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globaltraffic24439 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland
To be honest its funny how we now love the glass box. Put maybe to make it more livelier is for it to be over the newsroom or random cubicles or looking down them from higher floors where you can see. But with its placement it likely won’t happen.


I'm not sure anyone 'loves' it. Not even the Sky team. It's a failed project. The key now is to make it work. The studio floor needs to change. Possibly a dark gloss finish. I'd also suggest a more interesting desk structure. The final touch is to invest HEAVILY in lighting design for the atrium area outside. It would not impact on working environments, as it's just the stairway.
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TTRWE53 posts since 9 Jul 2018
UTV BBC World
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To be honest its funny how we now love the glass box. Put maybe to make it more livelier is for it to be over the newsroom or random cubicles or looking down them from higher floors where you can see. But with its placement it likely won’t happen.


The glass box changes following the launch of the new automation did make it better, but I still wouldn't go as far as saying that I love it. I can tolerate it now and don't have real problems with it like I did at the start, but it's still not a patch on the old Sky News Centre which in it's final few months looked the best it ever did.

The biggest problem with the glass box is it's designed to look good, almost like a trophy for Sky to show off, rather than being designed to be a proper studio and that is where all the problems come from.

Style over substance basically.
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Critique3,111 posts since 9 Aug 2009
Anglia (East) Look East
I don't mind the glassbox, and in hindsight would have preferred Sky to keep showing shots of the offices the glass box looks out onto etc - almost an admission they made a terrible mistake by not really showing any shots outside of the box! However, I think the best Sky News has ever looked was 2005 - the content may have been lacking but the set, graphics and music all looked fantastic and they had plenty of nice presentation points. Sky seems to do more pre-recorded filler shows now, and I think are limited by the spaces they have:

- The Glass Box
- Westminster, which to be fair still looks lovely as it's still rooted in the old style, even if this is slightly irritating as it means they present different parts of the day from sets which look wildly different and aren't in-keeping with each other at all
- The Shard, which is never used outside of business/Ian King Live and is fairly small anyway
- The mixed big screen/green screen studio, which looks naff when they just plonk a big image on each screen and drag some sofas in from elsewhere.

Compare that to 2005, when they had:

- The main desk, with a choice of views of either the newsroom, the gallery or the big globe symbol
- The newswall
- The podium at the newswall
- The little elbow stand-up desk in front of the newswall
- The stairs down into the newsroom
- The greenscreen by the main desk
- The shoebox
- The balcony at the top of the stairs

By 2010 the spaces they had at the Sky News Centre may have changed slightly (switch around of desks by the newswall and they stopped using the balcony I think) but they then gained the current Wesminster set and the Gherkin!
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Woodpecker269 posts since 19 Jan 2018
Central (West) Midlands Today
Wouldn’t be surprised to see something more permanent to replace the patio chairs at some point. I still think the glass box looks pretty decent - maybe some of the beige walls in the distance would look better in a bolder colour (or white) but it tends to look good on Kay’s show and when Jayne Secker and Colin Brazier are on.

My issue is still with everything else - particularly the graphics and music. Every other news broadcaster in the UK has gone back to non-flashy straight news sat behind a desk. Everything’s a bit dull. Sky could really stand out now if they wanted by rethinking how they present things and modernising the look and sound of the channel.

And I wish they’d choose a slightly less gharish colour scheme.


This! Absolutely all of this! I've said this umpteen times on here, but when you compare news presentation in Britain to that in Europe, IMO the difference is like night and day. I have a little pet theory, which I've mentioned here before too, which is that ever since the backlash that standing news and the other innovations of the mid-2000s received, execs here have been too scared to try anything especially daring for fear of losing viewers (anyone remember Jack Straw and another MP complaining in Parliament about BBC newsreaders 'prancing around studios' and 'looking like ham actors emoting'?)

I do think that had Sky's 2005 look been introduced now, it would have been received far more warmly than it was back then. Whilst Sky's journalism is, IMO, better than ever (and that is, of course, the most important bit). I do find the current look and feel of the channel so very dull. Let's face it, a glass box overlooking a corridor and a semi-virtual studio don't exactly set the world on fire, do they?

I'd actually love to see a UK broadcaster be so bold as to ditch chairs completely, as the Dutch NOS did in 2012. I reckon that whomever does could really set themselves apart from the competition.

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