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Rkolsen2,670 posts since 20 Jan 2014
BBC World

So who controls the cameras as you mentioned Milbank?

'Millbank' refers to a building that the broadcasters use (named after the road it's in called Millbank). The coverage of Parliament is done by a company called Bowtie


Yes - and Bowtie is now owned by NEP.

Yes, I’m familiar with Millbank (all the broadcasters have their base there). Didn’t know PARBUL outsourced it.
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Inspector Sands13,509 posts since 25 Aug 2004
I presume there is no technical reason why the feed from both houses of Parliament couldn't be in HD if they wanted it to be (or is it already HD and BBC Parliament just doesn't do HD? When Sky News and BBC News dip in and out of Parliament coverage it is sharper than what's going out on BBC Parliament but was never sure whether that was due to upscaling).


I think that might be possible. However I think new galleries for HoC and HoL are being built this summer, so all should be in native HD later this year ?

There was a plan to do it a few years ago I believe but there was a minor issue with something that meant that everything was rolled back to SD.

What that something was I can't remember and the person who told me wasn't sure either. Something to do with the locked off shot of the clock that's used before proceedings and as an emergency go-to for when they have to cut away suddenly
m_in_m1,618 posts since 22 Apr 2006
Anglia (East) Look East
I presume there is no technical reason why the feed from both houses of Parliament couldn't be in HD if they wanted it to be (or is it already HD and BBC Parliament just doesn't do HD? When Sky News and BBC News dip in and out of Parliament coverage it is sharper than what's going out on BBC Parliament but was never sure whether that was due to upscaling).


I think that might be possible. However I think new galleries for HoC and HoL are being built this summer, so all should be in native HD later this year ?

There was a plan to do it a few years ago I believe but there was a minor issue with something that meant that everything was rolled back to SD.

What that something was I can't remember and the person who told me wasn't sure either. Something to do with the locked off shot of the clock that's used before proceedings and as an emergency go-to for when they have to cut away suddenly

How many cameras are there across the estate? I presume there are a considerable number because of the committees etc.
noggin14,277 posts since 26 Jun 2001
'Millbank' refers to a building that the broadcasters use (named after the road it's in called Millbank). The coverage of Parliament is done by a company called Bowtie


Yes - and Bowtie is now owned by NEP.

Yes, I’m familiar with Millbank (all the broadcasters have their base there). Didn’t know PARBUL outsourced it.


It was never in-house. BowTie (or their ancestors) have been contracted to provide Westminster parliamentary TV coverage since it started in 1989.

BowTie have a number of contracts for coverage of UK assemblies and parliaments I believe - including (I believe) the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the National Assembly for Wales.
Markymark6,632 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
I doubt, with the future massive refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster imminent whether upgrading any broadcasting infrastructure is likely before that occurs. (or am I deluding myself contemplating such joined up thinking?)


I don’t think the new galleries and the CAA ( therefore more or less everything other than the camera heads and mics) are going to be in the palace, but elsewhere. It’s 2019 😎
thegeek4,818 posts since 1 Jan 2002
London London
I doubt, with the future massive refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster imminent whether upgrading any broadcasting infrastructure is likely before that occurs. (or am I deluding myself contemplating such joined up thinking?)


I don’t think the new galleries and the CAA ( therefore more or less everything other than the camera heads and mics) are going to be in the palace, but elsewhere. It’s 2019 😎

The galleries are already in a different building - in the basement of one of the ones on Millbank.