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DTV posted:

Cue discussion of which bits of the Studio B set will fit inside regional TV studios. Wink


I wonder what they'll do with the space? Offices? Or just keep it there? Will the BBC re-number the studios?


I shall imagine they'll keep the set standing as I think we all anticipate that it'll still be used for things like election night. At least, it'll certainly be a step up from the last mothballed studio elections got to use.

So basically Studio B is will more or less become the NBH version of N9 at TVC. Mothballed most of the time, annual appearance for the Local Elections
MI
TheMike Central (East) East Midlands Today
Looks like quite a downgrade. Why don't they use Studio C for it? It would be perfect for Newsnight.

World and News Channel could simulcast from Studio E anyway .


Only if the BBC News at 10 is off air before 10:30pm. Otherwise BBC WN is homeless until the news is finished.
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deejay Oxford
Worth remembering that Studio B was built as a full height production studio with a very good spec, lighting grid with motorised barrel hoists, decent height scene dock doors and so on. While the gallery is currently fitted out with news-spec equipment and there’s a standing news set on the floor, it could be let out to other productions and rented back for occasional news use (like TC1 was for elections). However, Nothing has been decided for its long term future apart from that news won’t be using it for the time being.
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AlfieMulcahy Meridian (South East) South East Today
Worth remembering that Studio B was built as a full height production studio with a very good spec, lighting grid with motorised barrel hoists, decent height scene dock doors and so on. While the gallery is currently fitted out with news-spec equipment and there’s a standing news set on the floor, it could be let out to other productions and rented back for occasional news use (like TC1 was for elections). However, Nothing has been decided for its long term future apart from that news won’t be using it for the time being.


Could be a place for Graham Norton then? 🤔
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m_in_m Anglia (East) Look East
Worth remembering that Studio B was built as a full height production studio with a very good spec, lighting grid with motorised barrel hoists, decent height scene dock doors and so on. While the gallery is currently fitted out with news-spec equipment and there’s a standing news set on the floor, it could be let out to other productions and rented back for occasional news use (like TC1 was for elections). However, Nothing has been decided for its long term future apart from that news won’t be using it for the time being.


Could be a place for Graham Norton then? 🤔

Though no real audience options. It feels like it could be a good sized studio for the One Show but would lose ease of access to the piazza space and would require changes to make the gallery work well for them.

It could easily just sit there for news when needed but presumably they'll still need to cover the costs of maintaining it.
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DTV Meridian (South) South Today
Worth remembering that Studio B was built as a full height production studio with a very good spec, lighting grid with motorised barrel hoists, decent height scene dock doors and so on. While the gallery is currently fitted out with news-spec equipment and there’s a standing news set on the floor, it could be let out to other productions and rented back for occasional news use (like TC1 was for elections). However, Nothing has been decided for its long term future apart from that news won’t be using it for the time being.


That is true, but it is only around the same size as TCs 2, 5 and 7 which were largely confined to Children's, Sport and News programmes. Also, I'm not sure the scenery dock is as flexible (in terms of access) than is usual for a multi-use TV studio.

My guess is that it'll remain mothballed for a few years and then there will be a change in BBC policy and it'll be back in use again. The thing to remember about 'decisions' by BBC management is that they tend to last about as long as a government minister lasts in one department (i.e. they're lucky if they are still in place in three years time).
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AlexS Central (East) Midlands Today
DTV posted:
Worth remembering that Studio B was built as a full height production studio with a very good spec, lighting grid with motorised barrel hoists, decent height scene dock doors and so on. While the gallery is currently fitted out with news-spec equipment and there’s a standing news set on the floor, it could be let out to other productions and rented back for occasional news use (like TC1 was for elections). However, Nothing has been decided for its long term future apart from that news won’t be using it for the time being.


That is true, but it is only around the same size as TCs 2, 5 and 7 which were largely confined to Children's, Sport and News programmes. Also, I'm not sure the scenery dock is as flexible (in terms of access) than is usual for a multi-use TV studio.

My guess is that it'll remain mothballed for a few years and then there will be a change in BBC policy and it'll be back in use again. The thing to remember about 'decisions' by BBC management is that they tend to last about as long as a government minister lasts in one department (i.e. they're lucky if they are still in place in three years time).

Unless things change more generally within news presentation I don't foresee a situation in which studio B returns to regular long term use within the news department. Throughout the industry in general the direction of travel seems to overwhelmingly towards smaller studios that provide less flexibility with regards to studio based presentation and I really don't see the BBC as being the ones that would reverse such a trend even if they had the financial resources to be able to do so.

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