Last time I bothered to check (at least a few weeks back) I'm sure that the Cambridge set
had the 1999-style desk!
It's about time that the Cambridge set looked more like its Norwich counterpart, so that the programme looks less disjointed for "west" viewers. Here's what I'd like to see:
The secondary brand (i.e. "Close Up") should be dropped. It must seem very odd and pointless to "east" viewers, as it signifies nothing more than the "news round-up" segment of the programme, rather than an opt-out or anything. The "west" opt should take a leaf out of South Today (Oxford)'s book, and go for this:
[ B ] [ B ] [ C ] Cambridge
The outdoor backdrop for the Cambridge opt (is it King's College or something?) is also at odds with the indoor backdrop of the main Norwich set.
The Cambridge back-projector could also show the Forum view, for continuity. (Yes, I know The Forum's in Norwich. But as it's the
of a building it doesn't scream "Norwich" at you to look at - it looks like it could be anywhere. And the computer jiggery poker to add BBC-red-and-white to the Forum view means it now doesn't even look much like a
view anyway. It's almost like a CGI virtual newsroom).
If the sub-opt wants to maintain at least some "west" identity, they again could take their inspiration from BBC Oxford by having a static "cardboard" picture of Cambridge stretching away down one side of the set wall.
And a miniature clone of Norwich's "Tefal thermospot" desk, of course.
Just watched last night 6:30 show via the BBC Cambridge website. The sub-opt bit seemed to have a single locked-off front shot throughout, and no visible desk in bottom of shot. I live in hope that this maybe means that the Cambridge set is finally getting updated, and that this week's sub-opts are in a CSO cupboard?