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BBC National/News Channel from New Broadcasting House

(March 2013)

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HO
House
I've said it before and I'll say it again. If there is a dire need for the national bulletin and the News channel to separate for a domestic issue then Salford has the capacity and the facilities to carry the News Channel. Tight shots on the presenter can cover the sports branding if needs be, they have a full set of astons and bugs, they do have a news team up there for Breakfast and The Andrew Marr show. In case of emergency I reckon they could easily carry the News channel for 15 mins to 30 mins if they have to.


In the purely hypothetical scenario you laid out, as I'm sure there would be many technical limitations to this idea, why would they not use the NWT studios? Surely the set used for the regional element of the Sunday Politics and Breakfast inserts would be more suitable than the harsh black and yellow of the sports studios, while the gallery (which presumably controls the smaller studio area too?) must be technically capable enough for during Breakfast?

Of course, they wouldn't have the producers they'd need. Or any (other) gallery staff. And surely the routing would be chaotic for such a last minute change.
SP
Steve in Pudsey
Is Millbank a more likely source of a spare gallery than Salford in this sort of scenario?
EX
excel99
What facilities are available if splitting the 10 was required for something that World wouldn't want to carry? A single camera would probably be ok as breaking news is usually incoming contributions or loops of footage but is there a gallery that has enough facilities to handle that kind of programme?

In such circumstances could the London news come from E - London presenter 'sneaks in' during the final report on the 10? Therefore A can be used by the NC?
SP
Steve in Pudsey
Or London uses the studio it uses for Breakfast? I don't think that is A is it?
DF
DrewF
Or London uses the studio it uses for Breakfast? I don't think that is A is it?


That's the 60 seconds studio I believe.
SP
Steve in Pudsey
That could be available for the 10.25 opt then?
AA
AdamABC
Can anyway tell me what recorded programmes (e.g Click, Film Review, meet the author etc.) appear on the 4-8 shift at weekends on NC? It says that there aren't any scheduled on the website, but I've seen some before. What times are they aired?
OF
oflahertya
They Usually are The Film Review, Meet the Author (sometimes after the Network News). A special program such as the rise and fall of the dornier bomber. Dateline London. Our World or Click and these are always at half past the hour
EX
excel99
Don't forget the 6.30pm and 7.30pm slots are both taken up by live Sportsday (if there is no network news at this time), so no need for pre-recorded half hour programmes in these time slots
AA
AdamABC
I see. So a four hour shift easily becomes a 30-minute on screen time shift!
BH
Bvsh Hovse
There is (are?) the MPA(s?) - which do some of the longer pre-recorded international news bulletins (Swahili, Russian etc.) but I'm not sure how suitable they are for non-built programmes.

Once the BBC London studio and gallery are back in the mix they will have some spare capacity - but they are effectively a studio and gallery down at the moment.

IIRC The domestic MPA isn't commissioned yet, so it's just the one. However at that time of night there will be one of the Arabic studios free, and Persian will have finished for the evening. Although they have not had a tech refresh yet to bring them into line with the rest of the building, and so would present a number of technical and operational challenges for staging the 10.
DK
DanielK
Where does Meet the Author come from? couldn't the breaking come from there?

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