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Al Jazeera English & Al Jazeera America

(January 2006)

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HB
HarryB
DTV posted:
Although AJ don't currently have a studio in the UK they can use so it's not surprising they had to present from an OB


I though Al Jazeera have a studio in London.

Al Jazeera did have a studio in London until the last few weeks which they then evacuated from, they should be going into a new newsroom in The Shard soon.
NG
noggin Founding member
DTV posted:
Although AJ don't currently have a studio in the UK they can use so it's not surprising they had to present from an OB


I though Al Jazeera have a studio in London.

Al Jazeera did have a studio in London until the last few weeks which they then evacuated from, they should be going into a new newsroom in The Shard soon.


I think evacuation is an overstatement. They've simply moved out, as they have relocated to The Shard. However I don't think the Shard studio is on-air ready yet?
Inspector Sands and bilky asko gave kudos
MA
Markymark
DTV posted:
Although AJ don't currently have a studio in the UK they can use so it's not surprising they had to present from an OB


I though Al Jazeera have a studio in London.

Al Jazeera did have a studio in London until the last few weeks which they then evacuated from, they should be going into a new newsroom in The Shard soon.


I think evacuation is an overstatement. They've simply moved out, as they have relocated to The Shard. However I don't think the Shard studio is on-air ready yet?



No, it's not 100% commissioned yet (as I understand from 'bar talk' at IBC Amsterdam last weekend Smile )
EX
excel99
Where was Barbara Serra yesterday? Only caught AJE briefly but it looked like the Shard. (Of course it doesn't necessarily have to be a studio since CNNI have used the Shard a few times for an OB (including yesterday))
IS
Inspector Sands
Al Jazeera did have a studio in London until the last few weeks which they then evacuated from, they should be going into a new newsroom in The Shard soon.

Yes, they moved (not evacuated!) out of their original 'broadcast centre' and into the Shard a couple of weeks ago. I believe that although the newsroom there is up and running, it will take a few months before it'll be completely operational
BA
bakamann
BBC Panorama's Karen Wightman is jumping ship to Al Jazeera America...

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/sep/19/panorama-al-jazeera-karen-wightman-bbc
AC
aconnell
Some would say it's another nail in the coffin for Panorama, after budget cuts in the form of job losses - their permanent reporters have been made redundant. Ceri Thomas is only the temporary editor of Panorama, so the hunt's on for a new editor, and a deputy editor. Ex-editor Tom Giles is currently compiling a report on how to make current affairs in the BBC more distinctive, which according to BBC Trust is losing ground to Channel 4. He's then moving on to a senior position - yet another member of the bloated BBC management.

With that in mind, I just hope the BBC realise how valuable a brand Panorama is, and really that it deserves more money and resources. The last few weeks, with Scotland's referendum and Russia show how relevant it is. I'm really wishing the best for the programme in the next while.
NG
noggin Founding member
On the other hand - could this be a precursor to Panorama being farmed out, as C4 Current Affairs is, to indies far more than currently is the case (I think there are already occasional indy commissions?)
CA
Cando
On the other hand - could this be a precursor to Panorama being farmed out, as C4 Current Affairs is, to indies far more than currently is the case (I think there are already occasional indy commissions?)

Yes indies definitely produce editions of Panorama. I was under the impression that the show was effectively being outsourced after the big James Harding speech during the summer.

9 days later

:-(
A former member
When does it come from London Studio?
CH
Charles
It's worth mentioning that AJAM has some graphic updates. I was underwhelmed with their creative direction when the channel first launched, and they had been tinkering with their on-air look so much in the last few months that I stopped paying too much attention to it, but these graphics that debuted sometime in the last few weeks seem to have stuck, and I really like them. They've replaced the plain, bright teal on the morning and dayside blocks with patterns similar to the satellite, clouds, and vertical stripes look that the primetime block adopted over the summer. The morning and dayside blocks still use the main desk though, unlike the primetime shows. The yellow and black L3s also seem to be gone and replaced with a more neutral white.

I really like this. It flows a lot better with everything else and is visually more interesting while being very sophisticated and unobtrusive. I don't know what AJE's plans are, but I would love to see them adopt the daytime iteration. I think it would be a great update to their going on 8 years old look and poorly done refresh from last year. I wouldn't mind them taking their bug and lower thirds either, partly because it would finally make simulcasts look normal.

Before:
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Now (Daytime look):
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Morning look:
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They also updated the transitions to be more than just simple flying gradients, and they tie in really well with this whole vertical look that they have going. It's somewhat hard to show without actually seeing them animate, but you get the idea.
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Also, Comcast now carries the 4:3 feed in 16:9 letterboxed. I'm not sure whether it's the same for other providers, but it's a change that I like too.

28 days later

AC
aconnell
Al Jazeera starts broadcasting from The Shard from next Tuesday.

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/tv-radio/al-jazeera-to-open-new-european-hub-in-the-shard-9829291.html

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