I guess they'll be bringing the English regions in line with the NBH sets.
BBC Birmingham's apology-for-a-studio is quite woeful in size.
The current (until last week, at least!) set has made far better use of the limited space in there than anything that preceded it. Previously, the presenter desk area was always basically shoved right into one corner with a huge rear-projection screen to one side of it. The screen's (unavoidably) diagonal positioning of course caused a significant triangle of space to be lost behind it (in a room that could ill afford such space-wasting).
For the benefit of any newbies who've not yet encountered this oft-repeated TVF factoid...
The room that ultimately became the Midlands Today studio when they first moved into The Mailbox was not originally intended to be a studio at all, but a meeting room. Hence the window into the newsroom (I refuse to entertain the expression "glass wall", ugh*) having a glass door directly into the newsroom at one end of it.
(*An irritating expression IMHO - a vertical glass surface is surely always a "window" regardless of if the two environments that it separates both happen to be indoors?)
The newsroom-cum-studio type space currently (and previously) used for temporary decamping was originally meant to be *the* news studio AIUI. Presumably issues such as reflections in the windows during non-daylight hours lead to the re-think?
BBC Oxford's current set (also housed in a poxy sized studio) has found a good solution. It has the general current "on-brand" look and feel (grey floor rather than wooden effect, no swooshes on the faux newsroom backdrop, some red and/or white illuminated wall surfaces), and yet has assembled those NBH-esque stylings in an entirely rectangular layout. Not a curved wall to be seen. Therefore making maximum use of such space as they have. This kind of a halfway-house is hopefully what Midlands Today will now do.
Actually, come to think of it... The set that MT are seemingly about to ditch pretty much already was the same sort of "halfway house" as Oxford?! So, this latest change seems less than necessary. Unless it turns out to be merely a modified version of the previous/existing set, rather than a totally new one. We'll just have to wait and see, of course.