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mapperuo275 posts since 20 Feb 2016
STV North Reporting Scotland
The water apparently came in via the Press Gallery and into the Chamber and was loud enough to be picked up by the microphones in the chamber, one of the previously posted clips has the audio noise of it right at the end just before the sounds cuts out.

You can see the cameras (the older ones) are hulking great things, they're hardly discreet sometimes on the wide shot. I think the newer ones are smaller and not so obvious.


The 2 newer ones are Q Balls sprayed a gold to match the wood, they are either side of the speakers chair.
dosxuk4,263 posts since 22 Oct 2005
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
The ones up by the speaker are also noticeably lower resolution than the other cameras. There are currently 10 cameras in the commons, 2 at the back, 6 along the sides, 3 each side, and the 2 q-balls each side of the speakers chair.

From the pictures I've seen it looks like the main cameras were upgraded not too long ago, but the existing ptz's were reused. The cameras and associated equipment are these days owned by Parliament, and controlled, to their requirements, from Millbank. Because of the amount of use they get, I suspect they'd tender for reliability over compactness. Especially since the precedent of the larger cameras was set many years ago, there's no need to try to hide the current cameras.
Rkolsen2,924 posts since 20 Jan 2014
BBC World News
The ones up by the speaker are also noticeably lower resolution than the other cameras. There are currently 10 cameras in the commons, 2 at the back, 6 along the sides, 3 each side, and the 2 q-balls each side of the speakers chair.

From the pictures I've seen it looks like the main cameras were upgraded not too long ago, but the existing ptz's were reused. The cameras and associated equipment are these days owned by Parliament, and controlled, to their requirements, from Millbank. Because of the amount of use they get, I suspect they'd tender for reliability over compactness. Especially since the precedent of the larger cameras was set many years ago, there's no need to try to hide the current cameras.

So who controls the cameras as you mentioned Milbank?
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Neil Jones5,631 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
I presume there is no technical reason why the feed from both houses of Parliament couldn't be in HD if they wanted it to be (or is it already HD and BBC Parliament just doesn't do HD? When Sky News and BBC News dip in and out of Parliament coverage it is sharper than what's going out on BBC Parliament but was never sure whether that was due to upscaling).
Markymark7,298 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
I presume there is no technical reason why the feed from both houses of Parliament couldn't be in HD if they wanted it to be (or is it already HD and BBC Parliament just doesn't do HD? When Sky News and BBC News dip in and out of Parliament coverage it is sharper than what's going out on BBC Parliament but was never sure whether that was due to upscaling).


I think that might be possible. However I think new galleries for HoC and HoL are being built this summer, so all should be in native HD later this year ?
Jamesypoo1,463 posts since 3 Apr 2005
Anglia (East) Look East
I presume there is no technical reason why the feed from both houses of Parliament couldn't be in HD if they wanted it to be (or is it already HD and BBC Parliament just doesn't do HD? When Sky News and BBC News dip in and out of Parliament coverage it is sharper than what's going out on BBC Parliament but was never sure whether that was due to upscaling).

I think quite a lot of the parliamentary estate is still SD. It's quite noticeable on the State Openings on the switch between the regular cameras inside each chamber etc and the switch to HD on the extra cameras brought in to areas such as the Sovereign's Entrance and Royal Gallery.
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Inspector Sands13,963 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Radio 4 have rescheduled their recording of The News Quiz next week from Thursday evening to Friday morning, so it's as up to date as possible.

Last weeks Now Show was too, but still before May's third defeat which was happening that day. They did the credits later and added a reference to it in them


These days the only way to make it topical is to do it like I suspect
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