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Brekkie28,046 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
Great first post and I pretty much agree with every word. I just don't really understand the two studio approach - I do like that the glass box is something quite different and prefer it to the new studio, but I think in the excitement about visitors to Sky Central being able to look in they forgot most people be watching the action via the TV.

I just find the new set so disjointed - the VR is OK for me and links to the glass box look, so there is some consistency there. The real part of the studio just doesn't match it though and there is no attempt too, and it does just feel cheap. At the moment the Milkbank studio is by far the most visually appealing.
Shouldn't that have been posted in the "John Logie Baird has Invented Television" thread?
TROGGLES and EastEngland gave kudos
Woodpecker4 posts since 19 Jan 2018 new member
Central (West) Midlands Today
Hi all, have been reading the forum on and off for many years, but have only just started posting.

I have to say, from what little I have seen of the new studio over the past few days, I'm not a huge fan. I think it's a bit dull, and very subdued, especially compared to what we've had in the past. I understand that moving studios was a necessity, what with the recently-vacated Sky Centre about to be demolished, but I personally would have liked the new design to have had a bit more life to it.

I also don't really like how, for the first time in the history of Sky News (correct me if I'm wrong), neither of the main studios have a newsroom/gallery backdrop. I always thought that that was an integral part of Sky News' style, so to speak, alongside the newswall, the voiceover (which, of course, is also no more), and latterly, the rotating desk. Hell, the newsroom was the main backdrop on said newswall, at one point!

Onto (or should that be into) the glass box; in my opinion, while it doesn't look bad or ugly, it certainly isn't anything special, especially compared to the old studio. It does the job, which I suppose is the main thing, but it just doesn't grab me in the way that the old sets did. As I said above, it just feels to me like there is no life to proceedings anymore; rather, they are just going through the motions - with the important exception of Kay Burley's slot - like her or dislike her, she is very charismatic, damned good with breaking news, and does tend to put her own stamp on her programme.

From an aesthetic point of view, I always thought (and I'm sure many here will agree) that 2005 was the best that Sky News has even been. Okay, many elements were over the top (three-presenter bulletins, a little too much walking about) but it made the channel interesting to watch, IMO. I can't help thinking that if said look were introduced now, it would be received far more warmly than it had been at the time. I know it will probably never happen now, but in this era of smartphone apps and YouTube streams, I would love to see them have another stab at that style (maybe sans triple-headedness, though). I think that there could be a real opportunity for it to work - look at Franceinfo.

I realise that the aim is perhaps to 'de-glamourise' things, so to speak, but I feel that they've gone too far in that direction in recent years. Don't get me wrong: the journalism is as good as ever - and at the end of the day, that is what really matters, far more than any fancy studio, cool theme music or shiny graphics - but after all, this is TV Forum, and the presentation is what we're all here to discuss.
Oh, sir, can we take a break for a while? It appears my intelligence circuits have melted.
Markymark5,124 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
I know it's not really pertitent to this thead, but does someone know the date/year ITV switched to widescreen?
I suppose that they launched WS transmission around 1998 (along with the BBC), but maybe WS graphics only came along with the 1999 new "Hearts" idents (both Granada and Carlton) etc.


Widescreen was late coming to ITV, and was piece meal. I remember Meridian's output on DTT initially being nothing more than a soggy image derived from the analogue PAL output (same for C4 on D-Sat until Easter 1999, though DTT was component sourced from day 1)

Some network programmes on Meridian were 16:9 and component derived, but they were messily patched over
from PAL, (and back again) during the credits. Can't remember what happened about the ad breaks on those shows ? I don't think either LNN or Meridian (who at that time played out Anglia and HTV West) had proper 16:9/component playout until well into 1999 ?
dosxuk3,837 posts since 22 Oct 2005
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
If anyone here has presented from a Green Screen, how do you feel working in such an area compared to a normal set? I can imagine it takes a fair bit of getting used to?

Remember the side the presenters are looking is open to the rest of the room, and, as any studio, contains cameras, screens and lights. In my experience, it's worse from behind the lens because you're having to look at the bright green all the time. The harder bit to get used to is interacting with objects you can't see. But that's no different to what weather presenters have dealt with for decades, and it's no different with something overlayed on the screen in a normal studio rather than keyed behind you.
EastEngland gave kudos
Neil Jones4,025 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
I managed to hop onto the site while at the library and the IP address reported to the site comes back as one that does map back to the UK. I can get to on the same browser on my phone on my home internet connection (Daily Mail still seems to think I'm in the US though even on my home connection).

There must be something about the configuration of the council's setup for WiFi public internet through the libraries that confuses the BBC site and makes it think I'm elsewhere. It's minor in the grand scale of things though Smile
a516498 posts since 29 Jan 2010
Central (East) East Midlands Today
A press release is a press release, they don't do one for different organisations or individuals. If you want any more copy you need to make it up as in the case of the tabloids.

Even worse is when an organisation sends out a blanket or standard statement and you get stories that say "X exclusively told Y". Had that when I did an item based on an Ofcom statement which had been clearly sent to everyone on the mailing list.
EastEngland484 posts since 3 Jun 2017
To be honest I'm struggling to see what the green screen studio offers so far in the ways they've used it.

The background behind the virtual big screen looks more like a video game than a news channel even if the big screen there looks very realistic and honestly the desk/double big screen area hasn't really impressed me.

If anyone here has presented from a Green Screen, how do you feel working in such an area compared to a normal set? I can imagine it takes a fair bit of getting used to?