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NE
Newsroom
Just saw Clarence Mitchell on News at Six being interviewed about the McCann case.

He has aged quite considerably since I last saw him on TV.


Aged??? erm, naturally. Wouldn't you having managed a case for 13 years?


Damn me! Apologies 'Rolling News' You are one of us old timers on here including '`Brekkie' that are continuously punished. I shall message you privately, much has 'Brekkie' messaged me.
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JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
The earliest VT footage I've seen was some Tyne Tees stuff from 1962, and some of BBC2's opening night in 64


I've seen earlier US footage (not least the 6 Twilight Zones that were done on video), I don't think that counts though as we're talking UK here.

There is surving VT footage of Granada's coverage of the JFK assasination, I've seen that before. Oh, and some early behind the scenes Corrie footage on VT from 1961 was shown on the documentry about the moving sets back in 2014 (they mentioned it had been recently found, so presumably it's a tape that had been squirrelled away which is why it didn't get wiped).

As far as I'm aware, every episode of the short lived Anglia soap Weaver's Green which was made from 1965-66 exists on VT (certainly the two episodes I've seen do), which is itself pretty remarkable, even Corrie from this era only exists on telerecordings.
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NE
Newsroom
Finally found an example of how the 'Summaries' team worked during the 80's. The opening shot was usually just the presenter with the clock above him or her. You'd never see a wide shot. The reason being is that the original newsroom desk was a working production area for the summaries team and in this instance - during a BBC strike in 1989.

When I was there doing work experience at 16 there were around 5 people at that desk.

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RN
Rolling News Central (East) East Midlands Today
Can anyone tell me which studio/set the following came from in Television Centre:

- One O'clock News 1986-1993
- Six o clock News 1984-1993
- Nine O'Clock News/daytime updates 1989-1993
- Virtual set 1993-1999

Also was the newsroom backdrop in N6 between 1999-2003 a real shot of the newsroom?
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CH
chris Granada North West Today
Also was the newsroom backdrop in N6 between 1999-2003 a real shot of the newsroom?


Yes, though with some caveats:
- it wasn’t that big, with the right hand side being a reflection of the left
- it was on a slight time delay, according to a behind the scenes video from the time with Huw Edwards
- the refresh in 2002 led to it being pre-recorded and slightly touched up
ST
Stuart West Country (West) Spotlight
Can anyone tell me which studio/set the following came from in Television Centre . . .

Answers as follows:

- One O'clock News 1986-1993 - N1(TC10)
- Six o clock News 1984-1993 - N2(TC11)
- Nine O'Clock News/daytime updates 1989-1993 - N3
- Virtual set 1993-1999 - N2(TC11)

Also was the newsroom backdrop in N6 between 1999-2003 a real shot of the newsroom? - I believe it was a recorded shot of part of the newsroom, which was then copied and flipped to make it look like the large circular area.
SE
Seb London London


Also was the newsroom backdrop in N6 between 1999-2003 a real shot of the newsroom?


IIRC from about 1999-2001the newsroom image was a looped film but was also extended (mirror image I think) to make it look much bigger.

When they refreshed the set adding in red panels, the lighting rig and getting rid of the figure of 8 desk, the image was digitally altered to include red elements and seemed much sharper.

In fact, most of the clips in 1999 at launch show a very washed out and yellowy newsroom view.
BA
Bail Moderator Meridian (South) South Today
Can anyone tell me which studio/set the following came from in Television Centre . . .

Answers as follows:

- One O'clock News 1986-1993 - N1(TC10)
- Six o clock News 1984-1993 - N2(TC11)
- Nine O'Clock News/daytime updates 1989-1993 - N3
- Virtual set 1993-1999 - N2(TC11)

Also was the newsroom backdrop in N6 between 1999-2003 a real shot of the newsroom? - I believe it was a recorded shot of part of the newsroom, which was then copied and flipped to make it look like the large circular area.

It was live and on a delay untill the bombing outside TVC (the damage of which would have been visable) so it was then precorded (and edited to make it look red in places to match the set changes.
SP
Steve in Pudsey Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Yes one half was live and the flipped part was delayed so that people weren't walking down the real staircase and the fake one at the same time.

I believe that after a power cut a bulletin went out with both sides live and it looked a bit weird.
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JK
JKDerry UTV Newsline
Yes one half was live and the flipped part was delayed so that people weren't walking down the real staircase and the fake one at the same time.

I believe that after a power cut a bulletin went out with both sides live and it looked a bit weird.

I was in that set in 2001 and when you see it for real, you suddenly realise how small the studio was. It always looked large on screen, but wide angle lenses, and the newsroom back the backdrop have the studio depth it didn't have.
JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today

- Virtual set 1993-1999 - N2(TC11)


Didn't someone on here say the last few months of that set were in N6?
SP
Steve in Pudsey Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Correct.
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