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WH
Whataday Founding member
An employee of The Maidstone Studios has tested positive for Covid-19.

https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/03/take-catchphrase-studio-hit-confirmed-case-coronavirus-12341035/
ST
Stuart
BBC News have confirmed that the April release of the latest Bond film 'No Time to Die' has been delayed until November due to Coronavirus.

I wonder how many other sports and media events are going to be delayed. Such things are going to leave large scheduling holes to fill for broadcasters.
MA
Markymark
BBC News have confirmed that the April release of the latest Bond film 'No Time to Die' has been delayed until November due to Coronavirus.

I wonder how many other sports and media events are going to be delayed. Such things are going to leave large scheduling holes to fill for broadcasters.


With potentially millions finding themselves suddenly confined to their homes 24/7, the broadcasters are going to have to up their game with daytime programming.
I think Netflix etc binge viewing will snowball,
IS
Inspector Sands
An employee of The Maidstone Studios has tested positive for Covid-19.

https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/03/take-catchphrase-studio-hit-confirmed-case-coronavirus-12341035/

As I mentioned on Monday, it's apparently a member of staff at an NHS office based in the studios


https://tvforum.uk/forums/post1214174#post-1214174
SC
scottishtv Founding member
There was an excellent, measured interview (almost like FAQs) with the Chief Medical Officer for England on BBC Breakfast for about ten minutes at around 7:40ish this morning. To be honest, it could do with a repeat showing in prime time.

Prof Chris Whitty put everything into context, explaining why this is being taken so seriously (there is no treatment, vaccine and no-one's immune), what the latest trends are showing, what's likely to come in the weeks ahead, and what the strategic planning taking place within the NHS is.

It was refreshing to see this information presented clearly and without any panic, alarm or sensationalism creeping in.
MA
Markymark
There was an excellent, measured interview (almost like FAQs) with the Chief Medical Officer for England on BBC Breakfast for about ten minutes at around 7:40ish this morning. To be honest, it could do with a repeat showing in prime time.

Prof Chris Whitty put everything into context, explaining why this is being taken so seriously (there is no treatment, vaccine and no-one's immune), what the latest trends are showing, what's likely to come in the weeks ahead, and what the strategic planning taking place within the NHS is.

It was refreshing to see this information presented clearly and without any panic, alarm or sensationalism creeping in.


I'll watch it, such interviews are rare!
JB
JasonB
An employee of The Maidstone Studios has tested positive for Covid-19.

https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/03/take-catchphrase-studio-hit-confirmed-case-coronavirus-12341035/


But the TVS archive is still safe?
RK
Rkolsen
Also a very subtle jump in picture as it switches, To I assume the output of a different gallery?

I didn't actually notice a jump in picture as it switched, just all the on screen graphics sweeping away (in the normal fashion) and a pause before they were replaced.


I thought all the galleries at NBH were interchangeable, so I would have expected such a change to be invisible in terms of the picture feed from an outside source.


I believe I was told by either deejay or mediaboy that all the galleries are directly linked to the studio. Apparently it was cheaper to setup a smaller individual router and infrastructure. However the vizrt engines are pooled, all outside sources I assume are available to each studio and there’s likely a house or master control router controlled by BNCS which allows switching between studios and networks. I think when there’s an instance like this or a control room change slight jumps are to be expected. I have seen it nationally and locally in the US.

One way to prevent them (I’d assume) to do a soft opt during a transition. You’d run the the Victoria Derbyshire’s studio B gallery output through Studios E’s and during the change top of the hour change there wouldn’t be a jump. I’ve seen it done on some of the regions on YouTube during the 10pm news. They run the network through their circuit and control room during the TOTH while the ident is playing and they can easily run the tease during the local avail in the headline bed without having to worry about both switching from network to logo in addition to switching and producing the tease simultaneously.
DB
dbl
An employee of The Maidstone Studios has tested positive for Covid-19.

https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/03/take-catchphrase-studio-hit-confirmed-case-coronavirus-12341035/


But the TVS archive is still safe?

Nothing Dettol can't fix. Laughing
JW
JamesWorldNews
BBC World News airing a special programme at 1630G today, presented by Lucy Hockings and Ros Atkins from Studio B.
IS
Inspector Sands
Major British Broadcasters Draw Up Coronavirus Plans, Shows Like ‘Celebrity Race Across The World’ At Risk

https://deadline.com/2020/03/bbc-itv-channel-4-drawing-up-coronavirus-plans-1202874978/
NG
noggin Founding member
Also a very subtle jump in picture as it switches, To I assume the output of a different gallery?

I didn't actually notice a jump in picture as it switched, just all the on screen graphics sweeping away (in the normal fashion) and a pause before they were replaced.


I thought all the galleries at NBH were interchangeable, so I would have expected such a change to be invisible in terms of the picture feed from an outside source.


I believe I was told by either deejay or mediaboy that all the galleries are directly linked to the studio.

Yes - NBH is based around galleries and studios being dedicated to each other, not switchable (So a specific gallery always works to the same studio)

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Apparently it was cheaper to setup a smaller individual router and infrastructure.

Yes - you don't have to put in a whole bunch of additional infrastructure to allow you to switch sound feeds, cameras, vision tielines etc. It reduces flexibility - but also reduces potential points of failure - as well as cost. In other facilities where galleries can switch to use multiple studios there are sometimes routing issues that take time to iron out (I know of one facility where you allow for at least 30 minute of tests after a studio/gallery switch)

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However the vizrt engines are pooled, all outside sources I assume are available to each studio and there’s likely a house or master control router controlled by BNCS which allows switching between studios and networks. I think when there’s an instance like this or a control room change slight jumps are to be expected. I have seen it nationally and locally in the US.


Sort of.

Each gallery has it's own outside source router destinations on the building-wide router(s) - and these outputs (which are what are called 'outside sources' when they are reach each studio aren't shared between studios/galleries. OS1 in Gallery A is unique to Gallery A for instance - and not shared with any others.

The sources on the building-wide router(s) are of course routable to any destination - so the same router sources can be routed to any studio's gallery outside source destinations.

The building-wide router isn't really a single, large, router - it's a collection of routers with resilience planning to mitigate failure.

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One way to prevent them (I’d assume) to do a soft opt during a transition. You’d run the the Victoria Derbyshire’s studio B gallery output through Studios E’s and during the change top of the hour change there wouldn’t be a jump. I’ve seen it done on some of the regions on YouTube during the 10pm news. They run the network through their circuit and control room during the TOTH while the ident is playing and they can easily run the tease during the local avail in the headline bed without having to worry about both switching from network to logo in addition to switching and producing the tease simultaneously.


That's jumping to a conclusion that Studio AA fed through Studio BB to a destination (lines to Red Bee, Network destination etc.) and Studio BB routed directly to the same destination (which is what a soft opt would do) would be an invisible switch. That would require there to be no differential delays on the two soft-opt paths. The reality is that almost certainly won't be the case.

As a result soft-opting could introduce a 2 or 3 frame delay on the switch.

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