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Charles578 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World News

International News Presentation: Past and Present

Shepard Smith has broadcast his last show for Fox News.
https://abcnews4.com/news/nation-world/shepard-smith-is-out-at-fox-news


And with that, the one remaining impartial presenter on Fox News has gone.

If only the channel was built around him instead of opinionated Trump 'analysts'


Chris Wallace still does a good job on Fox News Sunday, though of course it's only once a week. I also think White House Correspondent John Roberts is respectable.
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Charles578 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World News

TV News Terminology


Is the VO, SOT, PKG, NATVO etc. nomenclature used in the UK as well, or do you have different terms?


Yes, though there are differences between broadcasters. I think almost everyone refers to recorded items as VT or Package.

BBC specific terms I can think of are:
OOV (out of vision) (everyone else calls these VOs, underlays, or overlays)
CSO (colour separation overlay) (everyone else calls this chromakey or green screen)

SOT (sound on tape, occasionally SOF) / UPSOT (up sound on tape) is common, though ACT for actuality is also common in the BBC.

VAMP is common in the network newsroom, but in the regions I’ve worked in at the BBC, music running under headlines is known as a bed (which is a radio term I think).

VIS is common in the BBC when the presenter is to be brought back into vision, but I have seen freelancers put NCIV ‘Newscaster in vision’ which causes some confusion the first time it’s seen by BBC lifers!


Interesting, thanks for sharing. "Vamp" generally has a different meaning over here to signify when anchors have no script and ad-lib, usually as they wait for a press conference to begin or for a live reporter/interview to get ready.
Charles578 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World News

TV News Terminology

There are so many. Like in any workplace, people are bound to come up with terms that they can all understand for the purposes of expediting workflow.

Of course, what’s also interesting is that every shop does everything a little bit differently, and I think there are a lot of different terms compared to the US and UK.

One that springs to mind is the number of different terms used to describe the text graphic that appears at the bottom of the screen. Nowhere I’ve worked have people uniformly called them the same thing. In the UK, I believe the most common term is astons or titles. Over here, I can think of supers, chyrons, banners, CGs, dekos, camios, fonts, and lower thirds. It’s like Eskimos and snow — different names for the same thing. Smile

Is the VO, SOT, PKG, NATVO etc. nomenclature used in the UK as well, or do you have different terms?
Charles578 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World News

International News Presentation: Past and Present

WNYW New York, U.S. After updating their set, the station started moving away from the Fox O&O standard graphics (not completely as some elements still remain)
Here is the 4:30-7am open, Good Day Wakeup. Previously the 4:30-6am block was called Good Day Early Call and the 6-7am block was "Wakeup"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8Ftrg6LbZ8
The 7-10am show, Good Day New York
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlB-oI3siGY
The former open
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi55cDVBe0M

Detecting some influence from the current TEGNA look?


Seems like they're in the very early stages of designing a new look for the O&Os.
Charles578 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World News

Al Jazeera English | Relaunch 2019

Maryam Nemazee left for a while to work at Bloomberg I believe before coming back. I also believe that is right that the other London presenters on that list have been there since the beginning.

A lot of the correspondents have been there since the beginning: Hoda Abdel Hamid, Step Vaessen, Haru Mutasa, Zeina Khodr, and many have been since there since 2007/2008.

A lot of the anchors seem to have left for TRT. I'm not sure what statement that makes about TRT, those anchors, and/or AJ's inability to retain talent.
Charles578 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World News

Al Jazeera English | Relaunch 2019

Steff Gaulter is leaving Al Jazeera.



Charles578 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World News

CBSN LOCAL - CBS to accelerate local channels nationwide


Wow, I had no idea it dated back so long. The national desk in my mind doesn’t seem to match up with old studio.


I found a picture. It was from that brief, late 2010/early 2011 era when they swapped Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez for Chris Wragge and Erica Hill. Around the same time, they also swapped the main desk and update desk with much uglier ones.

It looks as though CBSN painted it, put different lettering in the front, and put a bigger glass top on it.

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Charles578 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World News

CBSN LOCAL - CBS to accelerate local channels nationwide

That desk dates back to 2003. It was taken from KCAL's set at the old building on Sunset Blvd. KCBS/KCAL moved to a new building in Studio City in 2007, and that desk was one of the few set pieces that also made the move. It's been in the newsroom ever since. The newsroom set was given a minor update in 2011 when Scott Pelley anchored the Evening News from there. They added that "CBS News Los Angeles" to the front of the desk and the globe backdrop in the very back of the newsroom.

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The desk for CBSN national is the last update desk from the Early Show set from ~2010. And the desk for CBSN New York is also a hand-me-down from the previous WCBS set.
Charles578 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World News

CNN London

Not sure it's Zucker behing the scale back at CNNI. When AT&T look at it they probably think why are we doing this. So anything that is salvaged will be good. However moving things to Atlanta makes little sense as CNN Center can't have any long term future.


A little bit of both probably at play. I don't think it's a coincidence that AT&T takes over, Tony Maddox retires, and then the ax swings the week after.

