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BBC regional politics refresh

Split from Changes to BBC Parliament & Political Programming (December 2019)

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Stuart West Country (West) 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.
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dosxuk 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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Stuart West Country (West) Spotlight
What did they use to do with Sunday Politics?

They used the soft area (sans sofa), with the coffee table and armchairs. I'm not sure why they've gone for desk bound this time.
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Owen_ploc World News
Will it take another 3 months for BBC NI to adapt the new look?
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Lou Scannon and ittrgrey gave kudos
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Ballyboy UTV Newsline
Probably lol
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Bignewsfan1 UTV Newsline
Nothing new there for Northern Ireland lol
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Steve in Pudsey Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Surprising as NI Pres are often ahead of network on this kind of thing.
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JAS84 Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
RDJ posted:
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).
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Rkolsen World News
RDJ posted:
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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reubz Central (West) Midlands Today
I prefer the Sunday Politics look. More fun for a Sunday morning. New look is rather bland in my view
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Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Were they listed as Politics England in the printed TV guides, or as an actual regional variation with the correct name.
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Lou Scannon West Country (East) Points West
reubz posted:
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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