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noggin14,704 posts since 26 Jun 2001
The BBC used to use Blue extensively until the late 90s.


In the days of the very blue MT/EMT look (at the top of this page), during the short Saturday teatime bulletins, one (or two?) of the blue stipes below the programme name would be coloured green instead, containing text saying "news and sport" or similar - emphasising the presence of local football results in the bulletin.

As a youngster at the time, I felt that there was a certain "blue for news, green for sport" principal at work. I dislike such simple colour associations (for anything in life, not just TV news), as they strike me as being by and for thick people.

I get the impression that much TV output around the world still does follow the "blue for news, green for sport" principle. I very much like the fact that auntie Beeb nowadays fly in the face of that, with red/white/grey for news and yellow/black/pale blue/some red for sport.


Yep - there used to be a similar "rule" for UK regional news "lighting" for location interviews - where a camera operator was asked to "jazz up" or add "production values" to a talking head interview. This almost always entailed splashing some green light for an "environment" story, pink light for "arts" and blue light for "science"... If they were feeling really arty you might get a fake venetian blind gobo as well...
Mouseboy332,795 posts since 10 Feb 2014
Recently NBC News relocated from the long time base in Burbank to the their facilites at Universal City (which is owned by parent NBC UNIVERSAL).
Along with their affiliate KNBC 4, MSNBC and NBC NEWS has their LA Bureau and NIGHTLY NEWS set here as well.
This is the location that can used for NBC Nightly News when Brian William is reporting from out West. Upon first look it seems like a hot set or just a flashcam location. But upon further inspection, there's an actual desk and riser as well a glass sound partition. To camera right is a large LCD array. Also the NBC NEWS LOS ANGELES banner/header (image 1) seems to be a screen of some sort.
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MSNBC uses this location for several program that periodically happen to broadcast from from LA. Like Now with Alex Wagner and Lawrence O'Donnell's Last Word programme
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These sets are located at the NBC Universal Tower in Universal City, CA
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Which puts all of the major NBC stations in Skyscrapers or ajoined to them
NBC TOWER CHICAGO - Designed in the late 80s to be a replica of Rockefeller Plaza in NYC (Notice the Peacock at the top)
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And of course the legacy tower - GE Building at 30 Rockefeller
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House3,175 posts since 13 Mar 2007
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Thank you for that post, Mouseboy33, I'd been wondering if a new LA bureau would be making its way on-screen after leaving Burbank. Is the MSNBC set used by any other NBC services, like CNBC or as a backup for local O&O station NBC 4? I wouldn't have thought the output was enough to necessitate two independent studios for network and MSNBC, especially considering MSNBC's DTLs come from the main newsroom set?
Mouseboy332,795 posts since 10 Feb 2014
I wouldn't have thought the output was enough to necessitate two independent studios for network and MSNBC, especially considering MSNBC's DTLs come from the main newsroom set?


Yes its 2 different sets. NBC and MSNBC use different areas sets. Not sure what CNBC would use. I would imagine a Flashcam position somewhere else if not the NBC News set seeing as they have that changeable screen header. They can quickly change the wall and colours as they did for that Today show shot above. So its stand to reason they could use it for pretty much anything. I doubt KNBC would use it. They just built this new set.
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Mouseboy332,795 posts since 10 Feb 2014
WKRG- 5 MOBILE, ALABAMA. WKRG is a small station in small market in Southern Alabama. (metro pop 400,000) The city is a small version of New Orleans. Similar culture. The first Mardi Gras celebration in the US is thought to have been held here before New Orleans in 1703. The city was founded in 1702 as Fort Louis de la Louisiane,
Anyway they are set to debut a new set. Rather large for the size of the market. Its features include faux brick (Not sure about it.) and a large monitor array behind the anchor. Its supposed to debut sometime today.

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Here is a timelage of the teardown and construction of the new set.

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Mouseboy332,795 posts since 10 Feb 2014
Here is a complete look at the network news sets used in the United States

First ABC WORLD NEWS w/DIANE SAWYER
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This is current look. (I dont like this version)
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ABC News has been based in this 2 story newsroom for years.
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NBC NIGHTLY NEWS w/BRIAN WILLIAMS
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The "otherside" of the side was used for NBC newsmagazine ROCK CENTER (Cancelled)
They periodically utilized the "otherside"
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Former Rock Center Area, the "windows are actually screens.
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CBS EVENING NEWS w/ SCOTT PELLY
This by far the most serious of the big network news shows and the most backwards as far as sets and presentation. Its basically the same set since 2006. Just spiffed up in some places. Summed up in one word: DARK
I hate this set.
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SPANISH - NOTICIERO TELEMUNDO - (OWNED BY NBC)
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SPANISH - NOTICIERO UNIVISION - #1 Spanish Network)
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Mouseboy332,795 posts since 10 Feb 2014
ESPN NETWORK- Bristol.
Currently ESPN based in Bristol CT, is in the midst of one the largest expansions in their history. Sketches of the new newsroom and SportsCenter sets have been leaked. Whatever the final outcome...its gonna be huge.
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seamus1,651 posts since 24 Apr 2006
PBS Newshour recently updated, finally letting the co-presenters sit next to each other, instead of back to back (and including TV screens for the first time as well):

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A weekend edition recently launched, but it is editorially independent and presented out of WNET's streetfront studios in New York. A far more contemporary look than that out of Washington:

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Brekkie33,381 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
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ABC World News by far the nicest of those sets IMO. Don't mind the Rockcentre version of the NBC set, but the Nightly News version just seems a bit dark. ABC's set is nice and bright yet still appropriate.
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