As far as consolidating everything to New York, that was a plan rumored years ago, and while a lot has moved up there, I can't help but think that CNN will never leave Atlanta altogether. Especially if the entire company is very cost sensitive right now, then Atlanta is a good, cheap place to conduct business. They already have a ton of established infrastructure and resources there, and worker compensation is lower than in New York. Most of CNNI, digital, and a lot of other core departments have never left Atlanta even if all of the weekday Domestic live programming left.
Charles578 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World News

CNN London

I was in London staying just around the corner from CNN’s current building. So sad to see what has become of a once great network. CNN was always a career goal for me, though I don’t know if it is anymore.

More amazing than anything is that Jeff Zucker still has a job. Clearly, Tony Maddox must have been a strong defender of the network behind the scenes.
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Charles578 posts since 11 Nov 2009
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NBC News, MSNBC, ABC News and others from across the pond

Can't help but think of middle American rolling their eyes at a montage of a bunch of Washington's power brokers pontificating a news anchor.

With that said, picking Norah for the Evening News would have been the right decision two years ago. It only feels awkward to push Glor out now, and while I didn't think he was great, he should have been given more time. At least the underrated Anthony Mason is getting a higher profile slot. Much in the same vein, he should have been picked for CTM over John Dickerson two years ago as well.
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Charles578 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World News

How strange (odd choices in news programmes)

One thing that I find unusual, but also effective on occasion, is having a presenter look down a different camera to the outputting camera. I see it quite often on France 24 after the end of a report, and it looks like CBS has done it on occasion as well heading into breaks and at the end of the Overnight News.



This practice is common in France as well as well as several other French-speaking and/or French-influenced countries.

Here's a typical example from France 2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M0yJEt2JGw&t=83

And here's an example from Morocco, a former French colony:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stTQXNl9uwQ&t=861


Something that is so French and found nowhere else: cutting to a wide studio shot for a half second with the anchor still looking at the other camera while coming in and out of sound or a PKG. I can't think of anywhere else that does this to quite the same extent, and there must be some quirky historical reason why French broadcasters adopted this practice. It doesn't seem to have much of a purpose other than for aesthetics, though I do quite like it. Though whenever I tell directors here in the U.S. that it's common practice on French television, they think it sounds crazy and completely superfluous!

Something that's also so uniquely French is having a studio guest, showing a shot of them in the headlines before the open, and the presenter reading a tease before saying a very brief bonjour/bonsoir to the guest.
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Charles578 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World News

CNN Moving to Hudson Yards -NYC

That has Clickspring written all over it. Looks fine, though I'm getting tired of all of these sets that are almost entirely video walls. These big cable and network sets were more interesting when they didn't rely entirely on video displays for scenery.

It's the same exact thing that the BBC discovered with N6 and TC7 – sure, you can build a set of nothing but video walls, but does that mean you should?
Charles578 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World News

CNN International

CNN International EVP and Managing Director Tony Maddox is leaving after 21 years at the network. He took over from Chris Cramer in 2007. Word is that Maddox is one of many CNN staffers being offered a buyout.

Should be interesting to keep an eye on who ends up leading CNNI. Expect some changes ahead.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/what-could-have-caused-this-cnn-to-cut-as-many-as-300-staffers/

https://www.ftvlive.com/sqsp-test/2019/5/6/breaking-cnn-internal-memo
Charles578 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World News

NBC News, MSNBC, ABC News and others from across the pond

It's very strange, CBS has a habit of reinventing the wheel, and constantly changing and shifting their focus. The programme is 3rd because it's never recovered from the Killian documents scandal nor has it ever settled - and when it does (under Couric and Co, maybe not as successfully, and certainly with Scott Pelley) they change and change everything.
Maybe they need to forget Walter Cronkite and his day and focus on the present day, this obsession with the past seems to be their biggest issue (when do they NOT mention Cronkite in an anchor shuffle, or in a history item?).


It goes back much farther than the Dan Rather Bush 43 fiasco in 2004/2005. CBS has been in perennial third place going back to the late 80s. Viewers never liked Rather, though in his defense, and as Rather put it himself, anyone who followed Walter Cronkite was going to get his head blown off. The huge affiliation swap in the mid 90s also left CBS with a weaker portfolio of stations, which definitely hurt them as well.

Going back to more recent times, even when CBS got it right during the Scott Pelley era, the newscast remained in a distant third. He pulled the ratings up a little bit, and it was a very quality newscast, but viewers here have deeply entrenched habits. And in typical CBS self-sabotage fashion, internal politics forced another format and anchor change.
Charles578 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World News

International News Presentation: Past and Present

I was going through some files on my computer and found some clips of CNN International from 2006. The first one was the moment the new look launched and was originally uploaded by Troy. I really loved this look on CNN International. Hard to believe it's now been 10 years since they phased it out. These graphics (and the sets that followed) were really ahead of their time.



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Charles578 posts since 11 Nov 2009
BBC World News

EuronewsNBC coming in September

Just noticed that MSNBC and Euronews are using the same or similar fonts on screen. Thought that was a interesting choice.


Euronews' most recent visual identity, including the current logo and use of Gotham as a typeface everywhere, debuted long before NBC announced an investment into the channel. It definitely is an interesting coincidence though. At the time, I thought it looked more like CNN though because CNN was still using Gotham on air.

I still miss the more simplified looks that Euronews had in the past, particularly the 2008-2011 and 2013-2014 years.