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all new Phil2,873 posts since 12 Feb 2005
Granada North West Today
Did the contingency set-up in the old Daily Politics set ever make it to air? I remember seeing newsreaders standing by in it a couple of times when there were potential issues around W1A and it didn't look great on the wide shots. The new set looks loads better.

I suspect it may have looked something like this:

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I forgot about Theresa May’s stint presenting BBC News.
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Steve in Pudsey9,469 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Did the contingency set-up in the old Daily Politics set ever make it to air? I remember seeing newsreaders standing by in it a couple of times when there were potential issues around W1A and it didn't look great on the wide shots. The new set looks loads better.

They did some weekend overnights from Millbank on the old set. The screen was showing the animated globe, which didn't look too great.
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Steve in Pudsey9,469 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I wonder if millbank studio with the big screen is a sign of what a new BBC News studio would look like. I do like the desk but not sure about an all screen studio.


I hope not, it'll be like N6 and TC7 all over again!


There was a time where the Millbank studio had a working newsroom around it (Darren Jordan presented an emergency 1:00 news there sometime last decade). Looked far better then than it does now and at the time was an improvement on N6/TC7.

2003 I think, the power cut that took out Stage 6 so the News Channel stayed in TC7 after Breakfast until Millbank were ready to take over.

That was a separate set in a corner of the newsroom https://www.flickr.com/photos/bowbrick/1366668/ there was a gauze curtain that could be pulled across to soften the view of the newsroom if required.

Cameras were taken from the studio if this set was required, so in contingency situations it was often a case of using whichever space was set up, hence the dingy Dateline London set being used after the bomb incident.
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