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Mouseboy332,654 posts since 10 Feb 2014
Well if they run it streamlined like CBSN, they wont need a lot of space and separate newsroom and all that. Remember NBC already runs streaming news channel called NBC NEWS NOW within the existing NBC/MSNBC newsroom at 30 Rock. So it can be done. But it does makes sense to consolidate operations into one facility. But i wouldnt expect all this to happen right away until NBC/Comcast makes an assessment of what they own and whats needed for the combined operations that makes cost effective sense. The coming year will be very interesting to see how this all shakes out.
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Rkolsen2,803 posts since 20 Jan 2014
BBC World News
From what I’ve heard NBC is building five studios in their West Capitol Hill in DC; the combined with two dedicated MSNBC studios, Nightly News (which has been used on occasion), studio 6A (which has been used for live shows and could in theory be setup in a way where the audience portions hidden), and finally the insert studios at 30 Rock. Plus there are multiple Sky Studios they could use in and around London. So it’s not like there’s a shortage - just a way of scheduling.
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AJ1,713 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
I guess I should also ask: is there enough office space for NBC News and maybe Comcast Corporate office’s along with a medium size studio at Sky Central?


Absolutely not right now! Desk space is tight as it is, and the new building under construction (which isn't intended for broadcasting from) isn't due for completion until the end of 2021.
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Rkolsen2,803 posts since 20 Jan 2014
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I guess I should also ask: is there enough office space for NBC News and maybe Comcast Corporate office’s along with a medium size studio at Sky Central?


Absolutely not right now! Desk space is tight as it is, and the new building under construction (which isn't intended for broadcasting from) isn't due for completion until the end of 2021.


NBC’s quite fine with open offices used as studios. You’ve seen studio 4E. All they need is a decent clearance for lights and they can enclose a space. That 4E space proved to be extremely adaptable for the elections - simply by removing the glass, extending the video walls and adding some shiny flooring and proved a decent well built election area. In reality they turned the entire floor into the studio with interviews by the stairs and at desks. Comcast really put some love into the building restoring it to how it looked when it was built with things like exposed bricks and columns rather than covering up those elements.
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ginofish679 posts since 7 Feb 2010
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Does Sky still own the former Sky Newscentre/studio at Osterley? If so could this be used for the new Sky-NBC international channel? There does not seem a huge amount of news out there yet on this proposed channel, not even a name- though given it is difficult, something like Sky NBC News is a little clunky.

Just seen the news Lewis Goodall is too Leave Sky. For me this is a real substantial loss for them, he’s one of the best political commentators out there and has produced some great journalism as well as analysis on things like elections. Do think when the opportunity arose he should have been considered for either the Political Editor or Deputy Editor job. A great signing for Newsnight who have really stepped the bar up recently by building up, recent developments and the team they are building seems to have given that programme a new lease of life.
AJ1,713 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
I guess I should also ask: is there enough office space for NBC News and maybe Comcast Corporate office’s along with a medium size studio at Sky Central?


Absolutely not right now! Desk space is tight as it is, and the new building under construction (which isn't intended for broadcasting from) isn't due for completion until the end of 2021.


NBC’s quite fine with open offices used as studios. You’ve seen studio 4E. All they need is a decent clearance for lights and they can enclose a space. That 4E space proved to be extremely adaptable for the elections - simply by removing the glass, extending the video walls and adding some shiny flooring and proved a decent well built election area. In reality they turned the entire floor into the studio with interviews by the stairs and at desks. Comcast really put some love into the building restoring it to how it looked when it was built with things like exposed bricks and columns rather than covering up those elements.


As I said, there simply isn't the space there at the moment.
Rkolsen2,803 posts since 20 Jan 2014
BBC World News

Absolutely not right now! Desk space is tight as it is, and the new building under construction (which isn't intended for broadcasting from) isn't due for completion until the end of 2021.


NBC’s quite fine with open offices used as studios. You’ve seen studio 4E. All they need is a decent clearance for lights and they can enclose a space. That 4E space proved to be extremely adaptable for the elections - simply by removing the glass, extending the video walls and adding some shiny flooring and proved a decent well built election area. In reality they turned the entire floor into the studio with interviews by the stairs and at desks. Comcast really put some love into the building restoring it to how it looked when it was built with things like exposed bricks and columns rather than covering up those elements.


As I said, there simply isn't the space there at the moment.


I was referring to in the new building if there is.
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noggin14,442 posts since 26 Jun 2001
Who's to say the bulk entire operation will be based there anyway or any one particular place. NBC may choose to have to main newsroom elsewhere and have small newsrooms and broadcast sites in various places like CNN does.


Plus remote production technology means your presentation spaces and transmission facilities can be on different continents. (50Hz vs 60Hz origination is a thing to consider though)
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Rkolsen2,803 posts since 20 Jan 2014
BBC World News
Who's to say the bulk entire operation will be based there anyway or any one particular place. NBC may choose to have to main newsroom elsewhere and have small newsrooms and broadcast sites in various places like CNN does.


Plus remote production technology means your presentation spaces and transmission facilities can be on different continents. (50Hz vs 60Hz origination is a thing to consider though)

I’d assume if NBC is involved it will be 60hz. Isn’t it easier from a technical perspective to drop a few frames rather than adding 10?

Also, noggin I remember reading a case study that a US based broadcaster tried a split production method, with the vision mixer panels here in the US and the crate back in the U.K. and there was little to no delay difference between switching onsite or remotely. Do you happen to have any insight on that?
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