When C4 News launched then did the ITV bulletins have to sacrifice space for them? I know in the 90s they shared a studio with News at Ten prior to the great news relaunches of 1999.
I'm not sure about initially, but I'm fairly sure Channel 4 News used to share a desk with News at Ten, even when they were at Wells Street. I think they used to re-dress it between bulletins.
96/97ish NaT and C4 News did indeed share a studio, but the sets were separate and each side of that studio
Thanks Markymark - I guess that was one of the perks of moving to Grays Inn Road - being able to build larger studios.
A bit of a potted history of studios at GIR - in the first years after they moved in at the end of 1990 there were 3 studios and 2 control rooms. Studios 1 and 2 (controlled by PCR1) were in the basement and I believe back then that the cameras had to be shuffled between the studios as required. Those studios housed programmes like the Lunchtime News, 540 News, News at Ten, C4 Daily, C4 News and, eventually things like The Time The Place. There was also Studio 3 (and PCR2) on the atrium that was used for weekend bulletins and eventually the Early Evening News and News at Ten for a while.
Then in 1995 News at Ten moved back down to the basement to share with Channel 4 News and Studio 3 was used - as can be seen in one of the videos I posted yesterday - for the daytime and weekend ITV bulletins, ITN World News and the Big Breakfast News bulletins. You can see in the video that there was a green curtain that could be pulled round in order to change the background and a gauze curtain to diffuse the newsroom background a bit.
The next change happened in 1997 when Studio 5 (and PCR5) was created for 5 News and then in 1999, Studio 6 (and PCR6) were created alongside the atrium for C4 News. They remain there until the present day. You might notice in the video above that Studio 6 was built on what was the ITN canteen!
Also in 1999, the ITV bulletins moved back down to the basement studio and Studio 3 remained in use only for the overnight summaries/Morning News. It eventually became Studio 4 in 2000 to house the ITN News Channel and a new control room was built, PCR4. PCR2 was mothballed until ITV London moved into Studio 4 in 2004. After the News Channel had moved down to the basement in 2002 and then eventually closed, PCR4 acted as the backup gallery for ITV News and eventually came back into use when 5 News returned in 2012.
Eventually, ITV London left Studio 4 and moved to share the basement with ITV News and so PCR2 was relocated to the basement to act as the backup control room. 5 News left GIR for a while and moved to the Northern & Shell building but eventually returned to GIR. It now comes from one of the basement studios (as does The Wright Stuff - the TWS set is built over the 5 News set and is struck and re-set every day). A new control room - PCR5 was built when 5 News returned again.
So that's as it stands at the moment. Two studios and three control rooms in the basement and Studio 6/PCR6 on the lower ground floor.
Hope I've got all that correct - feel free to jump in if I've missed something. Programmes, studios and control rooms at ITN have moved around so much over the years it's hard to keep track!