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BroadcastWales207 posts since 29 Jun 2016
The refresh to the music sounds clearer and nicer. And the new backdrops have certainly improved the look of the studio. They might have done this to coincide with the new presenter lineup that starts this week. Nick Servini and Jennifer Jones join Lucy Owen as the new team of presenters.
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W M104 posts since 9 Feb 2018
Midlands Today
Please, PLEASE, PLEASE can this style of faux newsroom backdrop be rolled out to all regions that are still using anything N6-era style, ASAP?!?!

I would cheerfully dance on the grave of those white-translucent globe/curve/swoosh things on the "windows".


I dislike any sort of virutal extensions to any set, but the new one is miles better. How on earth did they ever think the previous one looked good, I will never know.

It’s dissapointing when a region get’s a brand new set, like Look North and Midlands Today and use the *exact* same backdrop as before.
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Mike W4,766 posts since 30 Apr 2006
Please, PLEASE, PLEASE can this style of faux newsroom backdrop be rolled out to all regions that are still using anything N6-era style, ASAP?!?!

I would cheerfully dance on the grave of those white-translucent globe/curve/swoosh things on the "windows".


I dislike any sort of virutal extensions to any set, but the new one is miles better. How on earth did they ever think the previous one looked good, I will never know.

It’s dissapointing when a region get’s a brand new set, like Look North and Midlands Today and use the *exact* same backdrop as before.

The Midlands Today backdrop cost a pretty penny, using the same person (Jim Mann) who did the N6 backdrops. Thankfully they never tried to use the faux frosting effect, it looks cheap. I'd rather they just had a cityscape or something on there than a pretend newsroom - particularly when that region has a live newsroom to play with...

The Wales Today backdrop is lovely, and I also like the music (can't tell if it's changed but it sounds nice) and the way of doing the headlines is good though maybe if the presenter was stood closer to the monitor and the shot tighter it would improve, we don't need to see the unoccupied set in the distance...
Oh it's such a perfect day, I'm glad I spent it with you...
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Rkolsen2,028 posts since 20 Jan 2014
BBC World
It cant be long now until BBC Wales makes the move from leafy suburbs of Llandaff to Cardiff city centre. I was in Cardiff at the weekend and the Norman Foster building opposite Cardiff Central station now looks almost finished. Certainly no small building at all - is it just going to be purely BBC use or shared use with other companies?


I think it's at least a year if not longer away. The BBC have only just received the building from the developers. Now the SIs have to get in to start the tech install.


Could the tech install today be quicker than it was in years past? Here a lot of SI will have setup everything in their warehouse and get all the connections working. Then at the site they just have to run wires.
noggin13,323 posts since 26 Jun 2001
It cant be long now until BBC Wales makes the move from leafy suburbs of Llandaff to Cardiff city centre. I was in Cardiff at the weekend and the Norman Foster building opposite Cardiff Central station now looks almost finished. Certainly no small building at all - is it just going to be purely BBC use or shared use with other companies?


I think it's at least a year if not longer away. The BBC have only just received the building from the developers. Now the SIs have to get in to start the tech install.


Could the tech install today be quicker than it was in years past? Here a lot of SI will have setup everything in their warehouse and get all the connections working. Then at the site they just have to run wires.


This is a significant IP-based install - probably the first large-scale all-IP build in the UK. It's not a small station or single-studio build - it will have multiple channels of Playout, news studios, some form of general production studio(s), HD and UHD post-production, including on-line sport production facilities etc. Chances are the gear will be delivered to site as there is no point it being re-routed to an SI only for them to have to move it again, as would be the case for an upgrade or refurb where a fast turnaround is an element in the process. This is not not a basic single-vendor turnkey build.

There is going to be a significant learning process involved in the design - as this will be a migration from SD SDI to HD/UHD-IP (bypassing HD-SDI), and this will require pretty careful proving and testing processes (AIUI they are taking cybersecurity very seriously)

I'd be VERY surprised if a single SI could or would recreate the entire multi-studio, edit and channel playout area off-site and then move it. Not sure what the point would be nor how this would save time?
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Markymark5,490 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
It cant be long now until BBC Wales makes the move from leafy suburbs of Llandaff to Cardiff city centre. I was in Cardiff at the weekend and the Norman Foster building opposite Cardiff Central station now looks almost finished. Certainly no small building at all - is it just going to be purely BBC use or shared use with other companies?


I think it's at least a year if not longer away. The BBC have only just received the building from the developers. Now the SIs have to get in to start the tech install.


Could the tech install today be quicker than it was in years past? Here a lot of SI will have setup everything in their warehouse and get all the connections working. Then at the site they just have to run wires.


I'm very close to this project, but I'm not permitted (as you'd expect) to say anything about the detail in public domain, but it's really isn't anywhere as simple as that. I've built four IP UHD OB trucks in the last two years, and even with those proof of concept rigs have only been possible in small limited scale.
p_c_u_k1,964 posts since 27 Mar 2004
I tell you what I like from page 1 of this thread - no grainy video footage of a local landmark which the newsreader is supposed to be reading in front of, but actually looks like a cheap CCTV camera which (in Scotland at least) has a habit of attracting insects and doing the full "insect overlord" act. For me, that style is exceptionally old fashioned and looks out of place and cheap for the nations which aren't in the business of just covering Glasgow, Cardiff or Belfast.

So I'm a fan of what's been done here and would be happy to see it in Scotland. Actually, if BBC Scotland just switched the background to the logo of the show rather than the Clyde it would look 100 times better without much change at all.
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bkman1990789 posts since 29 Jan 2012
UTV Newsline
I saw Wales Today's new look on Friday Night after the BBC News at 10. I had the intention to watch BBC News at 10, Wales Today & The Graham Norton Show afterwards that night. I had noticed that the new Wales Today theme tune sounded & looked a little different to the old titles. But overall it's not a bad refresh for Wales Today. I think it looks very well.
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