a whole other gallery sitting there in reserve. Maybe it's because of the complexity of the VR? Though if they're in so much trouble that they can't use their main gallery they should be happy just with a basic setup just to get them on air.

You're right in that the BBC have the advantage that they have multiple studios to relocate into (and they do that as a matter of course every day) though they are of course a very different type of output, they aren't just doing 2 hours of bulletins a day.


Could the spare control room be not really a spare? If it's set up the same the ITV London crew can go in and prep before the show.

I believe most US broadcasters have a backup (maybe not as fully featured) control room in their premises. Some networks are standardizing their control rooms so any studio can be used with any control room.
itsrobert5,891 posts since 23 Mar 2001
Granada North West Today
PCR2 isn't just a backup control room - although that is one of its functions, it is also used for other projects. ITN do a lot of corporate work so have recordings to do from time to time. It's not used routinely by ITV News; and ITV London is on at 6pm so have the run of PCR1 in the run-up to the on air time. It's the 6.30 news that doesn't have that luxury anymore which is why the last section of London is pre-rec'd before 6pm and played out "as live".

Don't forget that ITN is different to the BBC. ITN has fewer resources - in recent times it has had just 3 control rooms, PCR1, PCR2 and PCR6 and the latter could not be used as a backup at short notice because it's Channel 4's control room. There does need to be a control room that has a bit more flexibility - which is what the BBC has as well. Back in the day, ITN had 5 control rooms servicing different programmes and services. For a while after the ITV News Channel closed, it was PCR4 that was more or less vacant and available in reserve.
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sjhoward399 posts since 21 Sep 2003
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
PCR2 isn't just a backup control room - although that is one of its functions, it is also used for other projects. ITN do a lot of corporate work so have recordings to do from time to time. It's not used routinely by ITV News; and ITV London is on at 6pm so have the run of PCR1 in the run-up to the on air time. It's the 6.30 news that doesn't have that luxury anymore which is why the last section of London is pre-rec'd before 6pm and played out "as live".


No idea if this is a GIR production, but just an example of the sort of studio-based corporate work ITN does for those who haven't seen this (ever-more-common) sort of thing: RSPH Improve and Protect
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bilky asko4,487 posts since 9 Sep 2006
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
From what I've heard, I believe the first broadcasts from GIR will be the 5 News Updates this evening.

If it was, it wasn't obvious

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Dare I suggest that it even could have been in the ITV news studio at the London desk with an altered camera position for this bulletin


Having just seen the 5 News Update on 5+1, I noticed that the poppy now adorning the (same?) newsreader was complete with an unkeyed green leaf. Could it have been a large screen?
m_in_m1,365 posts since 22 Apr 2006
Anglia (East) Look East
If it was, it wasn't obvious

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Dare I suggest that it even could have been in the ITV news studio at the London desk with an altered camera position for this bulletin


Having just seen the 5 News Update on 5+1, I noticed that the poppy now adorning the (same?) newsreader was complete with an unkeyed green leaf. Could it have been a large screen?

Presumably the green of the leaf is different enough to avoid causing issues in a CSO studio - especially for ITN's experience of using CSO.
Steve in Pudsey7,830 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)


Dare I suggest that it even could have been in the ITV news studio at the London desk with an altered camera position for this bulletin


Having just seen the 5 News Update on 5+1, I noticed that the poppy now adorning the (same?) newsreader was complete with an unkeyed green leaf. Could it have been a large screen?

Presumably the green of the leaf is different enough to avoid causing issues in a CSO studio - especially for ITN's experience of using CSO.

Certainly leaves on poppies have been OK in Studio A at the Beeb
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