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Stuart7,350 posts since 13 Oct 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
Politics South West is the only region not to use the purple silhouettes of regional landmarks as a studio backdrop (even though one was created, as it is used as a Twitter header image). The usual Sutton Harbour photographic blow-up backdrop as used on Spotlight remains.

It's a little bit more than just a photographic blow up. LED lights are installed at the back which provide an illusion of street and house lighting when it's switched to 'early evening' or 'night mode'. I don't think it can be easily struck and set with the politics background, or even to have that placed in front.
dosxuk4,329 posts since 22 Oct 2005
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Politics South West is the only region not to use the purple silhouettes of regional landmarks as a studio backdrop (even though one was created, as it is used as a Twitter header image). The usual Sutton Harbour photographic blow-up backdrop as used on Spotlight remains.

It's a little bit more than just a photographic blow up. LED lights are installed at the back which provide an illusion of street and house lighting when it's switched to 'early evening' or 'night mode'. I don't think it can be easily struck and set with the politics background, or even to have that placed in front.


That's no different to the newsroom backgrounds seen across the country. It'll have been a bit silly if they didn't include the ability to put another brand in front of the normal look.

What did they use to do with Sunday Politics?
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JAS844,327 posts since 26 Aug 2010
Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
The dodgy Twitter profile pic of Politics Midlands was explained at the very start of the programme.

It’s the underside of the Politics Midlands mugs. Which have all been made in Stoke-on-Trent.

And here’s a tweet with a selection of all the backdrops:




I do like those studio backdrop banners. I can see the Angel of the North on the Newcastle one, and the other Politics North one shows Hull's The Deep aquarium and King William III statue (known locally as the King Billy statue).
Rkolsen3,027 posts since 20 Jan 2014
BBC World News
The dodgy Twitter profile pic of Politics Midlands was explained at the very start of the programme.

It’s the underside of the Politics Midlands mugs. Which have all been made in Stoke-on-Trent.

And here’s a tweet with a selection of all the backdrops:





The backgrounds seem to be heavily similar (perhaps unintentionally) to the ones used by Hearst TV stations in the US except they use a real image or video backdrop.

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Lou Scannon1,343 posts since 1 Jan 2016
HTV West Points West
I prefer the Sunday Politics look. More fun for a Sunday morning. New look is rather bland in my view


"Fun"? Shocked

Studio backdrops depicting a partly-dismantled clock laying in a desert landscape (what says "UK" and "politics" more than a desert?!), and desks that look like they're made out of a rusty old ship's hull never struck me as being "fun" looking.

The DP/SP theme tune sounded like it had originally been written for a CBeebies programme or something.
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