Hi all, have been reading the forum on and off for many years, but have only just started posting.
I have to say, from what little I have seen of the new studio over the past few days, I'm not a huge fan. I think it's a bit dull, and very subdued, especially compared to what we've had in the past. I understand that moving studios was a necessity, what with the recently-vacated Sky Centre about to be demolished, but I personally would have liked the new design to have had a bit more life to it.
I also don't really like how, for the first time in the history of Sky News (correct me if I'm wrong), neither of the main studios have a newsroom/gallery backdrop. I always thought that that was an integral part of Sky News' style, so to speak, alongside the newswall, the voiceover (which, of course, is also no more), and latterly, the rotating desk. Hell, the newsroom was the main backdrop on said newswall, at one point!
Onto (or should that be into) the glass box; in my opinion, while it doesn't look bad or ugly, it certainly isn't anything special, especially compared to the old studio. It does the job, which I suppose is the main thing, but it just doesn't grab me in the way that the old sets did. As I said above, it just feels to me like there is no life to proceedings anymore; rather, they are just going through the motions - with the important exception of Kay Burley's slot - like her or dislike her, she
very charismatic, damned good with breaking news, and does tend to put her own stamp on her programme.
From an aesthetic point of view, I always thought (and I'm sure many here will agree) that 2005 was the best that Sky News has even been. Okay, many elements were over the top (three-presenter bulletins, a little too much walking about) but it made the channel interesting to watch, IMO. I can't help thinking that if said look were introduced now, it would be received far more warmly than it had been at the time. I know it will probably never happen now, but in this era of smartphone apps and YouTube streams, I would love to see them have another stab at that style (maybe sans triple-headedness, though). I think that there could be a real opportunity for it to work - look at Franceinfo.
I realise that the aim is perhaps to 'de-glamourise' things, so to speak, but I feel that they've gone too far in that direction in recent years. Don't get me wrong: the journalism is as good as ever - and at the end of the day, that is what
matters, far more than any fancy studio, cool theme music or shiny graphics - but after all, this is TV Forum, and the presentation is what we're all here to discuss.
Oh, sir, can we take a break for a while? It appears my intelligence circuits have melted.