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Critique2,985 posts since 9 Aug 2009
Anglia (East) Look East
Just took a look on iPlayer - would say it's the BBC Oxford set from 2007 with some alterations (such as the grey floor rather than wood effect) to make it look slightly less outdated. The basic set will have now seen use (albeit sparingly in recent times) for 11 years!

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deejay2,686 posts since 5 Jan 2003
Central (South) Oxford
Yes that’s the old Oxford set, with the flats in a slightly different order. That desk also cropped up in Salford during the Rio Olympics I think as a “Breakfast Olympics Hub”.

That set was never used in Studio B for the Oxford sub opt itself though. Yes, when the sub opt began it started from Studio B. In 2004 the presenter moved up to Oxford while the gallery operation stayed in Southampton. Oxford then fitted out an old radio music studio a a tv studio and the associated control cubicle as the gallery, which opened in Autumn 2005. The set currently back in studio B was put into Oxford in 2007 and lasted until April 2014.
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noggin13,155 posts since 26 Jun 2001
I saw a picture of Southampton Studio A on a Facebook group earlier which mentioned that it's undergoing regular safety checks


Yes - the downside of a lighting installation with proper hoists is that they have to be safety checked regularly, which means bringing them all down to their lowest positions.

Not an issue in most modern BBC English regional studios as they usually have much lower-cost, fixed-height lamps on tubular 'scaffold-style' constructions instead.
Last edited by noggin on 15 February 2018 12:21am
deejay2,686 posts since 5 Jan 2003
Central (South) Oxford
There is some additional lighting wiring going in as well at the moment to facilitate moving to newer fixtures and control. Southampton has up til now had a traditional dimmer room and lighting circuits rather than mains and DMX distribution.
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