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BBC News 1999 Newsroom background

(June 2018)

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8baan
Does anyone have it? I mean the one from the regular national news bulletins, not the ones from News 24 or BBC World.
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itsrobert Founding member
I don't think anyone will have it - back then it was a live (well, slightly delayed) shot of the BBC newsroom. Unless you mean a screengrab of the studio without the presenter in shot? I guess that's a possibility but a pretty slim one.
MW
Mike W
The 1999 Newsroom view was a time-delayed input from the actual newsroom, so unlikely anyone has a still of that camera's output. It was also flipped on the other rear projection screen to give a mirror image.

It was the television centre newsroom though in the News stage - plenty of images on the web of that place
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chris
In 2002, didn’t it switch to pre-recorded and they touched it up in post to make it look more asthetically pleasing?

Not that I’m saying it’s more likely - just checking my facts!
VM
VMPhil
The 1999 Newsroom view was a time-delayed input from the actual newsroom, so unlikely anyone has a still of that camera's output. It was also flipped on the other rear projection screen to give a mirror image.

Wasn't one of the screens delayed more than the other to give the impression of a bigger newsroom - but instead you just saw the same person walking past a few minutes apart!
MW
Mike W
The 1999 Newsroom view was a time-delayed input from the actual newsroom, so unlikely anyone has a still of that camera's output. It was also flipped on the other rear projection screen to give a mirror image.

Wasn't one of the screens delayed more than the other to give the impression of a bigger newsroom - but instead you just saw the same person walking past a few minutes apart!

Pretty much
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Josh
I do believe hearing somewhere that Huw Edwards said the background was delayed for many reasons, technical or in case something (e.g. someone fell off the stairs) happened.
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itsrobert Founding member
JoshX posted:
I do believe hearing somewhere that Huw Edwards said the background was delayed for many reasons, technical or in case something (e.g. someone fell off the stairs) happened.

I've always been in two minds as to whether to believe that. I remember the programme he mentioned that on and it was some sort of daytime programme in about 2000. In fact I was the one who recorded it and originally uploaded it online. Whether he was just saying that for effect or if that was the real reason, I'm not sure. Part of me is sceptical only because previous news programmes had been presented with live newsroom backdrops which wouldn't afford such a luxury if an incident happened in shot. So, I would be surprised if that was the real reason. Maybe someone who was involved with BBC News back then might be able to help?
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Worzel
JoshX posted:
I do believe hearing somewhere that Huw Edwards said the background was delayed for many reasons, technical or in case something (e.g. someone fell off the stairs) happened.


He did indeed. 1:59 in.

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