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!
623058: it just seems like your an mp3 whore