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BBC News Lighting

Very Very Frightning (September 2004)

NW
NewsWatch
Hi
Has anyone else noticed that the BBC News at 10 has darker lighting.
Also the BBC Daytime News has got lighter.
DA
DAS Founding member
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TE
TELEVISION Central Reporting Scotland
Yes, it is the same on all channels, the lunchtime bulletins on all channels tend to be bright, esp. the Lunchtime News. Then everything gets darker through to the late evening programmes. However I notice ITV News dim the lights on all their bulletins now - but the 12.30 and 6.30 are an exception because at the end the presenters are not at the desk, so the lights, I suppose, are just put out, but at 10.30 with the presenter at the desk and at weekends, the lights slowly dim out. I quite like the idea of dimming lights at the start/end of news programmes - I think Wales Today is the only one who do it at the start of the programme too. Lookaround used to, but there is no longer an opening or closing shot, so that was dumped.

Does anyone else think dimming the lights on the Ten would be quite good. The studio has a lot of lights, and it would look quite good to put all the lights right out leaving only the desk and red panels lit-up. It just adds a bit of atmosphere.
CU
cummig20
TELEVISION posted:
Does anyone else think dimming the lights on the Ten would be quite good. The studio has a lot of lights, and it would look quite good to put all the lights right out leaving only the desk and red panels lit-up. It just adds a bit of atmosphere.


They used to do it on the 9 O'Clock News, before fading to an slide of the globe with the '9' on it. I think it would be a good way of ending the Ten nowadays. It would look better, I think going from this to the weather, rather than straight from the news studio overview.
IT
itsrobert Founding member Granada North West Today
TELEVISION posted:
Yes, it is the same on all channels, the lunchtime bulletins on all channels tend to be bright, esp. the Lunchtime News. Then everything gets darker through to the late evening programmes. However I notice ITV News dim the lights on all their bulletins now - but the 12.30 and 6.30 are an exception because at the end the presenters are not at the desk, so the lights, I suppose, are just put out, but at 10.30 with the presenter at the desk and at weekends, the lights slowly dim out. I quite like the idea of dimming lights at the start/end of news programmes - I think Wales Today is the only one who do it at the start of the programme too. Lookaround used to, but there is no longer an opening or closing shot, so that was dumped.

Does anyone else think dimming the lights on the Ten would be quite good. The studio has a lot of lights, and it would look quite good to put all the lights right out leaving only the desk and red panels lit-up. It just adds a bit of atmosphere.


I'm not so sure as to whether ITV News do dim the lights at the end of their bulletins. It seems to go darker as soon as the credits appear, so I'm thinking it's some sort of computer trick whereby they darken the background for the credits. Whatever they do, it does look nice. Can anyone confirm if it is lights being dimmed, or whether it is a computer trick?
DA
DAS Founding member
itsrobert posted:
TELEVISION posted:
Yes, it is the same on all channels, the lunchtime bulletins on all channels tend to be bright, esp. the Lunchtime News. Then everything gets darker through to the late evening programmes. However I notice ITV News dim the lights on all their bulletins now - but the 12.30 and 6.30 are an exception because at the end the presenters are not at the desk, so the lights, I suppose, are just put out, but at 10.30 with the presenter at the desk and at weekends, the lights slowly dim out. I quite like the idea of dimming lights at the start/end of news programmes - I think Wales Today is the only one who do it at the start of the programme too. Lookaround used to, but there is no longer an opening or closing shot, so that was dumped.

Does anyone else think dimming the lights on the Ten would be quite good. The studio has a lot of lights, and it would look quite good to put all the lights right out leaving only the desk and red panels lit-up. It just adds a bit of atmosphere.


I'm not so sure as to whether ITV News do dim the lights at the end of their bulletins. It seems to go darker as soon as the credits appear, so I'm thinking it's some sort of computer trick whereby they darken the background for the credits. Whatever they do, it does look nice. Can anyone confirm if it is lights being dimmed, or whether it is a computer trick?


I'd suggest it's as elaborate as the credits having a shadow so you can read the text over the white floor! Nothing more, nothing less...
GS
Gavin Scott Founding member Central Reporting Scotland
From what I just saw, it was a combination of both the presenter's key light being dimmed and the titles being superimposed with a 5 or 10% tinted background. The text also had a drop shadow.
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NickyS Founding member
There are three different BBC News backgrounds - one for the One, one for the Six and one for the Ten - all slightly darker.
TE
TELEVISION Central Reporting Scotland
itsrobert posted:
TELEVISION posted:
Yes, it is the same on all channels, the lunchtime bulletins on all channels tend to be bright, esp. the Lunchtime News. Then everything gets darker through to the late evening programmes. However I notice ITV News dim the lights on all their bulletins now - but the 12.30 and 6.30 are an exception because at the end the presenters are not at the desk, so the lights, I suppose, are just put out, but at 10.30 with the presenter at the desk and at weekends, the lights slowly dim out. I quite like the idea of dimming lights at the start/end of news programmes - I think Wales Today is the only one who do it at the start of the programme too. Lookaround used to, but there is no longer an opening or closing shot, so that was dumped.

Does anyone else think dimming the lights on the Ten would be quite good. The studio has a lot of lights, and it would look quite good to put all the lights right out leaving only the desk and red panels lit-up. It just adds a bit of atmosphere.


I'm not so sure as to whether ITV News do dim the lights at the end of their bulletins. It seems to go darker as soon as the credits appear, so I'm thinking it's some sort of computer trick whereby they darken the background for the credits. Whatever they do, it does look nice. Can anyone confirm if it is lights being dimmed, or whether it is a computer trick?


No, they definately are dimmed. I know what you mean about the credits, but you can clearly see the lights go out. If the shot is far enough out and you can see the studio lights, you can see the light actually being dimmed.

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