The Newsroom

Al Jazeera English | Refresh 2020

PO
The Potato Founding member Granada North West Today
The whole package is wonderful and an excellent evolution on the previous package.

However, I find the sound design to be exceptional. The attention to detail, such as the way the Business segment has snatches of sound (I believe from a trading floor EDIT: Possibly choral?) and slows and quietens towards the end, is very nice.

Add to this the re-working of the signature melody line and the addition of the slightly-echo-y trill, and the sound has been elevated without losing the 'feel' of the channel.

Lovely work by all involved.
RE
reubz Central (West) Midlands Today
Have always loved AJE as a brand. Love the evolution of the music and graphics. But the inconsistency between studios i.e. the desks, is an irritant
HA
harshy Founding member
The whole package is wonderful and an excellent evolution on the previous package.

However, I find the sound design to be exceptional. The attention to detail, such as the way the Business segment has snatches of sound (I believe from a trading floor EDIT: Possibly choral?) and slows and quietens towards the end, is very nice.

Add to this the re-working of the signature melody line and the addition of the slightly-echo-y trill, and the sound has been elevated without losing the 'feel' of the channel.

Lovely work by all involved.

The graphics are ok but the music is underwhelming I always found their domestic channel had the more dynamic music composition although I’ve not seen it recently.
PO
The Potato Founding member Granada North West Today
Ah, to be fair, I've seen some amount of AJ Balkans and very little of the domestic channel. I might have to dig around on YouTube to compare!
KT
KT4YU London London
The Arabic channel seems to be lacking when it comes to music, there appears to be a headline bed but no opening sting... hence my fear AJE's intro sequence would be altered. AJB's news (Vijesti) starts with the generic channel ident, followed by an opening sting and headline bed - i.e. no post headline opening sting... though the music on AJB is fantastic, again a catchy signature melody.
ST
steveboswell Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
On the London titles that there is a very noticeable "border" between Wales and England - it seems far more pronounced than any of the other national boundaries on the map.
MO
Moz Wales Today
On the London titles that there is a very noticeable "border" between Wales and England - it seems far more pronounced than any of the other national boundaries on the map.


And yet it’s all the same country!
#skillsforlife
IN
IndoNewsFan World News
News from Doha open, with Peter Dobbie after the new-look launch hour. As the video is a bit choppy (and I recorded it from my smartphone), I converted it to 50fps with Hybrid software.

RK
Rkolsen World News
I’m watching a bit right now and find the video sliding on screen a bit jarring. They had an interview subject speaking and when the interviewer was to ask a question the interviewee picture shifted 2/3 to the right while the anchors video slid on screen for the remaining third, then she quickly disappeared. Less than a minute later the interviewee was shifted left, left in a box 1/3 of the screen while b-roll slid left on the screen taking the remaining space.

I’d rather them have a two box for the anchor and interviewee and maybe for b-roll put it full screen or do a vertical two box on the left side with the B roll on the right.
Don’t let anyone treat you like you’re a VO/SOT when you’re a PKG.
IN
Independent World News
Down memory lane...

Doha, Washington and London

Kuala Lumpur

Washington

Doha and Kuala Lumpur

Doha, Kuala Lumpur and London
CH
Charles World News
^^^^

I loved how they all matched. London and KL integrated their sets with their newsrooms beautifully as well. I particularly liked how they pulled off a completely different look for the Listening Post.

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In the end, I guess the KL news center wasn't as critical of a piece of the entire operation, and their North America strategy was turned upside down and around with the launch and shutdown of AJAM. London moved to a better facility, but I've always felt like that set has been rather underwhelming. I've never liked their new desk and how it didn't match Doha, and I don't think they make enough use of their stunning window view.
NYTV, Independent and Justin gave kudos
KT
KT4YU London London
I think it was Jago (the guys who did BBC News) who did the original set designs for AJE. Does anyone know where the original London newsroom and studio were? I can't seem to remember :/

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