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rdd3,069 posts since 21 Jun 2001
Brian Dobson back on TV to anchor RTÉ’s coverage of the referendum count, from the RTE News set with a different backdrop. Miriam O’Callaghan at Dublin Castle and Keelin Shanley wandering around the newsroom.
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polo2363 posts since 22 Aug 2007
Would you not take it from the below statement, that the studio floor space is being increased? “The space on the [news studio] floor will be expanded to provide two presentation areas’
MMcG198570 posts since 14 Dec 2014
UTV Newsline
Would you not take it from the below statement, that the studio floor space is being increased? “The space on the [news studio] floor will be expanded to provide two presentation areas’


This quote would suggest they are simply making the main desk smaller, to free up floor space:

"A new, smaller desk will be designed and installed on the left-hand side of the studio floor. This will free up space for a second presentation area on the right-hand side of the studio."
Hatton Cross2,890 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
Quite.!
There's a behind the scenes day in the life of RTE News knocking around on You Tube, and when they fire up and go into the existing RTE One news studio, it looks like there's barely enough room for one desk - let alone shortening the existing main one, and putting in another one.

Suspect to cram two desks in, they'll make more use of the left hand corner - where the screen that looks like it's hiding is. Turn the new short main presentation desk 90 degrees to the left, and the new 'other smaller' desk - in the opposite top right hand corner of the studio. Although, I do wonder if it'll actually be the size of the breakfast bar table, or like the desk that the business news is presented from on BBC Breakfast.

But have to ask why need two desks? Are the sports team tired of standing up to deliver the sports news on the main news broadcasts?
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chinamug381 posts since 29 Jul 2013
UTV Newsline


But have to ask why need two desks? Are the sports team tired of standing up to deliver the sports news on the main news broadcasts?


To give bulletins different looks. They've tried this before when they shot RTE News on 2 from a different angle. This is a repeating pattern for RTE News down over the years. They would have a completely different look on RTE1 and RTE2 and then the RTE2 look would be dropped. Then a few years later the same pattern would start again, the difference this time, of course, is that RTE2 has no news output outside of News2day for Kids at 4.30 weekday afternoons.

They might be considering putting out more News in the evenings. At the moment the TV news Department seems to go home at 9.30... They've dropped the Late News on RTE1 (which had been going since 1962!) and News On 2 at 11pm
polo2363 posts since 22 Aug 2007
I suspect the desk area in the right of the studio will be used for TWIP and Leaders questions programmes. The smaller main desk to the left of the studio is less likely to accomadate guests, therefore resorting to a soft interview area.
MMcG198570 posts since 14 Dec 2014
UTV Newsline
They might be considering putting out more News in the evenings. At the moment the TV news Department seems to go home at 9.30... They've dropped the Late News on RTE1 (which had been going since 1962!) and News On 2 at 11pm


It makes more sense to pump money into online services than invest in late-night TV news programming or a dedicated linear news channel. RTE News Now is an embarrassment. RTE simply does not have the resources to pull off a 24-hr news channel,

I think they did the right thing in ditching the RTE 2 news programme and the late news summary on RTE One. News is much more accessible than it once was.
chinamug381 posts since 29 Jul 2013
UTV Newsline
They might be considering putting out more News in the evenings. At the moment the TV news Department seems to go home at 9.30... They've dropped the Late News on RTE1 (which had been going since 1962!) and News On 2 at 11pm


It makes more sense to pump money into online services than invest in late-night TV news programming or a dedicated linear news channel. RTE News Now is an embarrassment. RTE simply does not have the resources to pull off a 24-hr news channel,

I think they did the right thing in ditching the RTE 2 news programme and the late news summary on RTE One. News is much more accessible than it once was.


I'd agree with you on the Late News Summary on RTE1, but ditching the News on 2 was a totally daft choice to make. RTE 2 has lost large sections of it's audience over the last four or five years and ditching the News at 11 is part of that problem. There is a sizeable audience for News at that time in Ireland. Over on TV3 the Tonight show (which starts at 11) is often their most watched home produced programme of the week.

They should never have been in the business of running a 24-hour news channel. They should have maintained TV News coverage that they did have from Midday to Midnight when the audience was there to watch.