Well, after the 'anorak heartbeat raising surge' moment of actually seeing something of interest during the studio 1B downtime, instead of watching some bored scene shifters wandering around the place, I noticed watching both the under camera monitor feed from NBC London and the autocue, that Brian was in complete sync with it.
I believe it's how they ran the Today show during the Olympic games from Stratford, with autocue and directing/VM'ing from New York with everything being firbered under the Atlantic - despite galleries in the IBC about 2 minutes walk away from the temporary studio.
One Today Show staffer told me that during Rio every single camera was backhauled via fiber to New York where the show was vision mixed. What was also impressive was during the political conventions about 20 cameras were uplinked via satellite to NYC where it was mixed and everything was in perfect sync. I am not sure how the other networks were handled but NBC’s feed was usually ahead of the others.
Also Today comes from Studio 1A. The first two hours of Today and Nightly News share the same control room accross the street at 10 Rockefeller Plaza. The third and fourth hour comes from a seperate control room (I think they use the one for Late Night with Seth Meyers - all the galleries in 30 Rock are designed to be the same or similar) within 30 Rock. The secondary control room is used so Today can update for the west coast feeds live using the primary. In the event of breaking news the third and fourth hours can continue taping and not be interrupted. So say a short special report went out at 9:30 ET during Megyn Kelly’s Show it wouldn’t appear to be interrupted for the CT, MT and PT feeds.
How come the NBC Today studio output and autocue gets fed to Europe? That’s always confused me.
I imagine so they don’t need a seperate staffer in London (or wherever else) to run the autocue remotely. NBC appears to have a lot of satellite space accross the US and Europe. Maybe for convenience it’s easier to leave the feeds up and running.
Don’t let anyone treat you like your a VO/SOT when your a PKG.