The Newsroom

New Newsnight Studio

Move to 54D from 5th October

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TheSebastian
The window bit looks nice but the rest looks quite poor. They’ve made the best of what they’ve been given though.


I think it looks really good. Nice little flexible space. It's basically a mini studio B. Better than the Breakfast set/studio by a country mile.

Look at it, then look at the set for a flagship news programme in pretty much any other European country, and this looks poor. We’ve been conditioned in this country to think that mediocre is good.


Flagship? it's post peak current affairs show with ratings around those a single regional news show.

Does it need a massive traditional studio? No. It's in a professional space thats decently staged and not distracting for the average viewer. The quality of the content is key.

Will normal viewers at home even notice much difference to the program of old? Does viewer "Kate" in Norwich really care that you can see lights in the ceiling on some shots? I'd suggest not.

To me it shows that a talented craft team can make office height space work for news/current affairs TV.
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AN
all new Phil Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)

I think it looks really good. Nice little flexible space. It's basically a mini studio B. Better than the Breakfast set/studio by a country mile.

Look at it, then look at the set for a flagship news programme in pretty much any other European country, and this looks poor. We’ve been conditioned in this country to think that mediocre is good.


Flagship? it's post peak current affairs show with ratings around those a single regional news show.

Does it need a massive traditional studio? No. It's in a professional space thats decently staged and not distracting for the average viewer. The quality of the content is key.

Will normal viewers at home even notice much difference to the program of old? Does viewer "Kate" in Norwich really care that you can see lights in the ceiling on some shots? I'd suggest not.

To me it shows that a talented craft team can make office height space work for news/current affairs TV.

Way to prove my last point there. Thanks.
MD
mdtauk London London
Why is Studio B being mothballed? Do we have any information about that decision?

When Newsnight first moved into E - I assumed it was to keep staff in place, and operate with the automated cameras.

"Mothballed" at least implies it can be brought back into operation in the future, rather than being dismantled and the space used for other purposes.

Do the other shows which came from B move, like Andrew Marr?
SE
TheSebastian
Look at it, then look at the set for a flagship news programme in pretty much any other European country, and this looks poor. We’ve been conditioned in this country to think that mediocre is good.


Flagship? it's post peak current affairs show with ratings around those a single regional news show.

Does it need a massive traditional studio? No. It's in a professional space thats decently staged and not distracting for the average viewer. The quality of the content is key.

Will normal viewers at home even notice much difference to the program of old? Does viewer "Kate" in Norwich really care that you can see lights in the ceiling on some shots? I'd suggest not.

To me it shows that a talented craft team can make office height space work for news/current affairs TV.

Way to prove my last point there. Thanks.


I'd be (genuinely) interested in your examples of presenter based current affairs shows/interview and why their studios are so much better. If you can explain how it improves the storytelling, the content, the audience perception.. Anything tangible.

Stylistically the trend is for minimalist and intimate studio looks in established markets. TV shares a design trend with online/mobile UX - flat looks, transitions that swipe up/down left/right and part of that is closer shots of talent and guests so faces come to the fore. What newsnight has fits that requirement
LL
London Lite Founding member London London
Not the most observational comment from me, but it does the job and in comparison to what we've seen from E over the last six months, an improvement.
SP
Steve in Pudsey Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Money. They stopped using it during Covid and it seems that somebody realised that they could do without it permanently. It requires more staff to operate than C and E.

Marr has been in E for the last few months.
Write that down in your copybook now.
NE
neonemesis London London
TBH it looks like a small B. They've done a great job with what they have. Agree that ceiling height makes things look a little squashed but not in any way distracting.
MU
MrUdagawa Tyne Tees London
Did anyone notice that we could hear someone (Emily I assume) walking across the floor while Katie Razzall was presenting at the wall?
Last edited by MrUdagawa on 6 October 2020 9:08am
MI
m_in_m Anglia (East) Look East
Did anyone notice that we could hear someone (Emily I assume) walking across the floor while Katie Razzall was presenting at the wall?

I think it was the guest they interviewed as Emily was still at the desk after Katie's piece finished.
JA
JAS84 Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
If they're no longer sharing News at Ten's studio, why haven't they gone back to their usual 10.30 timeslot?
MI
m_in_m Anglia (East) Look East
JAS84 posted:
If they're no longer sharing News at Ten's studio, why haven't they gone back to their usual 10.30 timeslot?

Possibly because they hadn’t finalised the studio change date till after schedules were published or they want a period of time to get settled before returning. Alternatively the controller of BBC2 doesn’t want them to return to 2230.
HO
House Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
JAS84 posted:
If they're no longer sharing News at Ten's studio, why haven't they gone back to their usual 10.30 timeslot?

It is moving back according to the twitter feed for the programme.



I like it. Moving to a different studio during a pandemic is tough, and the fact that nothing about that set told me it wasn't designed for Newsnight says a lot about how well they’ve done. There are tweaks that can (and no doubt will) be made both as they spend more time in the space and as COVID restrictions eventually (hopefully) ease, but I thought it was the perfect fit for Newsnight. The ceiling is a bit low, but the set appears so vast and it’s lit so darkly that you don’t notice the ceiling unless you’re looking for it. I’ve never been much of a fan of how big the ceiling (and general set) was in studio B - it made people seem very small on wide shots, and was otherwise a pretty empty space. Outside of elections, Derbyshire’s occasional in-studio audience and musical guests on Marr, the vast majority of the space in B was never used for anything at all. For the amount of space it takes up, it’s actually a little baffling to justify.

This studio is a balance between intimate and large, has plenty of space for multiple presentation areas, and can be surprisingly well lit for a converted office space. This isn’t an N8 situation, and they’ve far more space than the Salford set Breakfast use has. I like it, and wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Marr move there (even if that means juggling the WS channels’ studio allocations on a Sunday).

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