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New backdrops for BBC News

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m_in_m Anglia (East) Look East
This week's Newswatch announced that the BBC will be recording new backdrops for newsrooms to reflect social distancing. Newswatch itself is now using a backdrop that was filmed from the balcony studio (weather/OS). It is a similar position as used to be used for news update on Victoria Derbyshire but at right angles so the stairwell is directly behind so very few, if any, people appear in the shot.
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AlfieMulcahy Meridian (South East) South East Today
The backround used for Newsday in London needs to be used for more things.
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Worzel Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
This week's Newswatch announced that the BBC will be recording new backdrops for newsrooms to reflect social distancing. Newswatch itself is now using a backdrop that was filmed from the balcony studio (weather/OS). It is a similar position as used to be used for news update on Victoria Derbyshire but at right angles so the stairwell is directly behind so very few, if any, people appear in the shot.


No need to worry about the fake newsroom backdrops on most of the regional sets then. They've been representing most places of work at the moment for 10 years+.

They've needed refreshing for a while anyway so I suspect it was part of a general update plan.
Last edited by Worzel on 28 November 2020 3:10pm
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Rolling News Central (East) East Midlands Today
For the nationals it's only evenings and overnights on the News Channel that uses a fake backdrop when simulcasting with World so they could just use the skyline backdrop of London.
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Ittr
This week's Newswatch announced that the BBC will be recording new backdrops for newsrooms to reflect social distancing. Newswatch itself is now using a backdrop that was filmed from the balcony studio (weather/OS). It is a similar position as used to be used for news update on Victoria Derbyshire but at right angles so the stairwell is directly behind so very few, if any, people appear in the shot.


No need to worry about the fake newsroom backdrops on most of the regional sets then. They've been representing most places of work at the moment for 10 years+.

They've needed refreshing for a while anyway so I suspect it was part of a general update plan .

The only flaw being that they'll have to do the same thing again in 1-2 years time.. that is, if they don't go back to the old ones post-social distancing (knowing the BBC they probably will).
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Universal_r Central Reporting Scotland
It would be nice for them to replace the awful, washed out newsroom background that they use in studio C.
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Cold Open West Country (East) Points West
The faux newsroom backdrop used for the news bulletins during The Andrew Marr Show *still* has the frosted rings/globes/swooshes as of this morning, despite them having ceased to be part of the national news' studio look ever since the move from TVC to NBH.

The prolonged lingering of the swooshes of course also endures in several English Regions which have printed newsroom backdrops rather than screens.

But the CGI backdrop for the Marr bulletins is clearly either chromakey or a screen, so the mind boggles as to why it wasn't de-swooshed ages ago.
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m_in_m Anglia (East) Look East
I believe it is a screen. It's probably very far down the priority list given it only appears on air for a couple of minutes a week. Even when they had a news bulletin from Salford years ago in lieu of Marr it came from the Breakfast/NWT studio.
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trivialmatters
I think they implied they will reshoot some of the backdrops used for talking heads / down the line contributors rather than the studio backdrops which is a shame because the Studio C backdrop is dire.
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Steve in Pudsey Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
The faux newsroom backdrop used for the news bulletins during The Andrew Marr Show *still* has the frosted rings/globes/swooshes as of this morning, despite them having ceased to be part of the national news' studio look ever since the move from TVC to NBH.

The prolonged lingering of the swooshes of course also endures in several English Regions which have printed newsroom backdrops rather than screens.

But the CGI backdrop for the Marr bulletins is clearly either chromakey or a screen, so the mind boggles as to why it wasn't de-swooshed ages ago.


Look North in Leeds persisted with the swooshes when they upgraded to screens rather than the previous printed backdrop.
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all new Phil Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Of course allowing regions to pretty much do what they like studio-wise is always going to throw up issues with outdated designs being used. ITV have the right idea in having a standard design (presumably with the same kit) where the look can be updated uniformly should that be required.
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Universal_r Central Reporting Scotland
I think they implied they will reshoot some of the backdrops used for talking heads / down the line contributors rather than the studio backdrops which is a shame because the Studio C backdrop is dire.

Yeah I think so, we can only wish though maybe it’ll make them take a look at it.

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